Practical methods for healing after the loss of a member of the military When a loved one is killed in the line of duty, this book affirms that survivors' grief is shaped by the unique circumstances of the death. Because military deaths are almost always sudden and violent, the traumatic nature of the loss creates a two-part grief—one focused on the manner in which the person died, the other focused on the long-term repercussions of life without this special person. This guide acknowledges the unique mixture of sadness, pride, anger, and blame that often characterizes grief after a military death, including in the event of a military suicide, and offers ideas for constructively expressing thoughts and feelings. Anyone whose life has been touched by a military death will find compassionate understanding and healing guidance in the pages of this handbook.
It is increasingly challenging for teachers to educate without a deeper understanding of the experience of their students. This is particularly the case in marginalised groups of young people who are subject to loss, grief, trauma and shame. Through a snapshot of the diverse student populous, this book explores the impact of these experiences on a student's learning and success. Topics covered include poverty, obesity, incarceration, immigration, death, sexual exploitation, LGBT issues, psychodrama, the expressive arts, resilience, and military students. The authors share the children's perspective, and through case studies they offer solutions and viable objectives.
A compassionate guide to help Gold Star parents cope with the grief and loss of their military son or daughter. Author Joanne Steen tackles the subject that terrifies parents of military personnel—the death of their son or daughter on active duty. In short, easy-to-read chapters Gold Star parents find thoughtful explanations and trustworthy advice for coping with military grief. Steen weaves together realistic examples with voices of other Gold Star parents, connecting the readers to the wisdom of those parents who have walked in their shoes. Chapters for relatives, friends, and professional service providers of Gold Star parents are also included, supplying them with what they need to know about military loss; what to expect in the parents; and best practices on what to say and ways to help support them. Gold Star parents will find a path to survive their life-changing loss and develop the resilience to move forward. Joanne Steen has more than twenty years’ experience in the grief and loss field, with a specialty in military loss. She is a board-certified counselor, instructor, Gold Star widow, and the founder of Grief Solutions, a training company on grief, loss and resilience. Steen is also the coauthor of Military Widow: A Survival Guide (Naval Institute Press, 2006)
A new approach to understanding PTSD as a form of grief rather than a medical disorder Have you ever felt that something essential was missing from your post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) treatment options? If you suffer from PTSD, you know the problem is complex, but what you probably don't know—and what the medical establishment isn't telling you—is that post-traumatic stress is not fundamentally a medical disorder but rather a form of grief. Your body, mind, and soul experienced tremendous loss, and to fully integrate the many losses into your ongoing life, you must explore and express your necessary grief. In other words, you must mourn. This groundbreaking book reveals a new approach to understanding PTSD and its debilitating symptoms. With compassion and insight, it affirms the nature and severity of your experience while providing you with a step-by-step plan to transcend it. A full review of traditional medical treatments for PTSD are presented and included as part of the healing plan. Whether your PTSD is severe or more subtle, whether your traumatic experience was recent or in the distant past, this book unlocks the secret that will finally allow you to once again live and love fully.
Mary Mac (AskMaryMac.com) shares her comprehensive book on the subject of grief to bring solace, comfort and understanding as you begin your journey through the grieving process. In her warm conversational style, she shares her own personal experiences and those of countless survivors she has counseled to make Understanding Your Grieving Heart After a Loved One's Death an invaluable resource that you will turn to time and time again on your road to stability and healing. Here you will learn: - The myths surrounding the grieving process - The emotional, physical, spiritual, social, intellectual and financial challenges of grief - How to deal with anger, fear, stress, loneliness, regrets and depression - How to handle your loved one's belongings - How grief affects your marriage - How to help children through the grieving process - How to balance the needs of family, friends and business colleagues with your own needs - What to do for yourself when holidays, birthdays, anniversaries come around - How to honor your loved one's memory Additionally, you will find: - The comprehensive list of national grief support organizations and 24 hour hotlines to locate help for yourself in your area - A list of over 175 books to help you through the grieving process, all personally reviewed by the author and categorized by need to make it easier to find what you are looking for. Learning more now about what you may encounter in the future will help alleviate unnecessary pain. Take this bold step to learn practical ways to help yourself through this difficult time. Begin this new journey here. Praise for Understanding Your Grieving Heart After a Loved One's Death, an Amazon Best Seller "After debunking myths about the grieving process, that it lasts only a few months, Mary M. McCambridge (editor, The National Directory of Bereavement Support Groups and Services) traces the stages of grief (shock, denial, despair, renewal), manifestations (e.g. regrets, depression, anger, workaholism) and effects on marriage, children, friendship and work relationships in "Understanding Your Grieving Heart After a Loved One's Death". Grieving readers will appreciate this warm, wise guide by an experienced bereavement counselor and crime victims' rights advocate." Publisher's Weekly, November 26, 2001 "Understanding Your Grieving Heart After a Loved One's Death is an invaluable guidebook on how to offer comfort to the bereaved and is very highly recommended for personal, professional, the community library and grief counseling collections." Midwest Book Review, December, 2001 "Very well done-informative, supportive. I highly recommend this book to all survivors and especially to those dedicated professionals in this field." M. Regina Asaro, MS, RN, Co-Author, The Military Widow "When we lose a loved one, we are in a wave of confusion and find it hard to deal with the new me - the person who has been changed unlike ever before because of death. We daily face new emotions, new kinks in our relationships and old myths that need to be discarded. How do we do it all? Author and Counselor, Mary M. McCambridge, shows us how to understand what is happening to our lives in our raw bereavement. This book is a practical guide to living life after the unthinkable death of a loved one has happened to us. Mary has the gift to hold our hand and tenderly show us how." Alice J. Wisler, Editor Tributes E-Zine Book Review, April, 2002 "This sensitive, yet practical book goes some way to answering the many agonising questions posed by the bereft and suggests many strategies that may bring comfort. A useful and thoughtful book with a great deal of genuine understanding of grief and much compassion." E.B. Daniels TCF/UK
A survival guide for widows of service personnel, tackling the unique and complex issues arising from the death of a spouse in the military. This book speaks to loss in each of the service branches, across the span of rank and rates, and offers insights and practical strategies for dealing with this life-altering tragedy.
To Heal Your Child’s Broken Heart, Start with Hope How can you help your child get through a deeply painful loss—the breakup of a family, the death of a pet, or even the passing of a loved one—especially when you might be dealing with your own grief? God sees your family’s pain and longs to walk through it with you. It’s one of the reasons He sent His Son, Jesus—to heal our broken hearts. Most important, God wants to give your child hope. Dr. Amy Ford is a licensed professional counselor, professor, and parent who specializes in complex psychological issues, including trauma and grief. She offers spiritual encouragement from God’s Word and expert advice to address your child’s specific needs. You will gain the wisdom, skills, and practical ideas you need to help your child during this difficult time. Grieving can be a long and difficult process, especially for children, but with God’s help and the loving support of friends and family, grief can give way to new life. Your child will get through this…and so will you.
This study is an interdisciplinary inquiry that combines an examination of multi-ethnic literature from a vast variety of cultural environments together with contemporary psychotherapy. We live in an age in which mass grief - both the direct experience of it through natural and man-made disasters and the vicarious viewing of it through the media - has become a major cultural phenomenon. Posttraumatic loss resulting from terrorism, a relatively new site for the shared activity of mourning, makes it pertinent to examine the lessons that fiction can teach us about bereavement therapy and loss resolution. Does one's gender, race, skin color, nationality, cultural upbringing, or religious background have any impact upon the manner in which people from varying cultural environments choose to mourn their loss and resolve grief? By using the comparative literary approach, the author has been able to throw light on the manner in which mainstream Western mourning practices and behavior have been influenced and altered by exposure to those of minorities. Similarly, the author has argued that an examination of multi-ethnic literature teaches us that there is a need for counselors to apply sensitivity and understanding to the dictates of the socio-cultural background of their minority patients as they recommend methods of therapeutic healing. Finally, the book recommends the employment of international short fiction in the bereavement clinic as a means by which patients might resolve loss and achieve healing.
Love and Grief offers sympathetic support to adults who have lost a partner, helping them to explore the difficult and often painful process of forming new relationships. Through personal accounts and poems, the authors show how the challenges of grief are experienced and dealt with by the bereaved and all around them.
The Many Faces of Bereavement explores the development and specifications of traditional models of grieving, with particular emphasis on the relationship, age, and personal characteristics of the mourner. In addition, the volume provides a framework of symptomatology for nontraumatic, nonstigmatic deaths for the purpose of comparative study. The book opens with a comprehensive overview of the traditional models of grief, with special attention given to the treatment of parental grief and the grief response of the elderly following the death of a spouse. Other chapters cover suggested typologies for traumatized and stigmatized processes of grief that are specific to the mode of death, including murder, drunk driving fatalities, community disasters, suicide, and AIDS-related deaths. Finally, the authors draw on their own personal experiences to present a summation of treatment strategies and considerations for working with bereaved patients.
The dead are still with us. Contemporary therapists and counselors are coming to understand what's been known for millennia in most religions and in most cultures outside the Western milieu: it's important to continue bonds between the living and the dead. Taking these connections seriously, Goss and Klass explore how bonds with the dead are created and maintained. In doing so, they unearth a fascinating new way to look at the origins and processes of religion itself. Examining ties to dead family members, teachers, religious and political leaders across religious and secular traditions, the authors offer novel ways of understanding grief and its role in creating meaning. Whether for classes in comparative religion and death and dying, or for bereavement counselors and other trying to make sense of grief, this book helps us understand what it means to feel connected to those dead but not lost.