Bereavement Support Groups: Breathing Life into Stories of the Dead

Bereavement Support Groups: Breathing Life into Stories of the Dead

by Lorraine Hedtke

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Bereavement Support Groups: Breathing Life into Stories of the Dead by Lorraine Hedtke

This book, BEREAVEMENT SUPPORT GROUPS: Breathing Life into Stories of the Dead, fills the gap between the challenges to conventional grief psychology and the practice of bereavement counseling. The deceased person has often been left behind in counseling conversations, requiring the bereaved to distance themselves from honoring memories that could soothe their heartache. Ironically, the stories about the dead person have not featured prominently in the grief experience.

This book offers a structured guide for facilitating bereavement support groups, but is intended as more than a simple “how to” book. It will also inspire readers with invigorating practice ideas. This new way of thinking includes the stories and love that remain after death. Here is a model for folding the deceased person’s values, legacies, meanings, and connections into the lives of the living. The book shows the reader how to utilize the metaphorical presence of the deceased, accessed through stories, actions and rituals, to affirm the relationship with the deceased as more than a lost memory to be shelved next to dusty old photo albums.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940014503549
Publisher: The Taos Institute
Publication date: 05/01/2012
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 149
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

Dr. Lorraine Hedtke teaches about death, dying and bereavement throughout the world. Her unique ideas and practices are drawn from narrative therapy and represent a departure from the conventional models of grief psychology. Her articles have appeared in numerous professional journals and magazines. With John Winslade, she has co-authored Remembering Lives: Conversations with the Dying and the Bereaved (Baywood, 2004). Her children’s book, My Grandmother is Always with Me (Xlibris 2005), is written with her daughter, Addie. For additional information about her innovative work or to contact her, go to www.rememberingpractices.com.

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