Bereavement Narratives: Continuing Bonds in the 21st Century

Author(s) : Christine Valentine

Bereavement Narratives: Continuing Bonds in the 21st Century

Book Details

  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Published : 2008
  • Cover : Paperback
  • Pages : 208
  • Category :
    Grief and Bereavement
  • Catalogue No : 27898
  • ISBN 13 : 9780415457309
  • ISBN 10 : 0415457300

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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 persons 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 ones 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 in Contemporary Society is an innovative and invaluable read for all students and researchers of death, dying and bereavement.

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