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Relative Grief: Parents and Children, Sisters and Brothers, Husbands, Wives and Partners, Grandparents and Grandchildren Talk About Their Experience of Death and Grieving Paperback – 11 Apr 2005

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  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Jessica Kingsley Publishers (11 April 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1843102579
  • ISBN-13: 978-1843102571
  • Product Dimensions: 1.3 x 15.9 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 836,831 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Dorothy Rowe is a clinical psychologist and writer who is renowned for her work on how we create meaning, and how the meanings we create determine what we do. Her application of this understanding to the problems of depression and of fear has changed many people's lives for the better, and has caused many mental health professionals to think more carefully about how they deal with people who are suffering great mental distress. She writes regularly for newspapers and magazines, appears frequently in the media, and is the author of over 15 books, the most popular of which are Depression: The Way Out of Your Prison which is in its third edition, and Beyond Fear which is in its second edition. Her latest book My Dearest Enemy, My Dangerous Friend is a radical examination of what is often the most important relationships in our lives, our relationships with our siblings, was published by Routledge in April 2007. What Should I Believe?, considers why our beliefs about the nature of death and the purpose of life dominate our lives, and was published by Routledge in October 2008. Her latest book, Why We Lie, was published by HarperCollins in 2010.

Dorothy was born Dorothy Conn in Newcastle, NSW, Australia, in 1930. She was educated at Newcastle Girls' High and Sydney University where she obtained a degree in psychology and a Diploma of Education. She taught for three years, married in 1956 and her son Edward was born in 1957. She returned to teaching when he was two but was offered the opportunity to train as a school counsellor (educational psychologist) and went on to become Specialist for Emotionally Disturbed Children. At the same time she completed her Diploma in Clinical Psychology. In 1965 her marriage came to an end, and in 1968 she and Edward went to England. She accepted a National Health Service post at Whiteley Wood Clinic, Sheffield, which was the clinic attached to Sheffield University Department of Psychiatry where Alec Jenner, already well known for his work on the biological basis of mood change, had recently taken up his post as Professor of Psychiatry. This began Dorothy's close scrutiny of the research into the biological basis of mental disorder. She became an Associate of the Royal College of Psychiatrists and is now Emeritus Associate of the Royal College.

Alec Jenner suggested to Dorothy that her research PhD topic should be 'Psychological aspects of regular mood change'. Quite serendipitously, the psychologist Don Bannister was busy introducing British psychologists to the work of George Kelly and Personal Construct Theory. Dorothy discovered that she had always been a personal construct psychologist without knowing it. Kelly had developed a technique called repertory grids which enabled the researcher to examine the meanings which an individual had created around a particular subject or situation. Patrick Slater, a psychologist at the Institute of Psychiatry in London, provided invaluable help to Dorothy in her research by his development of computer software which analysed grids.

In 1971 Dorothy completed her PhD, and in 1972 she went to Lincolnshire to set up and head the Lincolnshire Department of Clinical Psychology. Dorothy obtained a research grant which enabled her to continue her research. This research became the basis of her first book The Experience of Depression, now called Choosing Not Losing. Her second book The Construction of Life and Death (The Courage to Live) was published in 1982. A chance discussion with the manager of a health food shop led to her third book, Depression: The Way Out of Your Prison, now in its third edition. This book won the Mind Book of the Year Award in 1984. More books followed.

In 1986 Dorothy left the National Health Service to become self-employed. She moved to Sheffield where she lived for nine years. In 1995 she moved to London where she still lives. She writes regularly for Openmind, and intermittently for other publications. She is frequently interviewed on radio and television, and she has a great many conversations with journalists who phone her for advice and information.

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Everyone should read this book. The authors are to be congratulated warmly for producing a very, very important book indeed. -- Claire Rayner

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Clare Jenkins is a freelance journalist and broadcaster for BBC Radio 4. Her previous book, A Passion for Priests, looked at women's relationships with Roman Catholic Priests. Clare lives in Sheffield, UK. Judy Merry is a freelance producer and presenter working mainly for BBC Radio 4. She is also the book reviewer for BBC Radio 2's Good Morning Sunday programme. Judy lives in Lancashire, UK.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Mdem on 2 April 2009
Format: Paperback
This book has some valuable personal accounts of grief. It covers the different responses from Mothers,Fathers,Husbands,Wives,Children,Brothers, Sisters and Friends.

It is moving,and with sensitivity shows the reader how we have our own unique ways of dealing with the loss of loved ones. This is something that I would recommend to anyone who has lost anyone close to them.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Relative Grief: Parents And Children, etc. 13 Aug. 2007
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Format: Paperback
I bought this book hoping that it would help my family cope with the sudden loss of my brother. I was hoping to be able to pass it along to my mother as well as my sister-in-law and nieces. I was not aware that it was written from the perspective of people from England and even if I had, it wouldn't have kept me from purchasing the book. However, I found it very hard to relate to the people that were interviewed. A lot of them were atheists and I don't think that the word "heaven" was mentioned once by any of them. In fact I just didn't find any of the interviews comforting at all. I don't feel that I can pass this book along to the rest of my family, but it is not a book that I would like to keep in my library.
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