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In the Presence of Grief


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Table of Contents

Foreword, Pauline Boss
I. The Contexts of Grief.
1. Introduction.
2. Understanding Death, Dying, and Bereavement.
3. When Death Comes Unannounced.
4. When Death Is Anticipated.
5. When the Question of Euthanasia Emerges.
6. When a Child Dies.
7. When a Sibling Dies.
8. When a Parent Dies.
9. When a Spouse Dies.
10. When an Extended Family Member or Friend Dies.
II. Grief in the Context of Therapy.
11. Creating Funerals, Ceremonies, and Other Healing Rituals.
12. Searching for Meaning.
13. Reclaiming Joy

About the Author

Dorothy S. Becvar, PhD, is a licensed marital and family therapist and a licensed clinical social worker in private practice in St. Louis, Missouri. She is also president and CEO of The Haelan Centers (TM), a not-for-profit corporation dedicated to promoting the growth and wholeness of clients in body, mind, and spirit. Dr. Becvar has published extensively and has presented workshops and courses nationally and internationally on a wide variety of topics. A well-respected teacher and trainer, she has served on the faculties of the University of Missouri/n-/St. Louis, St. Louis University, Texas Tech University, Washington University, and Radford University.


'All authors aspire to make an impact. A few succeed. Dorothy Becvar's work is an example of such an achievement. Clinicians will find many ideas that can be applied immediately in their day-to-day work with families and individuals. This book will help students at all levels understand the main issues of resolution and grief.' - Death Studies 'This is an excellent resource for clinicians, pastors, grief counsellors, professors, and anyone else concerned with caring for those who grieve. It is uniquely thorough and insightful, well written, and admirably humane in its tone.' - Family Ministry

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