May 23, 2017

books on coping with grief for carers and healthcare professionals - (including workbooks)


These resources are available for loan to members of AANSW - if you would like to reserve them please email the Library on nsw.library@alzheimers.org.au 
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Coping with grief 

An ideal book to give immediately to bereaved people and those in touch with them. This book covers: What is normal grief; anniversaries and special dates; physical reactions; coping with the immediate needs of the bereaved; the funeral; preparatory grief; children and grief; gender differences in grief; bereavement and its possible consequences; sexuality and grief; the support team; self-help and community education. 



Coping with grief and loss: a guide to healing when mourning the death of a loved one
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.



Ambiguous loss : learning to live with unresolved grief

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: a guide to coping

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.
Learning Objectives
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 : how to overcome setbacks, become resilient, and create a happier life
In this practical book, Brian Babington, a professional counsellor specialising in grief and loss, outlines some approaches to cope with the initial trauma of loss and failure - and to find ways to recover. His approaches are of use to people who have experienced severe loss - such as a death in the family - or other traumatic events such as the breakdown of a relationship or the loss of a job. Brian Babington guides the reader through ways of coping with anxiety and despair, releasing loss, re-energising themselves and realigning their attitudes. He includes over 50 techniques for readers to choose from in creating their own path to recovery.


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

This text is a valuable resource for  dealing with non-death, nonfinite, and ambiguous losses in their lives. It explores adjustment to change, transition, and loss from the perspective of the latest thinking in bereavement theory and research. The specific and unique aspects of different types of loss are discussed, such as infertility, aging, chronic illnesses and degenerative conditions, divorce and separation, immigration, adoption, loss of beliefs, and loss of employment. Harris and the contributing authors consider these from an experiential perspective, rather than a developmental one, in order to focus on the key elements of each loss as it may be experienced at any point in the lifespan. Concepts related to adaptation and coping with loss, such as resilience, hardiness, meaning making and the assumptive world, transcendence, and post traumatic growth are considered as part of the integration of loss into everyday life experience


Helping grieving people : when tears are not enough : a handbook for care providers
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.   


Daring Greatly : How the Courage to be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead

Every time we are introduced to someone new, try to be creative, or start a difficult conversation, we take a risk. We feel uncertain and exposed. We feel vulnerable. Most of us try to fight those feelings - we strive to appear perfect. In a powerful new vision Dr. Brene Brown challenges everything we think we know about vulnerability, and dispels the widely accepted myth that it's a weakness. She argues that, in truth, vulnerability is strength and when we shut ourselves off from vulnerability - from revealing our true selves - we distance ourselves from the experiences that bring purpose and meaning to our lives. Daring Greatly is the culmination of 12 years of groundbreaking social research, across every area of our lives including home, relationships, work, and parenting. It is an invitation to be courageous; to show up and let ourselves be seen, even when there are no guarantees. This is vulnerability. This is daring greatly.



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.


The reality slap : finding peace and fulfilment when life hurts

The “reality slap” is a rude awakening that creates a gap between what you have and what you want. . 

The bigger the gap, the harder it is to bridge it-but it is possible. 

...offers real-life stories and simple exercises to help readers stop depending on things outside of themselves for validation and well-being and instead work on finding peace and fulfilment within.  Readers learn to find peace and calm in the midst of pain and chaos by using painful emotions to cultivate greater wisdom and compassion. 



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. 


Get out of your mind & into your life : the new acceptance & commitment therapy
Get ready to take a different perspective on your problems and your life-and the way you live it. Acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) is a new, scientifically based psychotherapy that takes a fresh look at why we suffer and even what it means to be mentally healthy. 
As you work through this book, you'll learn to let go of your struggle against pain, assess your values, and then commit to acting in ways that further those values." 
It's not about resisting your emotions; it's about feeling them completely and yet not turning your choices over to them.


Living through loss : a training guide for those supporting people facing loss

This manual is a tried and tested method of training people to counsel and aid others who are suffering loss and bereavement. It features include; an explanation of the learning method and ethical issues, role play exercises to allow trainees to experience common situations and further resources should extra training be desired. The course confronts the fear of mortality, promoting self-awareness and self-nurturing in carers to prepare them for the pain, fear, anxiety and anger of those who have been abused or grieving, and develops the skills which enable the carer to fulfill their task.


Holistic experiences of loss and grief

The aim of this book is to demonstrate a range of practical nursing and medical considerations that can be applied to gerontology from a palliative care perspective and the NurseLink model of holistic care.
Book three of the Passion for Caring series. The aim of this book is to raise the readers awareness of the physical, psychological and social processes of grief and loss, while taking into account different personal, cultural and religious beliefs.


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