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The Path Through Grief: A Compassionate Guide

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Touched by the loss of a loved one or friend, the grief can be lonely and bewildering. Filled with compassion and sound practical advice, this insightful book helps not only those who are going through the grieving process, but also the families, friends, and professionals who want to reach out to the bereaved.

With interviews and personal narratives, The Path Through Grief: A Compassionate Guide explores all types of grief and loss the death of a parent, spouse, child, sibling,...

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Overview

Touched by the loss of a loved one or friend, the grief can be lonely and bewildering. Filled with compassion and sound practical advice, this insightful book helps not only those who are going through the grieving process, but also the families, friends, and professionals who want to reach out to the bereaved.

With interviews and personal narratives, The Path Through Grief: A Compassionate Guide explores all types of grief and loss the death of a parent, spouse, child, sibling, friend, or domestic partner. Loss through illness, stillbirths, miscarriages, homicide, and suicide are also discussed. An important chapter on AIDS addresses the pain of society's reaction to the disease in addition to the personal anguish of loss.

The Path Through Grief is a companion on this sobering journey. Explaining the stages of bereavement, it shows how we can "reach the other side" of grief. Included are excellent tips and advice on how friends and health care professionals can help those who are grieving. A final chapter on resources offers advice on locating support groups along with lists of national and regional organizations. This essential volume speaks to each of us in a deeply personal and sensitive way.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781573921893
  • Publisher: Prometheus Books
  • Publication date: 2/1/1998
  • Pages: 300
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.67 (d)

Meet the Author

Marguerite Bouvard (Wellesley, MA) is a resident scholar with the Women's Studies Program at Brandeis University, and has authored numerous books and articles.
Evelyn Gladu (Somerville, MA) is a psychotherapist and licensed mental health counselor.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments 9
Foreword 13
Introduction 17
Pt. 1 The Experience of Grief Today
1 Grief as a Personal Crisis 31
2 Loss and Change 42
3 The Crisis of Meaning 51
Pt. 2 When Someone Dies: The Early Phases of Grief
4 When a Parent of Young Adults Dies 55
5 When a Spouse Dies 61
6 When a Child Dies 72
7 Stillbirths and Miscarriages 80
8 When a Sibling Dies 99
9 When a Parent of Mature Adults Dies 109
10 When a Lover Dies 116
11 When a Friend Dies 118
12 Love and Grief 122
Pt. 3 Losing a Loved One Through Suicide or Homicide
13 When Someone We Love Commits Suicide 127
14 When Someone We Love Is Murdered 140
Pt. 4 Losing a Loved One Through AIDS
15 When Someone We Love Dies of AIDS 157
Pt. 5 As Time Passes: The Phase of Disorganization
16 The Disorganization of Our Lives after the Death of a Loved One 181
17 Facing the World without a Parent 188
18 Lost in a World of Couples 197
19 Living with the Absent Child 209
20 The Conspiracy of Silence: Living without a Sibling 220
Pt. 6 How We Can Help Ourselves
21 Maintaining Stability 229
22 Expressing Our Feelings 238
23 Coping with Daily Living 248
24 Supports 256
25 Reminders, Memorials, and Rituals 264
Pt. 7 How Friends and Coworkers Can Help
26 Helping a Friend 273
27 How to Write a Letter of Sympathy 285
28 Helping the Grieving Worker 289
Pt. 8 Reaching the Other Side of Grief
29 The Path to a New Life 297
App. A: Resources 313
App. B: Additional Readings 327
About the Author and Collaborator 333
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