Companioning the Grieving Child: A Soulful Guide for Caregivers

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Renowned author and educator Alan Wolfelt redefines the role of the grief counselor in this guide for caregivers to grieving children. Providing a viable alternative to the limitations of the medical establishment’s model for companioning the bereaved, Wolfelt encourages counselors and other caregivers to aspire to a more compassionate philosophy in which the child is the expert of his or her grief—not the counselor or caregiver. The approach outlined in the book argues against treating grief as an illness to be...
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Overview


Renowned author and educator Alan Wolfelt redefines the role of the grief counselor in this guide for caregivers to grieving children. Providing a viable alternative to the limitations of the medical establishment’s model for companioning the bereaved, Wolfelt encourages counselors and other caregivers to aspire to a more compassionate philosophy in which the child is the expert of his or her grief—not the counselor or caregiver. The approach outlined in the book argues against treating grief as an illness to be diagnosed and treated but rather for acknowledging it as an event that forever changes a child's worldview. By promoting careful listening and observation, this guide shows caregivers, family members, teachers, and others how to support grieving children and help them grow into healthy adults.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781617221583
  • Publisher: Companion Press
  • Publication date: 7/1/2012
  • Series: Companioning Series
  • Pages: 176
  • Sales rank: 964,251
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Alan D. Wolfelt, PhD, is a speaker, a grief counselor, and the director of the Center for Loss and Life Transition. He is the author of numerous books on grief, including Companioning the Bereaved, Creating Meaningful Funeral Ceremonies, Healing the Bereaved Child, Healing Your Grieving Heart, Understanding Your Grief. He lives in Fort Collins, Colorado.

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Table of Contents

Preface 1

Prologue 5

Introduction 9

Chapter 1 10 Common Misconceptions about Grief 25

Chapter 2 Mourning Styles: What Makes Each Child's Grief Unique? 33

Chapter 3 Sad/Scared/Mad/Tired/Glad: How a Grieving Child Acts, Thinks, and Feels 59

Chapter 4 How the Grieving Child Heals: The Six Reconciliation Needs of Mourning 85

Chapter 5 Techniques for Counseling Grieving Children 99

Chapter 6 A Family Systems Approach to Companioning the Grieving Child 113

Chapter 7 Helping Grieving Children at School 125

Chapter 8 Companioning the Grieving Adolescent 137

A Final Word 149

My Grief Rights 150

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