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

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ISBN 9781032153049
January 26, 2022 Forthcoming by Routledge
336 Pages

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Book Description

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Journal articles, book chapters, and previously unpublished speeches cover more than forty years of study and practice on the forefront our understanding of individual, family, and community grief. The writings range widely, including explorations 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 The book ends with a previously unpublished case study of Charles Darwin, whose experience as a bereaved parent informed the worldview at the heart of his theory of natural selection.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.

Table of Contents

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


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


"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