The Anatomy of Bereavement 1st Edition PDF
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This book has grown out of my work and research with bereaved people over many years. The form and content have developed from my reading and understanding of the work of many of the innovative and valuable contributors to this field. Bereavement is an ubiquitous human experience—painful and inevitable. In this book I try to share the experience of many different bereavements, how they are dealt with, understood, and eventually adapted to in the ongoing framework of human life. The work has derived from the workers who have written in this field, but especially from the people who have experienced and shared their losses and their deaths.
There are many people who have helped me in many ways with the writing of this book. It gives me great pleasure to be able to thank them for their support and assistance over many years.
Firstly, I would like to thank all those bereaved people who have shared their feelings and thoughts and experiences with me over the years. They have greatly influenced my understanding of grief and its processes. They will not recognize themselves directly in the histories in this book for these are a complex amalgam of many, many different losses. But I do hope they will feel represented by what I have written. I especially wish them to know of my warm gratitude.
I would like to thank my professional colleagues who have shared their experience and understanding of bereavement and who have offered constructive criticisms, thoughts, and questions that have all helped shape what appears here. In particular, I am deeply indebted to Dr. John Bowlby who has offered me great support and encouragement of my work, a support offered from outside my own country, which has meant a great deal to me. I am also indebted to the late Professor David Maddison who first persuaded me to become interested in the field of bereavement, whose studies were the beginnings from which my own work grew, and who was a generous mentor and friend until the time of his death.
My close friends and professional colleagues at the Faculty of Medicine, University of Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia, have given me their generous support and encouragement over recent years. In particular I wish to thank Dr. Bruce Singh and Dr. Robert Adler, who helped free my time for the writing of this book as well as provided the intellectual challenges that helped shape it. I would also like to thank especially my friend and secretary, Mrs. Wendy Smith, whose unstinting loyalty and patience resulted in the technical production of the manuscript; and my professional officer, Mrs. Penny Johnston, whose untiring support and organization brought forth references, criticism, bibliographies, proofreading, and the essentials without which the book could never have been completed. My other professional colleagues at the Faculty of Medicine, particularly the professorial staff, were most kind in their support and understanding of my commitment to this volume, and I would like to extend to each one of them also my heartfelt thanks.
Over the years, many workers in the field of bereavement—social workers, psychologists, nurses, doctors, psychiatrists, clergy, and volunteer workers, to name a few—have discussed with me their work and cases, and this too has contributed to my understanding. I would wish to thank each and every one of them, especially my friends and colleagues in the National Association for Loss and Grief (NALAG). A number of colleagues have generously made available to me their unpublished work in the field of bereavement and I am especially indebted to them, particularly Des Tobin, Rosemary Montgomery, and Christine Gapes. Similarly my book has been influenced by those many researchers in this field whose work I have studied and frequently quoted. While these are too numerous to name individually, I would like especially to acknowledge my indebtedness to the work of Colin Murray Parkes, Erna Furman, Elisabeth Kübler-Ross, as well as, of course, the work of Freud, Klein, and many others.
The research of my own studies has been supported by the National Health and Medical Research Council of Australia to which I am most deeply indebted. I also wish to thank the New South Wales Institute of Psychiatry which provided me with a three-year research fellowship during which my original studies of preventive intervention with bereaved widows were carried out. My thanks are also extended to those who have assisted with this research over the years, especially Christine O’Loughlin, Joystna Field, Helen Kvelde, and Joanna Barnes.
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