1st Edition

Coaching and Supervising Through Bereavement A Practical Guide to Working with Grief and Loss

By Julia Menaul, Maggie João Copyright 2023
    224 Pages 18 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    224 Pages 18 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This book presents a pragmatic guide for coaches and supervisors working with grief and bereavement, providing both useful case studies and practical techniques to aid professionals in embracing the complexity of working with these topics in a coaching context.

    Coaching and Supervising Through Bereavement clearly delineates the boundary between bereavement issues requiring specialist counselling and 'normal' bereavement topics within coaching. It addresses how to coach clients through all different forms of bereavement, not just through death but also other losses such as job loss and relationship loss, and enables coaches to shine a light on their own bereavement journeys for the benefits of themselves and their clients. The authors also offer a guide for coaching supervisors to aid the ethical and emotional support required for their own supervisees and themselves.

    This book debunks the myth that bereavement should not be discussed in coaching, and so will be a valuable resource for any practicing coach or supervisor of all levels of experience or expertise.

    Part 1: Coaching through Bereavement  1. The Boundaries of Our Work  2. The Bereaved Coaching Client  3. The Bereaved Coach  4. The Organisational Machine  Part 2: Supervising through Bereavement  5. Extending the Learning Edge  6. The Changing Lens  Part 3: Practical Guidance and Activities for Coaches and Supervisors  7. Tools and Techniques to Work with Grief and Loss  8. Summary


    Julia Menaul has a background in learning and development and is an Association for Coaching Accredited Master Coach with a thriving UK-based coaching supervision practice for coaches and supervisors.

    Maggie João has an international career of more than 25 years and holds various coaching credentials (MCC, EIA SP, PMC). She has been a coach supervisor since 2012 and is the author of 14 published books about coaching in various languages.

    "This book is an amazing journey through the very sensitive topic of Bereavement, in its many forms. What I love about this book is the care and respect offered to the reader in each section. It is full of information, practical tips and case studies, inviting the reader to reflect and process at their own pace. It is not a definitive guide to the correct responses but an exploration of potential responses and answers for individuals. I believe this book would be a great addition as a must-read for all Coach and Supervision training programs." - Benita Stafford-Smith, Managing Consultant at BLSS Coaching and Acredited Coach Supervisor

    "Julia and Maggie have written a highly accessible and practical book, which makes a needed contribution to our profession on this subject. The sharing of relevant theory, their research, and practitioner case studies provides Coaches, Supervisors and Organisations with expert guidance and raises critical questions for professional practice. It could not have come at a better time." - Damion Wonfor, Founder of Catalyst 14

    "It is a privilege to have made a small contribution to this comprehensive book. Julia and Maggie have made a difficult subject uplifting and exceedingly informative. Both practical and well-researched, it gives real life, relatable case studies throughout. This is an impressive addition to my essential reading list for experienced and student coaches and supervisors." - Marie Faire, Director at The Beyond Partnership, Executive Coach and Executive Trainer

    "A necessary book on an important topic, reminding us that coaching begins in a shared humanity and for human beings grief and loss are normal experiences. Anchored by case studies and enriched by psychological insights, this is a wise and practical guide offering an extensive box of tools applicable in a range of contexts." - Patrick Hobbs, Master Executive Coach and Coaching Supervisor

    "Grief and loss are an inherent part of life and growth. This book offers coaches a comprehensive and practical framework to help clients process the various experiences and aspects of loss that life brings their way. This book is a must for every coach who is passionate about helping people reach their fullest potential." - Shiri Ben-Arzi, Medical Coach, founder of MCI - the Medical Coaching Institute

    "Written with grace and sensitivity, this pragmatic and compassionate looks at grief and loss in everyday scenarios from loss of job to crisis of meaning and purpose. This timely wisdom illuminates how to serve your clients and yourself as a practitioner in the coaching industry." - Tammy Turner, ICF MCC and EMCC Master EIA, CEO of Turner International

    "Truly fascinating topic to write about and this book by Julie and Maggie is comprehensive and written with love, compassion, and a keen eye for detail to support coaches and supervisors to navigate working with grief and loss and to be better equipped when this topic comes up during sessions. This is an intriguing book and offers tools and lenses to work through in support of clients. A must read for coaches and supervisors as it will improve how you work with these topics for better outcomes for clients." - Zsofia Juhasz, Executive, Group and Team Coach; Coach mentor and supervisor