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The Loss of a Life Partner: Narratives of the Bereaved

Carolyn Ambler Walter

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Paper, 304 pages, 0
ISBN: 978-0-231-11969-6
$36.00 / £25.00

March, 2003
Cloth, 304 pages, 0
ISBN: 978-0-231-11968-9
$110.00 / £76.00

Introduction

Interviews

Overview

Chapter One Theories of Grief: How They Inform Our Understanding of the Loss of a Partner

Classical Paradigm of Grief

Postmodern Paradigm of Grief

Integrating the Paradigms

Chapter Two Loss of a Partner: Current Issues

Review of Literature on Loss of a Spouse

Gender and Grief

Review of Literature on Opposite-Sex Partner Loss

Review of Literature on Same-Sex Partner Loss

Similarities and Differences Among Types of Partner Loss

Chapter Three Loss of a Spouse

Young Widows

Bereaved Older Spouses

Chapter Summary

Chapter Four Loss of an Opposite-Sex Partner

Disenfranchised Grief

Chapter Summary

Chapter Five Loss of a Gay Partner

Issues Faced by a Bereaved Gay Partner

Chapter Summary

Chapter Six Loss of a Lesbian Partner

Issues Faced by a Bereaved Lesbian Partner

Chapter Summary

Chapter Seven Similar and Diverse Themes Among Bereaved Partners

Ambivalence Regarding Existing Ties with Deceased Partner

Discrimination Experienced by Surviving Partners in Nontraditional Relationships

Using Memories and Continuing Bonds with the Bereaved to Cope with Grieving

Developing New Relationships While Continuing Bonds with the Deceased Partner

Making Meaning from the Experience of the Death of a Partner

Chapter Summary

Chapter Eight Interventions

A Classical Model of Interventions with Bereaved Partners

A Postmodern Model of Interventions with Bereaved Partners

Interventions with Bereaved Spouses

Interventions with Young Widows

Interventions with Bereaved Men

Interventions with Bereaved Domestic Partners

Interventions with Bereaved Lesbian Partners

Interventions with Bereaved Gay Partners

Working with Gay and Lesbian Bereaved Partners

Chapter Summary

Chapter Nine Clinical Implications

Clinical Implications for Interventions with Bereaved Partners

Clinical Implications for Interventions with Same-Sex and Opposite-Sex Partners

Clinical Implications for a Response to the Events of September 11, 2001

Conclusions

References

Index

Related Subjects


About the Author

Carolyn Ambler Walter, Ph.D., LCSW, is a professor at the Center for Social Work Education at Widener University, Chester, PA, and maintains a private clinical social work practice. Dr. Walter is co-author of Breast Cancer in the Life Course: Women’s Experiences, and is the author of The Timing of Motherhood.

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