Meaning-orientated grief therapy
This workshop will introduce participants to meaning-orientated grief therapy, an approach that seeks to facilitate loss narrative reconstruction, developing a security-enhancing bond with the deceased and living a meaningful life without the deceased (Neimeyer et al., 2011). This model follows research findings suggesting that grief therapy addressing the greater need for sense-making and reconstructing meaning could aid effective adjustment (Currier, Holland, and Neimeyer, 2008).
Meaning-orientated grief therapy involves a brief therapeutic protocol, with an introductory and closing session and five major phases:
- "reopening the story"
- "processing the event story of the loss"
- "revisiting the back story of the relationship"
- "accessing the continuing bond"
Each phase involves several techniques, which are drawn from the meaning reconstruction approach (Neimeyer, 2012; Neimeyer and Sands, 2011).
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Dr Edith Steffen is a Senior Lecturer in Counselling Psychology at the University of Roehampton and a practising Counselling Psychologist.
Dr Inês Mendes is a Lecturer at the Department of Psychology, Royal Holloway, University of London.