Families Bereaved by Alcohol or Drugs: Research on Experiences, Coping and Support

Christine Valentine (Editor), Julian Walter, Lorna Templeton, Linda Bauld, Jennifer McKell, Allison Ford, Peter Cartwright

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Based on focus groups with the practitioners and service personnel who support grieving relatives following the loss of a loved one to alcohol or drugs, as well as interviews with the largest qualitative sample of adults bereaved by substance use that has been reported to date, this much-needed contribution to research on addiction and bereavement identifies four major reasons why grief following this tragic kind of death is particularly difficult. By examining the experiences of a wide range of stakeholders, including practitioners and policymakers in health, social care and the criminal justice system, the research contained within this book underscores the large number of organizations that play a role in the implementation of official procedure following a drug- or alcohol-related death and identifies significant gaps in the system that bereaved individuals must negotiate.

Grounded in extensive and rigorous academic research, Families Bereaved by Alcohol or Drugs is essential reading for academics, researchers and postgraduate students in the fields of mental health and addiction, social work and social studies, psychology, family studies and bereavement. The book should also be of interest to anyone with a professional interest in bereavement or substance use.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationUnited Kingdom
Number of pages190
ISBN (Electronic)9781315670294
ISBN (Print) 9781138947085
Publication statusPublished - 19 Jul 2017

Publication series

NameExplorations in Mental Health

Bibliographical note

Dr Christine Valentine is a Research Fellow and member of the Centre for Death and Society at the University of Bath. She is a founding member of the Association for the Study of Death and Society. Christine has published widely on the social and cultural shaping of bereavement in Britain and Japan, on funeral welfare systems for people on low income both nationally and internationally, and on funeral directing in the 21st century. She was the lead researcher for the ESRC-funded research on which the present book is based.


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