Gift of Tears: A Practical Approach to Loss and Bereavement in Counselling and Psychotherapy

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Psychology Press, 2004 - Psychology - 249 pages
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This thoroughly revised and updated edition of Gift of Tearsincludes new research and examples of recent events to help illustrate the effects of loss. Containing a strong practical element, the book guides the reader through the process of contemplating and eventually confronting their own relationship to loss.

Written by experienced counsellors and psychotherapists, the book contains candid and readable discussions of central issues, including:

* how to understand and work with anger and guilt
* attachment patterns and loss
* historical changes in attitudes to death and bereavement
* death as a particular form of loss.

Gift of Tears is intended for anyone who finds they have to cope, in the course of their daily lives, with the grief of others. It will prove invaluable to counsellors, therapists, mental health professionals and all those helping the bereaved.

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Contents

Early attachments and loss
11
Tables
12
The nurturing environment
19
PART III
24
Experiences of death and bereavement
27
The effect of external circumstances and internal factors
44
Historical change in attitudes to death and bereavement
53
Cultural variety
59
Further skills related to the tasks of mourning
123
Ways of helping children
140
Understanding anger and guilt
161
Working with anger and guilt in more complicated grief
170
Necessary consultation for complicated grief
187
Assessment and referral
196
Supervision
207
Epilogue
221

gift of tears
71
Personal and family experiences of loss
86
give sorrow words
99
meaning and internalisation
116
B Useful websites
228
Multimedia
238
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About the author (2004)

Susan Lendrum and Gabrielle Syme work as psychotherapists, counsellors, supervisors, trainers and consultants to psychotherapy and counselling courses. They have lectured widely and run workshops on loss and related topics.

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