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Interpersonal Skills Training by Alan Wolfelt

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CHAPTER 17

UNDERSTANDING GRIEF AND MOURNING

“I thought I could describe a state; make a map of my sorrow. Sorrow, however, turns out to be not a state, but a process. It needs not a map but a history. There is a something new to be chronicled each and every day. Grief is like a long valley where any bone may reveal a totally new landscape.”

C. S. Lewis

A major theme of this text is that the most important item you have to offer families you serve is yourself. As you make an effort to enhance your understanding of grief, you become capable of increasing your overall effectiveness as a caregiver.

No, you are not expected to be a professional “grief counselor.” However, your vocational choice demands a working knowledge of the experience of grief. ...

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