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Gift of Tears : A Practical Approach to Loss and Bereavement in Counselling and Psychotherapy - Susan Lendrum

Gift of Tears

A Practical Approach to Loss and Bereavement in Counselling and Psychotherapy

Paperback Published: 7th June 2004
ISBN: 9781583919330
Number Of Pages: 272

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This thoroughly revised and updated edition of Gift of Tears includes new research and examples of recent events to help illustrate the effects of loss. Containing a strong practical element, the book guides the reader through the process of contemplating and eventually confronting their own relationship to loss.

Written by experienced counsellors and psychotherapists, the book contains candid and readable discussions of central issues, including:

* how to understand and work with anger and guilt
* attachment patterns and loss
* historical changes in attitudes to death and bereavement
* death as a particular form of loss.

Gift of Tears is intended for anyone who finds they have to cope, in the course of their daily lives, with the grief of others. It will prove invaluable to counsellors, therapists, mental health professionals and all those helping the bereaved.


'I could hardly put this book down. The clear and engaging text of the prefaces continues throughout, and it certainly lives up to its description on the cover as 'a practical approach to loss and bereavement in counselling and psychotherapy'. The authors make no assumptions as to who the reader might be, and the straightforward language and updated research findings provide rich material for anyone lecturing, practicing or studying to work in pastoral care.' - Rosemary Markham, Psychodynamic Practice

This new edition builds on an existing text of merit. It is an important book both for students and practitioners familiar with the old edition, as well as new readers.' - Bereavement Care

'This book is based on a wealth of experience and knowledge and that was consistently evident. This is one of those books that both skilled practitioners and beginners will find helpful. It is also useful to everyone in a persoanl sense - it will resonate with all our worlds as loss is experienced by us all.' - Moira Walker, European Journal of Psychotherapy and Counselling

Introduction to First Edition
Introduction to Second Edition.
Loss and Nurture
Early Attachments and Loss
Adult Attachment Patterns
The Nurturing Environment.
Death as a Particular Form of Loss
Experiences of Death and Bereavement
The Effect of External Circumstances and Internal Factors on the Experience of Bereavement
Historical Change in Attitudes to Death and Bereavement
Cultural Variety
Children's Grief: 'Gift of Tears'
Personal and Family Experiences of Loss.
Working with the Grieving
Basic Loss Counselling Skills: 'Give Sorrow Words'
Tasks of Mourning: Meaning and Internalization
Further Skills Related to the Tasks of Mourning and Ending Counselling
Ways of Helping Children.
Anger and Guilt
Understanding Anger and Guilt
Working with Anger and Guilt in More Complicated Grief.
Professional Implications
Necessary Consultation for Complicated Grief
Assessment and Referral
Table of Contents provided by Publisher. All Rights Reserved.

ISBN: 9781583919330
ISBN-10: 1583919333
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 272
Published: 7th June 2004
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.4 x 15.7  x 1.4
Weight (kg): 0.42
Edition Number: 2
Edition Type: New edition