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Forming a grief group

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Dedicated sections of the paper focus on assessing aspects related to group purpose, group format, group structure and group logistics. Furthermore, the internal matters regarding group formation such as leadership and management styles are also discussed. The analysis in the paper is based on the examinations of specialized grief groups such as art-based grief groups for teenagers, strength-based grief groups for children and groups for individuals who have experienced ambiguous loss amongst others. Introduction Psychological methods, treatments and assessments into the procedures for coping with grief have been a topic of major concern for researchers and psychologists alike. However, the most critical aspect of these observations relates to the dimensions of grief, loss and bereavement that vary from person to person. According to Worden (2009) grief counseling can also be performed within groups because of a range of reasons that suggest and confirm that this method is an effective procedure for meeting the objectives of bereavement counseling. However, a critical distinction that must be made when assessing the nature and nuances of grief support is that the initiation of this procedure is dependent upon several factors that are associated with the bereaved and what type of support he/she seeks. As Aaron et al. (2009) note that the logistics for dealing with grief and loss indeed vary, for example murder can result in an even more complicated grief, a grief that feels especially unexpected and unnatural. Similarly, given the present global scenario and political situation where the war on terror has claimed the lives of thousands of soldiers, family members may feel that the death of their loved one has been unfair which further escalates their sense of loss and sorrow (Aaron et al. 2009). Sanders et al. (2008) highlight the fact that grief is not always a consequence of loss, death and separation but can also be enhanced by suffering from an experience that causes severe emotional and physical stress. This type of grief is most observable amongst those individuals who are participating in a care giving experience by acting as care givers for sufferers of diseases such as Alzheimer’s and related dementia (Sanders et al. 2008). Boss (2010) understands that this scenario can be described through the concept of ambiguous loss whereby, the physical presence of a patient cannot compensate for their psychological absence. This situation often implies that the family of the patient cannot find solace even in death because the emotional connection with the patient is long gone. Therefore, as feelings of confusion and loss ensue following the death of the patient, ambiguous loss causes grief and emotions to freeze (Boss 2010), the recovery from which can be even more challenging for an individual who had assumed the role of a care giver. With regards to the observations that have been conducted on the experience of grief that individuals go through when fulfilling the role of a care giver, research such as the one conducted by Chiu et al. (2010) shows that for care givers of patients suffering from terminal cancer the determinants and dimensions of grief are in fact different. Furthermore, the multifaceted nature of grief counseling is also reflective in the varying procedures that are adopted by