Early Call for Potential Book Chapter Contributors for "Stories of Complicated Grief"

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Dr. Eric D. Miller, Kent State University at East Liverpool

Early Call for Potential Book Chapter Contributors for "Stories of Complicated Grief"

Complicated grief (sometimes known as prolonged grief disorder) is generally viewed as a form of grief that affects a subset of those who have lost a loved one. Such individuals tend to have more severe grief reactions such as intense yearning and longing for the deceased, not accepting the death, feeling numb, angry, bleak, or agitated about oneself or life, and not trusting others (e.g., Prigerson & Maciejewski, 2005). While there is not an absolute consensus about this point, some scholars and clinicians believe that this form of grief should be recognized as its own unique mental disorder in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM).

I am looking for personal accounts from individuals who may have experienced various forms of complicated grief and are willing to write a chapter about their experience. Ideally, potential contributors will be able to draw from some academic literature in areas such as psychology, social work, and other related fields in their papers. However, particularly powerful accounts from those outside psychology and related fields will most certainly be considered. Papers that can offer a creative synthesis of personal narratives with an academic tone are especially encouraged. Clinical accounts will also be considered.

Papers that highlight a wide swath and diversity of topics are sought. Such examples can include, but are not limited to, complicated grief due to or related to: either an extremely close, poor, or conflicting relationship with the deceased, loss due to various forms of violence, complex situations or dynamics surrounding the death, previous losses contributing to challenges of bereavement, regrets over actions (or inactions) taken prior to the loss, or other sudden or expected losses. I would also welcome papers from those who may have experienced potentially difficult aspects of a grief experience and did not show severe grief symptoms.

While I am not completely adverse to the idea of having exclusively theoretical/empirical papers, I am especially looking for contributors who feel that they can craft a paper with the abovementioned qualities.

I have already been in touch with a publisher who has shown interest in potentially publishing such an edited book. However, before a formal book proposal is submitted, I need to gauge possible interest and appropriateness of papers. Until and unless I have an appropriate number of possible papers, I cannot guarantee submission of a book proposal.

If interested, please submit a 250-350 word count proposal/abstract along with a brief one-page CV to complicatedgriefbook@gmail.com. Any queries or submissions will be kept in strict confidence. If I would like to include your proposal as part of this book, you will first be notified.

If there is sufficient interest, potential contributors will be given additional information about the project at a later date. Proposal reviews will begin immediately and will be evaluated on a rolling basis. If a book proposal is submitted and is successful, it is anticipated that final papers would likely be in the range of 25 double-spaced pages (and in APA Style).

Again, please address any queries or submissions to complicatedgriefbook@gmail.com.