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Guidebook on Helping Persons with Mental Retardation Mourn





ISBN 9780895033857
Published January 1, 2008 by Routledge
142 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

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