Counting Our Losses: Reflecting on Change, Loss, and by Darcy L. Harris

By Darcy L. Harris

This article is a important source for clinicians who paintings with consumers facing non-death, nonfinite, and ambiguous losses of their lives. It explores adjustment to alter, transition, and loss from the point of view of the newest considering in bereavement concept and study. the categorical and distinctive points of alternative sorts of loss are mentioned, reminiscent of infertility, getting older, continual health problems and degenerative stipulations, divorce and separation, immigration, adoption, lack of ideals, and lack of employment. Harris and the contributing authors reflect on those from an experiential viewpoint, instead of a developmental one, on the way to concentrate on the major parts of every loss because it might be skilled at any aspect within the lifespan. recommendations relating to variation and dealing with loss, equivalent to resilience, hardiness, which means making and the assumptive global, transcendence, and publish anxious progress are regarded as a part of the mixing of loss into lifestyle adventure.

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In this model, it is understood that to be fully engaged with clients it may not be possible to remain purely objective—and most certainly, the most appropriate response to oppression is not affective neutrality, which is encouraged by the medical model (Dietz, 2000). • Focus on clients’ strengths and innate resilience rather than on pathology. Using language that opens possibilities helps to encourage people to identify their ability to adapt and create meaning within change. Individuals feel empowered when the focus is on their strengths and resilience rather than on their perceived dysfunction.

Since then, most of the research associated with the concept of chronic sorrow has been reported in the nursing literature. In 1989, the Nursing Consortium for Research on Chronic Sorrow was formed to further investigate the phenomenon in individuals with chronic or life-threatening conditions as well as the caregivers of these individuals (Burke, Eakes, & Hainsworth, 1999). The concept has been empirically proven in multiple sclerosis (Ahlstrom, Gunnarsson, & Isaksson, 2007; Liedstrom, Isaksson, & Ahlstrom, 2008), parenting a child with a mental health problem (Angold, Messer, & Stangl, 1998; Corrigan & Miller, 2004; Godress, Ozgul, Owen, & Foley-Evans, 2005; Hinshaws, 2005), Alzheimer’s disease (Mayer, 2001), autism (O’Brien, 2007), mental illness (Jones, 2004), and caring for a child with disabilities (Berube, 1996; Green, 2007; Langridge, 2002).

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