A Word Scaffold: the Use of Bereavement Memoirs in Grief Therapy
With Katarzyna Malecka, PhD; Jamison Bottomley, MS; and Neimeyer Robert, PhD
Recorded April 2018 at ADEC's Annual Conference
The bereavement memoir has become a popular form of mourning and self-therapy. Most grief memoirists claim they feel better as a result of writing about their grief. This two-tier study evaluates the application of grief memoirs in grief counseling via: (1) surveys of therapists and the bereaved that assess both groups’ familiarity with grief memoirs and their judgment of the applicability of these narratives in therapy and self-therapy; and (2) a therapeutic response-writing study using prompts from grief memoirs falling into two categories: a. images capturing the essence of the grief process; b. excerpts discussing writing as a healing process.