Of the soul and suffering: Mindfulness-based interventions and bereavement

Joanne Cacciatore, Kara Thieleman, James Osborn, Kelly Orlowski

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    There has been increased interest in, and evidence for, mindfulness-based interventions (MBIs) as integrative approaches for a wide variety of psychosocial issues. However, there is very little research on the use of MBIs in bereavement care and only one proposed model existing in the literature. This article presents an overview of the mindfulness-based literature and uses a case study of a bereaved parent to illustrate a mindfulness-based model of bereavement care that is consistent with social work values. Such a model may provide a future direction for care of the bereaved as well as interesting opportunities for further development and research.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Pages (from-to)269-281
    Number of pages13
    JournalClinical Social Work Journal
    Issue number3
    StatePublished - Sep 1 2014


    • Bereaved parents
    • Bereavement
    • Child death
    • Grief
    • Mindfulness
    • Trauma

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Health(social science)
    • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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