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Setting up and Facilitating Bereavement Support Groups
A Practical Guide
by Dodie Graves
Publisher:Jessica Kingsley Publishers from Gardners Books
Setting up a Bereavement Support Group might sound an excellent idea, but how? Dodie Graves' excellent guide is overflowing with practical advice and wisdom born of experience: it is highly recommended reading.
The desire to form a group may be in reaction to a specific situation. This is positive - in that it provides great motivation and energy - but may also be problematic in clouding judgement or creating haste. Graves' guidance - which is as applicable to a secular as to a faith context - offers us a clear framework for helping to decide on the type of group to form and the types of challenges that might lie ahead.
The book is simply structured and covers all the main areas in a clear and logical sequence. The chapter on facilitation reminds us of the importance of identifying the right person to enable the group; the chapter on the nature of groups, helps us to understand the different group models that operate: closed / open; time-limited / ongoing and so on. The chapter on dynamics highlights some of the behaviour we might expect and how to manage it. The final chapter on "pitfalls" leaves the reader in no doubt that this is a significant undertaking. Useful appendixes, reading and resource lists complete what is an excellent resource.
If you want to set up a bereavement group in your church - please start here.
Reviewer: David Ford (21/01/13)