Beyond Sympathy: What to Say and Do for Someone Suffering an Injury, Illness, or Loss

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The practical suggestions and examples for helping those who are hurting physically or emotionally in this sensitive book explore the rewards of truly helping someone. Knowing how to behave around someone who suffers physically or emotionally necessitates more than common courtesy; it requires sensitivity, insight, and an honest evaluation of commitment.
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Overview

The practical suggestions and examples for helping those who are hurting physically or emotionally in this sensitive book explore the rewards of truly helping someone. Knowing how to behave around someone who suffers physically or emotionally necessitates more than common courtesy; it requires sensitivity, insight, and an honest evaluation of commitment.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780934793216
  • Publisher: Pathfinder Publishing, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 7/28/1989
  • Edition description: Second, Revised Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 192
  • Product dimensions: 5.58 (w) x 8.52 (h) x 0.49 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface 11
Part I From Uneasiness to Understanding
Chapter 1 The First Step in Helping 15
Considering the Level of Care Needed
Evaluating the Level of your Commitment
Understanding the Grief of Loss
Taking Care of Yourself
Part II Understanding the Needs of People in Specific Situations
Chapter 2 Serious injury 39
Chapter 3 Terminal Illness 45
Chapter 4 Death Following Illness 51
Chapter 5 Sudden Death 57
Chapter 6 Suicide 63
Chapter 7 Rape 67
Chapter 8 Family Violence 71
Chapter 9 Loss of a Love/Divorce 77
Chapter 10 Job Loss/Forced Retirement 81
Chapter 11 Property Loss 87
Part III Helping Principles
Chapter 12 Empathetic Listening 93
Listening
Coping With Intense Emotions
Dealing With Guilt
Sharing Your Own Experiences
Chapter 13 Active Support 115
Providing Practical Assistance
Sending Notes
Handling Second Victimizations
Giving Gifts
Part IV Special Issues
Chapter 14 Understanding Reactions of Children 133
Chapter 15 Planning and Attending Funerals 139
Chapter 16 Coping with Holidays 145
Chapter 17 Understanding Spiritual and Mystical Experiences 149
Chapter 18 Suggesting Counseling 155
Chapter 19 Preventing Suicide 161
Part V Conclusion
Chapter 20 Time and Recovery 169
Appendix
Sample Notes 175
Recommended Books 179
Helpful Organizations 183
Footnotes 188
Index 189
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