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The Understanding Your Grief Support Group Guide: Starting and Leading a Bereavement Support Group (Understanding Your Grief series)
Alan D. Wolfelt Ph.D.



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 group leaders."

Credit: Center For Loss and Transition


 

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