Year: 2003 Source: Death Studies, v.27, no.9, (November 2003), p.765-786. SIEC No: 20031163

Most bereavement caregivers accept as a truism that their interventions are helpful. However, an examination of the bereavement intervention literature suggests that the scientific basis for accepting the efficacy of grief counselling may be quite weak. This article summarizes the findings of four recent qualitative & quantitative reviews of the bereavement intervention literature. It then discusses three possible explanations for these surprising findings & concludes with recommendations for both researchers & clinicians in thanatology that could help to focus efforts to answer the questions of when & for whom grief counselling is helpful. (54 refs.)