Grief Therapy

  • Ranjan Roy

Although grief associated with loss of roles and functions is commonly observed in the chronically ill population, including chronic pain sufferers, the literature dealing with this critical topic is conspicuously scarce (Roy, 2004). There is widespread acknowledgment that chronic pain has far-reaching consequences for those suffering from it. They can experience social dislocation of some magnitude (Roy, 2001). These may include loss of employment, and significant loss of social and family roles, activities, and mobility, among others (Roy, 2007). What is noteworthy, as our literature review will show, is that psychosocial intervention to help these patients deal with these multiple losses has gone virtually unnoticed. Although the literature on grief therapy associated with death is rich, such a claim cannot be made for losses related to chronic illness.

We have chosen three very different cases to illustrate the dilemma. Our first case fits into the more traditional understanding of...


Chronic Pain Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Chronic Illness Group Therapy Mindfulness Meditation 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ranjan Roy
    • 1
  1. 1.University of ManitobaWinnipegCanada

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