Coping with Bereavement
Death is inevitable, but when someone we love dies, we are rarely, if ever, prepared for the trauma that follows. But though reactions to death are intensely personal and varied, it is possible to construct a framework for the rebuilding of a shattered life that anyone can use, and that is what Coping With Bereavement offers.
Combining practical advice and empathy born of his own experience, hamish McIlwraith has produced a unique book for the bereaved and those close to them. He shows how to accept death and adapt to life without a loved one, both during the first anguished days and the following months and years. He describes the greiving process and discusses how to cope with the range of emotions bereavement can produce, including shock, denial, anger, and guilt. He tackles practical issues, such as dealing with friends, relatives, funeral arrangements and essential bureaucracy: Also presented are stratgies to hep the bereaved re-establish their sense of self-worth, develop a support system and nurture positive relationships, as well as take care of their physical and emotional well-being by learning to relax and maintaining a healthy lifestyle.
Hamish McIlwraith is a Lecturer in English and Applied Linguistics at the University of Brunei. He wrote Coping With Bereavement after the sudden death of his wife, Shirin, in 1995.