This guide to facilitating support groups offers bereavement caregivers
practical strategies for creating and maintaining a productive
environment for mourners. Logistical considerations such as setting
up and publicizing a new group are discussed, as is the importance
of prescreening new members. Tips for creating a set of ground
rules are provided, and the pros and cons of creating structured
and unstructured meetings are considered. Responding constructively
to problems in the group is also discussed, with helpful, time-proven
models provided for evaluating group and individual progress.
"For bereavement caregivers who want to start and run an
effective grief support group for adults, this new Support Group
Guide discusses the role of support groups for mourners and describes
the steps involved (such as deciding on group format, publicizing
the group and writing meeting plans) in getting a group started.
Responding to problems in the group is also addressed, as is a
model for evaluating your group¹s progress."
"The Guide includes potential meeting plans that interface
with Understanding Your Grief and the companion journal as texts
for group participants. In addition, information is included on
ceremonies you can use to support people in grief on special occasions
and holidays. This Support Group guide is a must for all bereavement
Credit: Center For Loss and Transition