Filled with practical ideas for starting or growing a bereavement support group, Guiding People Through Grief provides simple directions for professionals and lay caregivers, alike. Bill Hoy overviews the grief process using his now famous "compass model" and provides straightforward advice on deciding where, when and how to start a group.
From his own experience working with hundreds of bereaved people in support groups, he explains how to deal with problem people in groups, common pitfalls to avoid, and what to do when the discussion "lags." One chapter is devoted to leading grief groups for children and teens.
With wide margins and reflective journal activiites throughout, the book is an excellent manual for training new group leaders in hospices, schools, community centers, and faith communities. This is a thorough, "soup to nuts" approach to starting, organizing and leading support groups.
About this book, J. William Worden, author of Grief Counseling & Grief Therapy and the creator of the four tasks of mourning approach to understanding bereavement says, "This book is a nifty resource for those who are working with or who want to work with the bereaved. Bill Hoy has a great deal of first-hand experience helping grieving individuals both in groups and otherwise. Even the experienced grief group leader will find gems in this book."