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Cognitive Grief Therapy

Constructing a Rational Meaning to Life Following Loss


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A therapeutic model for maintaining bonds while moving into the future.

In successful grief therapy, a healthy psyche copes with the stress of loss by maintaining high functioning in day-to-day life while constructing a positive inner relationship with the deceased. Ruth Malkinson shows professionals how to achieve these aims in the context of brief cognitive therapy with individuals, couples, and families.


“[A]n impressive contribution to the theoretical understanding of and clinical interventions with patients facing the task of coming to terms with traumatic loss….[W]e, as therapists, can now, in this book, enjoy the fruits of Malkinson’s long and rich experience with patients who lost their loved ones, [it] is a tribute to the author’s inner strength, humanity, deep understanding, and above all real care for other human beings who in their pain and suffering form a mirror in which we can, will and must see ourselves as well.” — Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Book Reviews

“[A] superb look into grief theory and treatment….innovative….pioneering….I highly recommend this text.” — Omega Journal of Death and Dying

“Malkinson has made a good, and timely, contribution to the literature on this important issue.” — Bereavement Care