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Daughters, Dads, and the Path Through Grief

Daughters, Dads, and the Path Through Grief
Tales from Italian America




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ISBN: 9781886230958
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About the Book

Losing a father can be absolutely wrenching. This insightful guide tells the story of the strong connections between daughters and dads throughout life, and the consequent grief and loss a daughter feels when her father dies. Stories from 50 women offer glimpses into the many aspects of the father/daughter relationships that are warm and nurturing, sometimes complicated and conflicted, and always solid and enduring. The Italian American women interviewed ultimately find great peace and meaning in the on-going relationship with their fathers, even after death. Using these women's stories, the readers are presented with a multi-faceted discussion filled with amusement, complexity and intensity, struggle and resistance, and above all, remarkably powerful family bonds. Daughters, Dads, and the Path Through Grief leads the reader to understanding and loving the father/daughter relationship, and ultimately finding a way to live through the grief.


Donna H. DiCello (Author)
Donna H. DiCello, PsyD, is a licensed clinical psychologist in full-time practice, and is also an assistant clinical professor at the Yale University School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry. She is the former associate director of the doctoral... Read more

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Lorraine Mangione, PhD, is a professor of psychology at Antioch University New England where she teaches doctoral students in The Department of Clinical Psychology. Her scholarly and teaching interests include group psychotherapy and group dynamics... Read more

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“Brava!...a comprehensive and rare look at the complex relationship between fathers and daughters...and the loss experienced when this important relationship ends...”
Aileen Riotto Sirey, PhD, Founder, National Org. of Italian American Women

“The smells, sights, and sounds...of my heritage...came rushing over me...a beautiful book filled with love and loss, conflict and compassion, and the intensity of the father/daughter relationship...”
Philip Zimbardo, PhD, President and Director of Research, Heroic Imagination Project

“...an important piece of the Italian American mosaic, exploring and revealing the true nature of Italian fatherhood through poignant voices of Italian American daughters.”
Anthony Riccio, author/photographer,The Italian American Experience in New Haven and Boston's North End: Images and Recollections of an Italian-American Neighborhood

&ldquot;Provides a(n)...understanding of how our fathers tried...to use their life's journey and experiences...to guide us in ours...how they were people with dreams, hopes, and challenges of their own...”
Anita Bevacqua McBride, Executive-in-Residence at the Center for Congressional and Presidential Studies in the School of Public Affairs at American University, Washington, DC.

“The richness, diversity, and complexity of father-daughter relationships...is explored with depth, care and sensitivity—an exemplary book that will undoubtedly enhance the lives of its readers...”
Dr. Linda Nielsen, author, Father-Daughter Relationships, Professor of Adolescents & Educational Psychology, Wake Forest University

“A warm and welcome addition to the scant literature on grief and loss among daughters...”
Dr. Leeat Granek , Ben Gurion University of the Negev, Department of Public Health

Daughters, Dads, and the Path Through Grief: Tales from Italian America gathers the true stories of Italian-American daughters and their journey to reconciliation with the loss of their fathers. The strong bond of the Italian family permeates these resonating sagas of love, adaptation, and transformation, with emphasis on the father-daughter bond. Heartfelt and profound,Daughters, Dads, and the Path Through Grief tells of milestone steps on the lifetime journey. Unforgettable and highly recommended.”
Midwest Book Review

“Psychologists Donna H. DiCello and Lorraine Mangione gathered these heartfelt stories and developed a resource for healing which is both mindful of the father/daughter relationship and rich in grief recovery information and advice.”
Italian Tribune

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