Mental Health: Collections

Books on Death and Bereavement

Routledge has selected a collection of titles in death and bereavement. For a full list of titles, visit our Death Studies, Grief Counseling - Adults, Grief Counseling - Children and Adolescents, and Gerontology/Ageing pages.

Grief and Bereavement

  • Working in the Dark

    Understanding the pre-suicide state of mind

    By Donald Campbell, Rob Hale

    Working in the Dark focuses on the authors’ understanding of an individual’s pre-suicide state of mind, based on their work with many suicidal individuals, with special attention to those who attempted suicide while in treatment. The book explores how to listen to a suicidal individual’s history,…

    Paperback – 2017-03-08
    Routledge

  • Attachment-Informed Grief Therapy

    The Clinician’s Guide to Foundations and Applications

    By Phyllis S. Kosminsky, John R. Jordan

    Attachment-Informed Grief Therapy bridges the fields of attachment studies and thanatology, uniting theory, research, and practice to enrich our understanding of how and why people grieve and how we can help the bereaved. In its pages, clinicians and students will gain a new understanding of the…

    Paperback – 2016-04-08
    Routledge
    Series in Death, Dying, and Bereavement

  • Entering Night Country

    Psychoanalytic Reflections on Loss and Resilience

    By Stephanie Brody

    None of us will escape the experience of personal loss, illness, aging, or mortality.  Yet, psychoanalysis seems to shy away from a discussion of these core human experiences. Existential vulnerability is painful and we all avoid this awareness in different ways.  However, when analysts fail to…

    Paperback – 2015-12-14
    Routledge
    Psychoanalysis in a New Key Book Series

  • Understanding Grief

    An Introduction

    By Richard Gross

    Understanding Grief is a comprehensive and accessible 'one stop' introduction to all the major models of grief. In addition to the individual perspective, bereavement is discussed in relation to social, cultural and religious factors and influences. Richard Gross also examines the impact of…

    Paperback – 2015-10-15
    Routledge

  • Techniques of Grief Therapy

    Assessment and Intervention

    Edited by Robert A. Neimeyer

    Techniques of Grief Therapy: Assessment and Intervention continues where the acclaimed Techniques of Grief Therapy: Creative Practices for Counseling the Bereaved left off, offering a whole new set of innovative approaches to grief therapy to address the needs of the bereaved. This new volume…

    Paperback – 2015-10-08
    Routledge
    Series in Death, Dying, and Bereavement

  • Grief and Its Transcendence

    Memory, Identity, Creativity

    Edited by Adele Tutter, Léon Wurmser

    Grief and its Transcendence: Memory, Identity, Creativity is a landmark contribution that provides fresh insights into the experience and process of mourning. It includes fourteen original essays by pre-eminent psychoanalysts, historians, classicists, theologians, architects, art-historians and…

    Paperback – 2015-10-05
    Routledge
    Psychoanalytic Inquiry Book Series

  • Understanding Loss

    A Guide for Caring for Those Facing Adversity

    By Judith Murray

    Loss and consequent grief permeates nearly every life changing event, from death to health concerns to dislocation to relationship breakdown to betrayal to natural disaster to faith issues. Yet, while we know about particular events of loss independently, we know very little about a psychology of…

    Paperback – 2015-09-21
    Routledge

  • Death and Bereavement Across Cultures

    Second edition

    Edited by Colin Murray Parkes, Pittu Laungani, William Young

    All societies have their own customs and beliefs surrounding death. In the West, traditional ways of mourning are disappearing, and although Western science has had a major impact on how people die, it has taught us little about the way to die or to grieve. Many whose work brings them into contact…

    Paperback – 2015-06-08
    Routledge

  • The Shame of Death, Grief, and Trauma

    Edited by Jeffrey Kauffman

    Shame is a common and pervasive feature of the human response to death and other losses, yet this often goes unrecognized due to a reluctance to acknowledge and confront it.  This book intends to expose shame for what it is, allowing clinicians to see that it is the central psychological force…

    Paperback – 2015-04-23
    Routledge

  • Grief After Suicide

    Understanding the Consequences and Caring for the Survivors

    Edited by John R. Jordan, John L. McIntosh

    here are over 38,000 suicide deaths each year in the United States alone, and the numbers in other countries suggest that suicide is a major public health problem around the world. A suicide leaves behind more victims than just the individual, as family, friends, co-workers, and the community…

    Paperback – 2015-04-23
    Routledge

  • Stress, Trauma, and Posttraumatic Growth

    Social Context, Environment, and Identities

    By Roni Berger

    What happens in the trauma’s aftermath? How do its effects manifest differently on the individual, family, and community-wide levels? Stress, Trauma, and Posttraumatic Growth: Social Context, Environment, and Identities explores the way traumatic events are defined, classified, and understood…

    Paperback – 2015-03-04
    Routledge

  • Behind the Badge

    A Psychological Treatment Handbook for Law Enforcement Officers

    Edited by Sharon M. Freeman Clevenger, Laurence Miller, Bret A. Moore, Arthur Freeman

    This volume is the logical follow-up to the military treatment handbook: Living and Surviving in Harm’s Way. Sharon Freeman Clevenger, Laurence Miller, Bret Moore, and Arthur Freeman return with this dynamic handbook ideal for law enforcement agencies interested in the psychological health of their…

    Paperback – 2014-11-13
    Routledge

  • The Price of Love

    The selected works of Colin Murray Parkes

    By Colin Murray Parkes

    In the course of a long career Colin Murray Parkes, one of the most important and influential psychiatrists working in the field of bereavement and loss, has produced a body of work which can be considered truly ground-breaking. His early studies involved working alongside John Bowlby in the…

    Hardback – 2014-07-24
    Routledge
    World Library of Mental Health

  • Counseling Widowers

    By Jason M. Troyer

    Working with widowers can be one of the most challenging parts of a therapist’s career. Despite the need for better research and professional guidance, therapists have often been left alone to confront a group struggling with high rates of suicide, mortality, physical health problems, and…

    Paperback – 2014-05-06
    Routledge
    The Routledge Series on Counseling and Psychotherapy with Boys and Men

  • Grief and the Expressive Arts

    Practices for Creating Meaning

    Edited by Barbara E. Thompson, Robert A. Neimeyer

    The use of the arts in psychotherapy is a burgeoning area of interest, particularly in the field of bereavement, where it is a staple intervention in hospice programs, children’s grief camps, specialized programs for trauma or combat exposure, work with bereaved parents, widowed elders or suicide…

    Paperback – 2014-01-16
    Routledge
    Series in Death, Dying, and Bereavement

  • Responses to Terrorism

    Can psychosocial approaches break the cycle of violence?

    Edited by Colin Murray Parkes

    Why do responses to terrorist attacks often perpetuate cycles of deadly violence? Can an understanding of the psychology of these cycles help us to break them? Drawing on clinical experience of the care of people and communities affected by violence and disasters and on advances in cognitive and…

    Paperback – 2013-12-13
    Routledge

  • Losing a Parent to Suicide

    Using Lived Experiences to Inform Bereavement Counseling

    By Marty Loy, Amy Boelk

    The suicide of a parent has life-long consequences; few more traumatic scenarios exist, and counselors often struggle for ways to help clients deal with its effects. Few understand the pain and life-altering effects of these tragedies better than children who have experienced the suicide of a…

    Paperback – 2013-10-01
    Routledge

  • Living with the Enemy

    Coping with the stress of chronic illness using CBT, mindfulness and acceptance

    By Ray Owen

    ‘This isn’t living, this is just existing.’ A long-term physical health condition – a chronic illness, or even a disability – can take over your existence. Battling against the effects of the condition can take so much of your time and energy that it feels like the rest of your life is ‘on hold’.…

    Paperback – 2013-08-21
    Routledge

  • The Resilience Handbook

    Approaches to Stress and Trauma

    Edited by Martha Kent, Mary C. Davis, John W. Reich

    How are people and communities able to prevail despite challenge? What helps them bounce back from adversity and even grow in knowledge and understanding? And can this resilience be taught? During the past decade, exciting scientific advances have shed light on how resilience operates from neurons…

    Paperback – 2013-08-19
    Routledge

  • Bereavement Care for Childbearing Women and their Families

    An Interactive Workbook

    By Caroline Hollins Martin, Eleanor Forrest

    For many bereaved parents, the care provided by health professionals at birth – from midwives to antenatal teachers – has a crucial effect on their response to a loss or death. This interactive workbook is clearly applied to practice and has been designed to help practitioners deliver effective…

    Paperback – 2013-07-25
    Routledge

  • Collective Trauma, Collective Healing

    Promoting Community Resilience in the Aftermath of Disaster

    By Jack Saul

    Collective Trauma, Collective Healing is a guide for mental health professionals working in response to large-scale political violence or natural disaster. It provides a framework that practitioners can use to develop their own community based, collective approach to treating trauma and providing…

    Paperback – 2013-07-16
    Routledge
    Psychosocial Stress Series

  • A Special Scar

    The experiences of people bereaved by suicide

    By Alison Wertheimer

    Every 85 minutes someone in the UK takes their own life and the suicide rate is currently the highest since 2004.  Society often reacts with unease, fear and even disapproval but what happens to those bereaved by a self-inflicted death? The reasons leading someone to take their own life are complex…

    Paperback – 2013-07-15
    Routledge
    Routledge Mental Health Classic Editions

  • Do Funerals Matter?

    The Purposes and Practices of Death Rituals in Global Perspective

    By William G. Hoy

    Do Funerals Matter? is a creative interweaving of historical, sociocultural, and research-based perspectives on death rituals, drawing from myriad sources to create a picture of what death rituals have been; and where, especially in the Western world, they are going. Death educators, researchers,…

    Paperback – 2013-03-08
    Routledge

  • From Trauma to Healing

    A Social Worker's Guide to Working with Survivors

    By Ann Goelitz, Abigail Stewart-Kahn

    From Trauma to Healing: A Social Worker’s Guide for Working With Survivors is the next significant publication on trauma in the field of social work. Since September 11 and Hurricane Katrina, social workers have come together increasingly to consider how traumatic events impact practice. From…

    Paperback – 2013-02-22
    Routledge

  • Complicated Grief

    Scientific Foundations for Health Care Professionals

    Edited by Margaret Stroebe, Henk Schut, Jan van den Bout

    How can complicated grief be defined? How does it differ from normal patterns of grief and grieving? Who among the bereaved is particularly at risk? Can clinical intervention reduce complications? Complicated Grief provides a balanced, up-to-date, state-of-the-art account of the scientific…

    Paperback – 2012-07-10
    Routledge

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