When someone we love dies, a complex and protracted period of grief often ensues. While in the grips of the drama of dying and for the period of bereavement, many people will turn to mental health professionals and to clergy to help them through. This book is built on the premise that individuals and family members can be helped through their bereavement experience and that there are specific skills and interventions that guide a counsellor in this work. Moving cases tell their story, while the theoretical discussion behind each explains the process to the reader. The blending of theory and practice in a comparative way helps the reader understand and appreciate how theory informs practice.
The Many Faces of Bereavement presents counsellors with specific, sometimes unusual bereavement situations and their subsequent treatment. Joan Beder blends theoretical content with suggestions for intervention, helping the reader appreciate how theory informs practice. In addition, a section on counsellor struggles focuses on what feelings were provoked in the counsellor during each case and how these feelings were managed.
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