College of Occupational Therapists Section for Learning Disability
The book provides in depth information on the impact of loss and how this affects all aspects of an individual's life... The case studies provide practical examples and the key points at the end of each chapter assist with emphasising the main messages... There is practical advice for professionals and carers on how to discuss the impact of loss and bereavement with individuals with learning disabilities, including ways to communicate and the use of simple, clear and unambiguous language. The book also addresses the impact of loss for adults with autism and those who have additional communication needs which is particularly useful... The book would be a practical resource for occupational therapists, support staff and students.
Bereavement Care, Noelle Blackman, Deputy chief executive, Respond
There are so few books on this very important subject, so it is wonderful to see anew publication. Robin Grey is a new voice amid the small group of practitioners and researchers who have been working in recent years to highlight and address some of the complexities of supporting people with learning disabilities through bereavement. The book is written by an experienced practitioner who has firsthand experience of this issue. It is accessible and welcoming to readers who may be put off by more academic texts. Its aim is very clearly to guide others supporting bereaved people with learning disabilities.
Robin Grey's book is rooted in his practical experience working in day and residential services for people with learning disabilities... While I am very familiar with these ideas, Grey writes about them in a straightforward, helpful and concise manner.