Bereavement: Studies of Grief in Adult Life, Fourth Edition by Colin Murray Parkes

By Colin Murray Parkes

The lack of a friend is among the so much painful stories that the majority folks will ever need to face in our lives. This publication recognises that there's no unmarried strategy to the issues of bereavement yet that an knowing of grief may help the bereaved to grasp that they're no longer by myself of their experience.

Long acknowledged because the such a lot authoritative paintings of its sort, this new version has been revised and prolonged take into consideration contemporary learn findings on either side of the Atlantic. Parkes and Prigerson comprise additional info concerning the diversified situations of bereavement together with irritating losses, failures, and intricate grief, in addition to offering information on how social, non secular, and cultural impacts confirm how we grieve.

Bereavement offers suggestions on getting ready for the lack of a friend, and coping once they have long gone. It additionally discusses how one can determine the minority in whom bereavement may result in impairment of actual and/or psychological healthiness and the way to make sure they get the assistance they want. This vintage textual content will remain of price to the bereaved themselves, in addition to the pros and buddies who search to aid and comprehend them.

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1975), and sudden cardiac arrests (Engel, 1971). Some of the better studies of the psychosomatic effects of loss have come from the Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester, USA, where a group of psychiatrists developed the theory that it is the feelings of helplessness and hopelessness that may accompany loss that are responsible for physical illness. In one remarkable study, women suspected of having cancer of the womb were ‘diagnosed’ by a psychiatrist with striking accuracy (see Appendix 3). These women had been admitted for investigation after a routine vaginal smear had revealed the presence of ugly-looking cells that might or might not indicate cancer.

It is no exaggeration to assert that personality is both a resultant and a determinant of change. From the moment of their birth children relate to the world around them. We are born with an innate bias to develop behaviour patterns that, if all goes well, interlock with the behaviour patterns of our mother and produce the first attachment. We usually learn that our cry can be expected to fulfil its biological function of attracting our mother. Before long we have learned to charm by smiling and to maintain attachment by clinging.

Apart from a few isolated cases of doubtful authenticity, we have come across no evidence that phenomena such as these are responsible for death following bereavement. The examples have been quoted simply to remind the reader that psychological factors can have profound effects even on healthy people. For many years it has been known that widows and widowers have a higher mortality rate than married men and women of the same age. , 2000). This explanation might certainly account for an increased mortality rate among the widowed population as a whole, but it would 16 T H E B RO K E N H E A RT not explain the peak of mortality in widowers during the first year of bereavement as discovered by Michael Young and his colleagues (Young, Benjamin, and Wallis, 1963).

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