Men and Grief
Men grieve differently from women. They are often silent, solitary mourners who immerse themselves in activity and private, symbolic rituals. They feel profoundly, but often cannot express the depth of their loss-even to intimates. Cultural roles make it harder for men to seek and accept support--a man is supposed to be "strong," to support, to cope, and to plan in the wake of loss. His own pain must be put away.
Men & Grief is a landmark book, the first to look in depth at the unique patterns of male bereavement. Based on extensive interviews with male survivors, it describes the four characteristics of male grief, explains the forces that shape and influence male grief, and provide step-by-step help for the male survivor. Sections look in detail at each catalog of loss--surviving as a son, a father, a husband, surviving an AIDS death--and prescribe specific coping strategies to further recovery.