Lorraine Hedtke questions a primary assumption of grief psychology - that grieving should be treated as a natural process and that, over time, it will follow a natural course toward some kind of healing.
The underpinnings of Freuds writings on death have become more than descriptions as they have taken on the aura of universal prescription.
Lorraine and John question Kübler-Ross’s (1969) stages of dying (along with other primary authors supporting of this work) and show how the work is so well known that it is not uncommon for people to calibrate their grief experience against the expectations drawn from the work
Lorraine discusses therapeutic stories that are comforting, invigorating, sustaining, and (dare we say it) even at times beautiful. Her narrative way of working upends the focus on the 'surviving suffering' and letting go narrative.
John and Lorraine discuss and follow a Foucauldian tradition of responding to, and, in many instances, challenging, the dominant discourses from our wider cultural world that have become incorporated into grief psychology
Lorraine and John outline a “new wave” of grief theories marked by specific shifts in understanding.