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 10: Introduction
This book starts from the premise that loss and grief are normal and integral aspects of life itself. Grieving is a process, not something to ‘get over’. While a good share of the contents here relate particularly to death, we maintain that death is only one kind of loss to be grieved; there are many other types of loss which one may be expected to cope with and to resolve. The materials here easily translate to a variety of losses that people experience.
Human service care providers rarely work with an individual who has not experienced some type of loss. A lifetime is an accumulation of losses; these may play upon each other as triggers or may ignite what otherwise might be considered an inappropriate ...