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In the Presence of Grief: Helping Family Members Resolve Death, Dying, and Bereavement Issues Hardcover – September 24, 2001

ISBN-13: 978-1572306974 ISBN-10: 1572306971 Edition: 1st

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 284 pages
  • Publisher: The Guilford Press; 1 edition (September 24, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1572306971
  • ISBN-13: 978-1572306974
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6.2 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,148,745 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Death and loss are the most profound challenges that families face, and are further complicated by agonizing dilemmas concerning end-of-life decisions. This timely volume brings clarity and wisdom to the issues confronting families and family therapists, drawing from the author's rich clinical experience as well as her own personal journey. Novice and experienced clinicians will find this book of enormous value in their practices and in the presence of grief in their own lives."--Froma Walsh, PhD, University of Chicago and Chicago Center for Family Health

"Becvar has succeeded in writing a humane and highly informative book. Her writing arises from personal as well as clinical experience, which contributes to the book's warm and engaging tone. In contrast to most existing works on the subject, the book includes many firsthand accounts that bring to life such themes as the search for meaning and the need to reclaim joy. These narratives inspire hope and show how we can grow as human beings from this universal form of suffering. I will not hesitate to make this book 'required reading' for clients in the midst of grieving, particularly those with few supports in their lives."--Dolores Gallagher-Thompson, PhD, ABPP, VA Palo Alto Health Care System and Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Stanford University School of Medicine

"From a veteran family therapist and author, this book provides a wise, comprehensive, and sensitive approach to a universal human experience. Clearly illustrating the contemporary understanding that grief is never completed, Becvar emphasizes the uniqueness of the grieving process for each individual. She does not attempt to offer a laundry list or recipe for providing therapy, but instead offers a framework of understanding and rich examples of assistance and support that leave the way open for clinicians from various orientations to employ their own techniques. The role of spirituality among those from diverse value orientations is respectfully woven into the fabric of the book, as is attention to issues of gender and ethnicity. An unusually thorough guide for helping professionals, this book will also serve as a major source of understanding and healing for lay readers. In addition, it will be a useful text for graduate courses in family therapy, clinical psychology, social work, and counseling."--William C. Nichols, EdD, ABPP, Past President, International Family Therapy Association; Past President, American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy; Past President, National Council on Family Relations; Editor, Contemporary Family Therapy: An International Journal

"This is an intelligent, compassionate clinical companion--richly textured, humane, and moving. Beyond simply describing a narrative approach, the book embodies one. Becvar focuses on the ways that bereaved clients typically live in two realities: the presence of grief and the capacity to experience joy. She offers useful strategies, reflections, case vignettes, and therapeutic conversations that will be helpful to novice and seasoned clinicians from all disciplines."--Maureen Leahey, RN, PhD, Calgary Health Region Family Therapy Training Program, Calgary, Alberta, Canada

"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
(Death Studies 2003-08-10)

"This is an excellent resource for clinicians, pastors, grief counselors, 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
(Family Ministry 2003-08-10)

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.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Jeff Simms on October 18, 2006
Format: Paperback
This is a very comprehensive book about grief and understanding the issues facing those who are experiencing grief. It deals with every kind of bereavement issue that you can think of including when death comes unannounced, when death is anticipated, the death of a spouse, child, infant and friend, sibling and parent. I found the chapters on dealing with those on the death of a child or infant and unexpected death to be particularly helpful in trying to help ministry to those who are experiencing these types of loss. Very comprehensive. Dorothy Becvar covers the issues from every angle.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By MediuMaintenance on September 2, 2008
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Jeff is absolutely right. This book is a comprehensive understanding of different types of grief. It helped me realize and come to terms with my own grief, a large portion I hadn't actualized at the time. I would actually recommend this book to anybody, especially my colleagues in the healthcare field.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Faith on June 25, 2013
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This book was used in a class I took, Ministry to the Dying & Bereaved. Excellent book. She gives realistic case studies. She validated so much of what I felt when my parents died. I highly recommend it.
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