Consuming Grief

Author: Beth A. Conklin
Publisher: University of Texas Press
ISBN: 9780292782549
Release Date: 2010-01-10
Genre: Social Science

Mourning the death of loved ones and recovering from their loss are universal human experiences, yet the grieving process is as different between cultures as it is among individuals. As late as the 1960s, the Wari' Indians of the western Amazonian rainforest ate the roasted flesh of their dead as an expression of compassion for the deceased and for his or her close relatives. By removing and transforming the corpse, which embodied ties between the living and the dead and was a focus of grief for the family of the deceased, Wari' death rites helped the bereaved kin accept their loss and go on with their lives. Drawing on the recollections of Wari' elders who participated in consuming the dead, this book presents one of the richest, most authoritative ethnographic accounts of funerary cannibalism ever recorded. Beth Conklin explores Wari' conceptions of person, body, and spirit, as well as indigenous understandings of memory and emotion, to explain why the Wari' felt that corpses must be destroyed and why they preferred cannibalism over cremation. Her findings challenge many commonly held beliefs about cannibalism and show why, in Wari' terms, it was considered the most honorable and compassionate way of treating the dead.

Consuming Grief

Author: Beth A. Conklin
Publisher: University of Texas Press
ISBN: 9780292712362
Release Date: 2001-07-15
Genre: Social Science

Mourning the death of loved ones and recovering from their loss are universal human experiences, yet the grieving process is as different between cultures as it is among individuals. As late as the 1960s, the Wari' Indians of the western Amazonian rainforest ate the roasted flesh of their dead as an expression of compassion for the deceased and for his or her close relatives. By removing and transforming the corpse, which embodied ties between the living and the dead and was a focus of grief for the family of the deceased, Wari' death rites helped the bereaved kin accept their loss and go on with their lives. Drawing on the recollections of Wari' elders who participated in consuming the dead, this book presents one of the richest, most authoritative ethnographic accounts of funerary cannibalism ever recorded. Beth Conklin explores Wari' conceptions of person, body, and spirit, as well as indigenous understandings of memory and emotion, to explain why the Wari' felt that corpses must be destroyed and why they preferred cannibalism over cremation. Her findings challenge many commonly held beliefs about cannibalism and show why, in Wari' terms, it was considered the most honorable and compassionate way of treating the dead.

Consuming grief

Author: Beth A. Conklin
Publisher: Univ of Texas Pr
ISBN: UOM:39015050797698
Release Date: 2001-07
Genre: History

Mourning the death of loved ones and recovering from their loss are universal human experiences, yet the grieving process is as different between cultures as it is among individuals. As late as the 1960s, the Wari' Indians of the western Amazonian rainforest ate the roasted flesh of their dead as an expression of compassion for the deceased and for his or her close relatives. By removing and transforming the corpse, which embodied ties between the living and the dead and was a focus of grief for the family of the deceased, Wari' death rites helped the bereaved kin accept their loss and go on with their lives.Drawing on the recollections of Wari' elders who participated in consuming the dead, this book presents one of the richest, most authoritative ethnographic accounts of funerary cannibalism ever recorded. Beth Conklin explores Wari' conceptions of person, body, and spirit, as well as indigenous understandings of memory and emotion, to explain why the Wari' felt that corpses must be destroyed and why they preferred cannibalism over cremation. Her findings challenge many commonly held beliefs about cannibalism and show why, in Wari' terms, it was considered the most honorable and compassionate way of treating the dead.

A Grief Observed

Author: C.S. Lewis
Publisher: Faber & Faber
ISBN: 9780571265794
Release Date: 2012-10-04
Genre: Religion

A Grief Observed comprises the reflections of the great scholar and Christian on the death of his wife after only a few short years of marriage. Painfully honest in its dissection of his thoughts and feelings, this is a book that details his paralysing grief, bewilderment and sense of loss in simple and moving prose. Invaluable as an insight into the grieving process just as much as it is as an exploration of religious doubt, A Grief Observed will continue to offer its consoling insights to a huge range of readers, as it has for over fifty years. 'A classic of the genre, a literary answer to the pain of loss.' Robert McCrum

On Grief and Grieving

Author: Elisabeth Kübler-Ross
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 9781476775555
Release Date: 2014-08-12
Genre: Family & Relationships

Shortly before her death in 2004, Elisabeth K]bler-Ross and David Kessler, her collaborator, completed the manuscript for this, her final book - a fitting completion to her work. Ku bler-Ross's groundbreaking work On Death and Dying changed the way we think and talk about the end of life. Weaving together theory, inspiration, and practical advice, this book will profoundly influence the way we experience the process of grief.Available only in Nonfiction 4.

The End of Miracles

Author: Monica Starkman
Publisher: She Writes Press
ISBN: 9781631520556
Release Date: 2016-05-03
Genre: Fiction

International Book Awards 2016 finalist for literary fiction The End of Miracles is a twisting, haunting story about the drastic consequences of a frustrated obsession. A woman with a complex past wants nothing more than to become a mother, but struggles with infertility and miscarriage. She is temporarily comforted by a wish-fulfilling false pregnancy, but when reality inevitably dashes that fantasy, she falls into a depression so deep she must be hospitalized. The sometimes-turbulent environment of the psychiatry unit rattles her and makes her fear for her sanity, and she flees. Outside, she impulsively commits a startling act with harrowing consequences for herself and others. This emotionally gripping novel is a suspenseful journey across the blurred boundaries between sanity and madness, depression and healing.

The Prince s Boy

Author: Paul Bailey
Publisher: A&C Black
ISBN: 9781408851890
Release Date: 2014
Genre: Paris (France)

The masterful new novel from the Booker Prize shortlisted author of Peter Smart's Confessions and Gabriel's Lament, and most recently Chapman's Odyssey

Leaving Mother Lake

Author: Yang Erche Namu
Publisher: Little, Brown
ISBN: 0316029300
Release Date: 2007-09-03
Genre: Biography & Autobiography

The haunting memoir of a girl growing up in the Moso country in the Himalayas--a unique matrilineal society. But even in this land of women, familial tension is eternal. Namu is a strong-willed daughter, and conflicts between her and her rebellious mother lead her to break the taboo that holds the Moso world together--she leaves her mother's house.

Where There is No Midwife

Author: Sarah Pinto
Publisher: Berghahn Books
ISBN: 1845453107
Release Date: 2008
Genre: Medical

In the Sitapurdistrict of Uttar Pradesh, an agricultural region with high rates of infant mortality, maternal health services are poor while family planning efforts are intensive. By following the daily lives of women in this setting, the author considers the women's own experiences of birth and infant death, their ways of making-do, and the hierarchies they create and contend with. This book develops an approach to the care that focuses on emotion, domestic spaces, illicit and extra-institutional biomedicine, and household and neighborly relations that these women are able to access. It shows that, as part of the concatenation of affect and access, globalized moralities about reproduction are dependent on ambiguous ideas about caste. Through the unfolding of birth and death, a new vision of "untouchability" emerges that is integral to visions of progress.

Engaged Anthropology

Author: Stuart Kirsch
Publisher: Univ of California Press
ISBN: 9780520297944
Release Date: 2018-03-30
Genre: Social Science

Does anthropology have more to offer than just its texts? In this timely and remarkable book, Stuart Kirsch shows how anthropology can—and why it should—become more engaged with the problems of the world. Engaged Anthropology draws on the author’s experiences working with indigenous peoples fighting for their environment, land rights, and political sovereignty. Including both short interventions and collaborations spanning decades, it recounts interactions with lawyers and courts, nongovernmental organizations, scientific experts, and transnational corporations. This unflinchingly honest account addresses the unexamined “backstage” of engaged anthropology. Coming at a time when some question the viability of the discipline, the message of this powerful and original work is especially welcome, as it not only promotes a new way of doing anthropology, but also compellingly articulates a new rationale for why anthropology matters.

Kayak Morning

Author: Roger Rosenblatt
Publisher: Harper Collins
ISBN: 9780062084040
Release Date: 2012-01-03
Genre: Social Science

From Roger Rosenblatt, author of the bestsellers Making Toast and Unless It Moves the Human Heart, comes a moving meditation on the passages of grief, the solace of solitude, and the redemptive power of love In Making Toast, Roger Rosenblatt shared the story of his family in the days and months after the death of his thirty-eight-year-old daughter, Amy. Now, in Kayak Morning, he offers a personal meditation on grief itself. “Everybody grieves,” he writes. From that terse, melancholy observation emerges a work of art that addresses the universal experience of loss. On a quiet Sunday morning, two and a half years after Amy’s death, Roger heads out in his kayak. He observes,“You can’t always make your way in the world by moving up. Or down, for that matter. Boats move laterally on water, which levels everything. It is one of the two great levelers.” Part elegy, part quest, Kayak Morning explores Roger’s years as a journalist, the comforts of literature, and the value of solitude, poignantly reminding us that grief is not apart from life but encompasses it. In recalling to us what we have lost, grief by necessity resurrects what we have had.

Mortal Dilemmas

Author: Donald Joralemon
Publisher: Left Coast Press
ISBN: 9781629583938
Release Date: 2016-01-31
Genre: Social Science

In accessible, informed, and often humorous prose, the author examines contemporary medical, legal, and bioethical debates on death and dying, to argue that modern America is not a death-denying culture; on the contrary, we have placed issues regarding end-of-life at the very center of public conversations about what it means to be human.

Without My Mum

Author: Leigh Van Der Horst
Publisher: Black Inc.
ISBN: 9781863958363
Release Date: 2016-05-02
Genre: Family & Relationships

When Leigh Van Der Horst lost her beloved mother to cancer in 2008, she faced her biggest battle yet. In Without My Mum, she invites us on a journey that is at times heartbreaking, others heartwarming, but ultimately comforting and inspiring. With warmth and candour, Leigh tells of her transformative passage through devastating grief, one that allowed her to rediscover and redefine her own identity. As well as exploring her own experience, Van Der Horst brings together stories from many inspiring women around the world, including contributions from Jools Oliver, Lisa Wilkinson, Megan Gale, Amanda de Cadenet and Natalie ‘A wonderful book that captured my heart in the first few paragraphs. Leigh’s candid, humorous and heartfelt narrative, together with a collection of stories and wisdom from others who have walked a similar path, are authentic, uniting and ultimately inspiring. It’s a laugh-out-loud, sob-a-little-uncontrollably kind of book that will resonate with any parent or carer. I adored it!’ —Jools Oliver ‘I can’t sing the praises of this gorgeous mum enough. For those who have lost their mum and are forging ahead as a mum on your own, this is truly a must have book.’ —Natalie Bassingthwaighte

Kiss from an Angel How to Turn Your Grief Into a Gift from Heaven

Author: Lourdes Villena Amoloria
Publisher:
ISBN: 099418851X
Release Date: 2014-11-12
Genre: Bereavement

Grieving is a complicated response over the loss of someone's much valued presence in your life. Often the loss of a loved one because of death can bring suffering no words can ever describe. The psychic wound is so deep, every cell of your system is affected, and there is no place to hide or a way to bury the inner longing for the physical presence of the deceased. This book brings out in the open the bereaved parents experience of joy and fulfilment during the birth of a much wanted and only child, Mary Jo, the gift of parenthood, the unexpected condition of their baby, the triumph of raising her against medical odds, the drama of her life and death and how her parents found the gift amidst grief, loss and tears and the consuming grip on one's psyche because of multiple losses. This book is for the strong and the lucky ones who have battled life's challenges with outcomes in a time frame they wanted, this is also for the many, like the author, who hide their broken hearts being busy with a job and other things and just hoping one day the sadness will evaporate into thin air. It is also for anyone who wants to be empowered, to recover and to understand what clinicians and the author actually experienced in facing life's most challenging battle, losing a significant and loved person. The impact of Mary Jo's death was so unexpected. She was a well-loved child, so well cared for. Why of the many children on planet earth, would she be chosen to die at age of two years and five months despite modern medical facilities? Why were the doctors so blind and deaf to her mother's pleadings for proper medical care? Why were the symptoms ignored? Why should her parents and love ones live with the never ending possibility that she could have lived if only the medical experts had acted from the space of a truly loving and caring heart rather from just the sterilized medical procedures? So many questions had remained unanswered and perhaps will never be known in her parents' lifetime. After Mary Jo was buried, her parents were affected with complicated grief not only from her loss but also the futility of fighting the legal system.To say, they were devastated physically, emotionally, behaviorally, psychologically is an understatement . Lourdes, her mother had wished she could have died in her daughter's place. Her father Joe had changed from someone with a generally happy disposition to a person deeply affected with distress. Their lives had changed so dramatically, spiraling to depths of despair, even their faith was in tatters. They were inconsolable; life had lost its meaning. From the extraordinary anguish of grief and loss, Mary Jo started to appear in her parents' dreams, to other family members, and their circle of friends and even medical people who attended to her. Coincidences beyond the logic of science and practical day to day life emerged. Yes, Mary Jo was physically dead, her young and beautiful body buried but her loving and caring spirit came to life and touched her parents and love ones This book will touch your heart and soul like no other book on grief can. Read every chapter, every page as the reality of so much love and so little time can grip your heart. Learn from her loved ones first-hand experience, the resilience of the human spirit and of divinity intertwined because a little angel named Mary Jo who continues to kiss her love ones. Mary Jo's parents one wish for this book is for its readers to experience understanding and inner peace from their own personal grief and see the gift that only an angel can bring to their lives, just like Mary Jo brought to theirs.in her short time here on earth. Enjoy this book A Kiss From An Angel.: How To Turn Your Grief Into A Gift From Heaven