Bereavement and grief

It's Grief Awareness Week from the Good Grief Trust…

…so we thought we'd collect together some resources from The Psychologist and Research Digest.

How continuing traditions can help us deal with loss
Erica Crompton in conversation with Anjali Singh-Mitter, on coping with bereavement.

See also the role of rituals, even for non-believers and What can bereavement cards tell us about cultural differences in the expression of sympathy? 

The anatomy of online grief
An exclusive chapter from 'All the Ghosts in the Machine: Illusions of Immortality in the Digital Age', by Elaine Kasket
See also ‘death and grief in the digital age’ 

‘It’s not an easy conversation to have with a kid who thinks they’re invincible’
Dr Carla Sofka is a Professor of Social Work at Siena College, Loudonville, New York, with an interest in the role of digital and social media in supporting bereaved students.

Good grief
What is the difference between healthy grief work and unhealthy rumination? Margaret Stroebe and Henk Schut investigate.

Richard Gross wrote ‘The Psychology of Grief’

Personal reflections on coping and loss
Professor Adrian Furnham writes.

Grief and pregnancy loss

5 minutes with Julie Stokes, founder of the child bereavement charity Winston’s Wish
Also see her review of A Monster Calls and this on ‘A Killing in My Family’ 

Dealing with clients’ grief can take its toll on psychologists…see also crying in therapy 

Laura Soulsby and Kate Bennett have explored the impact of spousal bereavement

"up to 60 per cent of cases of bereavement are associated with some kind of hallucinatory experience, of which 32–52 per cent were felt presences"

"during bereavement ‘sights and sounds are commonly misperceived as evidence of (the) return’ of the deceased"

On loss and mourning
Renee Lertzman talks with psychoanalyst and author Darian Leader

Beauty and the beast
An exclusive extract from 'With the End in Mind: Dying, death and wisdom in an age of denial'

Bianca Neumann-May wrote to us, suggesting her work at the Bereavement Café in Bury St Edmunds

A most sensitive and profound portrayal
Barbara and Michael Wilson, who lost their own daughter in a tragic accident, watch 'A Love That Never Dies’.

One to one... with Sheila Payne
Help the Hospices Chair in Hospice Studies, Lancaster University

Eye on Fiction: The Babadook and maternal depression
Pamela Jacobsen considers a metaphor in a horror film, where the main character’s husband dies

A discourse around death

How the misreporting of a student dissertation wrecked bereavement counselling’s reputation

In a recent episode of the Adam Buxton podcast, Derren Brown made the point that the Kubler-Ross ‘stages of grief’ were originally about the person dying, and have become generally assumed to be about those left behind.

What doesn't kill us...
Stephen Joseph discusses the psychology of post-traumatic growth

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