In Replacement Children: The
Unconscious Script, the
authors bring together the best of the research,
clinical studies, and personal stories to give a
comprehensive overview of the replacement child
syndrome. This book will give parents, therapist, and
replacement children a better understanding of how to
navigate this complicated set of circumstances and
provide much-needed information, guidance, and support.
Katie Couric, Journalist and broadcaster
Parents opt into vulnerability when they decide to have
children, but siblings have not set out with that
clarity. They nonetheless inherit their parents sense of
agony win a sibling dies or is disabled, even when the
parents make every conscious effort to protect them.
This nuanced, vital, and insightful book will help not
only parent struggling to build a family in the wake of
a loss but also the children who struggle to understand
the sadness of their households.
Andrew Solomon, award-winning writer and lecturer on
psychology, politics, and the arts
The compelling stories weaved throughout this
groundbreaking book make this topic relatable not only
for individuals experiencing themselves as replacement
children but for anyone who does grown up in a family
where it was hard to feel truly recognized and
appreciated for who you are. It's a definite must read!
Robi Ludwig, nationally known psychotherapist, author,
and award-winning reporter
Replacement Children: The Unconscious Script is
a compelling and unusual mix of direct rich testimony of
many who have 'served' as replacement children, pieces
of biographic and autobiographic materials of well known
public figures who were replacement children, patients'
therapeutic experiences and therapists' perspectives. It
is valuable reading, not just for all who have lived
some form of replacement experience, but surely
instructive for mental health professionals and a lot
become familiar to obstetricians, pediatricians and
Albert Cain, Ph.D
Professor of Psychology and Director,
Child Bereavement Project, University of Michigan
This informative and heartfelt book sheds light on a
phenomenon often as neglected as the plight of it
subjects – and experience often overlooked because it is
hidden in plain sight.
veteran journalist and author of The
Fine Print: My Life as a Deskman.
One of the major strengths of this book is that the
authors have extended the classic definition beyond its
original meaning to include children who have to "live
for two" when a surviving sibling is incapacitated by
illness or infirmity or children who have been adopted
after a couple is unable to conceive. This book is a
Sylvia R. Karasu, M.D.
Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, Weill Cornell Medicine
...Sincere, wide ranging, and enlightening review of an
important topic that touches countless individuals and
A profoundly moving and insightful journey into the
dynamics of losing a child, grieving a sibling and, most
of all, finding one's place in a home that has been
bereft of joy.
New York Times best-selling author, " The
Conscious Parent", clinical psychologist and