I have co-authored three books: Griefwork ~ Healing form Loss is a book of reproducible activities for therapists to use with clients either in groups or individually, and The GriefWork Companion ~ Activities for Healing is a companion volume written specifically for individuals to use either in conjunction with therapy or on their own as they heal from a major loss and GriefWork for Teens Healing from Loss ~ Reproducible Interactive and Educational Handouts. If you would like to purchase one or more of these, or the GriefWork Poster or Starter Cards please click here.
-- Carol A. Butler, MS. Ed., RN,C
GriefWork - Healing from Loss is for therapists, counselors, group facilitators, and other professionals working to help grieving people heal from their losses. The handouts guide clients through stages of shock, disorganization, reorganization, and a New Normal, a term to convey that everyone's grief has a unique expression and is that particular person's “normal”. Clients are encouraged to deal with sorrow, express feelings, share with peers, develop internal and external support systems, accept, adjust, and move forward. The book helps leaders understand and empathize, and teaches participants to heal and grow.
Activities facilitate introspection and interaction. The book's reproducible handouts and art work map the journey from numbness to normal, and can be effective with other groups as well. The human experience dictates that clients have already experienced, or will face future grief/loss issues. The book is an essential resource for an inevitable part of life.
The GriefWork Companion—Activities for Healing was developed to help adults who are grieving heal from their losses. The GriefWork Companion contains worksheets, quotations, educational and journaling pages. It is a user-friendly book and self-help resource. We live in a society where people are expected to get over their loss quickly and we understand this is not realistic. We know there are many ways that people grieve and we support each person’s right to grieve in an individual and unique fashion.
Everyone experiences loss. The process of coping with a significant loss is what the authors call grief work. The typical range of behaviors, emotions, and attitudes is varied. Through out the book it is emphasized that everyone’s grief has a unique expression. Use those exercises that seem appropriate and relevant for you.
It is also a companion book for mental health professionals’ clients to use in conjunction withGriefWork—Healing from Loss. Activities can be assigned knowing that the page number will correspond to the same page in the facilitator’s book, GriefWork, and that the instructions to the client will be readily understood. Clients will appreciate having therapeutic support at home and having all their materials in one place.
Seven Chapters guide the reader through the grieving process:
• Let's Get Started
• Getting in Touch
• Telling Your Story
• Special Days
• A New Normal
The GriefWork Companion also coordinates with the GriefWork Group Starter Card Game, thereby appealing to those who learn in several ways.