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Liberating Losses : When Death Brings Relief - Chris McGonigle

Liberating Losses

When Death Brings Relief

Paperback Published: 1st April 2004
ISBN: 9780738209487
Number Of Pages: 240

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When someone dies, those left behind are expected to grieve. But, as taboo as it is to admit, not every death brings great sadness. Labeled "nontraditional grief response" by therapists and counselors, a positive reaction following a death is becoming more common, especially now that drugs and medical treatments keep people alive much longer than they or their families might wish. Sometimes we are relieved that our loved one is no longer suffering; at the other end of the spectrum, a death might finally free us of an abusive or unhappy relationship. In either case, the cultural expectation for sadness, loneliness, and despair only adds to the guilt and conflict felt by many "relieved grievers."Authors Jennifer Elison and Chris McGonigle have lived through their own "liberating losses." Illuminating for the first time a reaction that many deem insensitive, inappropriate, or strange, Ellison and McGonigle share their own and others' stories, thoughtful clinical analysis, and pragmatic counsel. Wise, compassionate, and groundbreaking, "Liberating Losses" expands the traditional definition of grief and, in so doing, generously validates the feelings that so many feel obliged to hide.

Acknowledgmentsp. xiii
Introductionp. xvii
Speaking Ill of the Deadp. 1
Altruistic Reliefp. 23
Dual Reliefp. 45
Relationship Reliefp. 71
Guiltp. 93
Social Supportp. 117
Unfinished Businessp. 139
Honoring the Selfp. 161
Moving Onp. 179
Notesp. 199
Indexp. 205
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ISBN: 9780738209487
ISBN-10: 0738209481
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 240
Published: 1st April 2004
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.59 x 14.61  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.3
Edition Number: 1