Working with the Dying and Bereaved: Systemic approaches to by Pauline Sutcliffe, Guinevere Tufnell, Ursula Cornish

By Pauline Sutcliffe, Guinevere Tufnell, Ursula Cornish

First released in 1998. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa corporation.

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Murders are committed more often by relatives than strangers. Clinicians should be especially vigilant when marital conflict escalates into violence, and take threats of harm quite seriously, especially when women attempt to leave abusive relationships. 1991). The recent rise in adolescent death symbolism and suicide demands more attention to peer drug cultures and larger social forces, as well as family influences. Clinicians also need to be alert to family patterns, such as threatened abandonment or sexual abuse that may pose heightened risk of suicide.

M . and Weiss, R. (1975) The First Year ofBereavement. New York: Basic Books. Gutsrein, S. (I991) Adolescent suicide: the loss of reconciliation. In Walsh, E and McGoldrick, M. (eds) Living BeyondLoss: Death in theFamily. New York: WW Norto n. , Miliones, J. et at. (I 974) T he relationship between family developmental crises and the appearance of sympto ms in a family member. Family Process 13:207-1 4. Hare-Mustin, R. (I979) Family therapy following the death of a child. Journal ofMarital and Family Therapy 5:51-60.

At this point, Anne smiled and said ' O h , I see, I've fallen into that old trap, haven't I? I've stopped thinking systemically and I'm thinking in a very linear way about loss'. I replied that I was not surprised, because the main theoretical framework we have for thinking about the effects of loss is a linear one. It is easy to fall back on this when there is no clear systemic alternative to put in its place. I have supervised many family therapists over the years, and it is almost inevitable that whenever a person becomes tearful in a session when recalling a loss, the therapist will make an assumption that the loss is 'not resolved', and that the tears indicate some 'pathological' process.

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