On Bereavement: The Culture of Grief

Paperback | January 15, 2000

byTony Walter

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'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.

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Should a person’s bond with the deceased be strong and everlasting or should it be broken? Tony Walter tackles challenging questions of grieving with his brilliant volume entitled On Bereavement: The Culture of Grief. Walter takes note that a grieving individual does not exist within a vacuum; they must deal with expectations of fa...

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'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 CRUSESome societies and some individuals find a place for their dead, others leave them behind. In recent years, researchers, professionals and bereav...

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 rein...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:256 pages, 3.54 × 2.36 × 0.23 inPublished:January 15, 2000Publisher:McGraw-Hill EducationLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:033520080x

ISBN - 13:9780335200801

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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.

From Our Editors

Should a person’s bond with the deceased be strong and everlasting or should it be broken? Tony Walter tackles challenging questions of grieving with his brilliant volume entitled On Bereavement: The Culture of Grief. Walter takes note that a grieving individual does not exist within a vacuum; they must deal with expectations of families, friends and counselors. Drawing from this perspective, Walter examines various forms of grief in a society devoid of spiritual and ritualistic tools for dealing with death. Whether you’re a grief counselor or a sociology student, On Bereavement is an invaluable empirical study of this very personal life experience.

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“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