1st Edition

New Techniques of Grief Therapy Bereavement and Beyond

Edited By Robert A. Neimeyer Copyright 2022
    372 Pages 25 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    372 Pages 25 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    New Techniques of Grief Therapy: Bereavement and Beyond expands on the mission of the previous two Techniques books, featuring innovative approaches to address the needs of those whose lives have been shadowed by loss—whether through bereavement, serious illness, the rupture of a relationship, or other complex or intangible losses, such as of an identity-defining career.

    The book starts with several framing chapters by prominent theorists that provide a big- picture orientation to grief work and follows with a generous toolkit of creative therapeutic techniques described in concrete detail and anchored in illustrative case studies to convey their use in actual practice. New Techniques of Grief Therapy is an indispensable resource for professionals working in hospice, hospital, palliative care, and elder care settings; clinicians in broader health-care and mental health-care practices; executive coaches; and students in the field of grief therapy.


    Foreword by Darcy Harris

    List of Contributors

    Part I. Framing the Work

    1. Reconstructing the Continuing Bond:

    A Process Analysis of Grief Therapy

    Robert A. Neimeyer and An Hooghe

    2. The Meaning in Loss Group:

    Principles, Processes and Procedures

    Robert A. Neimeyer, Evgenia (Jane) Milman and Edith Maria Steffen

    3. Culturally Sensitive Approaches to Finding Meaning in Traumatic Bereavement

    Geert E. Smid and Paul A. Boelen

    4. Suffering a Death Wish: The Psychology of Medical Aid in Dying

    Christopher J. MacKinnon, Deborah Ummel,

    Florence Vinit and Erica Srinivasan

    5. Grief after Non-Death Losses

    Darcy Harris

    6. Posttraumatic Growth and Expert Companionship

    in Grief Therapy

    Richard G. Tedeschi and Lawrence G. Calhoun

    Part II. Evaluating Grief

    7. The Persistent Complex Bereavement Inventory (PCBI)

    Sherman A. Lee and Evgenia (Jane) Milman

    8. The Social Meaning in Life Events Scale (SMILES)

    Benjamin W. Bellet

    9. Quality of Relationships Inventory—Bereavement Version (QRI-B)

    Jamison S. Bottomley and Robert A. Neimeyer

    10. Death Imagery Scale

    Joah L. Williams, Edward K. Rynearson, & Alyssa A. Rheingold

    Part III. Moving through Bereavement

    11. The Grieving Styles Grid

    Robert A. Neimeyer

    12. The Grief Dance

    Andria Wilson

    13. Walking the Labyrinth

    Jane Williams

    14. Drawing it Out

    Cindy S. Perkiss

    Part IV. Articulating Ambiguous Loss

    15. What Have You Lost?

    Robert A. Neimeyer

    16. Letters to Love, Time and Death

    Robert A. Neimeyer and Kathleen Rogers

    17. The Human Animal Bond

    Sara Gody Jackson Bybee

    Part V. Practicing Self Care

    18. MyGrief.ca Online Support

    Shelly Cory, Christopher J. MacKinnon, Andrea Warnick and Fred Nelson

    19. Differentiating Grief and Depression

    Elizabeth Sheppard Hewitt

    20. Concentrated Eye Gazing

    Antonio Sausys

    21. Dance and Movement for Therapist Self-Care

    Sara Gody Jackson Bybee

    Part VI. Fostering Compassion

    22. Forgiveness Therapy

    Judy Chew

    23. Writing A Letter of Condolence

    Lisa L. Clark and Jessica Sawyer

    24. Thematic Analysis

    Judy Chew

    Part VII. Working with Emotion

    25. Balancing Caring and Daring

    Jakob van Wielink, Leo Wilhelm, and Denise van Geelen-Merks

    26. Externalizing Conversations

    Carolyn Ng

    27. The Castle

    Riet Fiddelaers-Jaspers

    28. Redecision and Reaffirmation

    Gilbert Fan & Geok Ling Lee

    29. Figurative Stories

    Riet Fiddelaers-Jaspers

    Part VIII. Utilizing Imagery

    30. Mindful Photography

    Jessica Thomas

    31. My House After Loss

    An Hooghe, Nele Stinckens & Nils Van Uffelen

    32. The Virgin Island

    Geok Ling Lee

    33. The Gate of My Heart

    Riet Fiddelaers-Jaspers

    Part IX. Revising Personal Meaning

    34. Re-composing the Self in the Wake of Loss

    Agnieszka Konopka and Robert A. Neimeyer

    35. Memory Reconsolidation

    Jakob van Wielink, Leo Wilhelm, and Denise van Geelen-Merks

    36. The Identity Constellation Exercise

    Christopher J. MacKinnon, Dina Szynkarsky and Leigh Stephens

    37. Voice Dialogue

    Jakob van Wielink and Anita Bakker

    38. Symbolic Reframing

    Judy Chew

    39. Coin Therapy

    Gilbert Fan

    Part X. Reaffirming Attachment

    40. The Transition Cycle

    Jakob van Wielink, Leo Wilhelm, and Denise van Geelen-Merks

    41. Creating a Sensory Portal

    Diana C. Sands

    42. Working with Blocks

    An Hooghe & Peter Rober

    43. The Secure Base Map

    Jakob van Wielink, Leo Wilhelm, and Denise van Geelen-Merks

    44. Player of Life

    Carolyn Ng & Joanne Ng

    45. Habits of the Heart

    Joshua Magariel

    Part XI. Dialoguing with the Deceased

    46. Consulting the Deceased

    Wendy G. Lichtenthal, Aliza A. Panjwani, and Melissa Masterson

    47. Interviewing the Internalized Other

    Nancy J. Moules and Kenneth J. Doka

    48. Induced After Death Communication

    César Valdez, John R. Jordan, and Allan Botkin

    Part XII. Validating Lives

    49. Dignity Therapy

    Harvey Max Chochinov and Lori Montross

    50. A Hike to Remember

    Erica D. Huber & Laurie A. Burke

    51. The Sharing Plate

    Cynthia Louise Harrison

    52. Life Lessons Learned

    Kenneth J. Doka

    Part XIII. Re-storying Loss

    53. Grief Dialogues

    Elizabeth Coplan

    54. Response Writing Dialogues

    Katarzyna Małecka and Janie Taylor

    55. Writing to Heal

    Rhonda Davis

    56. Karuna Cards

    Claudia Coenen

    Part XIV. Facilitating Support

    57. Envisioning Transitions

    Robert A. Neimeyer and Doris Chambers Vaughans

    58. The Meaningful Conversation

    Wendy G. Lichtenthal, Melissa Masterson, and Aliza A. Panjwani

    59. Dyadic Eye Gazing

    Rickie Simpson and Kerry-Lyn Stanton-Downes


    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 Enough

    This 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