Grieving Through Thinking Activities: Step Two (Professional Track)

STEP TWO: CONVERSATION WITH OTHERS                                               30 min.

ACT AGREEMENTS AND DIALOGUE

Trust the power of collective wisdom as you engage with others‒ using the lessons from the video as a jumping board for sharing.  Focus on the questions that can best support your role and experience as caregiver.

The Masculine Side of Grief Series
Lesson Five: Grieving Through Thinking Activities

ACT Step Two

1. “Some people are more philosophical than they are emotional. Many people who are grieving have stacks of books. They study grief because every time they read those books, it resonates with their own story. As they read, their story is told.” – Soul & Science Lesson.

2.“Bilbliotherapy offers multiple benefits: providing information, augmenting insight, stimulating discussion, communicating values, reducing perceived isolation, and generating solutions. Clients exposed to literature are more likely to recognize personal characteristics, understand complexity, generate new interests, increase their sense of cultural indemnity, and expand their world views.” – (Use of Bibliotherapy in the Treatment of Grief and Loss: A Guide to Current Counseling Practices 2008)

3. “Therapeutic writing can take many forms, ranging from inviting the bereaved to write about themselves in light of their loss from the standpoint of a compassionate other, through biographical work chronicling their shared life with their loved one, to meaning reconstruction interviews in which they re-access vivid images of the loss and seek fresh significance in them.” – (Grief Therapy and the Reconstruction of Meaning: From Principles to Practice 2010)

4. “Grief refers to the internal process of regaining equilibrium. It requires reorganization on both emotional and cognitive levels, and includes a re-evaluation of spiritual concerns.” - William F. Doverspike, Ph.D

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