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Guidebook on Helping Persons with Mental Retardation Mourn

1st Edition

By Jeffrey Kauffman

Routledge

127 pages

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The book contributes to an awareness of the significance of loss in the life experience of persons with mental retardation. Experiencing loss may be a very powerful vulnerability in their mental or psychological life, and dealing with this loss is a basic element in psychological health. There has been an enormous hole in the death and dying literature and in the mental retardation literature on the mourning behavior and needs of persons with mental retardation. This book fills that hole, and lays a foundation for grief support services, establishes standards of practice and care, and is an educational primer about the loss and mourning needs of persons with mental retardation.

Table of Contents

Preface

Acknowledgments

CHAPTER 1: Loss is At the Heart of Life: A General Introduction to Grief and the Practice of Helping Persons Who are Mourning

The Person Who Gives Grief Support

Knowledge of the Grief of Others

The Caregivers Awareness of His or Her Own Mortality

The Very Psychological Development of the Self is a Process of Mourning Losses

Supporting the Mourning Process of Others

Recognizing Grief and Facilitating the Mourning Process

Recognizing Grief is the Basic Supportive Response to Grief

Grief is a Disturbance

Recognize the Diverse Kinds of Loss Experience that Occur in the Lives of Persons with Mental Retardation

CHAPTER 2: Guidelines for Supporting and Facilitating the Mourning Process

The Aim of the Supportive Environment is to Facilitate the Mourning Process

When a Death Happens: General Guidelines

Does a Person with Mental Retardation Understand Death?

Breaking the News of a Death

Begin with an Assessment

Acceptance, Affirmation, and Validation of Grief

Symbolization

Facilitate Active and Maximum Participation in Social Experience of the Loss and Facilitate Activities for the Person to Experience the Loss

Support the Adaptation Needs of the Grieving Person

Preparation for the Death of a Primary Family Caregiver

Teachable Moments

Anniversaries and Holiday: Personal Memorial Days

Lois

The Collaborative Relationship between Grief Counselor/Therapist and Agency or Family

Grief Support Interventions for a Residence

What to Do When a Peer is Dying

Intense Grief Disrupts a Residence

CHAPTER 3: The Language of Grief in Persons with Mental Retardation

Introduction to the Behavioral Language of Grief

Nicholas

Doris

Jamie

Perry

CHAPTER 4: Psychological Concerns and Complications

Introduction to Psychological Concerns and Complications

Compulsivity, Perseveration, and Ritualization: Preventing Change

Harold

Dependence/Attachment

Chad

Ambivalence

Hank

Aggression, Anger, Hatred, Revenge, Indifference, Paranoia, etc.: Death as an Accusation

Betty

Caroline

Sarah

Jimmy

Somatization

Milo

Self-Loathing, Self-Directed Anger, Guilt, Shame, and Other Attacks of the Self.

Mark

Phillip

Manny

Jason

Chronic Low-Level Anxiety as Narcissistic Grief

Donna

Thoughts on the Relation of Complications in the Grief of Persons with Mental Retardation to Psychodynamics of Grief in all Persons

CHAPTER 5: Program Development: The Creation of a Grief Supportive Community

Guidelines for Agencies

Introduction: Preparation for Responding to Losses

Agency Loss Team

Agency Self-Assessment of Loss Experiences

Client Loss Assessment

Supporting Staff as a Way of Cultivating an Agency Climate of Grief Support

Staff Turnover

The Beginning Phase of the Helping Relationship

The Middle Phase of the Helping Relationship

The Termination Phase of the Helping Relationship ,br> Staff Training Programs

Placement: Crisis and Process

The Crisis of Placement

Meg

The Placement Process, as a Policy of Residential Agencies

Aging and Illness

Client Education

Families

CHAPTER 6: Experience in a Grief Group

REFERENCES Not Cited in Text on Mourning and Mental Retardation

Index

About the Author

About the Series

Death, Value and Meaning Series

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PSY036000
PSYCHOLOGY / Mental Health