This unique text for undergraduate and master’s level social work and counseling courses on loss, grief, and bereavement is distinguished by its biopsychosocial perspective and developmental framework. The book addresses grieving patterns and intervention strategies according to the life trajectory and provides clinical intervention tools and strategies for coping according to the developmental stage of an individual. It incorporates losses beyond death loss, with special focus on losses related to maturational development. The second edition reflects new research that has clarified and underscored the value of theories examined in the first edition—particularly in the areas of continued bonds, disenfranchised grief, and ambiguous grief. It describes how grieving is influenced by biological responses to stress, psychological responses to loss, and social norms and support networks.
The second edition includes significant new information on trauma and resilience and addresses the use of mindfulness practices with grief and loss. It focuses on the changing role of technology including expressions of grief and loss in social media and public forums. Updated information is provided regarding hospice and palliative care, , along with housing issues in aging. A completely new chapter examines grief and loss counseling with emerging adults, and changes in the DSM 5 are covered as well. Additional new features include chapter objectives, discussion questions, an instructor’s manual, PowerPoint slides, and updated resources.
New to the Second Edition:
New information on trauma and resilience
- Using mindfulness practices with grief and loss
- Updated theory and empirical findings
- The changing role of technology in grief
- Expressions of grief and loss in social media and public forums
- Transitions due to economic and health changes
- Changes in the DSM 5
- New chapter on emerging adults (ages 18-25)
- Instructor’s manual and PowerPoint slides
- New information on hospice, palliative care and aging
- Housing issues in aging/disability
- New information on issues facing young and older US veterans and families
- Updated resources
- Chapter objectives and discussion questions
About the Author
- Uses a developmental framework for grief and loss
- Incorporates notions of loss beyond death, including unique maturational losses
- Integrates new grief theories with empirical findings and intervention techniques
- Utilizes neurobiological and biological information within a counseling text
- Focuses on non-pathologizing approaches to sadness, loss, and grief
Judith L.M. McCoyd, PhD, LCSW, QCSW, is Associate Professor, Rutgers University School of Social Work, teaching in the Clinical Practice curriculum and working with MSW, PhD and DSW programs. She worked in perinatal, emergency room, and oncology settings. Dr. McCoyd continues to maintain a small private practice specializing in perinatal and end-of-life care. She is co-author of Grief and Loss Across the Lifespan: A Biopsychosocial Perspective (2009) and co-editor (with Toba S. Kerson) of Social Work in Health Settings: Practice in Context, Third Edition (2010). Dr. McCoyd presents at national and international conferences such as CSWE, NAPSW, and the Interdisciplinary Conference of Social Sciences, and publishes in journals about perinatal decision-making, technology and health care, societal aspects of bereavement, and social work education. Her research involves exploration of the ways perinatal technologies impact the experience of childbearing and bereavement.
Carolyn Ambler Walter, PhD, LCSW, is a Professor Emerita, Center for Social Work Education, Widener University, Chester, PA.; Adjunct Professor, University of PA, School of Social Policy and Practice, Phila. PAwhere she erves as a mentor/part-time faculty in the DSW program. Dr. Walter is the co-author ofGrief and Loss Across the Lifespan: A Biopsychosocial Perspective (2009) and the author ofThe Loss of a Life Partner: Narratives of the Bereaved (2003). She is the co-author of Breast Cancer in the Life Course: Women’s Experiences and the author of The Timing of Motherhood. Dr. Walter has published many articles in professional journals on such topics as women’s issues, grief and social work education. She has also given professional presentations at state and regional hospice conferences throughout the US, at ADEC, NASW and CSWE national conferences.
Preface and Acknowledgements Chapter 1: Introduction Chapter 2: Parental Loss Chapter 3: Infancy and Toddler-Hood Chapter 4: Elementary-School Aged Children Chapter 5: Tweens and Teens Chapter 6: Emerging Adults Chapter 7: Young Adulthood Chapter 8: Middle Adulthood Chapter 9: Retirement Reinvention Chapter 10: Older Adults Chapter 11: Conclusion