Superhero Grief: The Transformative Power of Loss

Editor : Jill A. Harrington, Editor : Robert A. Neimeyer

Superhero Grief: The Transformative Power of Loss

Book Details

  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Published : December 2020
  • Cover : Paperback
  • Pages : 258
  • Category :
    Grief and Bereavement
  • Catalogue No : 95464
  • ISBN 13 : 9780367145590
  • ISBN 10 : 9780367145
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Superhero Grief uses modern superhero narratives to teach the principles of grief theories and concepts and provide practical ideas for promoting healing.

Chapters offer clinical strategies, approaches, and interventions, including strategies based in expressive arts and complementary therapies. Leading researchers, clinicians, and professionals address major topics in death, dying, and bereavement, using superhero narratives to explore loss in the context of bereavement and to promote a contextual view of issues and relationship types that can improve coping skills.

This volume provides support and psychoeducation to students, clinicians, educators, researchers, and the bereaved while contributing significantly to the literature on the intersection of death, grief, and trauma.

Reviews and Endorsements

"In this wonderful collection, Harrington and Neimeyer have brought together a league of skilled authors whose contributions enlarge our view of bereavement through the prism of contemporary superhero encounters with loss. This is a refreshingly original, clinically astute, playful, and scholarly volume. It is a book for clinicians, educators, and students as well as for the bereaved, those who treat them, and those who love good stories." - Simon Shimshon Rubin, PhD, professor of clinical psychology and director of the International Center for the Study of Loss, Bereavement and Human Resilience at the University of Haifa, Israel.

"The superhero connection makes this book accessible to a wide audience of people who have enjoyed these characters and who also want to help themselves or others to move through bereavement. Drs. Harrington and Neimeyer have put together what seems impossible: an entertaining way to learn about grief and loss." - Richard Tedeschi, PhD, distinguished chair at the Boulder Crest Institute for Posttraumatic Growth, USA.

"The authors in Superhero Grief cast an intriguing and informative light on the potential transformative power of loss through the lens of the archetype of the superhero. From the impetus of tragedy, these mythical beings find power and purpose, providing lessons on loss for humanity. Thoughtful insight abounds for professionals and grieving people seeking sense-making of their own hero's journey!" - Donna L. Schuurman, EdD, FT, senior director of advocacy and training and executive director emeritus at The Dougy Center: The National Grief Center for Children and Families, USA.

About the Editor(s)

Jill A. Harrington, DSW, LCSW, is in private practice in the greater Washington, DC, area, where she works as an adjunct professor, grief educator, trainer, writer, and consultant.

Robert A. Neimeyer, PhD, is a professor of psychology at the University of Memphis, where he also maintains an active clinical practice. The author of over 400 articles and book chapters and a frequent workshop presenter, he is currently working to advance a more adequate theory of grieving as a meaning-making process. Neimeyer served as president of the Association for Death Education and Counseling (ADEC) and chair of the International Work Group for Death, Dying, & Bereavement. In recognition of his scholarly contributions, he has been granted the Eminent Faculty Award by the University of Memphis, made a fellow of the clinical psychology division of the American Psychological Association, and given lifetime achievement awards by both the Association for Death Education and Counseling and the International Network on Personal Meaning.

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