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How to break bad news to people with intellectual disabilities. A guide for carers and professionals
This book offers a unique and flexible model that can be used by practitioners to ease the process of breaking bad news to people with intellectual disabilities. The result of a 2 year research study, the model - which addresses the many complex needs of this group - can be adapted to fit individual communication abilities and levels of understanding. The book explores the study's insights and offers highly practical and effective tips that will help carers and practitioners ensure that bad news is relayed as sensitively and successfully as possible. An easy-to-use and comprehensive guide, it will be a useful resource for carers, health professionals and families of people with learning disabilities.
An intimate loneliness: supporting bereaved parents and siblings
The book explores how family members try to come to terms with the death of a child, or sibling. Factors affecting this loss are often: the resilience of the family's surviving relationships; the availability of wider support networks, and the cultural resources informing each person’s perception of death. It considers the impact of bereavement on self and family identity. In particular it examines the role of shared remembering to change survivors' relationships with the deceased, and to help rebuild their own identity within a new family structure. The book will interest those involved in counselling, health care, sociology, psychology, pastoral care and education, as well as clergy and teachers.
Working with loss and grief: a theoretical and practical approach
This 2nd edition provides a model for practitioners working with grieving people. The 'Range of Response to Loss' model provides a theoretical 'compass' to recognise the variability in reactions to loss, and the 'Adult Attitude to Grief' scale is a tool to 'map' individual grief and its change over time, thereby providing individual grief profiles. Together they offer a framework to identify common patterns but also individual difference in grief responses and make assessments and evaluate outcomes. New chapters contain: 'The RRL model and a Pluralistic Approach to Counselling'; two new case studies; additional content on vulnerability; new grief assessment tools and systems, and latest research.
Pet loss and human emotion. A guide to recovery
This updated edition is a step-by-step guide to leading clients through this special kind of grief. It includes resources and a section on pet loss and natural disasters. Expressed feelings often go un-validated after a pet’s death when in truth, pet loss is a unique form of grief that can be intense and debilitating, increasing peoples’ vulnerability to subsequent stress and leaving them feeling isolated and misunderstood. Pet loss needs to be addressed by therapists in order to better enable them to help their clients through the loss of their companion animals. This book describes techniques to help clients when a pet dies and serves as a practical introduction to the field of human-animal bonding.
Cheryl Barton Ross & Jane Baron-Sorensen
The essential guide to life after bereavement. Beyond tomorrow
The authors address not only the emotional and spiritual aspects of bereavement, but also important practical considerations which are often overlooked. These include the disposal of personal possessions, dealing with funerals, memorials and anniversaries and resolving family conflict. Drawing on many examples from their work in bereavement counselling, they offer advice on coping with negative emotions and guidance on breaking bad news to children, people with a learning disability and people with dementia. This book is essential reading for all those who have experienced bereavement as well as the friends, relatives and professionals supporting them.
Judy Carole Kauffman
Overcoming grief. A self-help guide using cognitive behavioural techniques 2nd edition
Grief is a natural reaction to loss, but relentless grief can cause a host of physical problems, including difficulties eating, disrupted sleep and becoming over-reliant on alcohol. It can also lead to emotional and psychological problems such as depression, anxiety and panic attacks. This self-help guide, based upon cognitive behavioural therapy techniques (CBT), can help readers regain a sense of control. It offers tested strategies for adjusting to life without a spouse, friend or family member and covers: coping with the sudden or anticipated death of a loved one; establishing routines; tackling avoidance of difficult issues; dealing with birthdays and anniversaries; and planning for the future. It could be helpful for anyone whose grief seemed overwhelming.