We Regret to Inform You

A Survival Guide for Gold Star Parents and Those Who Support Them

By Joanne Steen
Central Recovery Press: Las Vegas
Release Date: Memorial Day 2019
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We Regret To Inform You

A Survival Guide for Gold Star Parents and Those Who Support Them

Author Joanne Steen tackles the subject that terrifies the parents of military personnel–the loss of their son or daughter in an active duty status. We Regret to Inform You addresses many of the thorniest issues that confront Gold Star parents:

  • Cope with the personal loss of a child and the national loss of a service member
  • Contend with casualty assistance, deployment-delayed grief, limited information, unviewable remains and more
  • Survive Memorial Day and other important days of meaning
  • Honor their fallen child while moving forward in grief

With an honesty found at the kitchen table, We Regret to Inform You provides Gold Star parents with a head-nodding understanding of their reactions, plus a path to survive this life-changing loss, cope with its profound grief and develop the resilience to move forward.

In short, easy-to-read chapters Gold Star parents find thoughtful explanations and trustworthy advice for coping with military grief. We Regret to Inform You weaves together realistic examples with the voices of other Gold Star parents, connecting the readers to the wisdom of those parents who have walked in their shoes.

Joanne Steen also provides dedicated chapters for the relatives, friends and professional service providers of Gold Star parents, supplying them with what they need to know about military loss, what to expect in the parents, and best practices on what to say and ways to help them.

For the first time, surviving parents have a book that speaks to their needs, validates their experiences, brings a measure of comfort and understanding, and provides a pathway in their journey of grief.”

Betsy Beard

Surviving mother of Specialist Bradley Beard, USA. KIA, Operation Iraqi Freedom

About the Author

Joanne Steen is an author, instructor and speaker on grief and loss, with a specialty in military and line-of-duty losses. She is a board-certified counselor, military widow, and the founder of Grief Solutions, a training company on grief, loss and resilience.

Joanne is the author of two books on grief for Gold Star families. In addition to We Regret to Inform You, she also coauthored with M Regina Asaro, Military Widow: A Survival Guide (Naval Institute Press, 2006), which earned them the Distinguished Authors of the Year Award from the United States Naval Institute.

A skilled instructor, Joanne has worked with more than forty diverse organizations. Her clients have included the U.S. Department of Defense, the Canadian Armed Forces, and a host of federal, corporate, and non-profit organizations.

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