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Counselling for Grief and Bereavement

Counselling for Grief and Bereavement

Second Edition

June 2008 | 192 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
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)


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.

This Second Edition has been thoroughly updated and includes:

  • Updated strategies for professionals working with children and adolescents, including those who are grieving, and those who are receiving palliative care as patients
  • Additional theories and concepts that encourage the professional to approach working with the bereaved from sound conceptual bases and positive attitudes that foster growth and empowerment
  • A more positive approach that does not deny the necessity of the experience of pain of grief

Counselling for Grief and Bereavement, Second Edition provides practical assessment and intervention strategies for counseling, mental health, medical and educational professionals and trainees.

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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