The myths of coping with loss revisited.

  title={The myths of coping with loss revisited.},
  author={Camille B. Wortman and Roxane Cohen Silver},
In a well-publicized legal case in Arizona, John Henry Knapp was convicted of the murder of his two young daughters, who died in a fire that destroyed their one-bedroom trailer. The principal evidence offered against Knapp was that immediately after the fire, he was outwardly calm and talkative and showed no overt display of distress. He was ultimately sentenced to death and remained in prison for 13 years. At that point, new evidence emerged about the origin of the fire that exonerated Knapp… Expand
Evaluations of hypothetical bereavement and grief: the influence of loss recency, loss type and gender.
  • E. Miller
  • Psychology, Medicine
  • International journal of psychology : Journal international de psychologie
  • 2015
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Death is a universal human experience. It is like the unavoidable 'gravitational' pull seeking to drag humans into the 'ethereal' world without prior consent. Death is a crisis that all familiesExpand
Concept of death and perceptions of bereavement in adults with intellectual disabilities.
The results support earlier findings that suggest people with ID have only a partial understanding of the concept of death and highlight the considerable scope for making sense of death using religious and spiritual themes and the need for teaching individuals biological explanations of the life cycle. Expand


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The meaning of loss and adjustment to bereavement
In this chapter we provide an overview of our program of research on how people cope with loss. Most of this research has focused on bereavement (see Wortman & Silver, 1987, 1989, 1990, for reviews),Expand
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The myths of coping with loss.
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The hallucinations of widowhood.
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