Guidebook on Helping Persons with Mental Retardation Mourn

Guidebook on Helping Persons with Mental Retardation Mourn

by Jeffrey Kauffman


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ISBN-13: 9780895033857
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Publication date: 07/01/2008
Series: Death, Value and Meaning Series
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 127
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.40(d)

Table of Contents



CHAPTER 1: Loss is At the Heart of Life: A General Introduction to Grief and the Practice of Helping Persons Who are Mourning
The Person Who Gives Grief Support
Knowledge of the Grief of Others
The Caregivers Awareness of His or Her Own Mortality
The Very Psychological Development of the Self is a Process of Mourning Losses

Supporting the Mourning Process of Others
Recognizing Grief and Facilitating the Mourning Process
Recognizing Grief is the Basic Supportive Response to Grief
Grief is a Disturbance
Recognize the Diverse Kinds of Loss Experience that Occur in the Lives of Persons with Mental Retardation

CHAPTER 2: Guidelines for Supporting and Facilitating the Mourning Process
The Aim of the Supportive Environment is to Facilitate the Mourning Process
When a Death Happens: General Guidelines
Does a Person with Mental Retardation Understand Death?
Breaking the News of a Death
Begin with an Assessment
Acceptance, Affirmation, and Validation of Grief
Facilitate Active and Maximum Participation in Social Experience of the Loss and Facilitate Activities for the Person to Experience the Loss
Support the Adaptation Needs of the Grieving Person
Preparation for the Death of a Primary Family Caregiver
Teachable Moments
Anniversaries and Holiday: Personal Memorial Days
The Collaborative Relationship between Grief Counselor/Therapist and Agency or Family
Grief Support Interventions for a Residence
What to Do When a Peer is Dying
Intense Grief Disrupts a Residence

CHAPTER 3: The Language of Grief in Persons with Mental Retardation
Introduction to the Behavioral Language of Grief

CHAPTER 4: Psychological Concerns and Complications
Introduction to Psychological Concerns and Complications
Compulsivity, Perseveration, and Ritualization: Preventing Change
Aggression, Anger, Hatred, Revenge, Indifference, Paranoia, etc.: Death as an Accusation
Self-Loathing, Self-Directed Anger, Guilt, Shame, and Other Attacks of the Self.
Chronic Low-Level Anxiety as Narcissistic Grief
Thoughts on the Relation of Complications in the Grief of Persons with Mental Retardation to Psychodynamics of Grief in all Persons

CHAPTER 5: Program Development: The Creation of a Grief Supportive Community
Guidelines for Agencies

Introduction: Preparation for Responding to Losses
Agency Loss Team
Agency Self-Assessment of Loss Experiences
Client Loss Assessment
Supporting Staff as a Way of Cultivating an Agency Climate of Grief Support
Staff Turnover
The Beginning Phase of the Helping Relationship
The Middle Phase of the Helping Relationship
The Termination Phase of the Helping Relationship
,br> Staff Training Programs
Placement: Crisis and Process
The Crisis of Placement
The Placement Process, as a Policy of Residential Agencies
Aging and Illness
Client Education

CHAPTER 6: Experience in a Grief Group

REFERENCES Not Cited in Text on Mourning and Mental Retardation


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John Nicely

"Jeffrey Kauffman's insights and clinical skills have had a profound effect on our agency's approach to supporting the persons we serve. He has helped us recognize the power and influence of grief and loss in the lives of people with developmental disabilities, which in turn has improved our ability to be sensitive to how grief manifests in behavior, emotional expression, and interpersonal relationships. Working with Mr. Kauffman as a consultant, trainer, and individual therapist in the past, we have incorporated a number of his concepts into our program design and clinical interventions, and we look forward to making good use of the eagerly awaited Guidebook."
MSW, Director, Residential Service Systems, Ardmore, Pennsylvania

Robert Kastenbaum

"Intelligent, informed, and compassionate, this book makes a distinctive contribution to families, friends, and counselors who realize that mentally retarded people are not spared the pain and stress of grief."
PhD, Professor Emeritus, Hugh Downs School of Human Communications, Arizona State University

Kenneth J. Doka

"Jeffrey Kauffman has to be commended for meeting the needs of an underserved and disenfranchised population of grieving persons. The Guidebook is both theoretically sound and eminently practical, and a real gift to the fields of developmental disabilities and thanatology."
PhD, Professor, The College of New Rochelle, Senior Consultant, The Hospice Foundation of America

James W. Conroy

"This book should be in every service provider's library. It will teach caregivers at all levels of responsibility concrete approaches to a sadly neglected, yet absolutely crucial aspect of the lives of people with intellectual disabilities. It really is a beautiful piece of work. What a contribution!"
PhD, CEO, Center for Outcome Analysis, Havertown, Pennsylvania

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