Grief as a Family Process
A Developmental Approach to Clinical Practice
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This volume extends and integrates approaches such as developmental psychology, psychoanalytic and family systems theory, and cultural anthropology into a systemic developmental model that emphasizes ways grief can enhance the emotional growth of the family system. The model presented here views grief as a natural process through which a therapist can help families live, and even grow. Using examples from a wide variety of cultural traditions, this book argues for an attachment to, instead of detachment from, the deceased family member to sustain and enhance family development. This book is indispensable to any helping professional who works with grieving families, including psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, family therapists, physicians, nurses, hospice and patient home workers, clergypeople, and many others. It also serves as a text in courses on bereavement, family development, family and child therapy, and developmental psychopathology.
Table of Contents
Part I: Overview. Introduction. A Systemic Developmental Approach to Family Bereavement. Part II: Individual Grief in Systemic Context. Grief in Adulthood. A Widow's Story: The Systemic Developmental Experience of Grief in Adulthood. Bereavement in Childhood: Child Grief as a Systemic Developmental Process. The Stories of Grieving Children: Weaving Grief and Coping into the Developmental Fabric. Part III: Grieving Families and their Shared Development. Family Systems Theory and Models of Family Bereavement. Family Development and Adaptation to the Crisis of Grief. Helping Bereaved Families: Enhancing Strategies for Stable Reorganization. The Death of a Child: Its Impact on Adult and Family Development. Part IV: Cultural and Social Factors in Family Bereavement. The Sociocultural Context of Grief. The Interweaving of Cultural Background and Family Developmental History: The Story of a Daughter's Grief. The Circumstances of the Death and the Structure of Grief. Part V: Conclusion. Family Development and Grief Therapy. References. Index.