Fundamentals of Grief and Loss

Fundamentals of Grief and Loss by Trinia D. Isaac, LCSW and Adam J. McKee.


The Table of Contents

The textbook is divided into eight chapters. Each chapter covers a different topic in Grief and Loss. The chapters are as follows:

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**Section 1: Understanding Grief and Loss

**Section 2: Cultural Perspectives

**Section 3: Psychological Aspects of Grief

**Section 4: Physical and Social Effects of Grief

**Section 5: Grief Across the Lifespan

**Section 6: Special Topics in Grief and Loss

**Section 7: Therapeutic Approaches to Grieving

**Section 8: Professional Practice and Self-Care

Course Level SLOs
  • SLO 1: Identify grief types, impacts, and models, including cultural influences. (Sections 1, 2)
  • SLO 2: Distinguish between normal and complicated grief, and assess treatment options. (Section 1)
  • SLO 3: Explain grief’s psychological aspects and mental health challenges. (Sections 3, 4)
  • SLO 4: Describe the physical and social effects of grief, proposing support strategies. (Section 4)
  • SLO 5: Analyze grief across the lifespan, emphasizing unique needs and support strategies. (Section 5)
  • SLO 6: Discuss special grief topics, including disenfranchised grief and substance use. (Section 6)
  • SLO 7: Explain therapeutic approaches in grief counseling and their applications. (Section 7)
  • SLO 8: Demonstrate cultural competence and ethical standards in grief counseling. (Sections 1, 2, 8)
  • SLO 9: Apply resilience-building and coping strategies in grief support. (Sections 3, 8)
  • SLO 10: Identify self-care and professional development strategies for grief counselors. (Section 8)

Statement of Purpose

Welcome to Fundamentals of Grief and Loss, an open educational resource (OER) textbook designed to provide a thorough and engaging learning experience for students. This freely available online textbook embodies modern thinking and best practices in educational pedagogy, offering the unique advantage of immediate reader feedback to continually enhance the content.

Our purpose is to offer a clear and accessible resource that equips students with a solid foundation in understanding grief and loss. By making this textbook freely available online, we ensure that learners from diverse backgrounds can access high-quality educational materials without financial barriers. This OER version also enables readers to actively participate in the improvement of the textbook by providing immediate feedback to the authors regarding the content, fostering a collaborative and iterative learning experience.

Through the integration of real-life examples, diverse perspectives, and current research, we strive to make the study of grief and loss relevant and meaningful to students’ lives. This open textbook encourages active learning, featuring numerous opportunities for students to engage with the material through thought-provoking exercises, reflective activities, and application-based scenarios.

The benefits of the free online OER version are numerous. Firstly, it eliminates financial barriers, making quality education accessible to all students. Secondly, the digital format enables readers to access the textbook anytime, anywhere, fostering flexibility and convenience.

As authors, we are committed to continuous improvement, actively seeking and incorporating reader feedback to enhance the textbook’s content and pedagogical effectiveness. By providing an open platform for engagement and dialogue, we foster a community of learners who actively contribute to the ongoing development of Fundamentals of Grief and Loss.

Modification History

File Created:  06/19/2024

Last Modified:  06/24/2024


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