AIDS and the deaths resulting from the disease impact increasingly large numbers of individuals and families. The survivors often mourn confused and alone. For the first time, this authoritative, sensitive work offers not only necessary recognition of the needs of the bereaved but also affords clinicians and counselors well founded recommendations for appropriate interventions. The stigma so often associated with AIDS and the obstacles and reactions it occasions for survivors is thoroughly examined and methods of responding are given.
Dane and Miller, in describing theories of grief and bereavement and in offering a remarkably clear treatment of the AIDS crisis and its import, establish a context for discussing the reactions and intervention needs of subsets of survivors - children, adolescents, women, families, lovers, and others. Short case studies vividly illustrate the grief, feelings of guilt, sense of loss, and other reactions requiring understanding and counsel. The examples allow the authors to explore the important distinctions and principles essential to caring, constructive support.
About the Author
BARBARA O. DANE is Associate Professor in the School of Social Work at New York University.
SAMUEL O. MILLER is Associate Professor in the School of Social Work at Columbia University.
Table of Contents
Overview of Theories on Grief and Bereavement
Overview of the AIDS Crisis
Bereavement Responses of Survivors of Persons Who Died of AIDS
Intervening with Children and Adolescents
Intervening with Women
Intervening with Families of Homosexual and Bisexual Men
Intervening with Inner-City Survivors of AIDS
Intervening with Gay Lovers and Friends
Intervening with Practitioners