Author(s): Richard Gross (Full-time academic author)
Everyone, at some point in their lives, experiences bereavement and the feelings of grief that accompany it. But what is happening emotionally when we grieve for a loved one, and is there a `right' way to grieve? What effect does grief have on how we see ourselves, and why are some expressions of grief seen as more legitimate than others?
In The Psychology of Grief, author Richard Gross explores how psychologists have sought to explain the experience of grief. From Freud's pioneering psychoanalysis to discredited ideas that we must pass through `stages' of grief, the book examines the social and cultural norms which frame or limit our understanding of the grieving process, as well as how the language we use to describe it belies a range of assumptions.
Including a range of testimonials, this humane and intelligent account highlights the wide range of responses we have to losing a loved one, and will help readers understand both their own and others' feeling of grief.
Ch 1 Loss, Bereavement and Grief: What do they mean?
Ch 2 The experience and nature of grief: What is it like?
Ch 3 Trying to explain grief: What is it for?
Ch 4 Grief as a socio-cultural phenomenon: How should we grieve?
Ch 5 Grief and our relationship to the deceased: Who has died?
Ch 6 When does grief become abnormal?
Ch 7 The positive side of grief: Can it have beneficial outcomes?