Chronic Sorrow: A Living Loss

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Psychology Press, 2002 - Family & Relationships - 269 pages
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Grief and loss are burgeoning concerns for professional disciplines such as nursing, social work, family therapy, psychology, psychiatry, law, religion and medicine. Although understanding has increased in virtually all other areas of grief and loss, chronic sorrow has received scant attention. Chronic sorrowis a natural grief reaction to losses that are not final, but continue to be present in the life of the griever. This book views chronic sorrow in a life-span perspective, and reveals the effect on the griever and the people close to them.

This book fills a void in the literature; and attempts to develop a comprehensive analysis of chronic sorrow that will secure its position within the field of grief and loss.

 

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Contents

Chronic Sorrow as a Paradigm Shift
21
Clinical Significance of Recognition
35
Proposed Model of Chronic Sorrow
42
Gender Differences
50
Real Loss and Loss of Fantasies
63
Families Loss and Chronic Sorrow
103
Existential Issues
131
Complicating Factors
153
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177
Desirable Attributes of the Professional and Therapist
183
Hazards and Pitfalls
203
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215
Trends
229
Epilogue
241
Index
279
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Susan Roos, Ph.D., is a psychotherapist who has been in private practice for over twenty years. She is a licensed social worker, a board certifed diplomate and a Gestalt therapist.

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