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Disenfranchised Grief : New Directions, Challenges, and Strategies for Practice
Edited by Kenneth J. Doka | Foreword by Rabbi Earl A. Grollman
Research Press / Softcover / Apr 2002
9780878224272 (ISBN-10: 0878224270)
Grief Counseling & Therapy / Death & Bereavement
price: $59.95 (may be subject to change)
470 pages
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This book focuses on the kind of grief that is not openly acknowledged, socially validated, or publicly mourned. It addresses the unique psychological, biological, and sociological issues involved in disenfranchised grief. The contributing authors explore the concept of disenfranchised grief, help define and explain this type of grief, and offer clinical interventions to help grievers express their hidden sorrow.


Section I - Theoretical Overview
Kenneth J. Doka
A Closer Look at Doka's Grieving Rules
Sarah Brabant
Revisiting the Concept of Disenfranchised Grief
Charles A. Corr
The Psychology of Disenfranchised Grief: Liberation, Shame, and Self-Disenfranchisement
Jeffrey Kauffman
Empirical Assessment of Disenfranchised Grief: 1989-2000
Gordon Thornton and Mary Lou Zanich

Section II - Clinical Interventions: Tools and Techniques
Disenfranchisement as Empathic Failure: Grief Therapy and the Co-Construction of Meaning
Robert A. Neimeyer and John R. Jordan
A Pastoral Counselor Looks at Silence as a Factor in Disenfranchised Grief
Dale R. Kuhn
The Role of Support Groups in Disenfranchised Grief
Eileen McKeon Pesek
The Role of Ritual in the Treatment of Disenfranchised Grief
Kenneth J. Doka

Section III - Illustrations of Practice
A Later Loss: The Grief of Ex-Spouses
Kenneth J. Doka
Grief and the Workplace: Positive Approaches
Marcia Lattanzi-Licht
Disenfranchised Grief in Caregivers
William M. Lamers, Jr.
Nursing Home Staff Reactions to Resident Deaths
Sidney Z. Moss and Miriam S. Moss
Psychosocial Loss and Grief
Kenneth J. Doka and Rita A. Aber
Disenfranchising the Brokenhearted
Terry L. Martin
Disenfranchised Grief and the Loss of an Animal Companion
Barbara Meyers
Unrecognized Losses in Child Adoption
Rose Cooper
Youth and Disenfranchised Grief
Louise Rowling
The Disenfranchised Grief of Children
David A. Crenshaw
Disenfranchised Grief and Individuals with Developmental Disabilities
Claire Lavin
How We Die: Stigmatized Death and Disenfranchised Grief
Kenneth J. Doka
How We Grieve: Culture, Class, and Gender
Kenneth J. Doka and Terry L. Martin

Section IV - Disenfranchised Grief: Education and Policy
Disenfranchised Grief and the Politics of Helping: Social Policy and Its Clinical Implications
John J. Reynolds
Incorporating Disenfranchised Grief in the Death Education Classroom
Ellen S. Zinner
Balancing the Costs of Enfranchising the Disenfranchised Griever
Jack Kamerman
Kenneth J. Doka

About the Editor:

Dr. Earl A. Grollman, a pioneer in the field of crisis intervention, was rabbi of the Beth El Temple Center in Belmont, Massachusetts, for thirty-six years. A certified death educator and counselor, he was cited as "Hero of The Heartland" for his work with the families and volunteers of the Oklahoma City bombing. Dr. Grollman has spoken at many colleges, clergy institutes, seminaries, physicians' forums, and hospital nursing associations, and has addressed many support groups, such as Compassionate Friends, Mothers Against Drunk Driving, and Widows Personal Services. He has also appeared on national television and radio, including The Oprah Winfrey Show, Children's Journal, All Things Considered, and Mister Rogers' Neighborhood. Recently, he was featured on National Public Radio's End of Life series in the roundtable discussion on grief and bereavement.

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