Category Archives: Grief Therapy

Therapist question about a mother who lost a son and is now experiencing complicated grief.

Dear Dr. Neimeyer, I’m a family therapist who has been working with a couple who have lost a young adult son in a drowning accident in a distant country, and in which the mother has remained in a deep, unshakeable grief for over three years, for two of which I have been working with her and her

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Traumatic images of their loved one’s dying

Dear Dr. Neimeyer, As a therapist I often work with people who suffer from traumatic images of their loved one’s dying, even when these result from a difficult death in the hospital. Can you comment on how to help the bereaved who are struggling with difficult images and memories? How does one work through traumatic

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Complicated Grief: A therapist question about the loss of a client’s daughter, possible suicide

Dear Dr. Neimeyer, I have been working intermittently for many years with a woman named Pam who was divorced when her adult children were adolescents, as a result of the father’s unpredictable and violent behavior and alcoholism. Likewise, two of her four children have had long histories of drug and alcohol use, despite her funding

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I Lost My Daughter PART 2

Editor: Mary Jane Hurley Brant is a psychotherapist and author specializing in grief, loss, and serious illness. Her website is http://www.maryjanehurleybrant.com/. Last week she posted a comment on Dr. Neimeyer’s answer to a mother who had lost a 30-year-old daughter [here’s the link: http://www.aftertalk.com/ask-dr-neimeyer/index.php/485/] This week Dr. Neimeyer chose to comment on Ms. Brant’s post.

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Tragic Accident Took Our Daughter

Dear Dr. Neimeyer, As you can imagine, my husband and I have been struggling since our only child, our 19 year old daughter, Mary, was killed in a tragic accident–automotive–over a year ago. Recently I started seeing a therapist, who is wonderful, wise and empathetic. I can tell that my husband is hurting as much as

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Grief Therapist asks about using AfterTalk

Dear. Dr. Neimeyer– I’m a grief therapist who works frequently with clients who have had difficult losses–sometimes of life partners, sometimes of parents, sometimes of children.  And I’ve been fascinated by AfterTalk ever since I encountered it, as many of my clients are eager to restore a sense of connection and communication with those they

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Grief Therapy in the Emergency Room

Dear Dr. Neimeyer, I know from you writings and my own experience as a social worker in other settings that people contending with a traumatic loss benefit from having a safe space to slowly and fully tell the story of their loved one’s death, and reflect on its meaning for their lives. This can be

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