This book emerged from the presentations at a recent King's College
conference. It is another demonstration of why this is still the
premier bereavement conference.
This book focuses on the complicating factors in our personality,
surroundings, support network and loss experiences that confront and
often disable. We explore definitions, frameworks for measurement,
and some very unique perspectives that need more documentation
because of their prevalent place in the human experience.
Part one includes theories of complicated grief. Section two
discusses children and complicated grief, and includes discussions of
homicide bereavement and a look at the "dark side" feelings of
children's grief. Part 3 is complicated grief in special
populations, including camouflaged grief (families of MIAs), mental
illness in the grief process, victims of spiritual abuse,
spirituality and religion as risk factors, personality as a variable
in grief response, grassroots memorialization as a partner in the
grief experience, viewing the body and grief complications, family
systems and a final chapter on children (dying and grieving) and the
arts, humor and music.
The Rev. Dr. Richard B. Gilbert,
Executive Director, The World Pastoral Care Center