VISTAS Trauma, Grief, Disaster, and Crisis Counseling

VISTAS Online is an innovative publication produced for ACA by Dr. Garry R. Walz and Dr. Jeanne C. Bleuer of Counseling Outfitters, LLC. Its purpose is to provide a means of capturing the ideas, information and experiences generated by the annual ACA Conference and selected ACA Division Conferences. Papers on a program or practice that has been validated through research or experience may also be submitted. This digital collection of peer-reviewed articles is authored by counselors, for counselors. VISTAS Online contains the full text of over 900 proprietary counseling articles published from 2004 to 2017.

A Shift in the Conceptual Understanding of Grief - Using Meaning-Oriented Therapies With Bereaved Clients

Jodi M. Flesner


Grief ensues when an important or meaningful attachment bond is damaged or severed in some way. Loss leaves a “hole” which must be filled over time. Meaning-oriented therapies are widely accepted as one approach to restore such holes and aide bereaved individuals in the grieving process. This paper reviews some of the dominant approaches to meaning making. Additionally, meaning making with respect to three distinct losses: loss of spouse, loss of parent, and loss of sibling, are discussed. Clinical implications and recommendations are provided.

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