Graduate Research Papers


Loss and grief : implications for mental health professionals


Open Access Graduate Research Paper


Loss (Psychology); Grief therapy; Bereavement -- Psychological aspects;


Grief is known to all people of the world. lt does not discriminate by race, religion, or age. It seems to be a commonality shared amongst all people, experienced-at many different stages of life. There is no doubt grief affects everyone: ~The loss of a loved person is one of the most intensely painful experiences any human being can suffer" (Worden, · 1982, p. 52). Grief is a normal and natural response to loss. 1 In this paper, the author will explore the implications of grief as a result of bereavement. Different client populations and types of loss will be discussed, along with treatment implications for mental health practitioners. Differential factors between what is defined as normal versus pathological grief are examined: There are many implications for clinicians to consider such as: physiological effects of grief on bereaved individuals, psychological factors regarding the theories on grief stages, the implications of those stages on children and elders, and· gender differences in grieving clients. Following these considerations is a critical look into several authors' theoretical approaches to grief counseling

Year of Submission

January 2004

Degree Name

Master of Arts


Department of Educational Psychology and Foundations

First Advisor

Wanpen Murgatroyd

Second Advisor

Terry Kottman


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