Grief and Loss Across the Lifespan A Biopsychosocial Perspective

ISBN-10: 0826127576
ISBN-13: 9780826127570
Edition: 2009
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List price: $55.00
Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: Springer Publishing Company, Incorporated
Publication date: 3/23/2009
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 392
Size: 6.50" wide x 9.25" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.716
Language: English

"[Offers] valued sensitivities, knowledge, and insights, and most importantly, age-appropriate interventions for a range of significant losses....Counselors will want to keep this indispensable work close at hand." -Kenneth J. Doka, PhD Author, "Counseling Individuals With Life-Threatening Illness""By taking a lifespan view, this book fills a gap in the literature on loss and grief and takes theory and practice in new and invigorating directions. It will be welcomed by those professionals of all disciplines who daily listen to and help re-write narratives of loss." -Jeffrey S. Applegate, PhD Professor Emeritus Graduate School of Social Work & Social Research Bryn Mawr College"[A] thorough, thoughtful, sensitive, and up-to-date contribution that may be the best book available today for teaching bereavement, grief, and mourning .[H]ighly recommended for experienced grief professionals as well as for students." -Jeffrey Kauffman, MA, MS, LCSW, BD, CT, CAS, BCETS Psychotherapist in private practice, Philadelphia, PA"Walter and McCoyd have written a well-organized and comprehensive examination of grief and bereavement that will be useful to the seasoned professional as well as the student new to grief and loss. The historical analysis of grief theory from classic to postmodern is interesting reading and essential for a full understanding of grief and loss in modern society. " --Paige E. Payne, MS, MSW, LSW Support Services Manager PinnacleHealth Home Care and Hospice Harrisburg, PA"Grief and Loss Across the Lifespan "is unique in its treatment of grieving patterns and intervention strategies for different age groups. With this book, students and practitioners will learn how grief is influenced by biological responses to stress, psychological responses to loss, as well as social norms and support networks.The authors utilize a developmental framework, as each level of development from infancy through old age is addressed in four ways: Reviews normal developmental issues, abilities, and challenges for the age in question Analyzes how individuals of each age cope with serious loss of a significant other, and how they may experience life-threatening illness themselves Examines how significant others react to and mourn the death of someone in that age range Identifies the normative losses a person is likely to experience, and addresses protective and risky ways of coping with those lossesThe authors review important grief theories, such as postmodern and Dual Process Theory, and discuss current topics in grief, including continuing bonds, meaning making, ambiguous loss, and disenfranchised loss. With the help of this book, practitioners and students of grief counseling can learn to help patients of all ages understand that loss is at the heart of life and growth.

Preface
Acknowledgments
Introduction
Text Structure
Introduction to Grief Theory
Classical Grief Theory: Task-Based Theories
Classical Grief Theory: Stage-Based Theories
The Transition to Postmodern Grief Theory
Meaning-Making and Grief
Dual Process Theory
Continuing Bonds and Grief
Disenfranchised Grief
Ambiguous Loss
Biological Effects of Grief
Issues of Intervention
A Final Word About Grief Work
Perinatal Attachment and Loss
Developmental Aspects of Pregnancy
Biological Developmental Context of Pregnancy
Psychological Aspects of Pregnancy
Social Aspects of Pregnancy
Summary of Development in the Prenatal Period
Loss as Experienced by a Fetus
Loss of a Fetus as Experienced by Significant Others
Infertility
Reproductive Health Conditions
Biological Changes Associated With Intrauterine Fetal Death
Psychological Aspects of IUFD
Social Aspects of IUFD
Readings
Hyperemesis Gravidarum: A Medical Complication of Pregnancy
Heartbreaking Choices and Losses of Potential
Summary
Infancy and Toddlerhood
Developmental Stage: Trust Versus Mistrust and Autonomy Versus Shame
Biological Development
Psychological Development
Social Development
Losses Experienced in Infancy and Early Childhood
Loss of Caregiving
Death of a Caregiver
Loss of a Child's Own Health
Parental Loss of an Individual at This Age
Death of an Infant or Toddler
Loss of the Idealized Child
Maturational and Other Losses Experienced at This Age
Birth and Gradual Loss of Complete Care
Readings
Starting With Abandonment and Loss
Baby James
Nina's Travels Through the Foster Care System
Summary
Elementary-School-Age Children
Developmental Stage: Initiative Versus Guilt and Industry Versus Inferiority
Biological Development
Psychological Development
Social Development
Loss Experienced by an Individual During the Elementary School Years
Age Differences in Perceptions of Loss
Loss of a Pet
Losses Resulting From Sexual Abuse
Loss Caused by Parental Divorce
Loss and the Military
Intervention Issues With Elementary School Children
Loss of an Individual of That Age as Experienced by Others
Parents' Loss of a Child
Readings
The Challenged Child
Loss of a Pet in Childhood: The Loss of a Companion
Summary
Tweens and Teens
Development: Identity Development Versus Identity Diffusion
Biological Development
Psychosocial Development
Losses of Adolescents
Teens' Experience of Death (Others' or Their Own)
Death of a Sibling
Response to the Death of a Teen
Parents' Loss of a Tween or Teen
Other Losses Experienced by Teens
Maturational Losses
Readings
Childhood Chronic Health Conditions and Sibling Loss: Celebrating Strengths and Acknowledging Difficulty
Teenagers and Traumatic Grief: Tina's Story
Loss of Love for an Adolescent: Carolyn's Public and Private Loss
Summary
Young Adulthood
Developmental Crisis: Intimacy Versus Isolation
Social Development
Psychological Development
Losses Experienced by Young Adults
Chronic Illness
Death of a Parent
Maturational Losses in Early Adulthood
Delaying Decisions About Childbearing
Infertility
Losses Connected With the Transition to Parenthood
Loss of Romantic Relationships
Addictions
Loss of a Young Adult as Experienced by Others
Mental Health Problems and Loss Related to the War in Iraq
Death of a Spouse
Death of a Nonmarried Opposite-Sex Partner
Death of a Gay Partner
Death of a Lesbian Partner
Readings
The Case of a Young Adult Who Has Lost a Parent
The Losses of Infertility
Case of a Young Adult Struggling With Addictions
Summary
Middle Adulthood
Developmental Crisis: Generativity Versus Stagnation
Psychological Aspects of Development
Biological Aspects of Development
Social Aspects of Development
Loss Experienced by Midlife Adults
Transformation of Identity and "Letting Go of Past Dreams"
Immigration as an Example of Transformation of Identity
Facing a Chronic or Life-Threatening Illness
Death of Parents
Death of a Sibling in Adulthood
The Loss of the Midlife Adult as Experienced by Others
Death of a Spouse
Death of a Nonmarried Opposite-Sex Partner
Death of a Lesbian Partner
Death of a Gay Partner
Maturational Losses of Midlife Adults
Loss/Transition of Employment
Loss Experienced by Parents When Adult Children Are Leaving Home
The Loss of the Family Home
Off-Time Issues of Parenthood-Fertility Issues Arise Again
Readings
Illness Doesn't Discriminate: One Story From the Gay and Lesbian Community
Losses of Professional Identity and Career Aspirations
Kudu's Story: Changing Lives
Summary
Retirement and Reinvention
The Transition to the Third Quarter of Life: Retirement or Reinvention?
Losses Experienced by Adults During Retirement and Reinvention
Loss and Transformation of Identity
Loss of Routine: Search for Balance
Loss of or Change in Relationships
Changes Within the Marital/Partner Relationship
Changes in Relationships With Friends
Loss of Financial Resources
Loss of or Change in One's Belief System: The Importance of Spiritual Growth
Changes in Relationship to One's Community
The Process of Change: Coping With the Transition Process
Loss of Adult as Experienced by Others
Adult Children
Parents
Readings
Case Study on Midlife Career/Life Transition
Early Retirement Among Baby Boom Women:
Some Losses and Some Gains
Summary
Older Adults
Developmental Crisis: Integrity Versus Despair
Social Changes
Psychological Changes
Biological Changes
Losses Experienced by Older Adults
Resilience
Developing a Point of View About Death
Coping With Chronic/Life-Threatening Illness
Death of a Spouse
Death of a Nonmarried Opposite-Sex Partner
Death of an Adult Child
Death of Friends
Maturational Losses
Loss of Home/Relocation
Grandparent Caregivers
Hospice as a Resource for Patients and Their Families
Readings
The Story of Rachael and Hal
Marital Bereavement in Later Adulthood
Olivia's Journey
Summary
Conclusions
Maturational Losses as Examples of Disenfranchised Losses
Importance of the Dual Process Model of Coping With Bereavement
Importance of Continuing Bonds
Meaning-Making as a Process of Growth
Interventions
References
Index

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