Grief Isn't Something to Get Over: Finding a Home for Memories and Emotions After Losing a Loved One (APA Lifetools) (Paperback)
The loss of a loved one can be overwhelming. How do we endure grief? Can we simply forget, or "get over it?" This book explains the science behind bereavement, from emotion to the persistence of memory, and shows readers how to understand and adapt to death as a part of life. Responses to loss are typically associated with negative emotions, traumatic memories, or separation distress, but we grieve because we care. This book demonstrates how negative emotional responses experienced in grief often follow experiences with positive emotional memories. Dr. Lamia emphasizes an understanding and acceptance of post-loss emotions. Grief Isn't Something to Get Over aims to expand our understanding of bereavement, placing it in alignment with how emotions work. Using numerous case examples and personal vignettes, this book helps readers recognize the ways in which emotions are connected to memories and influence our experiences of loss.
Mary Lamia, PhD, is a professor at the Wright Institute in Berkeley, California, and maintains a private practice in Marin County, California, where she works with adults, adolescents, preteens, and couples. She has provided commentary for numerous television, radio, and print media interviews and discussions, and for nearly a decade, hosted a weekly call-in talk show, KidTalk With Dr. Mary, on Radio Disney stations. Dr. Lamia is on the editorial advisory board of the children's book division at the American Psychological Association (APA) and is a member of The Tomkins Institute: Applied Studies in Motivation, Emotion, and Cognition. She is on the advisory board of America's Angel--Raising the Bar on Raising America and is a board member of the Italian-American Psychological Society. She is also a member of APA, the California State Psychological Association, and the Association for Psychological Science.