1st Edition

Culture, Consolation, and Continuing Bonds in Bereavement The Selected Works of Dennis Klass

By Dennis Klass Copyright 2022
    314 Pages
    by Routledge

    314 Pages
    by Routledge

    Culture, Consolation, and Continuing Bonds in Bereavement presents Dennis Klass’s most important contributions to the scholarship of grief and bereavement.

    Journal articles, book chapters, and previously unpublished works cover more than 40 years of study and practice on the forefront of our understanding of individual, family, and community grief. The writings range widely, including explorations of continuing bonds and consolation, aspects of grief that were missing when Klass began his work, studies of grief across different cultures, and critical analyses of theories that were popular in grief scholarship but inadequately described bereaved parents’ experiences. The book ends with a previously unpublished case study of Charles Darwin, whose experience as a bereaved parent informed the worldview at the heart of his theory of natural selection. 

    This collection of essays offers an integral understanding of how individuals move through grief and is a valuable addition to the library of anyone working with topics relevant to grieving adults, children, and adolescents.

    Introduction.  1. An Intellectual Life Review  Section 1: Bereaved Parents and The Self-Help Process  2. Professional Roles in a Self-Help Group for the Bereaved  3. The Aftermath of Spiritual Storms  4. Continuing Bonds in the Psychic and Social Worlds of Bereaved Parents During the Resolution of Grief in a Self-Help Group  5. How Can an Outsider Understand?  6. Acceptance Speech - Compassionate Friends Appreciation Award  Section 2: Expanding the Western Theory of Grief  7. What's the Problem with the Dominant Model of Grief?  8. The Sociology of Continuing Bonds  9. Neglected Areas in Bereavement Research: Sorrow and Solace  10. Grief, Consolation, and Religions: A Conceptual Framework Section 3: Cross-Cultural Study of Grief  11. Ancestor Worship in Japan: Dependence and the Resolution of Grief  12. The Buddha and the Christ: How Religious Relics, Doctrines, and Rituals Continue the Bonds Between Founders and Their Disciples  Section 4: Theory and Meaning  13. Elisabeth Kübler-Ross and the Tradition of the Private Sphere: An Analysis of Symbols  14. John Bowlby's Model of Grief and the Problem of Identification  Section 5: Case Study of a Bereaved Parent  15. Charles Darwin’s Sorrow: Parental Bereavement in His Worldview and His Theory of Natural Selection



    Dennis Klass, PhD, is the author or editor of six books and over 70 articles or book chapters. He is a professor emeritus at Webster University in St. Louis, Missouri.

    "Dennis Klass is generous, and he possesses a large soul. He is also very smart. He has made lasting contributions to how thanatologists think about and understand bereavement, grief, and mourning. He brought to our attention the singular importance of solace and consolation as persons respond to their losses. He challenged thanatologists weaned in the individualistic tradition of psychology to realize the intersubjective realities of grief. He made formidable forays regarding the ways bereavement, grief, and mourning are experienced and understood in non-Western cultures. This special volume of his important writings showcases these contributions."  David Balk in OMEGA—Journal of Death and Dying, 2022 

    "This landmark volume provides a unique collection of highlights from and developments in Dennis Klass’s momentous scholarship through almost fifty years in bereavement research. With his solid ethnographic, historical, and cross-cultural grounding, Klass has defined the paradigm shift that has taken place in the field. His work has provided conceptual tools that are useful for research and clinical work and also resonates profoundly within the complexity of individual and collective experiences of living with the dead."  Ester Holte Kofod, assistant professor of health psychology, The Culture of Grief Research Center, Aalborg University, Denmark