ABSTRACT

Over two decades since publication of the pioneering work on mourners’ continuing bonds to the deceased, contemporary bereavement theorists and practitioners have clearly embraced its relevance for grief therapy (Neimeyer, 2015). But just how does attention to the relationship between the client and the deceased help direct the subtle give-and-take of the counseling process, as it unfolds in the intimate crucible of therapeutic dialogue? Our intent in the present chapter is to address this question by closely examining an actual session of grief therapy conducted along meaning reconstruction lines (Neimeyer, 2016a). We will begin by sketching a few of the cardinal themes of this perspective before introducing the detailed case study that will scaffold the chapter.