Continuing Bonds; New Understandings of Grief [eBooks]Material type: TextSeries: Publication details: London Taylor & Francis 1996 Description: Pbk, .: 359pISBN: 1560323396DDC classification: 155.00 KLA Online resources: Link to access this title via IHF Library OpenAthens EBSCO eBook Collection
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Part 1 Examining the dominant model: introduction - what's the problem. Part 2 Setting the stage: broken hearts or broken bonds; grief that does not end; grief in an Eastern culture - Japanese ancestor worship. Part 3 The inner representation of the deceased: children's construction of their dead parent; bereaved children's changing relationships with the deceased; remembering a parent who has died - a developmental perspective; relationship and heritage - manifestations of on-going attachment following father death. Part 4 Spousal bereavement: widowhood and husband sanctificaion; remarriage of widowed persons - a triadic relationship; memories of the death and life of a spouse - the role of images and "sense of presence" grief. Part 5 Parental bereavement: the deceased child in the psychic and social worlds of bereaved parents during the resolution of grief; the wounded family - bereaved parents and the impact of adult child loss. Part 6 Bereaved siblings: basic constructs of a theory of adolescent sibling bereavement. Part 7 Adoptee losses: retroactive loss in adopted persons; grief and the birth-origin fantasies of adopted women. Part 8 Meanings and implications: grief and the role of the inner representation of the deceased; attachment and the reactions of bereaved college students - a longitudinal study; dilemma in identification for the post-Nazi generation - "my good father was a bad man?". Part 9 Conclusion.
This new book gives voice to an emerging consensus among bereavement scholars that our understanding of the grief process needs to be expanded. The dominant 20th century model holds that the function of grief and mourning is to cut bonds with the deceased, thereby freeing the survivor to reinvest in new relationships in the present. Pathological grief has been defined in terms of holding on to the deceased. Close examination reveals that this model is based more on the cultural values of modernity than on any substantial data of what people actually do. Presenting data from several populations, 22 authors - among the most respected in their fields - demonstrate that the health resolution of grief enables one to maintain a continuing bond with the deceased. Despite cultural disapproval and lack of validation by professionals, survivors find places for the dead in their on-going lives and even in their communities. Such bonds are not denial: the deceased can provide resources for enriched functioning in the present. Chapters examine widows and widowers, bereaved children, parents and siblings, and a population previously excluded from bereavement research: adoptees and their birth parents. Bereavement in Japanese culture is also discussed, as are meanings and implications of this new model of grief. Opening new areas of research and scholarly dialogue, this work provides the basis for significant developments in clinical practice in the field.