Working with Loss and Grief: A Theoretical and Practical Approach

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    About the Author

    Dr Linda Machin is an Honorary Research Fellow at Keele University, having been a Lecturer in Social Work and Counselling at Keele. She established a counselling service for the bereaved in North Staffordshire in 1984 and continues to work as a researcher, counselling advisor and freelance trainer.

    Acknowledgements

    Over many years, I have been privileged to work in research and practice with a large number of bereaved people, who have contributed to my understanding of grief and been inspirational in encouraging my continued commitment to finding ways of optimising good care to all those who are burdened by loss. To all those unnamed people and especially those whose stories have been told in this book, I give my thanks.

    I am indebted to colleagues and co-researchers who have travelled the journey of exploration and writing with me, cooperating in practice studies, providing case material, engaging in thought-developing discussions and offering critical comment on my work. They include Bernadette Bartlam, Julius Sim, Bob Spall, Anne Burrows, Marilyn Relf, Nikki Archer, Jill Jenner, Ann Dalzell, Liz Hopper and Tania Brocklehurst. My thanks go to the services involved in the most recent research – The Dove Service in Stoke-on-Trent, St Giles Hospice in Lichfield and the Marie Curie Hospices in Belfast and Hampstead. This volume also owes much to conversations with practitioners who have encouraged me in the development of my ideas.

    Finally, I want to express my heartfelt gratitude to those closest to me who have endured the research and writing process with patience and persisting encouragement – to Gill for her friendship and support, and to my family, John, Peter and Richard, for believing in me and the possibilities for my work, I give my love and thanks.

  • Appendix 1: Adult Attitude to Grief scale

    Indicate (tick) your response to the attitudes expressed in the following statements:

    © Linda Machin 2001

    If you are interested in working with the AAG scale and becoming part of a user network group which will offer support and professional links, please contact: aag@coreims.co.uk

    Appendix 2: Practice Record Sheet

    With items clustered into overwhelmed (2, 5, 7), controlled (4, 6, 8) and resilient (1, 3, 9) sub-groups

    Vulnerability indicator = total score for the 9 items

    Appendix 3: Adult Attitude to Grief scale (Learning Disability 2013)

    (With each item, insert in the space provided the personalised information about the person who has died, e.g. ‘my mum’, ‘Auntie Joan’, ‘Steve’, etc.)

    Adult Attitude to Grief scale (© Linda Machin 2001)Response code
    1. I feel OK about being sad because ……………… has died.
    2. I can't stop thinking about ……………… since s/he died.
    3. I am sad but I can cope with the fact that ……… has died.
    4. I think I should be brave about …………………… 's death.
    5. I think I will always be sad about ………………… dying.
    6. I don't want to show my sadness about …………… dying.
    7. Since ……………… died, life has changed and become more difficult for me.
    8. I think it's best not to keep thinking about ………… but to get on with the day-to-day things I always do.
    9. Life has been difficult since …………… died but I think things will get better.

    Each client to be given a response sheet of coded symbols:

    (Code based on ‘smiley’ face scales used in multiple settings)

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