Life is characterised by movement, change and development, including transitions, losses and grief. People experiencing loss must learn to accommodate it and, sometimes, relearn new roles. Whether the offender is accommodating general loss (such as transition), the loss of others or facing their own impending death, the bereavement process can become a particularly complicated experience for those involved in the criminal justice system.

Criminal offenders may be excluded from participating in grief rituals and may receive few explicit opportunities to talk about a loss they’ve experienced, sometimes resulting in disenfranchised grief. Informing thinking around assessment, care, and support procedures, this volume seeks to bring together a range of perspectives from different disciplines on crucial issues surrounding the impact of loss, death, dying and bereavement for criminal offenders. The book will explore inherent challenges and responses to the criminal justice system by considering to what extent offenders’ loss, death, dying and bereavement experiences have been - or should be - recognised in policy and practice. The first section considers theoretical approaches to loss; the next section translates these issues using professional perspectives to explore practical applications; and the final section introduces an offender perspective.

Through identifying challenges and consolidating evidence, this multidisciplinary book will interest researchers interested in loss and bereavement in vulnerable communities, concepts of disenfranchised grief, end-of-life care and mental healthcare in the criminal justice system.

section 1|62 pages

Appreciating dimensions of loss, death, dying and bereavement

chapter 2|10 pages

Death, dying and maintaining hope

Ethical tensions and responsibilities for end-of-life care in the prison setting

chapter 3|11 pages

‘Sympathy to the offender’

The Hobbesian account and the sympathy to the offender as an issue in end-of-life care (part A)

chapter 4|11 pages

Loss at the end of life

Palliative care in prisons

chapter 5|10 pages

Deaths in sites of state confinement

A continuum of routine violence and terror

chapter 6|9 pages

Civil and social death

Criminalisation and the loss of the self

section 2|62 pages

Professional development of bereavement, loss and end-of-life practice

chapter 9|11 pages

‘Sympathy to the offender’

The Hobbesian account and the sympathy to the offender as an issue in end-of-life care (part B)

chapter 10|10 pages

Working in the shadows

Reflections on counselling in prison and hospice settings

chapter 11|10 pages

The evolution of change

Factors involved in the design and delivery of a therapeutic service within the confines of a custodial setting

section 3|63 pages

Insights to inform reflections for ongoing support

chapter 14|10 pages

The impact of loss on mental health

Implications for practice in criminal justice settings

chapter 15|8 pages

Mourning in custody

Dealing with sudden death

chapter 16|9 pages

Freedom to grieve

A child and parent perspective

chapter 17|11 pages

Beyond loss of liberty

How loss, bereavement and grief can affect young men’s prison journeys