Culture, Consolation, and Continuing Bonds in Bereavement presents Dennis Klass’s most important contributions to the scholarship of grief and bereavement.

Journal articles, book chapters, and previously unpublished works cover more than 40 years of study and practice on the forefront of our understanding of individual, family, and community grief. The writings range widely, including explorations of continuing bonds and consolation, aspects of grief that were missing when Klass began his work, studies of grief across different cultures, and critical analyses of theories that were popular in grief scholarship but inadequately described bereaved parents’ experiences. The book ends with a previously unpublished case study of Charles Darwin, whose experience as a bereaved parent informed the worldview at the heart of his theory of natural selection. 

This collection of essays offers an integral understanding of how individuals move through grief and is a valuable addition to the library of anyone working with topics relevant to grieving adults, children, and adolescents.

chapter 1|12 pages


An Intellectual Life Review

part Section 1|72 pages

Bereaved Parents and the Self-Help Process

part Section 2|82 pages

Expanding the Western Theory of Grief

chapter 7|26 pages

What's the Problem with the Dominant Model of Grief?

Co-authored with Phyllis R. Silverman

chapter 8|16 pages

The Sociology of Continuing Bonds

chapter 9|20 pages

Neglected Areas in Bereavement Research

Sorrow and Solace

chapter 10|18 pages

Grief, Consolation, and Religions

A Conceptual Framework

part Section 3|52 pages

Cross-Cultural Study of Grief

chapter 11|24 pages

Ancestor Worship in Japan

Dependence and the Resolution of Grief

chapter 12|26 pages

The Buddha and the Christ

How Religious Relics, Doctrines, and Rituals Continue the Bonds Between Founders and Their Disciples Co-authored with Robert Goss

part Section 4|50 pages

Theory and Meaning

part Section 5|23 pages

Case Study of a Bereaved Parent

chapter 15|21 pages

Charles Darwin's Sorrow

Parental Bereavement in His Worldview and His Theory of Natural Selection