Foreword by Darcy Harris; Part I. Framing the Work; 1. Reconstructing the Continuing Bond: A Process Analysis of Grief Therapy; 2. The Meaning in Loss Group: Principles, Processes and Procedures; 3. Culturally Sensitive Approaches to Finding Meaning in Traumatic Bereavement; 4. Suffering a Death Wish: The Psychology of Medical Aid in Dying; 5. Grief after Non-Death Losses; 6. Posttraumatic Growth and Expert Companionship in Grief Therapy; Part II. Evaluating Grief; 7. The Persistent Complex Bereavement Inventory (PCBI); 8. The Social Meaning in Life Events Scale (SMILES); 9. Quality of Relationships Inventory—Bereavement Version (QRI-B); 10. Death Imagery Scale; Part III. Moving through Bereavement; 11. The Grieving Styles Grid; 12. The Grief Dance; 13. Walking the Labyrinth; 14. Drawing it Out; Part IV. Articulating Ambiguous Loss; 15. What Have You Lost?; 16. Letters to Love, Time and Death; 17. The Human Animal Bond; Part V. Practicing Self Care; 18. MyGrief.ca Online Support; 19. Differentiating Grief and Depression; 20. Concentrated Eye Gazing; 21. Dance and Movement for Therapist Self-Care; Part VI. Fostering Compassion; 22. Forgiveness Therapy; 23. Writing A Letter of Condolence; 24. Thematic Analysis; Part VII. Working with Emotion; 25. Balancing Caring and Daring; 26. Externalizing Conversations; 27. The Castle; 28. Redecision and Reaffirmation; 29. Figurative Stories; Part VIII. Utilizing Imagery; 30. Mindful Photography; 31. My House After Loss; 32. The Virgin Island; 33. The Gate of My Heart; Part IX. Revising Personal Meaning; 34. Re-composing the Self in the Wake of Loss; 35. Memory Reconsolidation; 36. The Identity Constellation Exercise; 37. Voice Dialogue; 38. Symbolic Reframing; 39. Coin Therapy; Part X. Reaffirming Attachment; 40. The Transition Cycle; 41. Creating a Sensory Portal; 42. Working with Blocks; 43. The Secure Base Map; 44. Player of Life; 45. Habits of the Heart; Part XI. Dialoguing with the Deceased; 46. Consulting the Deceased; 47. Interviewing the Internalized Other; 48. Induced After Death Communication; Part XII. Validating Lives; 49. Dignity Therapy; 50. A Hike to Remember; 51. The Sharing Plate; 52. Life Lessons Learned; Part XIII. Re-storying Loss; 53. Grief Dialogues; 54. Response Writing Dialogues; 55. Writing to Heal; 56. Karuna Cards; Part XIV. Facilitating Support; 57. Envisioning Transitions; 58. The Meaningful Conversation; 59. Dyadic Eye Gazing.
Robert A. Neimeyer, PhD, is Professor Emeritus of Psychology at the University of Memphis and Director of the Portland Institute for Loss and Transition, which provides online and onsite training in grief therapy for an international and interdisciplinary community of professionals. Neimeyer has published over 30 books, including Techniques of Grief Therapy: Assessment and Intervention and Grief and the Expressive Arts: Practices for Creating Meaning, the latter with Barbara Thompson. He serves as editor of the journal Death Studies. The author of over 500 articles and book chapters and a frequent workshop presenter, he is currently working to advance a more adequate theory of grieving as a meaning-making process. Neimeyer served as president of the Association for Death Education and Counseling (ADEC) and chair of the International Work Group for Death, Dying, and Bereavement. In recognition of his scholarly contributions, he has been granted the Eminent Faculty Award by the University of Memphis, made a fellow of the Clinical Psychology Division of the American Psychological Association, and given Lifetime Achievement Awards by both the Association for Death Education and Counseling and the International Network on Personal Meaning.
"Clinicians want—and need—more than theory to guide them in their work with the bereaved. They also seek effective, how-to information to assist those contending with grief of all kinds, whether prompted by death or non-death loss. Nowhere else in the literature can professionals find such a wealth of interventions that help the mourner identify, express, and transform their responses to loss, reaffirm meaning, revamp life narratives, and develop healthy continued connection to lost loved ones. This book is a must have; it’s a veritable gold mine for all who treat the bereaved, from the newest students to the most seasoned therapists."—Therese A. Rando, PhD, BCETS, BCBT, author of Treatment of Complicated Mourning and co-author of Treating Traumatic Bereavement: A Practitioner’s Guide"Robert Neimeyer brings us a third outstanding collection in his excellent series on grief counseling and therapy. It features fifty-nine accessible chapters by authors from around the world; addresses diverse challenges in learning how to live meaningfully not only with bereavement but also with non-death-related losses; and concentrates on concrete techniques (illustrated by real-life examples) for supporting others in meeting those challenges. It is filled with innovative methods for practitioners, understanding for advanced students; and wisdom for both."—Thomas Attig, PhD, author of How We Grieve: Relearning the World"At last! A text that deals with death-related grief as well as that resulting from non-death loss. It offers a broad range of methods for helping persons negotiating both normative and traumatic life transitions. Along with dozens of creative contributors, Bob Neimeyer brings together in this volume his vast clinical experience, artistic talent and novel educational methods to enrich the field and the lives of those it serves."—J. Shep Jeffreys, EdD, FT, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Science, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and author, Helping Grieving People: When Tears Are Not EnoughThis volume continues Robert Neimeyer’s quest to bring creative insights and interventions to clinicians working with loss and bereavement. The international cast of contributors provides a rich trove of practical tools together with case reports to anchor the learning experience. Whether you are a newcomer to the field or a highly experienced practitioner, this book will broaden and deepen your perspective. My recommendation—Go for it! —Simon Shimshon Rubin, PhD, director of the International Laboratory for the Study of Loss, Bereavement, and Human Resilience, and author of Working with Loss and Bereavement"This highly anticipated volume brims with therapeutic exercises for people coping with death and non-death losses, providing expert guidance on how, when, and for whom they might be engaged. These versatile techniques to address shattering life events will be essential tools in every clinician’s toolkit."—Donna Schuurman, PhD, director of Advocacy and Training, Dougy Center"Like the two volumes that precede it, New Techniques of Grief Therapy is an indispensable resource that provides practical, road-tested techniques that are firmly grounded in theory. Each technique is clearly described and, notably, is illustrated by case examples. Whether a student, a clinician, or researcher, the reader will find a treasure trove of new and useful tools to help them serve those who are grieving both death and non-death losses. This volume does much to broaden our responses to the grieving person and to serve them more creatively and effectively." —Christopher Hall, chief executive officer, Australian Centre for Grief and Bereavement