Building Bridges in Bereavement Research and Practice: Some Concluding Reections
U pon reading the contributed chapters to the present project, we had a gratifying sense of just how much has been discovered about the “new territory” of bereavement research and practice. Not only have our understandings of bereavement deepened over the past several decades, but also they have broadened, resulting in a much greater awareness of the impact of qualitatively different types of losses within diverse populations of the bereaved. Whereas Freud (1917/1957) and Lindemann (1944) mostly described the intrapsychic processes of individuals who experienced the death of a loved one, current bereavement research and practice have expanded this early work to explore the grief response with multifaceted lenses that focus upon intrapersonal, interpersonal, sociological, political, and spiritual dimensions of individuals, communities, and even nations after losses of all kinds. Clearly, the scope of bereavement research and practice now encompasses a diverse array of experiences and populations, which are amply surveyed in this volume.