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Grief and Bereavement in Contemporary Society
Bridging Research and Practice

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Book Description

Grief and Bereavement in Contemporary Society is the authoritative guide to the study of and work with major themes in bereavement. The classic edition includes a new preface from the lead editors discussing advances in the field since the book’s initial publication.

The book’s chapters synthesize the best of research-based conceptualization and clinical wisdom across 30 of the most important topics in the field. The volume’s contributors come from around the world, and their work reflects a level of cultural awareness of the diversity and universality of bereavement and its challenges that has rarely been approximated by other volumes. This is a readable, engaging, and comprehensive book that shares the most important scientific and applied work on the contemporary scene with a broad international audience. It’s an essential addition to anyone with a serious interest in death, dying, and bereavement.

Table of Contents


Colin Murray Parkes

Section 1 Current Conceptualizations of the Grief Response

2. Meaning Reconstruction in Bereavement: From Principles to Practice 9

Robert A. Neimeyer and Diana C. Sands

3. Attachment and Coping with Bereavement: Implications for Therapeutic Interventions with the Insecurely Attached

Emmanuelle Zech and Carrie Arnold

4. The Changing Bond in Therapy for Unresolved Loss: An Attachment Theory Perspective

Nigel P. Field and Carol Wogrin

5.The Two-Track Model of Bereavement: The Double Helix of Research and Clinical Practice

Simon Shimshon Rubin, Ruth Malkinson, and Eliezer Witztum

6. A Task-Based Approach for Counseling the Bereaved

J. William Worden and Howard R. Winokuer

7. The Influence of Gender and Socialization on Grieving Styles

Terry L. Martin and Kenneth J. DokaInformation Classification: General

Section II Contexts of Grieving

8 Spousal Bereavement in Later Life

Deborah Carr and John Shep Jeffreys

9. Parenting Challenges After the Death of a Child

Jennifer L. Buckle and Stephen J. Fleming

10. Bereavement in Children and Adults Following the Death of a Sibling

Brenda Marshall and Betty Davies

11. Bridging the Gap: Translating a Research-Based Program into an Agency-Based Service for Bereaved Children and Families

Timothy S. Ayers, C. Caryn Kondo, and Irwin N. Sandler

Section III Challenges in Bereavement

12. Treating Complicated Grief: Converging Approaches 139

M. Katherine Shear, Paul A. Boelen, and Robert A. Neimeyer

13. Grief in the Midst of Ambiguity and Uncertainty: An Exploration of Ambiguous Loss and Chronic Sorrow

Pauline Boss, Susan Roos, and Darcy L. Harris

14. Restorative Retelling: Revising the Narrative of Violent Death

Edward K. Rynearson and Alison Salloum

15. Bereavement and Disasters: Research and Clinical Intervention

Pål Kristensen and Maria-Helena Pereira Franco

16. Grief After Terrorism: Toward a Family-Focused Intervention

Grace H. Christ, Dianne Kane, and Heidi Horsley

17. Is Suicide Bereavement Different? Perspectives from Research and Practice

John R. Jordan and John L. McIntosh

18.Giving Voice to Nonfinite Loss and Grief in Bereavement

Cynthia L. Schultz and Darcy L. Harris

Section IV Specific Populations

19 Grief in GLBT Populations: Focus on Gay and Lesbian Youth

Linda Goldman and Vincent M. Livoti

20 Traumatic Death in the United States Military: Initiating the Dialogue on War-Related Loss

Jill Harrington-LaMorie and Meghan E. McDevitt-Murphy

21 Pet Loss: The Interface of Continuing Bonds Research and Practice

Betty J. Carmack and Wendy Packman

Section V Specialized Therapeutic Modalities

22 Family Therapy for the Bereaved

David W. Kissane and An Hooghe

23 Grief and Expressive Arts Therapy

Barbara E. Thompson and Joy S. Berger

24 Bereavement Rituals and the Creation of Legacy

Laura Lewis and William G. Hoy

25 Bereavement Services Provided under the Hospice Model of Care

Stephen R. Connor and Barbara Monroe

Section VI Grief in a Global Perspective

26. Culture and Ethnicity in Experiencing, Policing, and Handling Grief

Dennis Klass and Amy Yin Man Chow

27. Religion and Spirituality in Adjusting to Bereavement: Grief as Burden, Grief as Gift

Crystal L. Park and Roshi Joan Halifax

28 Technology and Grief Support in the Twenty-First Century: A Multimedia Platform

Kathleen R. Gilbert and Gloria C. Horsleyx Contents

29. "The Remedy Is Not Working": Seeking Socially Just and Culturally Conscientious Practices in Bereavement

Valarie Molaison, Tashel C. Bordere, and Kathleen Fowler

30. Grief Dimensions Associated with Hastened Death: Clinical and

Ethical Implications

Louis A. Gamino and Clint Moore IIIInformation Classification: General

Section VII Conclusion

31 Building Bridges in Bereavement Research and Practice: Some

Concluding Reflections

Robert A. Neimeyer and Darcy L. Harris

Author Index

Subject Index

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Robert A. Neimeyer, PhD, directs the Portland Institute for Loss and Transition, serves as editor of the journal Death Studies, actively practices as a trainer, consultant and coach, and has published extensively on grieving as a meaning-making process.

Darcy L. Harris, PhD, RN, RSW, FT, is an associate professor in the Department of Interdisciplinary Programs and the coordinator of the Thanatology Program at King’s University College at Western University in London, Ontario, Canada. She also maintains a private clinical practice and does consulting and presentation work specializing in issues related to change, loss, transition, and grief.

Howard R. Winokuer, PhD, was the founder of the Winokuer Center for Counseling and Healing in Charlotte, North Carolina, and was a well-known author and internationally renowned speaker.

Gordon F. Thornton, PhD, is professor emeritus at Indiana University of Pennsylvania and has served as president of the Association for Death Education and Counseling.


"This book is a marvelous, intelligent response to the call for bridging the gap separating bereavement researchers and practitioners. Each chapter’s collaborative team synthesizes important scholarship, provides challenging case studies, and persuasively addresses the nagging practitioner question of "So what?" The writing crackles, insights abound, and we are offered wide-ranging critical and experiential wisdom about a legion of bereavement realities that bedevil human beings."

David E. Balk, author of  Dealing with Dying, Death, and Grief during Adolescence


"This landmark book has achieved a stunning integration of research and clinical practice. The structure is bold and innovative, and the book provides readers with an unparalleled opportunity to appreciate the common threads linking research and applied work on bereavement."

Camille Wortman, coauthor of  Traumatic Bereavement: Treatment for Survivors of Sudden Death


"The editors of this very readable and stimulating volume have taken the unique step of bringing together practitioners and researchers to write joint chapters on a wide range of topical issues in the bereavement field. No longer can it be said that those working in one of these capacities fail to take the wisdom, knowledge, expertise and experience of the other seriously. This is a highly significant contribution to our field."

Margaret S. Stroebe, coeditor of the Handbook of Bereavement Research and Practice: Advances in Theory and Intervention


"The tone of this book is thoughtful, questioning, and respectful which is evident in the way researchers and practitioners have come together and shared their perspectives and knowledge. The authors and editors of the book enable the reader to personalize their experience, just as we do in life with different forms of loss. I thoroughly recommend this book to those with experience in death, dying, and bereavement."

Susan Meyerink, Grief Matters: The Australian Journal of Grief and Bereavement


"This innovative and rich text makes an important contribution to the literature and highlights the benefits of research/practice dialogue in the field of grief and bereavement."

Liz Rolls, Mortality, 18:3