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Continuing Bonds

Author : Dennis Klass
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First published in 1996. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.

Continuing Bonds in Bereavement

Author : Dennis Klass
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The introduction of the continuing bonds model of grief near the end of the 20th century revolutionized the way researchers and practitioners understand bereavement. Continuing Bonds in Bereavement is the most comprehensive, state-of-the-art collection of developments in this field since the inception of the model. As a multi-perspectival, nuanced, and forward-looking anthology, it combines innovations in clinical practice with theoretical and empirical advancements. The text traces grief in different cultural settings, asking questions about the truth in our interactions with the dead and showing how new cultural developments like social media change the ways we relate to those who have died. Together, the book’s four sections encourage practitioners and scholars in both bereavement studies and in other fields to broaden their understanding of the concept of continuing bonds.

Continuing Bonds with the Dead

Author : Harold K. Bush
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Continuing Bonds with the Dead explores the redemptive literary achievements of five nineteenth-century American authors who lost a son or daughter. In it, Harold K. Bush illuminates America's evolving cultural attitudes about death and grief.

The Dead in Therapy

Author : Melissa Frankford
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As a universal and deeply painful experience, helping clients deal with the loss of a loved one is an issue most psychotherapists will encounter during their careers. As part of treatment, practitioners will have to make clinical decisions about whether and how to encourage or discourage clientsâ€TM connection to the deceased as they move through the grief process. This decision-making process engages a debated topic in the literature, whether to follow an older model of decathexis of bonds or a newer one of continuing bonds. This study explored the experiences and approaches of psychotherapists who specialize in bereavement. Nine licensed psychotherapists with significant experience working with death and grief were interviewed about their work, with particular emphasis on how they incorporate clientsâ€TM relationship with the deceased into treatment. Four areas of inquiry were addressed: 1) Participantsâ€TM personal and professional education and training in the treatment of grief, 2) Participantsâ€TM familiarity with and understanding of the theoretical literature on working with clientsâ€TM ongoing relationship with the deceased, 3) Participantsâ€TM ways of conceptualizing bereavement with respect to the relationship to the deceased, and 4) Participantsâ€TM approach to treatment with respect to bereavement and the ongoing relationship. A qualitative study design was employed and data were analyzed using grounded theory methodology. Themes identified included: the lack of formal graduate training on bereavement and the relative importance of personal experiences, experiential learning, and post-graduate education; the convergence of participantsâ€TM conceptual frameworks and intervention techniques with the literature on continuing bonds; the inhibitory and complicating effects of cultural attitudes on healthy grieving; and the importance of psychoeducation in treatment with the bereaved. The findings of this study suggest important implications for practitioners and the field including: the need for more formal training on death and grief in graduate programs; the importance of adopting an open and accepting stance when working with the bereaved; the importance of attending to all aspects of bereaved clientsâ€TM relationship to the deceased; the need to provide psychoeducation about the grief process; the need for the field to bridge the gap between the research and practice communities; and the potential for professional organizations to take a more active role in correcting misconceptions and in disseminating accurate information about death and grief to the public.

Continuing Bonds

Author : Dennis Klass
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First published in 1996. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.

Bereavement Narratives

Author : Christine Valentine
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Bereavement is often treated as a psychological condition of the individual with both healthy and pathological forms. However, this empirically-grounded study argues that this is not always the best or only way to help the bereaved. In a radical departure, it emphasises normality and social and cultural diversity in grieving. Exploring the significance of the dying person’s final moments for those who are left behind, this book sheds new light on the variety of ways in which bereaved people maintain their relationship with dead loved ones and how the dead retain a significant social presence in the lives of the living. It draws practical conclusions for professionals in relation to the complex and social nature of grief and the value placed on the right to grieve in one’s own way – supporting and encouraging the bereaved person to articulate their own experience and find their own methods of coping. Based on new empirical research, Bereavement Narratives is an innovative and invaluable read for all students and researchers of death, dying and bereavement.

Culture Consolation and Continuing Bonds in Bereavement

Author : Dennis Klass
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Culture, Consolation, and Continuing Bonds in Bereavement presents Dennis Klass’s most important contributions to the scholarship of grief and bereavement. Journal articles, book chapters, and previously unpublished works cover more than 40 years of study and practice on the forefront of our understanding of individual, family, and community grief. The writings range widely, including explorations of continuing bonds and consolation, aspects of grief that were missing when Klass began his work, studies of grief across different cultures, and critical analyses of theories that were popular in grief scholarship but inadequately described bereaved parents’ experiences. The book ends with a previously unpublished case study of Charles Darwin, whose experience as a bereaved parent informed the worldview at the heart of his theory of natural selection. This collection of essays offers an integral understanding of how individuals move through grief and is a valuable addition to the library of anyone working with topics relevant to grieving adults, children, and adolescents.

Continuing Bonds

Author : Sandra M. Dannenbaum
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Dead But Not Lost

Author : Robert Goss
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The dead are still with us. Contemporary therapists and counselors are coming to understand what's been known for millennia in most religions and in most cultures outside the Western milieu: it's important to continue bonds between the living and the dead. Taking these connections seriously, Goss and Klass explore how bonds with the dead are created and maintained. In doing so, they unearth a fascinating new way to look at the origins and processes of religion itself. Examining ties to dead family members, teachers, religious and political leaders across religious and secular traditions, the authors offer novel ways of understanding grief and its role in creating meaning. Whether for classes in comparative religion and death and dying, or for bereavement counselors and other trying to make sense of grief, this book helps us understand what it means to feel connected to those dead but not lost.

At Home with Grief

Author : Blake Paxton
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What would you say to a deceased loved one if they could come back for one day? What if you can’t just ‘move on’ from grief? At Home with Grief: Continued Bonds with the Deceased chronicles Blake Paxton’s autoethnographic study of his continued relationship with his deceased mother. In the 90s, Silverman, Klass, and Nickman argued that after the death of a loved one, the bond does not have to be broken and the bereaved can find many ways to connect with memories of the dead. Building on their work, many other bereavement scholars have discussed the importance of not treating these relationships as pathological and have suggested that more research is needed in this area of grief studies. However, very few studies have addressed the communal and everyday subjective experiences of continuing bonds with the deceased, as well as how our relationship with our grief changes in the long term. In this book, Blake Paxton shows how a community in southern Illinois continues a relationship with one deceased individual more than ten years after her death. Through this gripping autoethnographic account of his mother’s struggles with a rare cancer, her death, and his struggles with sexuality, he poses possibilities of what might happen when cultural prescriptions for grief are challenged, and how continuing bonds with the dead may help us continue or restore broken bonds with the living.