Grief Therapy and the Reconstruction of Meaning: From Principles to Practice

  title={Grief Therapy and the Reconstruction of Meaning: From Principles to Practice},
  author={Robert A. Neimeyer and Laurie A. Burke and Michael M. Mackay and Jessica G. van Dyke Stringer},
  journal={Journal of Contemporary Psychotherapy},
Viewed from a constructivist perspective, grieving is a process of reconstructing a world of meaning that has been challenged by loss. Although most people successfully navigate bereavement and retain or return to pre-loss levels of functioning, a significant proportion struggle with protracted grief, and are unable to find meaning in the wake of an unsought transition. For these individuals, constructivist therapists have a number of strategies at their disposal that foster meaning making and… 
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