WHAT IS THE TREATMENT OF BEREAVED INDIVIDUALS?

ACCREDITED SENIOR PSYCHOTHERAPIST/COUNSELLOR -Dr.Fawzy Masaoud-LONDON, ENGLAND

Grief
support groups and grief counselling are widespread and undoubtedly highly
variable. Little information is available related to support group and
counselling outcome. There is specific controversy regarding the importance of
confronting the death (also called “grief work”) in the early phase
of grief. In one study (Stroebe), investigators developed a measure to assess
the extent to which individuals confronted or avoided their loss and used
scores on this instrument to predict outcomes at later times. They found that
low scores for widows did not influence outcome, but low scores for widowers
predicted poorer outcome. There is some evidence that the occurrence of
symptoms of major depression in the first month following the death predicts a
worse course later, especially for suicidality bereaved individuals (e.g.,
Jordan, 2001).

It goes
without saying that the loss of a close relationship permanently affects the
bereaved person. It is not reasonable to think that…

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