© 2002

Loss and Grief

A Guide for Human Services Practitioners

  • Neil Thompson
  • Jo Campling


  • Edited and written by leading authors
    Provides an engaging and fresh exploration of the implications of loss and grief that extends understanding beyond death-related losses
    Interprofessional and international in perspective it marries theory with personal experience and practical implications

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvi
  2. Introduction

    1. Neil Thompson
      Pages 1-20
  3. Loss in Context

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 21-21
    2. Dame Cicely Saunders
      Pages 23-33
    3. Bernard Moss
      Pages 34-44
    4. Robert A. Neimeyer, Adam Anderson
      Pages 45-64
    5. Suki Desai, Denise Bevan
      Pages 65-78
    6. Gordon Riches
      Pages 79-92
    7. Denise Bevan
      Pages 93-107
  4. Arenas of Loss

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 109-109
    2. Brynna Kroll
      Pages 111-124
    3. Mary Romaine
      Pages 125-138
    4. Bob Sapey
      Pages 139-148
    5. Jeanne Katz
      Pages 149-161
    6. Sue Thompson
      Pages 162-173
  5. Working with Loss

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 191-191
    2. Jeremy Weinstein
      Pages 193-207
    3. Margaret Lloyd
      Pages 208-220
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 221-249

About this book


This edited volume explores the wide range of practice situations across the human services in which issues loss and grief are likely to be important. It also extends understandings of loss and grief beyond death-related losses, encompassing new developments in the theoretical literature. Addressing the social and political dimensions of loss and grief as well as the psychological dimensions, this text brings together contributors from a variety of disciplines, professional background and countries, including such renowned figures as Dame Cicely Saunders and Robert A.Neimeyer.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Neil Thompson
    • 1
  • Jo Campling
  1. 1.University of LiverpoolUK

About the editors

NEIL THOMPSON is a highly respected writer, teacher and adviser, with over 32 years' experience in the people professions. He has held full or honorary professorships at four UK universities, and is now a sought-after trainer, consultant and conference speaker. He is the editor-in-chief of two online communities (Well-being Zone: and Social Work Focus: His personal website is at

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Loss and Grief
  • Book Subtitle A Guide for Human Services Practitioners
  • Authors Neil Thompson
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2002
  • Publisher Name Palgrave, London
  • eBook Packages Palgrave Social & Cultural Studies Collection Social Sciences (R0)
  • Softcover ISBN 978-0-333-96328-9
  • eBook ISBN 978-1-4039-1404-0
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XVI, 249
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Additional Information Previously published under the imprint Palgrave
  • Topics Social Work
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