Living beyond Loss: Death in the Family, Second Edition / Edition 2

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Walsh and McGoldrick have fully revised and expanded this landmark work on the impact of death on the family system.
The editors' clinical framework identifies variables that heighten risk for individual, couple, or family dysfunction and describes key processes that foster healing and growth. Chapters by leading authorities reveal how the family response to loss affects all members and their relationships across the life cycle and the generations. New chapters address such topics as spirituality, gender issues, suicide and other traumatic deaths, unacknowledged and stigmatized losses, and resilience-based approaches to family and community recovery from major disaster. In a completely new section, prominent family therapists offer poignant reflections on their own legacies of loss. Throughout Living Beyond Loss, Second Edition, readers will find valuable therapeutic guidelines for working with threatened loss and end-of-life dilemmas, the immediate aftermath of traumatic loss, and long-term complications. Case illustrations address a wide range of loss situations, show their ripple effects, and suggest ways to address hidden losses when other symptoms are presented. Therapists and counselors will find their own lives and practices deeply enriched by this new volume.

Family reaction to death/helping families with anticipatory loss/rituals & the healing process/etc.

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Editorial Reviews

Examines the impact of loss on the entire family system and considers both normative and dysfunctional processes in relation to a family's life cycle passage and cultural context. Clinical guidelines and techniques are presented for assessment and intervention with families anticipating loss, for those recently bereaved, and for family members experiencing long-term complications. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780393704389
  • Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 3/19/2004
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 350
  • Sales rank: 415,800
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Monica McGoldrick, M.A., M.S.W., Ph.D., is co-founder and director of the Multicultural Family Institute in Highland Park, New Jersey, and adjunct faculty at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. Her books include Ethnicity and Family Therapy, Third Edition, Genograms: Assessment and Intervention, Second Edition, The Expanded Family Life Cycle, Third Edition and The Genogram Journey.

Froma Walsh, M.S.W, Ph.D., is Professor, School of Social Service Administration and Department of Psychiatry, University of Chicago, and Co-Director of the University-affiliated institute, the Chicago Center for Family Health. Her other books include Strengthening Family Resilience, Spiritual Resources in Family Therapy, and Normal Family Processes (3rd Edition).

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Table of Contents

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Preface to Second Edition
1 Loss and the Family: A Systemic Perspective 3
2 A Time to Mourn: Death and the Family Life Cycle 27
3 Family Reaction to Death 47
4 Legacies of Loss: Multigenerational Ripple Effects 61
5 Loss and Family Scripts 85
6 Gender and Mourning 99
7 Mourning in Different Cultures
8 The Multigenerational Transmission of Loss and Trauma: The African-American Experience 161
9 Spirituality, Death, and Loss 182
10 Helping Families with Anticipatory Loss and Terminal Illness 213
11 Ambiguous Loss 237
12 Unacknowledged and Stigmatized Losses 247
13 Working with Families in the Aftermath of Suicide 272
14 Facilitating Family and Community Resilience in Response to Major Disaster 285
15 Echoes from the Past: Helping Families Deal with Their Ghosts 310
16 Rituals and the Healing Process 340
17 The Impact on the Family Therapist of a Focus on Death, Dying, and Bereavement 358
Personal Reflections on Loss 373
Loss and Transformation 377
My Father's Terminal Illness: Seizing the Moment for Change 379
Tell Me She's Not Dead: Living Beyond the Loss of Our Child 387
Different in the World: Hidden Dimensions of Sibling Loss 391
People Die; Relationships Don't: Surviving My Mother's Suicide 397
Surviving My Sister's Suicide: A Journey Through Grief 401
Staying Alive: My Family Inheritance of Breast Cancer 406
Naming the Tears: Loss in Cross-Cultural Context 413
Their Good Spirits Came to Take Them 419
Family Legacies of the Holocaust: My Journey to Recover the Past 423
Hin und Zuruck: Back to Where We Came From 428
Index 433
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