Living Beyond Loss: Death in the Family

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Froma Walsh, Monica McGoldrick
W. W. Norton & Company, 2004 - Family & Relationships - 443 pages
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The editors' clinical framework identifies variables that heighten risk for individual, couple, or family dysfunction and describes key processes that foster healing and growth. Chapters by leading authorities reveal how the family response to loss affects all members and their relationships across the life cycle and the generations. New chapters address such topics as spirituality, gender issues, suicide and other traumatic deaths, unacknowledged and stigmatized losses, and resilience-based approaches to family and community recovery from major disaster. In a completely new section, prominent family therapists offer poignant reflections on their own legacies of loss. Throughout Living Beyond Loss, Second Edition, readers will find valuable therapeutic guidelines for working with threatened loss and end-of-life dilemmas, the immediate aftermath of traumatic loss, and long-term complications. Case illustrations address a wide range of loss situations, show their ripple effects, and suggest ways to address hidden losses when other symptoms are presented. Therapists and counselors will find their own lives and practices deeply enriched by this new volume.
  

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Contents

Loss and the Family A Systemic Perspective
3
A Time to Mourn Death and the Family Life Cycle
27
Family Reaction to Death
47
Legacies of Loss Multigenerational Ripple Effects
61
Loss and Family Scripts
85
Gender and Mourning
99
Mourning in Different Cultures
119
The Multigenerational Transmission of Loss and Trauma The African American Experience
161
Rituals and the Healing Process
340
The Impact on the Family Therapist of a Focus on Death Dying and Bereavement
358
Personal Reflections on Loss
373
Loss and Transformation
377
Seizing the Moment for Change
379
Living Beyond the Loss of Our Child
387
Hidden Dimensions of Sibling Loss
391
Surviving My Mothers Suicide
397

Spirituality Death and Loss
182
Helping Families with Anticipatory Loss and Terminal Illness
213
Ambiguous Loss
237
Unacknowledged and Stigmatized Losses
247
Working with Families in the Aftermath of Suicide
272
Facilitating Family and Community Resilience in Response to Major Disaster
285
Echoes From the Past Helping Families Deal With Their Ghosts
310
A Journey Through Grief
401
My Family Inheritance of Breast Cancer
406
Loss in CrossCultural Context
413
My Journey to Recover the Past
423
Back to Where We Came From
428
Index
433
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Froma Walsh, M.S.W, Ph.D., is Professor, School of Social Service Administration and Department of Psychiatry, University of Chicago, and Co-Director of the University-affiliated institute, the Chicago Center for Family Health. Her other books include Strengthening Family Resilience, Spiritual Resources in Family Therapy, and Normal Family Processes (3rd Edition).

Monica McGoldrick, M.A., M.S.W., Ph.D., is co-founder and director of the Multicultural Family Institute in Highland Park, New Jersey, and adjunct faculty at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. Her books include Ethnicity and Family Therapy, Third Edition, Genograms: Assessment and Intervention, Second Edition, The Expanded Family Life Cycle, Third Edition and The Genogram Journey.

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