Healing and the Grief Process by Sally Roach & Beatriz Nieto; 1997; Albany, NY: Delmar Publishers; 219 pages; son cover
This text is part of the Nurse as Healer series and covers the aspect of healing grief. In its 219 pages and 10 chapters, Roach and Nieto offer a comprehensive treatment of the process. This process begins with learning about forms of grief and the inherent chronic sorrow that attends such an experience. Vignettes and concrete examples help clarify and make practically applicable the theories presented. Chapters are organized with life experiences incorporated into the content. Each chapter has a series of reflective questions encouraging readers to explore their own grief situations, with additional resources provided. The role of nurses as healers is defined and placed within the context of various situations of grief nurses may to face in their workplaces.
Some may argue that the book does not treat grieving from a diverse population base, having missed various minority groups (e.g., by ethnicity or sexual orientation). The book treats grieving from a broad base of psychological encounters, enhancing other texts that are more focused.
Nurses work in multiple settings and encounter clients in many situations. The concept of grieving, given only cursory treatment in clinical nursing education, is comprehensively addressed in this text. This type of book may be read to become a better nurse; it also may help one become a better person. This text is not only for nurses practicing in defined areas of hospice or thanatology but also for faculty developing elective and required courses. Home care, emergency room, and critical care nurses also would benefit from this easyto-read and practical text.