In the Presence of Grief: Helping Family Members Resolve Death, Dying, and Bereavement Issues

In the Presence of Grief: Helping Family Members Resolve Death, Dying, and Bereavement Issues


By (author) Dorothy S. Becvar, Foreword by Pauline Boss

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  • Publisher: Guilford Publications
  • Format: Hardback | 284 pages
  • Dimensions: 159mm x 233mm x 27mm | 581g
  • Publication date: 29 November 2001
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 1572306971
  • ISBN 13: 9781572306974
  • Edition statement: [ American.
  • Illustrations note: black & white illustrations
  • Sales rank: 1,480,831

Product description

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. Clinical psychologists, family therapists, psychiatrists, social workers, and counselors working with families; physicians and nurses in palliative care settings; hospice professionals. While written for professionals, the book's sensitive coverage of universal themes also makes it suitable for general readers.

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Author information

Dorothy S. Becvar, PhD, is a licensed marital and family therapist and a licensed clinical social worker in private practice in St. Louis, Missouri. She is also president and CEO of The Haelan Centers (TM), a not-for-profit corporation dedicated to promoting the growth and wholeness of clients in body, mind, and spirit. Dr. Becvar has published extensively and has presented workshops and courses nationally and internationally on a wide variety of topics. A well-respected teacher and trainer, she has served on the faculties of the University of Missouri/n-/St. Louis, St. Louis University, Texas Tech University, Washington University, and Radford University.

Review quote

'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

Table of contents

Foreword, Pauline Boss. Part 1: The Contexts of Grief. Introduction. Understanding Death, Dying, and Bereavement. When Death Comes Unannounced. When Death Is Anticipated. When the Question of Euthanasia Emerges. When a Child Dies. When a Sibling Dies. When a Parent Dies. When a Spouse Dies. When an Extended Family Member or Friend Dies. Part 2: Grief in the Context of Therapy. Creating Funerals, Ceremonies, and Other Healing Rituals. Searching for Meaning. Reclaiming Joy.