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In this informative, easy-to-read booklet, Dr. Wolfelt explains how children and adolescents grieve after someone loved dies and offers helping guidelines for caregiving adults. An excellent, concise resource for parents of grieving kids.
This updated resource for hospital and organ procurement caregivers goes beyond helping professionals understand the challenges of obtaining consent and invites them to offer compassionate care throughout the family’s experience with the death, including the months and years following.
Many OB caregivers feel unprepared to handle the intensity of perinatal loss. Most hospitals have bereavement care standards but offer little instruction in following them. Written by seasoned support nurses, Companioning at a Time of Perinatal Loss outlines a framework for bereavement care in the obstetrical arena. Based on Dr. Wolfelt's principles of companioning, it describes loss from the family's perspective, defines the caregiver's role, offers bedside strategies and reviews the work of mourning in the weeks and months after. Real-life stories teach what is important during times of intense sorrow.
This book by one of North America's most respected grief educators presents a model for grief counseling based on his "companioning" principles.
For many mental healthcare providers, grief in contemporary society has been medicalized—perceived as if it were an illness that with proper assessment, diagnosis and treatment could be cured.
Dr. Wolfelt explains that our modern understanding of grief all too often conveys that at ereavement's "end" the mourner has completed a series of tasks, extinguished pain, nd established new relationships. Our psychological models emphasize "recovery" or quot;resolution" in grief, suggesting a return to "normalcy."
Based on the assumption that all dying experiences belong not to the caregivers but to those who are dying—and that there is no such thing as a "good death" or a "bad death," Companioning the Dying helps readers bring a respectful, nonjudgmental presence to the dying while liberating them from self-imposed or popular expectations to say or do the right thing.
Written with candor and wit by hospice counselor Greg Yoder (who has companioned several hundred dying people and their families), Companioning the Dying exudes a compassion and a clarity that can only come from intimate work with the dying. The book teaches through reallife stories that will resonate with both experienced clinical professionals as well as laypeople in the throes of caring for a dying loved one.
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Creating Meaningful Funeral Experiences : A Guide for Caregivers
This revised, updated version of Dr. Wolfelt's groundbreaking Creating Meaningful Funeral Ceremonies includes current statistics as well as an introduction to the concept of funerals not just as ceremonies, but as experiences. The book explores the ways in which personalized funerals transform mourners. It also reviews qualities in caregivers that make them effective celebrants and funeral planners and provides practical. ideas for creating authentic, personalized and meaningful funeral experiences.
Creating Meaningful Funeral Ceremonies: A Guide for Families
This compassionate, friendly workbook affirms the importance of the personalized funeral ritual and helps families create a ceremony that will be both healing and meaningful for years to come. Designed to complement the role of the clergy, celebrant and funeral director in the funeral planning process, A Guide for Families walks readers through the many decisions they will make at the time of a death.
One spring morning a gardener noticed an unfamiliar seedling poking through the ground near the rocky, untended edge of his garden . . .
So begins the parable that sets the tone for this inspiring, heartfelt classic for caregivers to bereaved children. By comparing grief counseling to gardening, Dr. Wolfelt frees caregivers of the traditional medical model of bereavement care, which implies that grief is an illness that must be cured. He suggests that caregivers instead embrace a more holistic view of the normal, natural and necessary process that is grief. He then explores the ways in which bereaved children can not only heal but grow through grief.
Illustrated throughout with specially commissioned photos of children by fine art photographer Patrick Dean, Healing the Bereaved Child also contains chapter after chapter of practical caregiving guidelines:
Part textbook, part workbook, part meditation, this exhilarating guide is a must-read for child counselors, hospice caregivers, funeral directors, school counselors and teachers, clergy, parents—anyone who wants to offer support and companionship to children affected by the death of someone loved.
This book explains the how-tos of creating rituals for people with developmental disabilities, including the use of pictures, memory objects, drawing, music, and writing in ritual as well as storytelling. Author Dr. Marc Markell is a grief counselor and university professor.
Updated Artwork and Text!
Dr. Wolfelt’s coloring book for kids ages 3-8 explores many of the feelings grieving children often experience. The expressive, easy-to-color drawings clearly depict disbelief, fear, anger, loneliness, happiness, sadness, and other normal grief feelings. And the simple text accompanying the drawings (”Someone I love has died;“ ”Ever since this person died, I have felt new and scary feelings. Grown-ups call these feelings grief;“ ”Sometimes I feel all alone;“ ”Sometimes I hurt inside“) provides grieving children with words to describe their new, sometimes scary feelings.
This inspiring handbook explores Dr. Wolfelt’s “companioning” model of grief care and contrasts it with the traditional “treatment” model. Concise and engaging, this is a primer designed to spread the companioning philosophy among everyone who walks alongside mourners— counselors, hospice caregivers, funeral home staff, friends and family members.
Join the companioning movement, which is transforming our mourning-avoidant North American culture into one that embraces the normal, necessary and transformative journey through grief. Caregivers around the world are talking about the companioning model of grief care:
“Dr. Wolfelt’s companioning philosophy resonates with my spirit and makes my heart sing.” “Finally, a model of caregiving that is inherently compassionate and heart-based, not head-based.”
“I have put this philosophy of care into action and been amazed at the results.”
“We need to advocate for this model of care throughout the world. I’m going to get these loving tenets into the hands of as many people as I possibly can.”
“I attended the training on this model of caregiving at Dr. Wolfelt’s Center for Loss and returned home humbled and touched by my experience. Thank you so much for your efforts to humanize the care of people wounded by loss and grief.”