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Counselling for Grief and Bereavement

Counselling for Grief and Bereavement

Second Edition

December 2007 | 192 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
`The authors have done their homework in reading and consulting with the prominent literature, especially regarding children. All this effort gives the book a solid background foundation and makes it readable, and well-usable, for both lay counsellors and professional providers, and for all of us who are engaged in the delicate and rewarding endeavor of Grief Therapy' - Naji Abi-Hashem, Clinical & Cultural Psychologist, Berkeley, California

Praise for the First Edition:

`The book provides an absorbing and challenging journey through the possible process involved in bereavement work, and encourages one to think broadly about how one can approach a bereaved person... this was a book I enjoyed reading very much, and which I found both theoretically sound and practically helpful' - Bereavement Care (Cruse)

Counselling for Grief and Bereavement, Second Edition is a bestselling, introductory guide for professionals who work with people experiencing bereavement through death and other forms of loss. Focusing on practical assessment and intervention strategies, Geraldine Humphrey and David Zimpfer guide readers through the essential theory and skills needed to work with clients in a way which sensitively facilitates the process of grief, initiates healing and promotes a sense of growth.

Setting out the broad principles for practice, the authors go on to show how these can be applied in working with individuals, families and groups and in relation to specific issues including chronic and life-threatening illnesses, palliative care and complicated grief. Carefully chosen case examples illustrate the counselling process, while specific attention is paid throughout to ethical considerations and the possible need for referral.

This fully revised and updated Second Edition features a new chapter on working with children and adolescents: both from the perspective of young people who are grieving losses and those who are receiving palliative care as patients. While focusing on the practical, the book provides a firm theoretical base by explaining key concepts such as attachment, grief and resilience.

Geraldine M. Humphrey is Counsellor in the Department of Psychology at the North Canton Medical Foundation, specializing in death, illnesses, and non-death and grief. David G. Zimpfer is former Director of the Cancer Center of Ohio.

Loss and Grief in Life
Assessment Strategies
Grief Counselling and Grief Resolution
Family Grief
Group Counselling
Children and Grief
Anticipatory Grief
Special Issues
When Grief is Not Resolved

encourages readers to think about how to work with a bereaved person. very good starting read for working with bereavement

Miss Andria Vasiliou
Social Science, University of Derby Radiography
September 23, 2020

Really interesting and well written

Mrs Lynn Griffin
School of Nursing & Midwifery, Dundee University
March 5, 2014

A good, practical guide to working with bereavement issues, well grounded in theory and with good application to practice to include examples which resonate with students' experiences. Highly recommended for all students with a particular interest in this field

Mrs Valerie Sanders
Counselor Education , University of Greenwich
December 10, 2012

Some themes may be of interest to students, such as anticipatory grief and unresolved grief. The book is great for counsellors and will probably be used in counseling classes, in the future.

Dr Anasuya Jegathevi
Department of Psychology, HELP University College
July 12, 2012

New to the 2nd edition:

  • Includes a new chapter on working with children and adolescents
  • Updates on new assessment strategies and grief resolution
  • Introduces recent contributions in family grief
  • Includes discussions on palliative care.

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