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In the Presence of Grief : Helping Family Members Resolve Death, Dying, and Bereavement Issues - Dorothy S. Becvar

In the Presence of Grief

Helping Family Members Resolve Death, Dying, and Bereavement Issues

Hardcover Published: 1st October 2001
ISBN: 9781572306974
Number Of Pages: 284

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Illuminating the impact of loss and grief on our psychological and emotional lives, this book provides vital guidance to ease painful transitions and facilitate healing. The author emphasizes that dealing with the death of a loved one involves more than picking up the pieces and moving on: rather, healing is an ongoing journey on which grief is a constant companion. For those in a supportive role, the focus is on helping the bereaved to navigate the grieving process and, ultimately, to reclaim joy as well as sadness as an integral part of life. Filled with personal narratives and examples, the book demonstrates effective ways to help survivors cope with commonly experienced issues, problems, and concerns. This compassionate and hopeful work is essential reading for anyone working or living in the presence of grief.

The book begins with a clear overview of death, dying, and bereavement issues, interweaving contemporary clinical perspectives and research findings with evocative firsthand accounts. Described are the variety of contexts in which death may occur, as well as the unique ways that grief may be experienced. Chapters address such topics as the differences between unanticipated and anticipated death and challenges that may emerge around end-of-life issues and care of the dying. Included are in-depth discussions of different kinds of loss, including the death of a child, sibling, parent, spouse, or extended family member or friend. Each chapter is introduced by a personal account from an individual who has suffered that kind of loss, and concludes with a case example derived from the author's clinical practice. Throughout, innovative ideas are presented for helping individuals and families share their stories, find meaning in their experience, and create funerals and other rituals.

This book provides essential insights and strategies for practitioners working with families, including psychologists, family therapists, psychiatrists, social workers, and counselors; physicians and nurses in palliative care settings; and hospice professionals, as well as students in these areas. While written for professionals, the book's lucid, personal style and sensitive coverage of universal themes will also make it suitable for many general readers.

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Illuminating the impact of loss and grief on our psychological and emotional lives, this book provides vital information to ease painful transitions and facilitate healing. The author emphasizes that dealing with the death of a loved one involves more than picking up the pieces and moving on: rather, survivors live indefinitely in the presence of grief. For those in a supportive role, the focus is on helping the bereaved to navigate the grieving process and, ultimately, to reclaim joy as well as sadness as an integral part of life. The book explores pathways to recovery from different kinds of loss, including the death of a child, sibling, parent, spouse, or extended family member or friend, as well as challenges that may emerge around care of the dying and issues at the end of life. Personal accounts and therapeutic case material are interwoven with practical suggestions for helping individuals and families share their stories, find meaning in their experience, and create funerals and other rituals. While written for professionals, the book's lucid, personal style and sensitive coverage of universal themes make it suitable for many general readers as well.

'All authors aspire to make an impact. A few succeed. Dorothy Becvar's work is an example of such an achievement. Clinicians will find many ideas that can be applied immediately in their day-to-day work with families and individuals. This book will help students at all levels understand the main issues of resolution and grief.' - Death Studies 'This is an excellent resource for clinicians, pastors, grief counsellors, professors, and anyone else concerned with caring for those who grieve. It is uniquely thorough and insightful, well written, and admirably humane in its tone.' - Family Ministry

The Contexts of Grief
Introductionp. 3
Understanding Death, Dying, and Bereavementp. 24
When Death Comes Unannouncedp. 45
When Death Is Anticipatedp. 66
When the Question of Euthanasia Emergesp. 86
When a Child Diesp. 105
When a Sibling Diesp. 125
When a Parent Diesp. 143
When a Spouse Diesp. 163
When an Extended Family Member or Friend Diesp. 184
Grief in the Context of Therapy
Creating Funerals, Ceremonies, and Other Healing Ritualsp. 207
Searching for Meaningp. 226
Reclaiming Joyp. 245
Referencesp. 267
Indexp. 278
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ISBN: 9781572306974
ISBN-10: 1572306971
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 284
Published: 1st October 2001
Publisher: Guilford Publications
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.63