Disenfranchised Grief

New Directions, Challenges, and Strategies for Practice
Pages: 470
ISBN: 9780878224272
Item Number: 5160


Disenfranchised Grief focuses on the kind of grief that is not openly acknowledged, socially validated, or publicly mourned. It addresses the unique psychological, biological, and sociological issues involved in disenfranchised grief.

The contributing authors explore the concept of disenfranchised grief, help define and explain this type of grief, and offer clinical interventions to help grievers express their hidden sorrow.

Book Reviews

“The book is comprehensive and rich in detail. It is not written for a lay audience, but the concept of disenfranchised grief and the message of the book are worthy of a broad audience extending beyond those concerned with the academic specialty and applied practice of bereavement counseling. . . . This book broadens our vision to include the disenfranchised other as well as aspects of our own loss and grief that we would otherwise marginalize. Moreover, it supplies the conceptual tools necessary to respond empathically to significant losses and enfranchise marginalized grief.”

—Steve Harrist, Death Studies

“As articulated by the present set of writers, disenfranchised grief has been dissected into different types and components. . . . the book is ripe with suggestions and implications for therapists and counselors who work with clients who are in the throes of grief.”

—John H. Harvey, Omega

Section I—Theoretical Overview

  1. Introduction
    Kenneth J. Doka
  2. A Closer Look at Doka’s Grieving Rules
    Sarah Brabant
  3. Revisiting the Concept of Disenfranchised Grief
    Charles A. Corr
  4. The Psychology of Disenfranchised Grief: Liberation, Shame, and Self-Disenfranchisement
    Jeffrey Kauffman
  5. Empirical Assessment of Disenfranchised Grief: 1989-2000
    Gordon Thornton and Mary Lou Zanich

Section II—Clinical Interventions: Tools and Techniques

  1. Disenfranchisement as Empathic Failure: Grief Therapy and the Co-Construction of Meaning
    Robert A. Neimeyer and John R. Jordan
  2. A Pastoral Counselor Looks at Silence as a Factor in Disenfranchised Grief
    Dale R. Kuhn
  3. The Role of Support Groups in Disenfranchised Grief
    Eileen McKeon Pesek
  4. The Role of Ritual in the Treatment of Disenfranchised Grief
    Kenneth J. Doka

Section III—Illustrations of Practice

  1. A Later Loss: The Grief of Ex-Spouses
    Kenneth J. Doka
  2. Grief and the Workplace: Positive Approaches
    Marcia Lattanzi-Licht
  3. Disenfranchised Grief in Caregivers
    William M. Lamers, Jr.
  4. Nursing Home Staff Reactions to Resident Deaths
    Sidney Z. Moss and Miriam S. Moss
  5. Psychosocial Loss and Grief
    Kenneth J. Doka and Rita A. Aber
  6. Disenfranchising the Brokenhearted
    Terry L. Martin
  7. Disenfranchised Grief and the Loss of an Animal Companion
    Barbara Meyers
  8. Unrecognized Losses in Child Adoption
    Rose Cooper
  9. Youth and Disenfranchised Grief
    Louise Rowling
  10. The Disenfranchised Grief of Children
    David A. Crenshaw
  11. Disenfranchised Grief and Individuals with Developmental Disabilities
    Claire Lavin
  12. How We Die: Stigmatized Death and Disenfranchised Grief
    Kenneth J. Doka
  13. How We Grieve: Culture, Class, and Gender
    Kenneth J. Doka and Terry L. Martin

Section IV—Disenfranchised Grief: Education and Policy

  1. Disenfranchised Grief and the Politics of Helping: Social Policy and Its Clinical Implications
    John J. Reynolds
  2. Incorporating Disenfranchised Grief in the Death Education Classroom
    Ellen S. Zinner
  3. Balancing the Costs of Enfranchising the Disenfranchised Griever
    Jack Kamerman
  4. Epilogue
    Kenneth J. Doka
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