Loss and Grief Essay

3226 Words Jan 22nd, 2012 13 Pages
Essay Title:
Loss and grief:

Grieving allows us to heal, to remember with love rather than pain.
It is a sorting process.
One by one you let go of things that are gone and you mourn for them.
One by one you take hold of the things that have become a part of who you are and build again.
—Rachael Naomi Remen. MD


In this essay I will outline the main theoretical models relating to loss and grief. I will show how these theories may support individuals within the counselling process.
To demonstrate the above I will draw upon my experience and learning from classroom triadic practice, my counselling placement practice and my personal and professional development to date.
During the process of which I will
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Furthermore, I would suggest that clients, existential understanding is a significant useful theme that the counsellor can use to explore the client’s cultural perspective, values, morals and beliefs, to gain greater insight into the individualized grief experience.

In practice there are many exercises the counsellor can use to help the client move through Worden’s four tasks. In my self-development process, when I have felt most uneasy and out of touch with my feelings, I have used drawing and writing activities to help me contact and identify unconscious thought and feelings. I have used music and song and movement to connect and stay with those feelings. Once I have connected to my ‘feeling self’ and am able to express, as Worden has stated, it has facilitated creative movement, change and development within my healing process. (Worden 2009).

Furthermore when considering multi cultural understanding
‘In addition to the larger sociological understanding of a clients background and present world, it is important to assess additional sociological variables such as race, gender, socio economic levels, ethnicity, family of origin, nuclear family and perceived support systems’. (Humphrey and Zimpfer, P 32. 1996.) Within the limits of my counselling experience to date, I have understood these issues in relation to what I will refer to as drug culture. My clients, who suffer from long-term addiction to substances

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