Bereavement: Studies of Grief in Adult Life by Colin Murray Parkes

By Colin Murray Parkes

The lack of a friend is without doubt one of the such a lot painful reports that the majority folks will ever need to face in our lives. This e-book recognises that there's no unmarried method to the issues of bereavement yet that an realizing of grief might help the bereaved to grasp that they're no longer on my own of their experience.

Long regarded because the such a lot authoritative paintings of its sort, this re-creation has been revised and prolonged take into consideration fresh examine findings on either side of the Atlantic. Parkes and Prigerson comprise more information concerning the varied situations of bereavement together with tense losses, failures, and complex grief, in addition to supplying info on how social, non secular, and cultural impacts verify how we grieve.

Bereavement presents tips on getting ready for the lack of a family member, and coping when they have long gone. It additionally discusses find out how to determine the minority in whom bereavement may result in impairment of actual and/or psychological overall healthiness and the way to make sure they get the assistance they want. This vintage textual content will remain of price to the bereaved themselves, in addition to the pros and buddies who search to assist and comprehend them.

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In most human communities it is the mother to whom this first attachment takes place and most of the research, which was initiated by Bowlby’s important work, ‘Child Care and the Growth of Love’ 12 THE COST OF COMMITMENT (1953), has focused on her as the indispensable parent. More recently it has been shown that fathers and others can be satisfactory substitutes for the natural mother provided that they provide consistent care. Hence the term ‘mother’ throughout this book should be taken to refer to the person who is the primary carer.

Rather we have selected some key studies of special relevance to our understanding of bereavement. STRESS For many years research workers have studied and written about stress. The term has been used to characterize the effect of virtually any novel or unpleasant experience. Human beings and animals of all shapes and sizes have been tricked, confined, terrified, mutilated, shocked, puzzled, embarrassed, challenged, stumped, overwhelmed, confused, or poisoned in a wide variety of experimental conditions in attempts to track down the consequences of this ubiquitous phenomenon.

In one remarkable study, women suspected of having cancer of the womb were ‘diagnosed’ by a psychiatrist with striking accuracy (see Appendix 3). These women had been admitted for investigation after a routine vaginal smear had revealed the presence of ugly-looking cells that might or might not indicate cancer. At this stage nobody knew whether a cancer was present or not, and a biopsy was necessary to prove or disprove such a diagnosis. The psychiatrist, who was as ignorant as anyone of the true situation, interviewed each woman and asked her about her feelings about any recent losses in her life.

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