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Family Therapy for the Bereaved: David W. Kissane and An Hooghe

S haring grief generally aids its healing. Sharing emotions within a family brings re‹ection on the meaning of valued relationships, helping to acti-vate coping and restoration processes through the most natural source of support, the family. Although both individual and group therapy approaches to bereavement care have been the dominant paradigms historically, use of family therapy bridges across generations, makes use of what is often a very accessible source of support, and permits the cultivation of relational meaning as a key dimension of adaptation. Given such logic, it is surprising that systemic therapies have been overlooked for so long among models of grief therapy.