Love and Loss: The Roots of Grief and Its Complications

Author(s) : Colin Murray Parkes

Love and Loss: The Roots of Grief and Its Complications

Book Details

  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Published : January 2006
  • Cover : Hardback
  • Category :
    Grief and Bereavement
  • Category 2 :
    Attachment Theory
  • Catalogue No : 89615
  • ISBN 13 : 9780415390415
  • ISBN 10 : 0415390419
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Loving and grieving are two sides ofthe same coin: we cannot have one without risking the other. Only by understanding the nature and pattern of loving can we begin to understand the problems of grieving. Conversely, the loss of a loved person can teach us much about the nature of love. "Love and Loss", the result of a lifetime's work, has important implications for the study of attachment and bereavement. In this volume, Colin Murray Parkes reports his innovative research that enables us to bring together knowledge of childhood attachments and problems of bereavement, resulting in a new way of thinking about love, bereavement and other losses. Areas covered include:patterns of attachment and grief; loss of a parent, child or spouse in adult life; social isolation and support. The book concludes by looking at disorders of attachment and considering bereavement in terms of its implications on love, loss, and change in a wider context.

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Illuminating the structure and focus of thinking about love and loss, this book sheds light on a wide range of psychological issues. It will be essential reading for professionals working with bereavement, as well as graduate students of psychology, psychiatry, and sociology.

Introduction Part 1: Attachment and Loss Review I: Attachment and Love Review II: Loss and Change The Research Project Part 2: Patterns of Attachment and Patterns of Grief Secure and Insecure Attachments Anxious/Ambivalent Attachments Avoidant Attachments Disorganised Attachments. Conclusions from Part 2 Part 3: Other Influences on Attachment and Loss Separation Trauma and Bereavement Gender Loss of a Parent in Adult Life Loss of a Child Loss of a Spouse or Partner Social Isolation and Support Other Influences Conclusions from Part 3 Part IV: Disorders of Attachment, Other Psychiatric Problems and their Prevention and Treatment Attachments in Non-bereaved Psychiatric Patients Disorders of Attachment Therapies and Outcome Final Conclusions

Author Biography:
Colin Murray Parkes is a psychiatrist, researcher and author. He has contributed to and edited numerous books and articles on the nature of human attachments and loss. His Bereavement: Studies of Grief in Adult Life first published in 1972 and now in its third edition, remains a classic. He has been a Consultant psychiatrist at St Christopher's Hospice since 1966, and is Life President of Cruse Bereavement Care. In 1996 he was awarded an OBE for services to bereaved people.

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