Harvard Medical School
While no words can erase grief, Coping with Grief and Loss can help you navigate this turbulent time.
In its pages, you'll find advice on comforting yourself, commemorating your loved one, and understanding the difference between grief and depression. You'll also find special sections on coping with the loss of a child, parent, or spouse.
Coping with Grief and Loss also includes information on navigating life when a loved one is terminally ill, on end-of-life planning, and on ways to talk about death.
When a loved one dies we mourn our loss. We take comfort in the rituals that mark the passing, and we turn to those around us for support. But what happens when there is no closure, when a family member or a friend who may be still alive is lost to us nonetheless? How, for example, does the mother whose soldier son is missing in action, or the family of an Alzheimer's patient who is suffering from severe dementia, deal with the uncertainty surrounding this kind of loss?
In this sensitive and lucid account, Pauline Boss explains that, all too often, those confronted with such ambiguous loss fluctuate between hope and hopelessness. Suffered too long, these emotions can deaden feeling and make it impossible for people to move on with their lives. Yet the central message of this book is that they can move on. Drawing on her research and clinical experience, Boss suggests strategies that can cushion the pain and help families come to terms with their grief. Her work features the heartening narratives of those who cope with ambiguous loss and manage to leave their sadness behind, including those who have lost family members to divorce, immigration, adoption, chronic mental illness, and brain injury. With its message of hope, this eloquent book offers guidance and understanding to those struggling to regain their lives.
The grief assessment and intervention workbook : a strengths perspective
Designed for use in social work and counseling courses on grief and loss, grief counseling, and bereavement therapy courses, the text can also serve as a valuable supplemental resource for practice or field courses across multiple disciplines. Using a strengths-perspective approach, the authors explore various theories of grief and delineate several intervention approaches, including developmental and cultural factors that impact the severity of grief reactions. The text also provides several grief assessment instruments used by practitioners, in-depth case scenarios to illustrate key concepts, and hands-on exercises for applying grief assessment and intervention techniques.
Lessons of Loss provides a compassionate, sophisticated, and practical perspective on human loss and bereavement. Dr. Neimeyer develops a fresh theory that views grieving as a process of meaning reconstruction, an effort to rebuild a sense of self and the world that "makes sense" in light of unwelcome losses in life. Whether it is the loss of a job, the dissolution of a relationship, or the death of a loved one, Lessons of Loss outlines dozens of practical, personal interventions in support of effective grief and recovery.
Identify theories as to how loss affects people.
Identify different ""stage"" theories of loss.
Identify risk factors of those who have suffered loss.
Identify appropriate, effective therapies.
Identify controversial treatments for those suffering from a loss.
Bouncing Back provides a simple six-step Resilience Plan to build emotional strength that includes exercise, nutrition, rest, breathing well, creating peace and calm, learning to solve problems and determining new directions. It offers hope and solutions to people experiencing tough times and seeking greater fulfilment. 'We can all overcome adversity by reducing excessive despair,' says Brian Babington, 'and find our own answers by listening compassionately to our inner self. And in the process, the insights we gain from adversity can change us for the better, make us more resilient and lead us to a clearer sense of our life's purpose.'
Counting our losses : reflecting on change, loss, and transition in everyday life
The author addresses grief as it affects a variety of relationships and discusses different intervention and support strategies, always cognizant of individual and cultural differences in the expression and treatment of grief. Jeffreys has established a practical approach to preparing grief care providers through three basic tracks. The first track: Heart – calls for self-discovery, freeing oneself of accumulated loss in order to focus all attention on the griever. Second track: Head – emphasizes understanding the complex and dynamic phenomena of human grief. Third track: Hands – stresses the caregiver's actual intervention, and speaks to lay and professional levels of skill, as well as the various approaches for healing available. Accompanying these three motifs, the Handbook discusses the social and cultural contexts of grief as applied to various populations of grievers as well as the underlying psychological basis of human grief.
When caring takes courage
When Caring Takes Courage follows the path of Alzheimer s disease from its onset, what the disease is and how to seek preliminary diagnosis, all the way to hospice care and all that happens in between. The book includes tips to help with everyday challenges such as bathing, toileting, managing medications and dealing with difficult behaviors. Readers will gain access to customizable tools such as: The Alzheimer s and Dementia Symptom Tracker, Alzheimer s Care Needs Calculator, Affording Alzheimer s Care in Today s Economy Worksheet, Alzheimer s at Home Weekly Care Planner and more. When Caring Takes Courage is intended to be USED not just simply READ, striving to serve Alzheimer s and Dementia caregivers as a constant companion on what can, at times, feel like a lonely journey.
Men coping with grief
The primary purpose of Men Coping With Grief is to bring together, in a single publication, a very diverse group of authors who have considerable knowledge to share about the ways men grieve and how their bereavement experiences impact various aspects of their lives. The adjustment process is multidimensional in that grief can affect nearly every aspect of a person's life including emotions, identity, social interactions and relationships, spirituality, intimacy and sexuality, work productivity, health, and even mortality. Each author offers his or her insights, opinions, personal experiences and supporting evidence to explain what we should know about the ways men grieve, why they grieve in a particular way and how this knowledge might be best applied to assist them.