Responding to loss can often present major difficulties, not only for the people directly affected, but also for care professionals across wide spectrum of settings. Despite the significance of these issues, the subject matter is often neglected. This manual helps to put that right by offering trainers and tutors a basis of understanding loss and grief and how best to respond. Topics include the dual process model, the idea of stages, tasks of grief, the role of culture, ritual, religion and spirituality, loss and the workplace, difficult and complicated grieving and finding new meanings.
Bernard Moss is Professor Emeritus of Social Work Education and Spirituality at Staffordshire University, where he began working with social work students in 1993. His particular teaching interests have focused on communications skills, studies in death, dying and bereavement, and mediation studies. He was formerly Director of the Centre for Spirituality and Health at Staffordshire University, and made significant contributions to debates on this important theme.