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Bereavement Counselling – Guidelines for Practitioners

Dianne McKissock, Mal McKissock


“There is no shortage of literature on the subject of death, dying and bereavement. Scholarly texts and journal articles as well as books written by the bereaved are readily available to those with a professional or personal interest in the subject matter. A Medline Search or reference list such as that included in Therese Rando’s ‘Treatment of Complicated Mourning’ will provide you with a veritable smorgasbord of titles. The wealth of information gathered by well known researchers and clinicians over the past three or four decades is both exciting and daunting and can leave the clinician, or potential clinician, feeling somewhat overwhelmed. Questions such as “how do I put this into practice?” may still remain unanswered. Or the answers may be available, but not in the simple, clear form that is required by a busy, concerned counsellor who needs information yesterday.

We have written this book for just that purpose. We hope this will have many practical applications; as a simple reference or revision point for counsellors currently involved in working with dying and bereaved clients; as a valuable component of a distance or self paced learning program; and as an adjunct to any educational / workshop / training experiences. …”