The author's brother, Martin, was her closest ally and friend. He suddenly became ill and died in just a few months. Written in the year that followed, the author begins to restructure her life. Moving between stories of childhood and adulthood, from life to death and its aftermath, she describes her loss, and how she has come to terms with grief.
Many healthcare professionals have to deal with the shock, reactions and emotional aftermath of people facing the sudden death of someone close to them. Knowing how to help, what to say or do, needs learned skills, self-knowledge and support for both the professional and the client. This book deals directly with these issues.
Offers an interdisciplinary introduction to death, dying, and bereavement. Integrating the experiential and the scholarly, as well as the emotional and intellectual dimensions of death and dying, this seventh edition provides coverage of death studies.
The cruel early death of his wife Helen tears up the script of Adam Golightly's middle-class, middle-aged existence. Miserably single, outnumbered by his kids and haunted by life's screaming fragility, he recounts his fight back against the hand of fate.
Steers a clear path through the main arguments in this most difficult ethical maze. While providing a balanced account of the issues involved, makes a distinctive contribution to the debate and reaches some possibly surprising conclusions.
Focuses on what happens after a death has taken place. Drawing on social theory and anthropology, This book reviews the ways grief, mourning and death ritual have been approached by academics and practitioners in the field. It combines reviews with illustrative examples of grief, mourning and death ritual as they manifest in specific settings.
Provides a look at death from a sociological perspective. Arguing that despite popular belief death does not make us equal, this book states that dying is a chaotic and uncertain process. It examines the medicalisation of care for the dying, attitudes of carers, the notion of the 'good death', the euthanasia debate and the fear of cancer.
The notion of a 'good death' plays an important role in modern palliative care and remains a topic for lively debate. Using philosophical methods and theories, this book provides a critical analysis of Western notions surrounding the dying process in the palliative care context.
In all modern countries a good death and relief of suffering are important issues of public debate. The bioethical debate in the Netherlands is unique since it has been focusing on the issue of euthanasia. This book describes the debate, explains its origins, and analyzes its development, resulting in the legislation of euthanasia.
In this study on the evolution of grief John Archer shows that grief is a natrual reaction to losses of many sorts and he proves this by bringing together material from evolutionary psychology, ethology and experimental psychology.
This book describes a range of successful programmes pioneered by artists, writers, nurses, musicians, therapists, social workers, and chaplains in palliative care settings. These range from simple painting and writing activities to organized communal activities like writing and performing a play.
Explores the law relating to euthanasia and assisted suicide, tracing its development from prohibition through to the laissez faire attitude adopted in a number of countries in 21st Century. This book provides a critique of the arguments surrounding legislative control of such practices and particularly looks into the regulatory role of the state.
A person's sense of hope is essential to bereavement counselling and nursing. This book brings together research and thinking on hope to give guidance to professionals working with the bereaved. Taking in a variety of sources, this book gives a comprehensive view of the developments and possibilities in hope-inspiring bereavement counselling.
In this collection of accounts, people share their experiences of losing loved ones through death from natural causes, genetic conditions, accident, suicide and murder. Looking at death from different perspectives, it encourages people to understand their own grief and how those around to them might be affected by what can seem a very private loss.
In this practical book on why and how people grieve, the author addresses the experience of bereavement and loss in a wide range of contexts, including: death and dying; ageing; disability; illness and AIDS; and cultural loss. It presents ideas for practical solutions and discusses strategies to help clients regain control of their lives.
In The Social Symbolism of Grief and Mourning Roger Grainger focuses on the role of funerals in promoting the personal and social adjustment of the bereaved. Tying together folklore with funeral practices, the author has created a work that examines the anthropological, psychological and superstitious aspects of our relationship to death and dying.
'One of the best books I've read in the last five or ten years... Wild is angry, brave, sad, self-knowing, redemptive, raw, compelling, and brilliantly written, and I think it's destined to be loved by a lot of people, men and women, for a very long time.' Nick Hornby
Denial, anger, bargaining, depression and acceptance. The five stages of grief are part of our common understanding of bereavement. This book is suitable for those with an interest in bereavement or the five stages of grief.
This new text provides a comprehensive introduction to the study of loss via exploration into three major types of loss: imortant relationships, those that damage our self-esteem and losses resulting from victimization.
This work argues that dying and bereavement are issues for all social care practitioners, illustrating the wide variety of ways in which they are involved. Examples are taken from mainstream as well as specialist settings.
Bereavement is a difficult issue for midwives to manage and families suffer when the care they receive is inadequate or inappropriate. Adopting a research-based approach, this book aids midwives in providing effective care and support to those who experience loss. It covers perinatal and neonatal loss; termination for foetal abnormality; and more.
At least one in five pregnancies ends in miscarriage, yet aftercare is rarely available for those who have experienced it. Grief Unseen explains different kinds of childbearing losses, such as failed fertility treatment, ectopic pregnancy, and stillbirth, and explores their emotional impact on women and their partners, and the process of healing.
Through a sweeping historical overview of suicide, a moving literary survey of famous suicide notes, and a psychological analysis of himself, Simon Critchley offers us an insight into what it means to possess the all too human gift and curse of being of being able to choose life or death.
A moving account of cancer treatment written by a terminally ill patient, which spells out important messages for patients and the health professionals who look after them. Contributions from medical communicators highlight the priorities for health professionals.
Silent Grief is a book for and about "suicide survivors" - those who have been left behind by the suicide of a friend or loved one. Written by a suicide survivor, this book gives valuable insights into living in the wake of suicide, providing useful strategies and support for those affected by suicide, as well as professionals working with them.
'The thing to remember about this story is that every word is true. If I never told it to a soul, and this book did not exist, it would not cease to be true. I don't mind at all if you forget this. The important thing is that I don't.'