- Examines contemporary attitudes towards grief, in
particular the therapeutic expectation of recovery.
- Challenges the idea of resolution. As people get
older and begin to have losses in their own lives, they will find that the recovery model
does not coincide with their experience.
- Presents a comprehensive view of personality.
Instead of the redemptive or cathartic view, envisions the past, with its high and low
points, as contributing to a unique personal history.
- Offers readers reassurance by recognizing that life
after loss may in fact be sadder and more painful, and that there is nothing wrong with
them for continuing to feel grief.
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