Liberating Losses: When Death Brings Relief

Liberating Losses: When Death Brings Relief


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Liberating Losses: When Death Brings Relief by Jennifer Elison, Chris Mcgonigle, Chris McGonigle

When someone dies, those left behind are expected to grieve. But, as taboo as it is to admit, not every death brings great sadness. Labeled "nontraditional grief response" by therapists and counselors, a positive reaction following a death is becoming more common, especially now that drugs and medical treatments keep people alive much longer than they or their families might wish. Sometimes we are relieved that our loved one is no longer suffering; at the other end of the spectrum, a death might finally free us of an abusive or unhappy relationship. In either case, the cultural expectation for sadness, loneliness, and despair only adds to the guilt and conflict felt by many "relieved grievers."Authors Jennifer Elison and Chris McGonigle have lived through their own "liberating losses." Illuminating for the first time a reaction that many deem insensitive, inappropriate, or strange, Ellison and McGonigle share their own and others' stories, thoughtful clinical analysis, and pragmatic counsel. Wise, compassionate, and groundbreaking, Liberating Losses expands the traditional definition of grief and, in so doing, generously validates the feelings that so many feel obliged to hide.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780738209487
Publisher: Da Capo Press
Publication date: 04/12/2004
Pages: 240
Product dimensions: 5.62(w) x 9.50(h) x 0.62(d)

About the Author

Jennifer Elison, Ed.D., has been a grief and transition counselor in private practice since 1990. She lives in Montana. Chris McGonigle, Ph.D., is the author of Surviving Your Spouse's Chronic Illness and has been a Widowed Persons Service volunteer for many years. She lives in Montana.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1Speaking Ill of the Dead1
Chapter 2Altruistic Relief23
Chapter 3Dual Relief45
Chapter 4Relationship Relief71
Chapter 5Guilt93
Chapter 6Social Support117
Chapter 7Unfinished Business139
Chapter 8Honoring the Self161
Chapter 9Moving On179

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