Widow to Widow
How the Bereaved Help One Another, 2nd Edition
Routledge – 2004 – 282 pages
Widow to Widow shares the experiences of widows who have found comfort and continuity in mutual-help and community support programs. In the second edition of her pioneering text, Phyllis Silverman brings the success of the original widow-to-widow program into the 21st century, preparing a new generation of community leaders, clergy, counselors, hospice staff, social workers, and the widowed themselves to organize and implement mutual-help programs.
'Widow to Widow powerfully links theory and practice perspectives through the extensive use of case illustrations…its comprehensive knowledge base and the challenge to the professional monopoly of bereavment care, makes this an important text for all carers, new or experienced, who are offering support to the widowed.' - Linda Machin, Bereavement Care, 2006
Series Editor Foreword. Preface. Acknowledgements. Introduction. Part I: Various Dimensions of Widowhood. Theoretical Perspectives on Grief and Healing. Widows and Widowers: Gender Differences. Grief as a Time of Loss and Change: The Nature of Transition. Help in a Mutual-help Context. Part II: On Helping. Could This Really Be Happening to Me? Uncertainty: What Will Happen Next? Looking to the Future: The Fruits of Help. Parenting Alone: Widowed with Dependent Children. The Older Widowed. Conclusion. Appendices. Appendix 1: Research Findings. Appendix 2: The Widowed As Helpers. Appendix 3: Resources for the Widowed. References.
Phyllis R. Silverman, Ph.D., is Scholar-in-Residence at the Women's Studies Research Center at Brandeis University, and Associate Professor in Social Welfare, Department of Psychiatry, Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School. Dr. Silverman is also Professor Emerita of the MGH Institute of Health Professions, and she is recognized internationally for her research with the widowed and grieving children, and for the pioneer intervention she developed based on peer support.