WHAT IS THE TECHNIQUE OF BEREAVEMENT COUNSELLING?
Most bereavement counselling services are modeled after Grief Groups, established in New York City in the mid-seventies. Groups of bereaved people meet for three months, one and a half hours each week, under the direction of a professionally trained counsellor. Each group is composed of members who have experienced a similar loss, such as the loss of a parent, or loss of a spouse. The groups provide members with role models; those who have endured the same trauma.
Each meeting has a different agenda.During the first month,emphasis is placed on educating members about the bereavement process and the stages of grief. The second month meetings are particularly concerned withpermitting the ventilation of feelings in a safe environment. Alliances within the group develop at this time. Meetings during the last month focus onfuture-oriented issues, such as values clarification and goals.
Occasionally, the leader will suggest specific assignments at strategic…
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