1st Edition

The Psychology of Grief

By Richard Gross Copyright 2018
    134 Pages
    by Routledge

    134 Pages
    by Routledge

    What is happening emotionally when we grieve for a loved one? Is there a ‘right’ way to grieve? What effect does grief have on how we see ourselves?

    The Psychology of Grief is a humane and intelligent account that highlights the wide range of responses we have to losing a loved one and explores how psychologists have sought to explain this experience. From Freud’s pioneering psychoanalysis to discredited ideas that we must pass through ‘stages’ of grief, the book examines the social and cultural norms that frame or limit our understanding of the grieving process, as well as looking at the language we use to describe it.

    Everyone, at some point in their lives, experiences bereavement and The Psychology of Grief will help readers understand both their own and others’ feelings of grief that accompany it.

    Ch 1 Loss, Bereavement and Grief: What do they mean?

    Ch 2 The experience and nature of grief: What is it like?

    Ch 3 Trying to explain grief: What is it for?

    Ch 4 Grief as a socio-cultural phenomenon: How should we grieve?

    Ch 5 Grief and our relationship to the deceased: Who has died?

    Ch 6 When does grief become abnormal?

    Ch 7 The positive side of grief: Can it have beneficial outcomes?


    Richard Gross works for Cruse Bereavement Care, the UK’s largest organisation offering bereavement support. He has been an author of books in psychology for over 30 years.