Grief and Bereavement in Contemporary Society is an authoritative guide to the study of and work with major themes in bereavement. Its chapters synthesize the best of research-based conceptualization and clinical wisdom across 30 of the most important topics in the field, including the implementation of specific models in clinical practice, family therapy for bereavement, complicated grief, spirituality, and more. The volume’s contributors come from around the world, and their work reflects a level of cultural awareness of the diversity and universality of bereavement and its challenges that has rarely been approximated by other volumes. This is a readable, engaging, and comprehensive book that will share the most important scientific and applied work on the contemporary scene with a broad international audience, and as such, it will be an essential addition to anyone with a serious interest in death, dying, and bereavement.
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Murray Parkes, Foreword. Preface. Part I: New Understandings of the Grief Response. Arnold, Zech, Attachment and the Dual Process. Field, Wogrin, Continuing Bonds. Malkinson, Rubin, Witztum The Two-Track Model of Bereavement. Neimeyer, Sands, Meaning and Mourning. Worden, Winokuer, Tasks of Mourning. Martin, Doka, The Influence of Gender and Socialization on Grieving Styles. Part II: Contexts of Grieving. Buckle, Fleming, Parental Grief. Ayers, Sandler, Kondo,Bereaved Children and Adolescents. Carr, Jeffreys, Spousal Grief. Davies, Marshall, Sibling Loss. Part III: Challenges in Bereavement. Boelen, Shear, Neimeyer, Complicated Grief. Boss, Harris, Roos, Ambiguous Loss, Chronic Sorrow. Rynearson, Salloum, Restorative Retelling: Revising the Narrative of Violent Death. Franco, Kristensen. Catastrophic Loss. Christ, Kane, Horsley. A Family Focused Intervention Following a Loss From a Terrorist Attack. Jordan, McIntosh, Suicide Bereavement. Schultz, Harris, Giving Voice to Nonfinite Loss and Grief in Bereavement. Part IV: Specific Populations. Goldman, Livoti, Grief in GLBT Populations. Harrington-LaMorie, McDevitt-Murphy, War and Loss. Carmack, Packman, Pet Loss: The Interface of Continuing Bonds Research and Clinical Practice. Part V: Special Therapeutic Modalities. Kissane, Hooge, Family Therapy for the Bereaved. Thompson, Berger, Grief and Expressive Arts Therapy. Hoy, Lewis, Ritual and Legacy Work. Connor, Monroe, Hospice Bereavement Work. Part VI: Grief in a Global Perspective. Chow, Klass, Culture and Ethnicity. Gilbert, Horsley, Technology and Grief: Religion and Spirituality in Adjusting to Bereavement. Park, Halifax, Grief as Burden, Grief as Gift. Molaison, Fowler, Bordere, "The Remedy Is Not Working": Seeking Socially Just and Culturally Conscientious Practices in Bereavement. Gamino, Moore, Professional Ethics in Bereavement. Conclusions.
About the Editors:
Robert A. Neimeyer, Ph.D., is a professor in the Psychotherapy Research Area of the Department of Psychology, University of Memphis, where he also maintains an active clinical practice. He has published 23 books, including Meaning Reconstruction and the Experience of Loss and Constructivist Psychotherapy: Distinctive Features, is the editor of Death Studies and the Journal of Constructivist Psychology, and has served as President of the Association for Death Education and Counseling.
Howard R. Winokuer is the founder of the Winokuer Center for Counseling and Healing in Charlotte, NC.
Darcy L. Harris is Professor and Coordinator of Thanatology at King’s University College, in London, Ontario, Canada. She is the editor of Counting Our Losses: Reflecting on Change, Loss, and Transition in Everyday Life (Routledge, 2010).
Gordon F. Thornton is professor emeritus at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, a coeditor of the Handbook of Thanatology (Routledge/ADEC, 2007), and has served as President of the Association for Death Education and Counseling.