New ‘how-to’ guide on bereavement support groups

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‘Setting up and facilitating bereavement support groups – a practical guide’ guides the reader through the stages of setting up a group and includes case studies to illustrate different types of support group. It also looks at how to manage group dynamics and handle challenging situations.

Author Dodie Graves, bereavement services coordinator, joined Compton Hospice in 2003. The book draws on Dodie’s 20 years of experience in the counselling field and follows her first book, ‘Talking with bereaved people – an approach for structured and sensitive communication’, published in 2009.

Dodie said: “This latest book is aimed at a very different audience to the first and was inspired by a colleague from another hospice who was asking me for advice on how to run group sessions. Answering her questions made me realise what a complex area of bereavement counselling group support is, and while it can be hugely beneficial, ensuring everyone is getting the most out of it can be quite challenging.

“I hope that by sharing my first-hand experiences, and the knowledge I have gained throughout my career as a counsellor, it can help other support organisations expand or improve the services they offer.”

Both books are published by Jessica Kingsley Publishers and available via online retail.

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