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.

Family Grief

Family grief

This chapter discusses various aspects of family grief, with consideration of issues that will be different for each family member. It will illustrate family case examples, but will also ask the reader to keep the individual in mind as a separate entity since most counsellors see clients individually (independent of the family unit) and their bereavement is addressed within that individual context.

Every client represents and is influenced by membership in one or more families. These memberships need to be assessed and understood as one deals with the individual. Issues of grief that currently affect the bereaved are often rooted in unresolved, multigenerational family relationships, norms, and patterns of communication. Understanding an individual's loss from a systems perspective provides valuable insight into potential ...

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