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On Bereavement By Tony Walter

On Bereavement by Tony Walter

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Summary

Should the bond with the dead be continued or broken? What is clear is that the grieving individual is not left in a social vacuum but has to struggle with expectations from self, family, friends, professionals and academic theorists. This book applies sociological insights to one of the most personal of human situations.

On Bereavement Summary

On Bereavement by Tony Walter

'Insightful and refreshing.' - Professor Dennis Klass, Webster University Religion Department, St. Louis, USA

'A tour de force.' - Dr Colin Murray Parkes, OBE, MD, FRCPsych, President of CRUSE

Some societies and some individuals find a place for their dead, others leave them behind. In recent years, researchers, professionals and bereaved people themselves have struggled with this. Should the bond with the dead be continued or broken? What is clear is that the grieving individual is not left in a social vacuum but has to struggle with expectations from self, family, friends, professionals and academic theorists.

This ground-breaking book looks at the social position of the bereaved. They find themselves caught between the living and the dead, sometimes searching for guidelines in a de-ritualized society that has few to offer, sometimes finding their grief inappropriately pathologised and policed. At its best, bereavement care offers reassurance, validation, and freedom to talk where the client has previously encountered judgmentalism.

In this unique book, Tony Walter applies sociological insights to one of the most personal of human situations. On Bereavement is aimed at students on medical, nursing, counselling and social work courses that include bereavement as a topic. It will also appeal to sociology students with an interest in death, dying and mortality.

On Bereavement Reviews

"This is an important book with its refreshingly new insights into the process of grief and the context of bereavement. It should be on the reading list of all practitioners and students of loss and bereavement." - Ageing & Society

About Tony Walter

Tony Walter is a lecturer in sociology at the University of Reading. He has written extensively about death in modern society, particularly funeral reform, and has lectured widely to a range of groups from the Royal Society of Arts to hospices, bereavement groups and clergy. He is currently researching the increasing interest in reincarnation in the West, the media's interest in death, and new approaches to bereavement care.

Table of Contents

Series editor's preface
Introduction

Part one: Living with the dead

Other places, other times
War, peace and the dead
twentieth century popular culture
Private bonds
Public bonds
the dead in everyday conversation
The last chapter
Theories

Part two: Policing grief

Guidelines for grief
historical background
Popular guidelines
the English case
Expert guidelines
clinical lore
Vive la difference?
the politics of gender
Bereavement care
Conclusion
integration, regulation and postmodernism
References
Index.

Additional information

GOR001965970
9780335200801
033520080X
On Bereavement by Tony Walter
Used - Very Good
Paperback
Open University Press
1999-10-01
256
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This is a used book - there is no escaping the fact it has been read by someone else and it will show signs of wear and previous use. Overall we expect it to be in very good condition, but if you are not entirely satisfied please get in touch with us

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