Writing Grief:A Writing Workshop Within A Hospice Bereavement Program

Vicki C. Mayk

Abstract


Our job when we mourn someone is to remember them so fully and so completely that they are not really lost to us. In developing a writing workshop for a hospice bereavement program, the goals were to provide a supportive setting and the tools for participants to use writing to navigate the grieving process. The workshop at St. Luke’s Hospice in Bethlehem, Pa., has been allowing participants to do that since its inception in 2012.


Keywords


narrative therapy, grief therapy, memoir

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