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Understanding Loss: A Guide for Caring for Those Facing Adversity

Loss plays such a pivotal role in every person’s life that a detailed understanding of what it is and how it affects individuals is essential to successful nursing.

The author, a qualified cancer nurse and university teacher of counselling and psychotherapy, has produced one of the best books on the subject that I have read.

It is clearly and logically written, research based, and includes a wealth of relevant and up-to-date references. The tables and chapter summaries are particularly useful.

The book reviews the different theories and models on the nature of loss, including biological, emotional, spiritual and cultural models and approaches to care. Topics in the book include primary and secondary losses, problems with grieving and approaches to counselling and therapy.

I would recommend this for inclusion in every nurse’s personal resource collection, but it is more likely to be a well-used library book.It would also be a useful text for those working in counselling, social work or the community.

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