Psychotherapy and the Widowed Patient

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Psychology Press, 1990 - Psychology - 247 pages
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Coming at a time of renewed interest in the developmental changes of the life cycle, Psychotherapy and the Widowed Patient is a rich resource that examines the impact of a spouse's death on an individual's mental health. Psychiatrists and psychoanalysts address a wide range of issues concerning loss, grief, and bereavement, and provide practical and creative approaches for both widowed persons and the helping professionals charged with treating their grief.

Chapters in this compassionate volume discuss the characteristics of individuals who are more likely to seek professional help in coping with grief, widowhood as a time of growth and development, the value of openness instead of denial in dealing with death, the grieving process in young widowed spouses, the similarities of widowhood to separation and divorce, the role of dependency in how well widowed patients develop emotionally, and the role of loyalty in the process of grief. The more clinical chapters examine strategies for carrying out experiential psychotherapy with widowed patients, rational-emotive therapy, grief therapy, the effects of new perspectives on spousal bereavement on clinical practice, and aspects of bereavement response to loss, with a timeframe for viewing psychotherapeutic intervention. A review of the psychological literature regarding widowhood completes this comprehensive new book.
 

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Contents

On Inspiration
17
Integrating Loss and Love
39
The Alternative Approach
49
Psychotherapist and Widower
71
Separation Widowhood and Divorce
81
Reflections on Widowhood
89
Treating the Widowed Client with RationalEmotive Therapy
105
An Agenda for Treating Widowed Parents
113
The Labor of Grief
131
Widowhood as a Time for Growth and Development
147
My Granddaughters Cope with the Death of Their Father
167
A Focus on the Loss Process
189
Dislocation and Adaptation
207
A Study
223
The Fullness of Emptiness
239
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