Today I’m very proud to announce that an anthology I contributed to last year on complicated grief is now available: Stories of Complicated Grief: a Critical Anthology, edited by Eric Miller. The electronic version is announced on the website of NASW (National Association of Social Workers) Press—an American publisher. Here is an excerpt from the preface by Miller:
To the best of my knowledge, I am unaware of any books with the particular focus of this anthology. Although there are some books that feature a single author’s reflection on his or her own (complicated) grief, there are fewer that seek to highlight select narratives conducted by researchers who primarily use them to showcase broader themes of loss or grief. Furthermore, there are few books primarily authored by scholars who have personally experienced complicated, difficult, or protracted grief and are willing to openly write about their experiences while also placing their stories into a larger academic context. Frankly, I believe that a book of this nature—that is, a critical anthology—helps to fill a significant void in the academic, clinical, and general literature.
I haven’t seen the whole book yet, so won’t comment on its contents, other than to say that many of the chapters in this book challenge the notion that complicated grief is a psychiatric disorder and should be treated as such; the authors here, I believe, relate that, however harrowing and devastating their experiences have been, they have experienced personal growth from them, and in particular, have learned to understand and integrate them more fully through writing their stories.
That’s certainly true for me, in my story of losing my three young children, who were abducted by their father to USA and kept apart from me for the rest of their childhood. My love for them was a bitter-sweet experience of loss, yearning, and love which lasted through all our separation and separate trials and suffering and learning. It has, indeed, been hammered into the gold of unconditional love, and is my most precious gift.
I look forward to reading the book in print, and will report on it here when I do.