Dying, Death and Grief is written for anyone who provides support to adults following bereavement. Whether you work in a professional or voluntary capacity, bereavement care requires empathy, judgment, and skill to ensure that your response matches the needs of the person you are helping. Recognizing that we all experience bereavement differently, this book introduces theory and skills which can be used in any context to address a wide range of needs.
The author explains the theoretical background to attachment and loss and the core skills needed to support people who have been bereaved. Case studies and personal accounts are included to illustrate key points and exercises are provided to help you examine your own experiences and attitudes in relation to loss. The book also takes into account topics that are frequently overlooked in other texts such as sexuality, spiritual responses to loss, cultural influences and diversity, as well as the nature of chronic and disenfranchised grief.
Dying, Death and Grief is designed for use on a wide range of training and academic courses, which prepare practitioners to work with the bereaved. Professionals in a range of settings including hospitals and in the community as well as volunteers in hospices and nursing homes will find this a useful source of guidance.