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 9: When Grief is Not Resolved
When Grief is Not Resolved
The nature and symptoms of unresolved grief have been discussed and debated over the past several decades. Many who have contributed to general models of loss and bereavement have also laid foundations for the conceptualization of unresolved/abnormal grief. The focus of this book is on mental health services for uncomplicated grief, yet it is important to understand the limits of one's competence. Therefore, the purpose of this chapter is to broaden an understanding of potential problem areas within the realm of unresolved grief, but not to deal with it in depth.
A familiar question that we are asked is ‘When is grief not normal?’ As a practitioner, it is important to know the boundaries of normalcy, since ...