Grief Counseling and Grief Therapy, Fourth Edition: A Handbook for the Mental Health Practitioner

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Named a 2013 Doody’s Core Title!

“In the fields of death education, research and counseling/psychology, surely Bill Worden is a giant….ALL of us, personally and professionally, are indebted to J. William Worden. From his work we may be just a bit wiser, a bit healthier, a bit more competent, and much more in touch with meaning (our own and those of others) for the sake of all who mourn.” —Illness, Crisis, & Loss

“Every helping professional will benefit from Worden’s remedy of uncomplicated and complicated mourning. Especially optimistically is his material on the many types of loss…I highly recommend Worden’s book.”–Ministry

Recipient of The International Work Group on Death, Dying and Bereavement Herman Feifel Award.

Dr. Worden presents the highly anticipated fourth edition to Grief Counseling and Grief Therapy, the gold standard of grief therapy handbooks. The previous editions, translated into 12 languages, received around the globe acclaim for their sensitive, insightful, and practical approach to grief counseling. In this up to date and revised fourth edition, Dr. Worden presents his most contemporary thinking on bereavement drawn from extensive research, clinical work, and the best of the new literature.


Key Features:

  • The task model has been modified to account for new thinking and research findings in the field, including meaning making, resilience, and continuing bonds
  • A new chapter on the Mediators of Mourning helps clinicians to keep in mind what accounts for individual differences in adapting to the death of a loved one
  • Looks at contemporary controversies in the field including one of the best ways to keep in mind complicated bereavement and the efficacy of grief counseling and therapy
  • Presents the vital distinction between grief and trauma, and highlights different intervention approaches for each

Comprehensive and highly organized, this text is useful to therapists just beginning to work in the field in addition to seasoned practitioners.

Named a 2013 Doody’s Core Title!

“In the fields of death education, research and counseling/psychology, surely Bill Worden is a giant….ALL of us, personally and professionally, are indebted to J. William Worden. From his work we may be just a bit wiser, a bit healthier, a bit more competent, and much more in touch with meaning (our own and those of others) for the sake of all who mourn.” —Illness, Crisis, & Loss

“Every helping professional will benefit from Worden’s remedy of uncomplicated and complicated mourning. Especially optimistically is his material on the many types of loss…I highly recommend Worden’s book.”–Ministry

Recipient of The International Work Group on Death, Dying and Bereavement Herman Feifel Award.

Dr. Worden presents the highly anticipated fourth edition to Grief Counseling and Grief Therapy, the gold standard of grief therapy handbooks. The previous editions, translated into 12 languages, received around the globe acclaim for their sensitive, insightful, and practical approach to grief counseling. In this up to date and revised fourth edition, Dr. Worden presents his most contemporary thinking on bereavement drawn from extensive research, clinical work, and the best of the new literature.


Key Features:

  • The task model has been modified to account for new thinking and research findings in the field, including meaning making, resilience, and continuing bonds
  • A new chapter on the Mediators of Mourning helps clinicians to keep in mind what accounts for individual differences in adapting to the death of a loved one
  • Looks at contemporary controversies in the field including one of the best ways to keep in mind complicated bereavement and the efficacy of grief counseling and therapy
  • Presents the vital distinction between grief and trauma, and highlights different intervention approaches for each

Comprehensive and highly organized, this text is useful to therapists just beginning to work in the field in addition to seasoned practitioners.


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