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An Early Journey Home -- Helping Families Work Through the Loss of a Child
by Mary Ann Froehlich
2000. Discovery House Books (Barbour Publishing: Uhrichsville, OH) All rights reserved [183 pages]
[Answer 11 of 15 questions correctly to receive
7 hours of Continuing Education credit.]


Chapter 1: An Early Journey Home (p 13-18)
1. The author’s greatest weakness as a therapist was

a. questioning God’s goodness and sovereignty.

b. using inappropriate terminology about death.

c. her inability to control her sadness around parents.

d. not distancing herself enough from the suffering children the way her co-workers would.

2. Children are better equipped than adults to face death for one reason:

a. adults become too materially attached to this life.

b. adults fear death and the afterlife.

c. children live life to the fullest today without focusing on the lost future.

d. children take life less seriously than adults.

Chapter 2: Helpers without Answers (p 21-29)

3. Which is NOT one of the author’s Scriptural truths?

a. Jesus understands our grief and isolation.

b. God will never abandon us.

c. We have God’s protection from evil.

d. We have God’s protection from pain and suffering.

Chapter 3: Our Biblical Models: Fellow Grievers in Scripture (p 31-42)

4. “If we take happiness from God’s hand, must we not take sorrow too?” was spoken by

a. Paul

b. Job

c. Isaiah

d. David

Chapter 4: When Suffering Turns to Gold (p 43-49)

5. If God chooses not to heal a terminally ill child, it is because

a. God in His sovereignty knows best.

b. the parents did not have enough faith.

c. the parents had unconfessed sin.

d. the parents did not pray hard enough.

Chapter 5: Helping Through the Illness and Hospitalization (p 53-63)

6. The most serious part of a hospital stay for any child is

a. having to receive a shot from a hypodermic needle.

b. not knowing how long the stay will be.

c. the fear of being alone and separated from loved ones.

d. the anxiety of waiting to hear bad news.

Chapter 7: Helping Patients and Families through the Death (p 71-76)

7. Which IS recommended as a way to help families face the child’s upcoming death?

a. Grieve only with the immediate family; don’t include grandparents and other extended family members.

b. Siblings should be excluded from any talk about death.

c. Parents should stop disciplining disobedient behavior so the terminally ill child can have more fun.

d. Live your final family memories to the fullest.

Chapter 8: Zain’s Journey: Advice from the Experts (p 77-85)

8. Which of these did NOT take place after Zain’s death?

a. A friend of Zain’s mother told her about the drowning accident of her 4-year-old son 50 years ago.

b. Trees were planted in memory of Zain.

c. Zain’s mother stopped writing to him in her journal.

d. Zain’s mother listened to a tape recording of Zain’s funeral.

Chapter 9: Helping After the Death (p 87-97)

9. It is NOT recommended to

a. say you are sorry.

b. mention the deceased child’s name in conversation.

c. tell the parent that God never gives us more than we can bear.

d. cry with the parent.

Chapter 10: Surviving the Unbearable: More Advice from the Experts (p 99-103)

10. After Sarah’s death, Karen needed to talk about her pain but Steve couldn’t bear to hear Sarah’s name mentioned. Eventually, they

a. compromised by talking about Sarah’s good times; Karen talked to friends about the sad times.

b. refrained from talking about Sarah at all.

c. went to counseling to get Steve to “open up” about his sadness.

d. wrote letters to each other about Sarah.

Chapter 11: Family Portrait I: Terminal Illness (p 105-119)

11. Of the following, who contributed the most to Donna’s mother’s day-to-day survival?

a. the doctor who diagnosed Donna’s leukemia

b. the ophthalmologist

c. their minister

d. their housekeeper who came weekly

Chapter 12: When Age is No Factor (p 121-134)

12. Which of the following losses produces the greatest sorrow for the parents?

a. a miscarriage

b. death of an infant

c. losing an adult child

d. none of the above

Chapter 13: Caterpillar to Butterfly: Grief Transformed (p 135-140)

13. Michael’s mother asked God for a confirmation that her son was safe in His arms. A few weeks after Michael’s death, this confirmation came in the form of
a. a comforting Scripture passage (Isaiah 40:11)

b. a sensitive and timely church sermon.

c. a cloud formation of Jesus with His arm around Michael.

d. a conversation with a close friend.

Chapter 14: Helpers or Judges? (p 141-154)

14. Kyle died from AIDS

a. without receiving any help from Christians.

b. knowing he was loved and accepted.

c. without reconciling with his parents.

d. feeling rejected and isolated.

Chapter 17: A Final Note to Helpers (p 175-178)

15. The author calls which of the following the Griever’s Psalm?

a. Psalm 23

b. Psalm 77

c. Psalm 119

d. Psalm 139