Growth and Resilience: Considerations for Clients and Therapists
Human beings are resilient, and there are many ways in which their resiliency is manifest. The Oxford English Dictionary (1989) defines resiliency as “the capacity to recover quickly from difficulties; toughness.” We all recognize that loss and bereavement can interfere with many areas of the bereaved’s life. All too often, these are not self-limiting temporary responses to loss that respond to the balm of time alone. Throughout the book, we have focused on the importance of maintaining a bifocal approach to bereavement via the examination of both tracks of the Two-Track Model of Bereavement (Rubin, Malkinson, & Witztum, 2011). In this chapter, we wish to address the individual’s capacity to self-repair, to grow, to find ways to integrate life changes into the narrative of the life story, and to manage adaptively to respond to the challenges and traumas of life. All of what we address in this chapter is relevant for the client as well as for the therapist. In line with our responsibilities, however, we begin with a client focus before returning to the clinician.