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Bereavement: Counseling the Grieving Throughout the Life Cycle [Paperback]

By David A. Crenshaw (Author) & William Van Ornum (Foreword by)
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Bereavement: Counseling the Grieving Throughout the Life Cycle by David A. Crenshaw

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Studio: Wipf & Stock Publishers
Pages   181
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.05" Width: 6.56" Height: 0.41"
Weight:   0.47 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Aug 1, 2002
Publisher   Wipf & Stock Publishers
ISBN  1592440150  
ISBN13  9781592440153  

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! David A. Crenshaw, PhD, ABPP, RPT-S, is Clinical Director of the Children's Home of Poughkeepsie, New York, and Adjunct Faculty at Marist College. He has taught graduate courses in play therapy at Johns Hopkins University and Columbia University and has published widely on child and adolescent therapy, child abuse and trauma, and resilience in children. A Fellow of the American Psychological Association and of its Division of Child and Adolescent Psychology, Dr. Crenshaw is Past President of the Hudson Valley Psychological Association, which honored him with its Lifetime Achievement Award, and of the New York Association for Play Therapy. He is currently Chair of the board of directors of the Coalition against Sexual and Domestic Abuse and a member of the professional advisory board of the Courthouse Dogs Foundation and of the Dutchess County Task Force against Human Trafficking. He is coeditor (with Cathy A. Malchiodi) of Guilford's Creative Arts and Play Therapy series.

Anne L. Stewart, PhD, RPT-S, is Professor of Graduate Psychology at James Madison University, where she teaches, supervises, and conducts play therapy each week. She has written and presented internationally about crisis intervention, attachment, supervision, military families, improvisation, and resilience. She is Founder and President of the Virginia Association for Play Therapy, Chair of the National Foundation for Play Therapy, and an editorial board member of the International Journal of Play Therapy. Dr. Stewart is a recipient of the Distinguished Service Award from the Association for Play Therapy and the Outstanding Faculty Award from the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia.

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A good starting point  Oct 7, 2008
Bereavement: Counseling the Grieving throughout the Life Cycle is a compact little book that covers the basics of grief counseling. Author David A. Crenshaw Ph.D. presents his theory of the tasks of mourning that must be accomplished in order for the grieving individual to attain a healthy resolution to the loss. These tasks appear to owe an acknowledgement to the five stages of grief proposed by Elisabeth Kubler-Ross. Crenshaw goes on to apply his seven tasks to six identified life cycle stages: preschool children, school-age children, adolescents, young adults, adults in midlife, and the elderly, using abbreviated case histories as examples.
The book provides an overview of the grieving process and some basic suggestions for interventions with people in the various age groups. It does not, however, give the amount of in-depth information and hands-on detail that would be required to help a counselor develop proficiency in counseling the bereaved. In attempting to cover such a wide array of populations in a small book, Crenshaw sacrifices specificity. The longest chapter is devoted to the preschool aged child with the main thrust of his recommendations being monologues that the counselor delivers to the child. He only minimally mentions play therapy, arguably the most effective type of therapy for children in this age group. This reviewer finds the omission of play therapy techniques for the bereaved child to be the most serious lack in this book.
Bereavement is an interesting and highly readable book that gives some good basic information. The counselor interested in developing effective grief resolution therapy skills would do well to use this book as a starting point from which to begin building her skills and then follow it with more in-depth publications devoted to the specific population she is counseling.

Reviewed by:
Kathleen C. Higgins, M.S., LPC
Mental Health Counselor
A Counselor's Best Friend  May 16, 2000
Most of us who work in the caregiving professions received little training in our professional education for dealing with death and loss issues. For the most part, we got even less help in understanding the way clients' "stages of life" affected their bereavement.

Enter Crenshaw's book, one of the best "little" books around for people like us. In quick, practical fashion, Crenshaw provides the "quick and dirty" on grief, introducing the reader to how normal bereavement works.

Then, he proceeds to describe the major factors likely to affect a bereaved person's experience according to his/her place in the life cycle.

If the book has a shortfall, it is that it tries to do too much for too many. This is an excellent starting point for professionals for whom grief counseling is a part--though not a major part--of their responsibilities. As such, clergymen, nurses, hospice staff, family therapists, and social workers will find a wealth of useful information here. I would also recommend it for volunteers in hospices, nursing homes, communities of faith, and the like.

There are better books for people who need a "what do I do now" approach (such as Jeanne McIntee To Comfort and To Honor) or for parents who are wanting more detailed information about their children in grief (such as Helen Fitzgerald's The Grieving Child: A Parent's Guide). For its purpose, however, I think Crenshaw's book is pretty hard to beat.

Good for counseling, but what about immediate needs?  Sep 5, 1999
The book gives a lot of good information about dealing with bereavement. It does not, however, tell the reader exactly what needs to be done. There is a book out there that has all the information, i.e. what happens immediately after death for those who are left behind, what needs to be done right away, how to watch out for all sorts of scams, an entire big section for military veterans and their widows and so on. It leaves nothing to the imagination and widows/widowers do not have to guess WHAT DO I DO NOW?

Having been a caregiver many times , I know that people need to know what they must do right now. Ideally, everybody should pre-plan to make sure that his/her wishes are honored after he/she is gone, but when this wasn't done, the survivors should know what to do when it becomes a fact.

Counseling is wonderful, but sound advice with cookie cutter examples (because most people are frozen by grief) must be provided for those who simply can't function. After everything has been taken care of, then the grief can take over - and the counseling can start.


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