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Colin Murray Parkes
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6 July 2006

Loving and grieving are two sides of the same coin: we cannot have one without risking the other. Only by understanding the nature and pattern of loving can we begin to understand the problems of grieving. Conversely, the loss of a loved person can teach us much about the nature of love.

Love and Loss, the result of a lifetime's work, has important implications for the study of attachment and bereavement. In this volume, Colin Murray Parkes reports his innovative research that enables us to bring together knowledge of childhood attachments and problems of bereavement, resulting in a new way of thinking about love, bereavement and other losses. Areas covered include:

  • patterns of attachment and grief
  • loss of a parent, child or spouse in adult life
  • social isolation and support.

The book concludes by looking at disorders of attachment and considering bereavement in terms of its implications on love, loss, and change in a wider context.

Illuminating the structure and focus of thinking about love and loss, this book sheds light on a wide range of psychological issues. It will be essential reading for professionals working with bereavement, as well as graduate students of psychology, psychiatry, and sociology.

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  • Hardcover: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge; 1 edition (6 July 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0415390419
  • ISBN-13: 978-0415390415
  • Product Dimensions: 24 x 16 x 3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,294,117 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"Parkes, whose seminal Love and Loss: The Roots of Grief and its Complications (2006) manages to be both academic and written in prose that dances with love around the subject." - Bel Mooney, The Times

"... an essential reference for all practitioners working directly with bereavement and grief." - Colin Feltham, Therapy Today

"...destined to join Bereavement: Studies of Grief in Adult Life as another Parkes Classic." - Omega 

"...clear, packed with information and very humane." - ACP North London Magazine

"This is a beautifully written book, combining thoughtful analysis of research data with clinical case examples that bring to life and deepen the ideas Parkes is exploring... It goes without saying this is an essential volume for those practitioners working with the bereaved; it will also be of particular relevance to those interested in Attachment Theory, and there are many riches here for the general reader." - Ken Blythin, Counselling Psychotherapy and Research, Vol. 10, No. 1, March 2010

About the Author

Colin Murray Parkes is a psychiatrist, researcher and author. He has contributed to and edited numerous books and articles on the nature of human attachments and loss. His Bereavement: Studies of Grief in Adult Life first published in 1972 and now in its third edition, remains a classic. He has been a Consultant psychiatrist at St Christopher's Hospice since 1966, and is Life President of Cruse Bereavement Care. In 1996 he was awarded an OBE for services to bereaved people.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Clear and accessible research findings 27 Jan 2009
This book is an academic work which details the research which Murray-Parkes undertook to explain the ways in which attachment styles affect the outcomes of our grieving process when we suffer bereavement. The book is however written in plain English and is still accessible to readers who are not familiar with research methods and terminology. The Appendices contain the full details of the questionnaire which he used and the data collected for those who are interested. As a counsellor, I was mostly interested in his conclusions, his examples from his psychiatry patients and suggestions for how to work with patients/clients who are suffering with different complications of grief. I think this is an important and valuable book for anyone in the caring professions who works with bereavement, although for the less academic reader there's a lot of stuff to get through to access the conclusions. It would be of great value to any students who are embarking on research in this area or other any other area of counselling or psychotherapy.
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I have wanted to purchase this book for a couple of years. It did not disappoint I am still reading
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2.0 out of 5 stars heavy going 28 Feb 2012
I'm finding this book heavy going and making slow progress with it. maybe it'll become more engaging as I persist.
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