The emotional life of people with learning disabilities is a subject that has
only begun to be thought about during the last decade. This important new book
by Noelle Blackman addresses the central issue of how people with learning disabilities
can be affected by bereavement. It includes pro-active strategies to prevent
grief complications, and therapeutic interventions for helping people when the
grief process "goes wrong".
Noelle Blackman trained as
a dramatherapist at St. Alban's College of Art and Design (now the University
of Hertfordshire) in 1994. She set up the roc Loss and Bereavement Service for
people with learning disabilities in 1997 and is a co-ordinator of the GOLD
group (Growing Older with Learning Disabilities), part of the Foundation for
People with Learning Disabilities UK. She organised national conferences on
dying, loss and bereavement for people with learning disabilities in 1999 and
2000, and has presented numerous papers on the subject. She is the editor of
Living With Loss (Pavillion, 1999).