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What Forever Means After The Death Of A Child

Author : Kay Talbot
ISBN : 9781135057541
Genre : Psychology
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List of Tables. List of Figures. Series Editor's Foreword. Preface. Prologue. Acknowledgements. What It Means to Be a Parent After a Child Had Died. The "Mothers Now Childless" Study: Research Design and Findings. When a Child Dies, Does Grieving Ever End? One Death - A Thousand Strands of Pain: Finding the Meaning of Suffering. Bereaved Parents' Search for Understanding: The Paradox of Healing. Confronting a Spiritual Crisis: Where is God When Bad Things Happen? Confronting an Existential Crisis: Can Life Have Purpose Again? Deciding to Survive: Reaching Bottom - Climbing Up. Remembering With Love: Bereaved Parents as Biographer. Reaching Out to Help Others: Wounded Healers. Reinventing the Self: Parents Ask, "Who Are We Now?". The Legacy of Loss. References. Resources. Appendices. Index.

Loss Of The Assumptive World

Author : Jeffrey Kauffman
ISBN : 9781135451370
Genre : Psychology
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The assumptive world concept is a psychological principle of the conservation of human reality or "culture" - it is a lens for seeing the psychological disturbances that occur in times of change. In this collection, the authors examine the assumptive world from diverse theoretical perspectives, providing the reader with an array of different viewpoints illuminating the concept and its clinical usefulness.

Devastating Losses

Author : Carol E. Jordan, MS
ISBN : 9780826107473
Genre : Family & Relationships
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This book fills a critical gap in our scientific understanding of the grief response of parents who have lost a child to traumatic death and the psychotherapeutic strategies that best facilitate healing. It is based on the results of the largest study ever conducted of parents surviving a child's traumatic death or suicide. The book was conceived by William and Beverly Feigelman following their own devastating loss of a son, and written from the perspective of their experiences as both suicide-survivor support group participants and facilitators. It intertwines data, insight, and critical learning gathered from research with the voices of the 575 survivors who participated in the study. The text emphasizes the sociological underpinnings of survivors' grief and provides data that vividly documents their critical need for emotional support. It explains how bereavement difficulties can be exacerbated by stigmatization, and by the failure of significant others to provide expected support. Also explored in depth are the ways in which couples adapt to the traumatic loss of a child and how this can bring them closer or render their relationship irreparable. Findings suggest that with time and peer support affiliations, most traumatically bereaved parents ultimately demonstrate resilience and find meaningful new roles for themselves, helping the newly bereaved or engaging in other humanitarian acts. Key Features: Offers researchers, clinicians, and parent-survivors current information on how parents adapt initially and over time after the traumatic loss of a child Presents data culled from the largest survey ever conducted (575 individuals) of parents surviving a child's suicide or other traumatic death Investigates the ways in which stigmatization complicates and prolongs the grieving process Addresses the tremendous value of support groups in the healing process Explores how married couples are affected by the traumatic loss of their child

A Life Interrupted

Author : Louise Mathewson
ISBN : 9781597190565
Genre : Poetry
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A collection of poems chronicling the author's recovery from a brain damaging car accident, with a list of journaling therapy writing prompts and other resources she found helpful in transcending trauma. "Shattering, haunting, humbling and ultimately triumphant, this poetic memoir takes us deep into a damaged brain and the courageous crawl back to a reclaimed life," says Kathleen Adams, LPC, director of the Center for Journal Therapy & Therapeutic Writing Institute. "Language, once lost, returns to shimmer on the page, each poem and altar to the angel's promise that in trauma there is transformation. This collection will surely provide hope, identification, and voice for those who struggle with TBI, and those who love and serve them. It is a brilliant and urgently needed addition to the literature in therapeutic writing."


Author : Ariane T. Alexander
ISBN : 9781462825578
Genre : Fiction
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Amidst a world in global turmoil, Victory, a half Native American woman searches for her identity. Victorys mother is a woman of Scottish nobility, an unknowing mistress to Victorys Native American Air Force Captain father, who does not tell her he is married with a wife and children in the States. Cast out from her family in disgrace, Lady Joy McLeod gives birth to Victory and her twin sister in a night of furious rain in a French convent. Victorys twin sister and mother do not survive the birth, plunging Victory into the traumatic world of an orphan, alone and far from both her birth families. Three years pass, in which Victory is an orphan, separated from The People, as her Native American grandfather calls the Cheyenne tribe. In an attempt to salvage his honor and reputation with his people, Victorys father kidnaps her from the convent and returns her to the Indian reservation where her grandfather lives. Victory returns to American, diagnosed as autistic, yet capable of great talents, powers and abilities. Her Native American Grandfather is the only two legged able to reach her, and nurtures and teaches her in the way of his people. Victory begins training as a medicine woman. Yet she finds that spirituality cannot completely explain her world, yet neither can science. Between these two worlds, the spiritual and the material, she must search for an answer, to her life, and to the future of Earth. Her relationship with her father is difficult and painful. Her search for identity as a woman who is half Native American and half wasichu (white) is full of anguish, and includes encounters with racism and rejection from both societies. Victory has experiences in her life that are so horrific that she doubts whether she can go on, but somehow she transcends the pain of the material world through her inner spiritual journeys. Victory is a profile in courage, and her story speaks for the journey of all women. Issues explored within this story are at once both contemporary and searching. Attention is focused on values such as family, love, loyalty, ethnic identification and cultural history. Yet also interwoven in what is right are themes of continual betrayal, hatred, murder and rage. The reader may feel Victory may not be able to rise once more from the ashes of her experiences, but always, true to her name, she has the courage to return to life and walk once more to a goal and a new life. Romance, passion, and sensual experiences are also a part of this vital womans life. Her attitude towards love is much like traditional males, and oftimes contains a double standard. Yet she is not afraid to experience life, even if it means failing and returning again to the world of love. During her lifetime she is married three times but divorce is not within her vocabulary. She experiences the greatest loss of a mother, the loss of children. Yet Victory goes on to celebrate her living children and grandchildren.

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