Grief, Loss, and Treatment for Death Row Families

Grief, Loss, and Treatment for Death Row Families : Forgotten No More

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Grief, Loss, and Treatment for Death Row Families provides an in-depth examination of the unique grieving process experienced by the families of death row inmates from the time of their loved one's arrest through to his execution. The disenfranchised grief and ambiguous loss felt by these families are among the aspects of their grief that are addressed by the clinical interventions offered at the end of each chapter for mental health therapists to utilize as they assist these families through their grief.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 298 pages
  • 157.48 x 231.14 x 27.94mm | 566.99g
  • Lexington Books
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • 0739114948
  • 9780739114940

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This is a good and important book that fills a nearly total gap in the thanatological literature that has essentially ignored the population of families of death row inmates coping with grief and loss...This is a worthwhile clinical book ... It is very informative about how our court systems function and how death row families understandably are traumatized by the entire experience. They do, indeed, need mental health and bereavement services. This book will provide immeasurable insights for any counselors who have or actively seek out the opportunity to serve this population. Omega - Journal of Death and Dying In an incredibly sensitive book, Grief, Loss, and Treatment for Death Row Families: Forgotten No More, Sandra Joy explores the disenfranchised grief of a most forgotten population-families of death row inmates. Clinicians will find this a very special work of value not only to those who work with or wish to understand the struggles of these individuals but also for an extraordinary application of the role of the grief therapist in the most difficult circumstances. It is a must-read! -- Kenneth Doka, The Graduate School of The College of New Rochelle Sandra Joy has captured my family's story and the agony we have experienced since our nightmare began in 1990. Her book will help those who share my nightmare and the professionals who wish to help us through our suffering. -- Barbara Lewis
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About Sandra Joy

Sandra Joy is associate professor in the sociology department at Rowan University and author of Coalition Building in the Anti-Death Penalty Movement: Privileged Morality, Race Realities.
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Table of contents

Chapter 1: Introduction Chapter 2: The Initial Shock Chapter 3: The Death Sentence Chapter 4: Negotiating the Row Chapter 5: The Execution Chapter 6: What About the Children? Chapter 7: Conclusions Appendix A: Books for Children of Death Row Inmates and Therapists Working with Them Appendix B: Support Groups for the Children of Incarcerated Parents
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