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Grief Counseling Homework Planner

ISBN: 978-1-119-38506-6
264 pages
April 2017
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Help bereaved clients deal with and work through a difficult time in their lives

Grief Counseling Homework Planner provides you with an array of ready-to-use, between-session assignments designed to help clients better understand their grief and the grieving process.

This easy-to-use sourcebook features:

  • 63 ready-to-copy exercises covering the most common issues encountered in grief therapy
  • A quick-reference format–the interactive assignments are organized around the most typical stages of the grieving process
  • Expert guidance on how and when to make the most efficient use of the exercises
  • Homework that enables clients to work through the issues surrounding their loss through reflective thought, personal management, problem resolution, and self-healing
  • Access to download of all assignments in the book–allowing you to customize them to suit you and your clients' unique styles and needs
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Table of Contents

Introduction xiii

SECTION I—Stages of Grief 1

Exercise I.A Stages of Grief: Getting Located 6

Exercise I.B Identifying Your Feelings 9

SECTION II—Accommodation and Adjustment 13

Exercise II.A These Early Days 16

Exercise II.B Expressing Yourself 19

Exercise II.C This Loss in My Life 22

Exercise II.D Barriers to Adjustment 25

SECTION III—Acceptance 26

Exercise III.A Rite of Passage 30

Exercise III.B I Still Can’t Believe It 33

Exercise III.C Remembering the Day 36

Exercise III.D I Choose to Overcome Grief 39

SECTION IV—Support 42

Exercise IV.A The Day After 45

Exercise IV.B The Right Help at the Right Time 48

Exercise IV.C Recognizing Support 51

Exercise IV.D Checkpoint: Support 55

SECTION V—Sharing 57

Exercise V.A The Faces of Sharing 60

Exercise V.B The Faces of Your Community 63

Exercise V.C The Gift of Sharing 66

Exercise V.D Checkpoint: Sharing 69

SECTION VI—Understanding Feelings 71

Exercise VI.A Your Feelings 74

Exercise VI.B Your Thoughts About Your Feelings 77

Exercise VI.C How Do You Feel Right Now? 80

Exercise VI.D Triggers 84

Exercise VI.E Watching Your Feelings 87

Exercise VI.F Owning Your Feelings 90

SECTION VII—Coping with Feelings 92

Exercise VII.A How Do You Cope? 95

Exercise VII.B What You Do Is Who You Are 98

Exercise VII.C One at a Time 102

Exercise VII.D Checkpoint: Coping 105

SECTION VIII—Finding Meaning 107

Exercise VIII.A The Quality of Life 110

Exercise VIII.B Meaning in Your Life 113

Exercise VIII.C The Ingredients of Meaning 116

Exercise VIII.D Personal Meaning 119

Exercise VIII.E Fragments of Meaning 122

Exercise VIII.F A Fridge Poem 126

SECTION IX—Biography 128

Exercise IX.A I Want the World to Know 131

Exercise IX.B A 10-Minute Biography 133

Exercise IX.C A Quick Sketch 136

Exercise IX.D An Important Possession 139

Exercise IX.E Checkpoint: Biography 142

SECTION X—Shared History 144

Exercise X.A Our Relationship 147

Exercise X.B I Remember 150

Exercise X.C An Important Day 152

Exercise X.D Life Markers 156

Exercise X.E I’ll Never Forget 161

SECTION XI—Memories and Remembrances 163

Exercise XI.A Telling Tales 167

Exercise XI.B A Scrapbook 171

Exercise XI.C A Trip in Time 174

Exercise XI.D A Visit through Time 177

Exercise XI.E Commemorating Your Loved One 180

SECTION XII—Unfinished Business 182

Exercise XII.A Thinking about Unfinished Business 186

Exercise XII.B Expressing Your Feelings 189

Exercise XII.C Regrets 194

Exercise XII.D Unfinished Business 197

SECTION XIII—Relationships 199

Exercise XIII.A Current Relationships 202

Exercise XIII.B Evolving Relationships 206

Exercise XIII.C Remaking Relationships 210

Exercise XIII.D Moving On 213

Exercise XIII.E Checkpoint: Relationships 216

SECTION XIV—Moving On 218

Exercise XIV.A Decisions, Decisions, Decisions 221

Exercise XIV.B Making Decisions 224

Exercise XIV.C If Only You Knew What’s Inside of Me Now 228

Exercise XIV.D A Goodbye Letter 231

Exercise XIV.E I’ve Learned 234

Bibliography 237

About the Downloadable Assignments 239

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Author Information

PHIL RICH, MSW, CSW, is an independent consultant, certified school social worker, parent, and educational trainer on issues of discipline and self-esteem.

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