In Counselling for Grief and Bereavement, Second Edition Geraldine Humphrey and David Zimpfer take readers step-by-step through the skills needed to facilitate the process of grief, initiate healing, and promote a sense of growth. Providing a firm theoretical base, the authors discuss the concepts and categories of attachment, loss, and grief. Carefully chosen case examples are included throughout and specific attention is paid to ethics and to the possible need for referral.
Chapter 1: Loss and Grief in Life
Loss and Grief in Life
Loss is an integral part of life. It is not something that happens to us as we live; rather, it is life itself. Death is not the only loss a human might experience; yet it is often the only loss that is validated as a legitimate grief experience. In our view, any event that involves change is a loss that necessitates the process of grief and transition. A loss event requires that some part of the individual be left behind and grieved for before the process of transition and rebuilding can occur.
Loss is defined as the state of being deprived of or being without something one has had, or a detriment or disadvantage from failure to ...