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Working with bereavement. A practical guide

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Title: Working with bereavement. A practical guide.

Author: Janet Wilson

Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan

Reviewer: Helen Reeves, clinical nurse manager, St Giles Walsall Hospice

What was it like?

Working with bereavement is a practical guide that explores key models and theories, professional issues and communication skills. The author looks at differ types and degrees of bereavement ranging from suicide to the death of a child. It links theory to practice and aims to address how to address the different types of bereavement.

What were the highlights? 

Working with bereavement addresses what is often viewed to be a difficult subject and makes the topic manageable and interesting. For myself I particularly liked chapter four as this looked at culture, faith and spirituality. This is often a subject that causes confusion by the different terminology. The author provides clarity by what is meant by each term and also looks at the way different religious groups often experience bereavement and the different rituals that may take place. This is a hugely beneficial resource for health care professionals as it provides them with the basics of each religion  and the input that they would require from professionals.

Strengths & weaknesses:

Working with bereavement is an excellent practical guide that covers a vast array of subject matter from theories of bereavement, working with bereavement to hard to talk about deaths. It’s an easy to read book that has a clear contents page enabling the reader to flick to the content that they require. Throughout the book there are opportunities for the reader to reflect on practice and provide the reader with questions that they can consider and also short scenarios that enable the reader to apply what they have learnt throughout the book. This helps embed the theory from book and encourages participation and active involvement from the reader.

Who should read it?

This book would be beneficial for any health professional. At some point during any of our careers we will probably look after someone who has recently been bereaved or who is experiencing loss and grief, making this book an essential read. It would also be beneficial for personal use for help with dealing with bereaved friends or family.

Working with bereavement

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