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All of us suffer personal crisis. It may be a death, divorce, job loss or other financial crisis, a broken love relationship, or an illness - any painful experience that forces us to re-examine and change our lives so that our grief can be overcome and new happiness be found. Book jacket.
Ann Kaiser Stearns, Ph.D., is the author of ˘Counseling the Grieving Person÷ in the textbook, Pastoral Counseling; the best-selling Living Through Personal Crisis (published in seven languages); Coming Back ¨ Rebuilding Lives After Crisis and Loss; and Living Through Job Loss. She has authored articles on police officer and first responder exposure to traumatic events ¨ risk factors and resilience ¨ as well as a case study on resilience in the aftermath of a traumatic brain injury. Dr. Stearns is a noted professor of psychology who has received awards for ˘Excellence in Teaching÷ from Loyola College, Johns Hopkins University, and the Maryland Psychological Association. Earlier in her career, she was a chaplain at Michigan State University and a behavioral scientist in the Family Practice Residency Program at Franklin Square Hospital. She is a longtime Professor of Psychology at the Community College of Baltimore County (CCBC), and also continues to teach veteran officers at the Baltimore County Police Academy. She lectures widely around the country and has been interviewed on more than 200 radio and television programs in the U.S. and Canada.
Table of Contents
|Preface to the First Edition||p. ix|
|Preface to the New Edition||p. xiii|
|A Personal Note||p. xv|
|Not To Be Afraid||p. 1|
|Things Will Never Be the Same||p. 11|
|Feelings of Guilt and Self-Blame||p. 19|
|Unrealistic Guilt||p. 21|
|Realistic Guilt||p. 25|
|Moving beyond Guilty Feelings||p. 29|
|Physical Expressions of Loss||p. 33|
|Aches and Pains||p. 35|
|Anger and Bitterness Can Be a Good Sign||p. 41|
|Interrupted Life||p. 46|
|Dealing with Anger||p. 49|
|What One Gets Is What One Resists||p. 55|
|Delayed Mourning||p. 56|
|Please Don't Misunderstand||p. 62|
|The Importance of Self-Caring Activities||p. 68|
|Empathic Persons||p. 71|
|Basic Care Providers||p. 73|
|Destructive People||p. 75|
|Sexual Needs||p. 78|
|Avoiding Major Decisions||p. 80|
|Anticipating Difficult Days and Dates||p. 82|
|Expecting Unexpected Trouble||p. 85|
|A Slow Readjustment Back to Life and Work||p. 87|
|Time Away from Work||p. 88|
|Daily Routines||p. 89|
|The Awful Kindnesses of Others||p. 92|
|Unusually Prolonged Grief||p. 98|
|Atonement Themes||p. 100|
|A Suffering "Script"||p. 104|
|A Fateful Constellation of Events||p. 107|
|When Professional Help Is Needed||p. 111|
|My Story||p. 111|
|A Soldier's Story||p. 113|
|A Childhood Loss||p. 114|
|Too Much Crisis All at Once||p. 115|
|A Traumatic Loss||p. 116|
|Unspeakable Grief||p. 119|
|Finding Professional Help||p. 121|
|Sometimes Medication Is Needed||p. 124|
|Time Does Heal - But There Are Always Scars||p. 126|
|Following Loss - the Fear of More or Still Greater Loss||p. 128|
|Reliving Old Losses||p. 129|
|Delayed Happiness||p. 131|
|Some Survival Defenses Become a Way of Life||p. 132|
|Battle Stripes||p. 134|
|Cue Points for Evaluating Your Own Healing Process||p. 136|
|The Ability to Cope with Life||p. 137|
|Symbols of Transition||p. 138|
|Learning from the Loss||p. 140|
|Moving Forward||p. 142|
|Integrating the Loss||p. 143|
|From out of the Ashes...New Life||p. 146|
|What You Have Experienced Belongs to You||p. 149|
|Life Is What It Is||p. 152|
|Moving forward: Stories of Hope and Triumph||p. 154|
|Tony: Triumph in the Aftermath of 9/11||p. 155|
|Lynn: A Cluster of People Helped Her Triumph||p. 160|
|Derek and RenÚe's Healing Journey||p. 163|
|Appendix: Commonly Asked Questions about Crisis||p. 172|
|Responding to Others||p. 172|
|Helping a Bereaved Child||p. 178|
|Why We Don't Cry||p. 181|
|Nighttime Mourning||p. 183|
|Suicidal Clues||p. 185|
|Social Withdrawal||p. 187|
|Prolonged Idealization||p. 188|
|Healthy Spirituality||p. 191|
|For Further Reading||p. 201|
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