The introduction of the continuing bonds model of grief near the end of the 20th century revolutionized the way researchers and practitioners understand bereavement. Continuing Bonds in Bereavement is the most comprehensive, state-of-the-art collection of developments in this field since the inception of the model. As a multi-perspectival, nuanced, and forward-looking anthology, it combines innovations in clinical practice with theoretical and empirical advancements. The text traces grief in different cultural settings, asking questions about the truth in our interactions with the dead and showing how new cultural developments like social media change the ways we relate to those who have died. Together, the book’s four sections encourage practitioners and scholars in both bereavement studies and in other fields to broaden their understanding of the concept of continuing bonds.

chapter 1|14 pages


Continuing Bonds—20 Years On

section II|92 pages

Continuing Bonds and Clinical Contexts

section II.1|28 pages

Innovations for Working with Continuing Bonds

chapter 6|26 pages

Reconstructing the Continuing Bond

A Case Study in Grief Therapy

chapter 11|11 pages

Reaching the Unspoken Grief

Continuing Parental Bonds During Pregnancy Loss

section II.2|27 pages

Specific Perspectives for Working with Sense of Presence

section III|38 pages

The Truth Status and Reality Status of Continuing Bonds

section IV|73 pages

Continuing Bonds in Cultural Contexts

section IV.1|17 pages

Continuing Bonds’ Complex Roles in Cultures

chapter 18|16 pages

Evolving Roles in Research Exploring Communication About Grief

Meaning Making and Continuing Bonds

chapter 21|13 pages

Continuing Bonds with Native Culture

Immigrants’ Response to Loss

section IV.2|45 pages

A New Cultural Context

chapter 23|13 pages

Mourning 2.0

Continuing Bonds Between the Living and the Dead on Facebook—Continuing Bonds in Cyberspace

chapter |5 pages

Reflections and Conclusions

Going Forward with Continuing Bonds