This book shares the stories of military families who have reunited after a deployment. Service members, spouses, parents, fiancées, and children tell of the joy and anxiety of homecoming, the adjustments of living together again, and how they coped with anger, depression, posttraumatic stress disorder, injuries, grief, and other challenges. Following an introduction that summarizes the top advice from the families interviewed, the book is organized into the following sections: planning the rendezvous, including getting ready for the big day and what to expect in the first days; leaning to dance again, including intimacy, rebuilding relationships, seeking help, and happy reunions; stress, child stress, getting help, and the benefits of talking with a chaplain; caregiving and grief, common symptoms of grief, and working through grief; and continuing the journey, including creating trust with children, connecting with teens, exploring new relationships between parents and service members, and coping with the news of a pending deployment. Resources are also provided for military family centers and support groups, parenting, stress and depression, and death and grief.
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