Continuing Bonds: New Understandings of Grief

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Dennis Klass, Phyllis R. Silverman, Steven L. Nickman, Steven Nickman
Taylor & Francis, 1996 - FAMILY & RELATIONSHIPS - 361 pages
This important new book gives voice to an emerging consensus among bereavement scholars that our understanding of the grief process needs to be expanded. The dominant twentieth-century model holds that the function of grief and mourning is to cut bonds with the deceased, thereby freeing the survivor to reinvest in new relationships in the present. Pathological grief has been defined in terms of holding on to the deceased. Close examination reveals that this model is based more on the cultural values of modernity than on any substantial data of what people actually do.
 

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Contents

Whats the Problem?
3
Autonomy or Interdependence
14
Qualitative Versus Quantitative Methods in
20
PART TWO Setting the Stage
29
Grief in Other Cultures
35
References
43
How and Why Grief Can Recur Over a Lifetime
50
References
57
Maintenance of Ties with the Deceased in Remarriage
167
Discussion
176
PART FIVE Parental Bereavement
197
Conclusion
214
Research on Bereaved Parents in Israel
222
Conclusions
229
PART SLX Bereaved Siblings
235
Discussion
248

Japanese Ancestor
59
Graves
67
Childrens Construction of Their Dead Parents
73
Bereaved Childrens Changing Relationships with
87
Trajectories of Connections to the Deceased
94
Revolving Within a Single Type of Connection to
102
Conclusion
108
Memory Maturation and Childhood Bereavement
114
Manifestations
125
Emotional Relationships After Death
133
Conclusion
142
Widowhood and Husband Sanctification
149
Who Sanctifies?
155
References
161
PART SEVEN Adoptee Losses
255
Developmental Influences on an Adoptees Inner
264
Contrasts
271
Results
277
References
292
Investigation Methods
298
A Discussion
305
References
308
Attachment and the Reactions of Bereaved College
311
Dilemmas in Identification for the PostNazi
329
References
346
Index
357
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