Review of Maternal bereavement, Recovery from bereavement and Bitter, bitter tears Journal Article


Author: Adams-Greenly, Margaret
Article Title: Review of Maternal bereavement, Recovery from bereavement and Bitter, bitter tears
Abstract: Reviews the books, Maternal Bereavement by Linda Edelstein (1984); Recovery from Bereavement by Colin Murray Parkes and Robert S. Weiss (1983); and Bitter, Bitter Tears by Paul C. Rosenblatt (1983). In the book Maternal Bereavement, Edelstein reports on responses to a questionnaire answered by 130 women who were struggling to adapt to the death of a child. The book is divided into two parts. The first, containing five chapters, closely examines the mourning process itself. In the second part , the first chapter looks at the impact of the child's death on the mother' s relationships with family and friends ; the second discusses the roles of professionals and self-help groups; and, in the final chapter, Edelstein summarizes her findings and conceptualizes the issue of sudden maternal bereavement. The strength of this book is clearly the reporting of the interviews and the conceptual framework for understanding this special form of bereavement. Its limitations are that the sample was small and that each woman was interviewed only once, rather than at different points in the mourning process. In addition, the questionnaire material did not provide enough substance or depth. The book by Parkes and Weiss examines the issues related to conjugal bereavement, with a particular focus on understanding why some widows and widowers recover from the death of a spouse while others do not. Throughout this book, one has a sense of the authors as social scientists conducting a research project. The book by Rosenblatt explores an unusual but interesting method of examining the bereavement processes. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2013 APA, all rights reserved).
Keywords: bereavement; mothers; emotional states; death & dying
Journal Title: American Journal of Orthopsychiatry
Volume: 55
Issue: 3
ISSN: 0002-9432
Publisher: American Orthopsychiatric Association, Inc.  
Date Published: 1985-07-01
Start Page: 457
End Page: 459
Language: English
ACCESSION: Peer Reviewed Journal: 2013-42818-018
DOI: 10.1037/h0098999
PROVIDER: Ovid Technologies
PROVIDER: psycinfo
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