The Disenfranchised: Stories of Life and Grief When an Ex-Spouse Dies

The Disenfranchised: Stories of Life and Grief When an Ex-Spouse Dies


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The Disenfranchised: Stories of Life and Grief When an Ex-Spouse Dies by Peggy Sapphire, Shirley Scott

The Disenfranchised: Stories of Life and Grief When an Ex-Spouse Dies offers an unprecedented anthology of never-before-published, first-person life histories by ex-spouses whose grief has endured as disenfranchised: socially unacknowledged, untold, and unrecognised. Each story of disenfranchised grief is fiercely honest and courageously made public. This anthology has no parallels in current texts, academic literature or mainstream publications. Contributors present personal histories, revealing that the dimensions of disenfranchised grief are as individual as the writers who have endured this neglected aspect of grief and bereavement. In many narratives, the healing power of their creative processes through art and poetry is further revealed. The anthology is compiled and edited by Peggy Sapphire, MS (Guidance and Counseling), a writer living in Vermont. Over the span of five years, through phone conversations and written communications, Ms. Sapphire established trusting relationships with the contributors, who, though choosing to submit their work, often struggled with reluctance, even dread, at revisiting previously private events in their lives and finally committing their stories to paper, and ultimately to publication. Each narrative is accompanied by a clinical commentary, written by Shirley Scott, MS, certified Thanatologist, which provides readers, whether academic, practitioner, student, or lay, with reflections on the issues and patterns of disenfranchised grief, as reflected by each narrative. Included in each commentary are bibliographic references for further and advanced study. The contributors represent an extraordinary range of professional achievements and academic credentials—well-published writers, poets, working artists, educators, academics, mental health practitioners, and health professionals.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780895038210
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Publication date: 08/20/2013
Series: Death, Value and Meaning Series
Pages: 244
Product dimensions: 7.90(w) x 11.90(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Peggy Sapphire, MS (Lehman College, City University of New York), is an educator/counselor in New York State public schools, specialized in issues of single-parent families and children of divorced parents, and has presented numerous workshops for educato

Table of Contents

Contributors Acknowledgments and Dedications
Peggy Sapphire and Shirley Scott

Darcy L. Harris, Ph.D. FT

Editors Preface
Peggy Sapphire, MS Counselor

Preface to Commentaries
Shirley Scott, RN, MS, CT, Grief Counselor

Dr. Kenneth Doka, Ph.D. Gerontologist

SECTION 1 Moving Toward Forgiveness

CHAPTER 1 Harold
Rosemary Wyman

CHAPTER 2 Rubber Man
Anne Bower

CHAPTER 3 Selected Slides
Elizabeth Kerlikowske

CHAPTER 4 Never Given a Name
James McGrath

SECTION 2 "He's Dead and I'm Not"
CHAPTER 5 When Pawpaw's Spearmint Went to Heaven
Linde Grace White

CHAPTER 6 The Absence of . . .
Barbara Traynor

CHAPTER 7 He's Dead and Im Not

CHAPTER 8 Missing You
Jean Gant

CHAPTER 9 The Ride
Kristina Grey

SECTION 3. A Change of Worlds

CHAPTER 10 Barking at the Knocks
J. Bradley Brandts

CHAPTER 11 Un-grieving a Death

CHAPTER 12 Chronic and Acute
Marion Cohen

CHAPTER 13 The World Cracking Open or Living Atop a Cultural, Emotional San Andreas Fault
Deborah Dashow Ruth

CHAPTER 14 Then, a Deep Silence
Korkut Onaran

SECTION 4 As the Dust Settles

CHAPTER 15 Geography of a Marriage
Barbara Hoffman

Denise Handlon

CHAPTER 17 How I Survived
Penelope Scambly Schott

CHAPTER 18 Postmortem
Joyce Lombard

CHAPTER 19 Ex-humation: Digging Up the Past
Mary Kolada Scott

Peggy Sapphire

Grief Reactions to the Death of a Divorced Spouse

Further Readings


Sapphire, Doka, Scott


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