by Dorothy S. Becvar Foreword by Pauline Boss
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.
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.
In the Presence of Grief was a valuable part of my graduate course on therapeutic approaches to loss and change. Students from a variety of helping professions took the course and commented on how deeply touched they were by Becvar's stories and case examples. The book was a rich source for themes to discuss and strategies to consider. I will definitely use this book again."
-Karen Caldwell, PhD, Department of Human Development and Psychological Counseling, Appalachian State University
"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."
"This is an excellent resource for clinicians, pastors, grief counselors, 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."
284 Pages Size: 6" x 9"
I. The Contexts of Grief.
2. Understanding Death, Dying, and Bereavement.
3. When Death Comes Unannounced.
4. When Death Is Anticipated.
5. When the Question of Euthanasia Emerges.
6. When a Child Dies.
7. When a Sibling Dies.
8. When a Parent Dies.
9. When a Spouse Dies.
10. When an Extended Family Member or Friend Dies.
II. Grief in the Context of Therapy.
11. Creating Funerals, Ceremonies, and Other Healing Rituals.
12. Searching for Meaning.
13. Reclaiming Joy
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