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Non-Death Loss and Grief
Context and Clinical Implications

Edited By

Darcy L. Harris

ISBN 9781138320826
Published November 7, 2019 by Routledge
370 Pages

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Book Description

Non-Death Loss and Grief offers an inclusive perspective on loss and grief, exploring recent research, clinical applications, and current thinking on non-death losses and the unique features of the grieving process that accompany them.

The book places an overarching focus on the losses that we encounter in everyday life, and the role of these loss experiences in shaping us as we continue living. A main emphasis is the importance of having words to accurately express these ‘living losses’, such as loss of communication with a loved one due to disease or trauma, which are often not acknowledged for the depth of their impact. Chapters showcase a wide range of contributions from international leaders in the field and explore individual perspectives on loss as well as experiences that are more interpersonal and sociopolitical in nature.

Illustrated by case studies and clinical examples throughout, this is a highly relevant text for clinicians looking to enhance their support of those living with ongoing loss and grief.

Table of Contents

1. Non-Death Loss and Grief: Laying the Foundation

Darcy Harris

Part One: The Social Context of Loss and Grief

Neil Thompson

2. Disenfranchised Grief and Non-Death Losses

Kenneth Doka

3. Social Death

Michael Brennan

4. Discrimination, Oppression, and Loss

Neil Thompson

5. Mourning in Trump’s America: An Existential Account of Political Grief

Sheldon Solomon

Part Two: Understanding and Treating the Unresolved Grief of Ambiguous Loss

Pauline Boss

6. Losses of Birth Mothers in the Adoption Triad

Darcy Harris

7. Living in a Liminal Space: The Experience of Caring for a Spouse with Alzheimer’s Disease

Dan Festa and Darcy Harris

8. Grief and Loss in Addictions

Thomas Dwyer

9. Ambiguous Loss in Coming Out and Trans*itioning

Mae-Lynn Germany, Anna Pederson, Sara Bridges

10. Supporting the Families of Missing People: More Than an Investigation

Emmanuel Kassiotis, Liz Davies, Keesha Quinn

Part Three: Nonfinite Loss: Living with Ongoing Loss and Grief

Darcy Harris

11. Nonfinite and Cumulative Loss in Foster Care

Monique Mitchell

12. The Loss of Loneliness in Emerging Adults

Lara Schultz and Ann Laverty

13. Families and Children’s Experiences of Loss in the Family Justice System

Rachel Birnbaum

14. Midlife Children Caring for Their Aging Parents

Darcy Harris

Part Four: Chronic Sorrow

Susan Roos

15. Parenting a Child with a Serious Disability

Annie Cantwell-Bartl

16. Environmental Grief

Kriss Kevorkian

17. Grief and Mental Illness

Lauren Breen and Mary Fernandez

Part Five: Tangible and Intangible Losses

Darcy Harris

18. The Threshold of Shattered Dreams

Ted Bowman

19. Sexual Assault, Loss, and the Journey to Justice

Tashel Bordere and Laura Danforth

20. Loss and Forced Displacement

Athir Jisrawi and Carrie Arnold

21. Loss of Love: When the Relationship is What Dies

Darcy Harris

Part Six: Pulling It All Together: Change, Loss, and Transition

Darcy Harris

22. Where’s the Grief in Non-death Loss Research?

Mae-Lynn Germany

23. Supporting People Through Living Losses

Darcy Harris

24. Meaning-Making After Non-Death Losses

Robert Neimeyer and Lara Krawchuck

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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.



"The field has been waiting far too long for a book like this! Harris, an international authority on grief in the context of non-death losses, has distilled her vast clinical experience and theoretical knowledge into a highly readable and practical text. Bringing together leading international scholars and clinicians, the volume eloquently explores this vital subject in a deeply considered and ultimately practical way. Its exploration of individual, social, cultural, and political perspectives leaves the reader with a deep understanding of the impact of a wide range of non-death losses. I cannot recommend this ground-breaking book highly enough." Christopher Hall, MA, BEd, GradDipAdol&ChildPsych, director, Australian Centre for Grief and Bereavement; past chair, International Work Group on Death, Dying and Bereavement; past president, Association for Death Education and Counseling

"Too often the array of non-death losses which arise in many of life’s settings are not credited as requiring support as well as therapeutic interventions. This collection of the impressive writings of specialists in this field provides understanding as well as useful methods for providing direct care." J. Shep Jeffreys, EdD, FT, assistant professor, Psychiatry, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine

"Harris offers an unprecedented and very welcome collection representing a rich diversity of non-death-related losses. Along with the sorrows and brokenness these losses bring into grievers’ lives are the challenges in relearning how to live with hope and meaning, and this volume provides guidance for those who offer them compassionate support." Thomas Attig, PhD, author of How We Grieve: Relearning the World