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STAGES OF GRIEF

 
"GETTING LOCATED"

 
GOALS OF THE EXERCISE

 This is a simple exercise designed to help clients think about and identity their current grief stage, as well as the grief-work tasks associated with each stage.

TYPES OF SITUATIONS FOR WHICH THIS EXERCISE MAY BE MOST USEFUL 

     This exercise will help clients think about their current grief-work stage, thus helping them identity the sort of emotional, behavioral, and life-management tasks they may have already completed, are facing at the moment, or are yet to face. This is an especially useful exercise for helping therapists and clients identify current concerns and issues, and for setting the pace for ongoing therapy.

SUGGESTIONS FOR PROCESSING THIS EXERCISE WITH CLIENTS

  • Are there specific questions you need to answer for yourself before continuing with your grief work ?
     

  • Do you have a clear sense of the sorts of issues, feelings, and tasks that you'll be facing in your grief work ?
     

  • Have you ever experienced feelings of this sort before ?
     

  • Why do you think you're having these particular feelings ?
     

  • Are you afraid your feelings will never pass ?
     

  • Are the problems you're experiencing so severe or debilitating that you're having trouble functioning in your day-to-day life ?
     

  • How did you feel as you were completing the exercise ?

Grief Homework

Anna

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 STAGES OF GRIEF: GETTING LOCATED

 Based on the descriptions of the grief continuum and the stages of grief, circle the letter that most closely describes where you are right now with each task: A = I'm not ready to deal with this task; B = I'm working on this task; C = I've completed this task.

Stage 1 Tasks

 Adjusting                                           A                     B                     C

 Functioning                                       A                     B                     C

 Keeping in check                             A                     B                     C

 Accepting support                            A                     B                     C

 Stage 2 Tasks

 Contending with reality                    A                     B                     C

 Development of insight                    A                     B                     C

 Acceptance and letting go               A                     B                     C

Reconstructing personal values and beliefs                  A                     B                     C

Stage 3 Tasks

Development of social relations      A                     B                     C

Renewal of self-awareness              A                     B                     C

Acceptance of responsibility            A                     B                     C

Decisions about changes in life style                             A                     B                     C

 

     You're now aware of the stages of grief and how they typically progress, with respect to each of the emotional and practical tasks of grief work.

     Look at the answers you've circled above
and write down your answers on the following work page.

 

1.         Which four tasks are the most relevant to you now, in your current grief stage ?

   

 

2.         What do the tasks you've picked tell you about your current grief work ?

  

  

3.         What's your current grief stage ?
(If it's difficult for you to easily identify your current grief stage, go directly to the next question.)

  

 

4.         Was it difficult for you to easily identify your current grief stage ?

   If so, why ?

 

 

5.         What are your thoughts as you complete this exercise ?

            I'm thinking:

 

   

6.         What are your feelings as you complete this exercise ?

            I'm feeling:

  

 

Remember to bring the completed worksheet to your next appointment.

 

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