Aug

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2021

Bereavement and Grief Resources for Therapists

At Brighton Therapy Partnership we are great fans of the good old fashioned *Resources List*. We’ve put the following list together to help any counsellor or psychotherapist who is working with someone who is bereaved.

The field of bereavement is a vast subject area, so we’re unlikely to have covered everything here but we hope we’ve given you a flavour of what’s available, introduced you to a few resources you’ve not come across before, and given you a place that you can come back to time and time again and dip into whenever you need to find something to resource yourself or those you are working with.

While you’re here you might want to check out our recent blogpost that looks at different ways to understand and work with people who are bereaved – our blogpost Models of Grief – What Therapists Need to Know covers the main ways of working with this universal experience of loss.

In this blogpost we focus on resources aimed at adults who have been bereaved, or for therapists working with adults. We will cover resources available for those working with bereaved children in a separate post.

Please do leave a comment in the comments section at the end of the page, and do let us know if there are any vital resources that we’ve missed!

Training Courses

  • Brighton Therapy PartnershipPerspectives on Bereavement and Grief – Our one-day conference takes place on Saturday 9th October 2021 with three great speakers, Dr Erin Hope Thompson (Founder/Director of The Loss Foundation), Tony Buckley (Sensorimotor Psychotherapist) and Dr John Wilson (author of The Plain Guide to Grief). Our focus on this training day will be on working with bereaved clients, in particular those whose experience may have been traumatic or ‘complicated’. Our three expert speakers will share their experiences of working with those who have been bereaved, exploring what might work and sometimes what doesn’t. Here’s a very short introduction from one of our speakers on the day, Dr Erin Hope Thompson:

  • The Loss Foundation – Webinars and workshops offering bereavement guidance for mental health practitioners, companies, individuals and healthcare staff.

Bereavement and Grief Resources

There are so many wonderful resources to learn from, so we’re highlighting here the diversity of those resources to include fictional books as well as longer academic books or guides, TV and film, documentaries, podcasts and more.

Books

Podcasts

  • Griefcast: Funny People Talking About Death – in each episode Cariad Lloyd chats to a different guest about their experiences of grief and loss.
  • Grief Encounters – A weekly podcast series that looks at grief.
  • Grief Works – from acclaimed author and psychotherapist, Julia Samuel, we hear stories from those who have experienced great love and loss – and survived.
  • Bereavement Room – a safe space for people of colour to tell their stories of grief and loss.
  • The Art of Dying Well – These programmes aim to make death and dying something we can talk about openly without discomfort or fear. Each month they interview a guest on a key topic.
  • On the Marie Curie Couch – Listen in as a host of well-known guests open up and share their experiences of grief and death in a therapeutic conversation with Marie Curie bereavement expert, Jason Davidson.

TED talks

Nora McInerny talks about 2014, the year she had a miscarriage, her father died, and her husband discovered he had terminal cancer.

Films & Plays

  • Truly, Madly, Deeply (1991) (watch a trailer) – A woman struggles to cope with the death of her lover, and faces a choice between holding onto the past and facing the future.
  • Tuesdays with Morrie (1999) (watch it here) – A journalist finds himself questioning his own life when his best friend, a dying man, offers him some very powerful wisdom and advice.
  • Evelyn (2018) (watch a trailer) – takes a look at the emotional impact of a suicide in the family, and the collective trauma that can result. Set against the beautiful British countryside, this is an emotionally moving, yet rewarding film.
  • Notes on Griefadapted from the acclaimed book by Nigerian author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, this play is a powerful reflection on family, love and loss.

Michelle Asante, centre, as Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, with Itoya Osagiede and Uche Abuah in Notes on Grief. Photograph: Tristram Kenton.

Documentaries

  • A Love That Never Dies (watch it here) – Two bereaved parents set off on a road trip around the USA talking to other bereaved families, and challenging the culture of not talking about death.
  • Joey Essex: Grief and Me (BBC iPlayer – watch it here) – Popular celebrity, Joey Essex, talks about the loss of his mum at age 10 when she took her own life.
  • Rio Ferdinand: Being Mum and Dad (BBC iPlayer – watch a trailer) – A year after losing his wife to cancer, Rio Ferdinand talks about coming to terms with the loss and how it has affected him and his three children.
  • Professor Green: Suicide and Me (BBC iPlayer – watch a trailer) – Rapper Professor Green takes an intensely personal journey to uncover the truth behind the suicide of his father – and why suicide is the biggest killer of men under 45 in the UK.
  • Like Minds – (BBC – watch it here) Why grief is not something you have to ‘get over’.
  • Speaking Grief – (watch it here).

YouTube

  • Dr Katherine Shear – Various talks, particularly on the subject of complicated grief.
  • Dr Kenneth Doka – Various talks and interviews, particularly around disenfranchised grief.
  • Dr. Joanne Cacciatore – In this interview Joanne Cacciatore talks about traumatic death and grief.

Websites / Blogs / Practical Resources

Organisations

The Loss Foundation – free support for those bereaved by Cancer or CoVid19.

While a lot of research has gone into this resource, inevitably there will be things we’ve missed. We’ll keep adding to this over time but if you’d like to suggest an addition please do let us know. And if you’ve found this blogpost helpful sharing with your peers and colleagues so they can increase their learning is appreciated.

Want to find out more? The BTP Conference on Perspectives on Bereavement and Grief takes place on Saturday 9th October via Zoom with Dr Erin Hope ThompsonTony Buckley, and Dr John WilsonClick here to find out more about the day!

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7 Comments

  1. Sandra on 11 August 2021 at 8:56 am

    Thank you so much for sharing this wide range of resources. There are so many perspectives to consider and grief is different for each of us.

  2. Tracy Fletcher on 11 August 2021 at 11:57 am

    Thank you so much for this plethora of resources….. there’s something there for everyone!! A great list to have so thank you 😊

  3. Jan T on 16 August 2021 at 4:11 pm

    Great resources, Do you know of any support for people experiencing anticipatory grief?

    • Shelley Holland on 23 August 2021 at 2:29 pm

      Hi Jan
      Thanks for your question Jan. I would imagine it would depend on the nature of the grief anticipated but we didn’t come across anything directly focussed on anticipatory grief in itself. Support for families around specific life-threatening health conditions might be one route for some people?
      If anyone reading this knows of anything please get in touch and we’ll add it to the resource list!
      all the best, BTP

  4. Lea on 20 August 2021 at 10:09 am

    Wonderful resource list! Thank you so much for sharing.

  5. Abi Saunders on 8 October 2021 at 7:40 am

    This is wonderful! Is there are printable version available?

    • Shelley Holland on 8 October 2021 at 5:14 pm

      Thanks for your positive comment Abi! If you email us we’ll see what we can do to provide you with a printable version.

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