Think about how task work would relate to a bereaved person in living without the deceased person in their environment. How might they cope?
Then respond to the following:
Suppose you are a grief counselor/therapist and will be working with the client(s) in the sketch that follows. How would you proceed to help the person(s) work through their mourning/grief in a task-based approach? The sketch is an original from Worden; however, you may use either Worden’s or Corr’s task-based perspective for your counseling approach.
Son: You are 20. Your Dad committed suicide three months ago in the garage. You have been experiencing many feelings, especially anger because he killed himself. However, most of the time you just feel depressed. You are drinking a lot and you find that it helps you feel better. You still live at home and your mother is concerned about your drinking. When she mentions it, you either get angry at her or you withdraw. You are really not sure at this point what you feel about your Dad. There is some guilt mixed in your feelings of sadness and anger, and you reluctantly agree to go with your mother to a counselor.
Wife: Your husband killed himself by carbon monoxide poisoning three months ago. You feel both guilt and anger along with sadness. You are concerned about your son’s drinking as well, which has increased since his father’s death, so you have approached a professional to help the two of you with your problems.
Counselor: Your are to help mother and son sort out their feelings and deal with “unfinished business in grieving” regarding the deceased. (For a better understanding, you may want to check-out that term online as well.)
This assignment requires critical thinking and we will learn from each other in your discussion of at least 4 well developed paragraphs.
Although the issue of death is still not comfortably thought about and discussed by most individuals, our lives may be affected dramatically by the death of family members, close friends, and coworkers.
Members in my classes have lost persons close to them during the class experience. There have also been those who were grieving the impending death of a terminally ill family member or close friend and even themselves. There are those who grieved a death by suicide or homicide.
Talking about death to someone with a terminal illness is very difficult: yet, it can be therapeutic to the dying person to share life experiences and the fear or readiness for death. Such disclosures can be comforting for the ill person and, for the survivor, it can provide meaningful reminiscence as well as serve as a reminder to prepare for their own ultimate transition.
Cultural conceptions of death and dying vary; so, it is of interest for us to learn more about the meaning of life and death and customs and beliefs associated with D&D from each others’ cultural perspectives. This may also include religious or spiritual beliefs. Your task, therefore, is to write a brief essay incorporating the following aspects:
Present your personal cultural conception of dying and death. Give ethnic background and any diversity issues that would help us become more knowledgeable about different perspectives and practices.
Describe family customs to provide comfort/care for those with impending death.
You may research an article to add to or support your cultural aspects
If you have not had such death experiences in your extended family, research another culture and write it as a learning experience for you and for the class.