Meaning-based group counseling for bereavement: bridging theory with emerging trends in intervention research.

Death studies

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MacKinnon CJ, Smith NG, Henry M, Berish M, Milman E, Körner A, Copeland LS, Chochinov HM, Cohen SR. Meaning-based group counseling for bereavement: bridging theory with emerging trends in intervention research. Death Stud. 2014;38(3):137-44.
A growing body of scholarship has evaluated the usefulness of meaning-based theories in the context of bereavement counseling. Although scholars have discussed the application of meaning-based theories for individual practice, there is a lack of inquiry regarding its implications when conducting bereavement support groups. The objective of this article is to bridge meaning-based theories with bereavement group practice, leading to a novel intervention and laying the foundation for future efficacy studies. Building on recommendations specified in the literature, this article outlines the theoretical paradigms and structure of a short-term meaning-based group counseling intervention for uncomplicated bereavement.