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This comprehensive core textbook analyzes how resilient people navigate the troubled waters of life’s traumas and identifies how learning about resilience may help cultivate this quality in other, less resilient, people. Author Morley D. Glicken explains the inner self-healing processes of resilient people and helps individuals training in the helping professions to learn to use these processes in working with their clients.

How Resilient People Cope with Life-Threatening Illness, Disabilities, and Bereavement
How resilient people cope with life-threatening illness, disabilities, and bereavement

This chapter discusses resilience in people who have life-threatening illnesses or who have experienced the painful death of a loved one. A number of authors have noted that serious illness and bereavement bring with them a desire to resolve important life issues. Kubler-Ross (1969/1997) believes that coping with life-threatening and terminal illness often leads to life-changing growth that focuses on the meaning of life. Frankl (1978) writes, “Even facing an ineluctable fate, e.g., an incurable disease, there is still granted to man a chance to fulfill even the deepest possible meaning. What matters, then, is … the stand he takes in his predicament… the attitude we ...

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