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Grief As A Family Process : A Developmental Approach To Clinical Practice - Ester R. Shapiro

Grief As A Family Process

A Developmental Approach To Clinical Practice

Hardcover Published: 5th August 1994
ISBN: 9780898621969
Number Of Pages: 320

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Grief is a universal human response to the loss of a loved one, not a psychopathological condition; nonetheless, mental health professionals are often called upon to help families in grief. Accessibly written, Grief as a Family Process draws on many sources, such as developmental psychology, psychoanalytic and family systems theory, and cultural anthropology. It extends and integrates these approaches into a systemic developmental model that emphasizes the ways grief can enhance the emotional growth of the family system. The model presented here views grief as a natural process through which a therapist can help families live, and even grow. Using examples from a wide variety of cultural traditions, this book argues for a transformation of attachment to, instead of detachment from, the deceased family member to sustain and enhance family development.

The book focuses in turn on the bereaved adult, child, and family, bringing sociocultural perspectives on bereavement to bear on the discussion. After an overview of the systemic developmental approach, the individual grief of adults and children is viewed in systemic developmental context. The treatment course of a 36-year-old woman following the death of her husband clearly illustrates how a grieving individual can create a new sense of self through transformations in her or his inner relationship with the deceased. Chapters on bereavement in childhood emphasize the important role of grieving parents in determining the range of possibilities available to grieving children, who even more than adults need an enduring image of their dead family member in order to proceed with their still unfolding development.

The book then looks at grieving families and their shared development, using ideas from family systems theory and family development to demonstrate how shared strategies for stability are a necessary part of family adjustment to the death of a family member. Clinical vignettes illustrate family responses to grief, traditionally interpreted as pathological, reframed in a normal developmental context, including special situations such as the death of a child. Chapters on cultural and social factors in bereavement supply a cross-cultural perspective, examining how cultural beliefs can be both resources and barriers in providing support for grieving families. The final chapter outlines the approach to assessment and treatment that is implicit throughout the clinical examples in the book. The result is a clinically useful volume that also provides a new perspective on the process and outcome of grieving.

The systemic developmental model offered in this book allows practitioners from different disciplines to support grieving families as they create new sources of relational stability that will enhance ongoing development. Abundant in clinical detail, the book is indispensable to any helping professional who works with grieving families, including psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, family therapists, physicians and nurses who work with dying patients and their families, hospice and patient home-care workers, clergy, and many others. The book also serves as a text in courses on bereavement, family development, family and child therapy, and child developmental psychopathology.

..".Shapiro presents a sound, well-researched, and well-structured treatment of a difficult topic. Her generous use of case examples enlivens and clarifies her presentation, and the topic headings used throughout the book make it a valuable resource. In my practice, I have seen many families dealing with grief.. I now feel that I can do a better job helping these families by using the ideas Shapiro explores." --Jim Stafford, University of Mississippi, Families in Society ..".Whatever their theoretical perspectives, readers will find useful this introduction to an integrative, adaptive model of grief...The writing is well organized, and is rich with both case material and pertinent research findings from bereavement and trauma literature...Readers will profit from insight into grief as a family life cycle transition requiring transformation of enduring relational bonds...The author handles this difficult subject with understanding and compassion." --S. Dale White, M. Div., MSSW, Florida State University, American Journal of Family Therapy "Bereaved families have been neglected and isolated by our society's denial of death and discomfort with loss. Ester Shapiro weaves together family, developmental, and systemic perspectives into a useful conceptual framework to enable clinicians and grief counselors to better understand family bereavement processes. Highly recommended for professional training and practice to help families master the challenges of loss." --Froma Walsh, Ph.D. "Anyone who reads this compelling book--and every individual and family mental health practitioner should--will greatly expand her or his understanding of the profound reverberations of death and bereavement. It brilliantly manages a seminal conceptual integration of three crucial perspectives--family systems, developmental, and sociocultural--with a tone so evocative and illustrations so rich that the reader can resonate with the emotions of grief and mourning and gain insight into what the author so aptly describes as the need to create new relationships with the dead. A truly excellent accomplishment." --Celia Jaes Falicov, Ph.D. "This book is, quite simply, one of the best books in the field that I have read in years....A moving and profound book, filled with both pain and triumph, and most of all characterized by that rarest of qualities--wisdom. This is a much needed book on a topic too readily avoided. Every clinician will find it an enormously valuable aid not just to working with grief and bereavement but as a model of how the sensitive clinician is attuned to individual and cultural particularities. I have rarely if ever seen a more effective synthesis of sociocultural considerations and the insights of depth psychology. A real gem!" --Paul L. Wachtel, Ph.D. "Ester Shapiro writes powerfully with penetrating insight and practical advice that will afford both understanding and solace to many grieving hearts." --Earl A. Grollman, D.D., author of Living When A Loved One Has Died .,."Shapiro presents a sound, well-researched, and well-structured treatment of a difficult topic. Her generous use of case examples enlivens and clarifies her presentation, and the topic headings used throughout the book make it a valuable resource. In my practice, I have seen many families dealing with grief.. I now feel that I can do a better job helping these families by using the ideas Shapiro explores." --Jim Stafford, University of Mississippi, "Families in Society" .,."Whatever their theoretical perspectives, readers will find useful this introduction to an integrative, adaptive model of grief...The writing is well organized, and is rich with both case material and pertinent research findings from bereavement and trauma literature...Readers will profit from insight into grief as a family life cycle transition requiring transformation of enduring relational bonds...The author handles this difficult subject with understanding and compassion." --S. Dale White, M. Div., MSSW, Florida State University, "American Journal of Family Therapy" "Bereaved families have been neglected and isolated by our society's denial of death and discomfort with loss. Ester Shapiro weaves together family, developmental, and systemic perspectives into a useful conceptual framework to enable clinicians and grief counselors to better understand family bereavement processes. Highly recommended for professional training and practice to help families master the challenges of loss." --Froma Walsh, Ph.D. "Anyone who reads this compelling book--and every individual and family mental health practitioner should--will greatly expand her or his understanding of the profound reverberations of death andbereavement. It brilliantly manages a seminal conceptual integration of three crucial perspectives--family systems, developmental, and sociocultural--with a tone so evocative and illustrations so rich that the reader can resonate with the emotions of grief and mourning and gain insight into what the author so aptly describes as the need to create new relationships with the dead. A truly excellent accomplishment." --Celia Jaes Falicov, Ph.D. "This book is, quite simply, one of the best books in the field that I have read in years....A moving and profound book, filled with both pain and triumph, and most of all characterized by that rarest of qualities--wisdom. This is a much needed book on a topic too readily avoided. Every clinician will find it an enormously valuable aid not just to working with grief and bereavement but as a model of how the sensitive clinician is attuned to individual and cultural particularities. I have rarely if ever seen a more effective synthesis of sociocultural considerations and the insights of depth psychology. A real gem!" --Paul L. Wachtel, Ph.D. "Ester Shapiro writes powerfully with penetrating insight and practical advice that will afford both understanding and solace to many grieving hearts." --Earl A. Grollman, D.D., author of "Living When A Loved One Has Died" .,."an excellent choice as an adjunct text to support the skills of clinicians with experience, and it would serve as a supplement to students in the field of grief therapy. It gives a nicely packaged overview of the field of systematic treatment approaches as well as a useful synthesis of timely literature in the use of those approaches. I recommend it both for individual, library, and bookstore stock." --"Doody's Annual" ..."Shapiro presents a sound, well-researched, and well-structured treatment of a difficult topic. Her generous use of case examples enlivens and clarifies her presentation, and the topic headings used throughout the book make it a valuable resource. In my practice, I have seen many families dealing with grief.. I now feel that I can do a better job helping these families by using the ideas Shapiro explores." --Jim Stafford, University of Mississippi, "Families in Society" ..."Whatever their theoretical perspectives, readers will find useful this introduction to an integrative, adaptive model of grief...The writing is well organized, and is rich with both case material and pertinent research findings from bereavement and trauma literature...Readers will profit from insight into grief as a family life cycle transition requiring transformation of enduring relational bonds...The author handles this difficult subject with understanding and compassion." --S. Dale White, M. Div., MSSW, Florida State University, "American Journal of Family Therapy" "Bereaved families have been neglected and isolated by our society's denial of death and discomfort with loss. Ester Shapiro weaves together family, developmental, and systemic perspectives into a useful conceptual framework to enable clinicians and grief counselors to better understand family bereavement processes. Highly recommended for professional training and practice to help families master the challenges of loss." --Froma Walsh, Ph.D. "Anyone who reads this compelling book--and every individual and family mental health practitioner should--will greatly expand her or his understanding of the profound reverberations of death andbereavement. It brilliantly manages a seminal conceptual integration of three crucial perspectives--family systems, developmental, and sociocultural--with a tone so evocative and illustrations so rich that the reader can resonate with the emotions of grief and mourning and gain insight into what the author so aptly describes as the need to create new relationships with the dead. A truly excellent accomplishment." --Celia Jaes Falicov, Ph.D. "This book is, quite simply, one of the best books in the field that I have read in years....A moving and profound book, filled with both pain and triumph, and most of all characterized by that rarest of qualities--wisdom. This is a much needed book on a topic too readily avoided. Every clinician will find it an enormously valuable aid not just to working with grief and bereavement but as a model of how the sensitive clinician is attuned to individual and cultural particularities. I have rarely if ever seen a more effective synthesis of sociocultural considerations and the insights of depth psychology. A real gem!" --Paul L. Wachtel, Ph.D. "Ester Shapiro writes powerfully with penetrating insight and practical advice that will afford both understanding and solace to many grieving hearts." --Earl A. Grollman, D.D., author of "Living When A Loved One Has Died" ..."an excellent choice as an adjunct text to support the skills of clinicians with experience, and it would serve as a supplement to students in the field of grief therapy. It gives a nicely packaged overview of the field of systematic treatment approaches as well as a useful synthesis of timely literature in the use of those approaches. I recommend it both for individual, library, and bookstore stock." --"Doody's Annual"

Overview
Introduction
A Systemic Developmental Approach to Family Bereavement
Individual Grief in Systemic Context
Grief in Adulthood
A Widow's Story: The Systemic Developmental Experience of Grief in Adulthood
Bereavement in Childhood: Child Grief as a Systemic Developmental Process
The Stories of Grieving Children: Weaving Grief and Coping into the Developmental Fabric
Grieving Families and their Shared Development
Family Systems Theory and Models of Family Bereavement
Family Development and Adaptation to the Crisis of Grief
Helping Bereaved Families: Enhancing Strategies for Stable Reorganization
The Death of a Child: Its Impact on Adult and Family Development
Cultural and Social Factors in Family Bereavement
THe Sociocultural Context of Grief
The Interweaving of Cultural Background and Family Developmental History: The Story of a Daughter's Grief
The Circumstances of Death and the Structure of Grief
Conclusion
Family Development and Grief Therapy
References
Index
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ISBN: 9780898621969
ISBN-10: 0898621968
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 320
Published: 5th August 1994
Publisher: Guilford Publications
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 24.13 x 16.51  x 3.18
Weight (kg): 0.63