Grief and Bereavement in Contemporary Society

Grief and Bereavement in Contemporary Society : Bridging Research and Practice


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Grief and Bereavement in Contemporary Society is an authoritative guide to the study of and work with major themes in bereavement. Its chapters synthesize the best of research-based conceptualization and clinical wisdom across 30 of the most important topics in the field. The volume's contributors come from around the world, and their work reflects a level of cultural awareness of the diversity and universality of bereavement and its challenges that has rarely been approximated by other volumes. This is a readable, engaging, and comprehensive book that will share the most important scientific and applied work on the contemporary scene with a broad international audience, and as such, it will be an essential addition to anyone with a serious interest in death, dying, and bereavement.

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  • Paperback | 472 pages
  • 148 x 226 x 24mm | 699.99g
  • 18 May 2011
  • Taylor & Francis Ltd
  • London
  • English
  • 7 black & white illustrations, 5 black & white tables
  • 0415884810
  • 9780415884815
  • 150,571

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Robert A. Neimeyer, PhD, is a professor in the Psychotherapy Research Area of the Department of Psychology, University of Memphis, where he also maintains an active clinical practice. He has published 23 books, including Meaning Reconstruction and the Experience of Loss and Constructivist Psychotherapy: Distinctive Features, is the editor of Death Studies and the Journal of Constructivist Psychology, and has served as President of the Association for Death Education and Counseling. Darcy L. Harris, PhD, is Professor and Coordinator of Thanatology at King's University College, in London, Ontario, Canada. She is the editor of Counting Our Losses: Reflecting on Change, Loss, and Transition in Everyday Life (Routledge, 2010). Howard R. Winokuer, PhD, is the founder of the Winokuer Center for Counseling and Healing in Charlotte, NC, and has served as President of the Association for Death Education and Counseling. Gordon F. Thornton, PhD, is professor emeritus at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, a coeditor of the Handbook of Thanatology (Routledge/ADEC, 2007), and has served as President of the Association for Death Education and Counseling.

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"The tone of this book is thoughtful, questioning, and respectful which is evident in the way researchers and practitioners have come together and shared their perspectives and knowledge. The authors and editors of the book enable the reader to personalize their experience, just as we do in life with different forms of loss. I thoroughly recommend this book to those with experience in death, dying, and bereavement." - Susan Meyerink, GriefMatters, The Australian Journal of Grief and Bereavement "This book is a marvelous, intelligent response to the call for bridging the gap separating bereavement researchers and practitioners. Each chapter's collaborative team synthesizes important scholarship, provides challenging case studies, and persuasively addresses the nagging practitioner question of "So what?" The writing crackles, insights abound, and we are offered wide-ranging critical and experiential wisdom about a legion of bereavement realities that bedevil human beings." - David E. Balk, author of Helping the Bereaved College Student "This landmark book has achieved a stunning integration of research and clinical practice. The structure is bold and innovative, and the book provides readers with an unparalleled opportunity to appreciate the common threads linking research and applied work on bereavement." - Camille Wortman, coauthor of Traumatic Bereavement: Treatment for Survivors of Sudden Death "The editors of this very readable and stimulating volume have taken the unique step of bringing together practitioners and researchers to write joint chapters on a wide range of topical issues in the bereavement field. No longer can it be said that those working in one of these capacities fail to take the wisdom, knowledge, expertise and experience of the other seriously. This is a highly significant contribution to our field." - Margaret S. Stroebe, coeditor of the Handbook of Bereavement Research and Practice: Advances in Theory and Intervention "This innovative and rich text makes an important contribution to the literature, and highlights the benefits of research/practice dialogue in the field of grief and bereavement." - Liz Rolls, Mortality, 18:3

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