Books for Therapists on Grief


Grief is a universal experience, yet many people don’t know how to navigate through or recover from a meaningful loss. This session presents some of the best books on how to help a patient or someone close to you that is going through a loss, as it offers a deep and empathetic understanding of the mourning process, as well as providing insight into what you can do to assist.

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“Grief Counseling and Grief Therapy: A Handbook for the Mental Health Practitioner” by J. William Worden

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Grief Counseling and Grief Therapy is an essential read to all of those who work with grief. Presenting the most recent preventive measures and interventions when working with grief, psychologist and researcher William Worden provides important reflections and discussions pertaining to many aspects of grief, using complete case studies to exemplify his ideas. Both beginners and experienced psychotherapists alike will learn valuable lessons and practices from Worden’s book.


“The Handbook for Companioning the Mourner” by Alan D. Wolfelt

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Whether you’re a professional tending for someone in grief, or you’re a family member or friend looking to support a loved one that went through a loss, The Handbook for Companioning the Mourner will explicit how to take care of a person in pain. By listing eleven rules, author Alan D. Wolfet will provide valuable insight on how to understand the mourner, how to respect and comfort him, and the importance of, sometimes, just being there for him.

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“Trauer und Trauerbewältigung: Psychologische Konzepte im Wandel (Lindauer Beiträge zur Psychotherapie und Psychosomatik)” von Hansjorg Znoj

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Dealing with grief and its processes opens up a fascinating area. In the past few years, the psychology of mourning has yielded numerous insights and unmasked knowledge as an opinion that has little to do with reality, but much to do with ideas and cultural traditions. The chapters of the book build on each other and deal with individual major topics such as general grief or the psychological therapy of complex grief. The author also takes into account the possible long-term consequences of a loss and uses differential diagnostics to show which disorders can be connected with complicated grief.

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