The Loss of a Life Partner: Narratives of the Bereaved

The Loss of a Life Partner: Narratives of the Bereaved

by Carolyn Ambler Walter

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780231119689
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Publication date: 02/26/2003
Pages: 304
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.90(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Carolyn Ambler Walter, Ph.D., LCSW, is a professor at the Center for Social Work Education at Widener University, Chester, PA, and maintains a private clinical social work practice. Dr. Walter is co-author of Breast Cancer in the Life Course: Women's Experiences, and is the author of The Timing of Motherhood.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsix
Introductionxi
Chapter 1Theories of Grief: How They Inform Our Understanding of the Loss of a Partner1
Classical Paradigm of Grief1
Postmodern Paradigm of Grief5
Integrating the Paradigms10
Chapter 2Loss of a Partner: Current Issues13
Review of Literature on Loss of a Spouse13
Gender and Grief22
Review of Literature on Opposite-Sex Partner Loss24
Review of Literature on Same-Sex Partner Loss25
Similarities and Differences Among Types of Partner Loss34
Chapter Summary36
Chapter 3Loss of a Spouse37
Young Widows and Widowers37
Bereaved Older Spouses70
Chapter Summary83
Chapter 4Loss of an Opposite-Sex Partner86
Disenfranchised Grief86
Chapter Summary129
Chapter 5Loss of a Gay Partner132
Issues Faced by a Bereaved Gay Partner132
Chapter Summary158
Chapter 6Loss of a Lesbian Partner161
Issues Faced by a Bereaved Lesbian Partner161
Chapter Summary197
Chapter 7Similar and Diverse Themes Among Bereaved Partners201
Ambivalence Regarding Existing Ties with the Deceased Partner201
Discrimination Experienced by Surviving Partners in Nontraditional Relationships203
Using Memories and Continuing Bonds with the Bereaved to Cope with Grieving209
Developing New Relationships While Continuing Bonds with the Deceased Partner212
Making Meaning from the Experience of the Death of a Partner215
Chapter Summary218
Chapter 8Interventions220
A Classical Model of Interventions with Bereaved Partners220
A Postmodern Model of Interventions with Bereaved Partners223
Interventions with Bereaved Spouses228
Interventions with Young Widows230
Interventions with Bereaved Men231
Interventions with Bereaved Domestic Partners234
Interventions with Bereaved Lesbian Partners237
Interventions with Bereaved Gay Partners240
Working with Gay and Lesbian Bereaved Partners242
Chapter Summary245
Chapter 9Clinical Implications247
Clinical Implications for Interventions with Bereaved Partners247
Clinical Implications for Interventions with Bereaved Partners from Same-Sex and Opposite-Sex Relationships253
Clinical Implications for a Response to the Events of September 11, 2001255
Conclusions256
References261
Index269

What People are Saying About This

Jeffrey Kauffman

With clarity and grace, Walter articulates traditional and postmodern bereavement theory, and illuminates these theories with moving narratives...

Jeffrey Kauffman, Center for the Care of Community Institutions

Robert Zucker

Well researched and rich with narrative material... interviews with bereaved lesbian partners and grievers from other nontraditional relationships open up our hearts and our minds to the universal bereavement challenges.... An important contribution to the field of thanatology.

Robert Zucker, editor, Grief and Healing Newsletter

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