Open Access Graduate Research Paper
This article reviews parental bereavement through sudden loss of a child by · homicidal, suicidal, or accidental death. It advocates for the Dual Process Model of grieving, and explores group therapy treatment for bereaved parents. This paper contends that parental loss of a child is more intense and traumatic than any other type of loss. Evidence is also provided to state that traumatic grievers benefit from group therapy as opposed to other types of grievers. Meaning reconstruction is established as a key element in the grief process. Overall, the article allows counselors to understand the complications involved in working with bereaved parents and provides a framework for group therapy.
Year of Submission
Master of Arts
Educational Leadership, Counseling, and Postsecondary Education
Kimberly A. Vess
1 PDF file (37 pages)
©2003 Jessica L. Heidecker
Heidecker, Jessica L., "Group therapy for bereaved parents : sudden death of a child or adolescent" (2003). Graduate Research Papers. 814.