Family grief therapy: A preliminary account of a new model to promote healthy family functioning during palliative care and bereavement

David W. Kissane, Sidney Bloch, Maria McKenzie, Anna C. McDowall, Rochelle Nitzan

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The family is usually the primary provider of care for the terminally ill patient with cancer or other serious progressive illness. The way in which such a family functions is a major determinant of psychological well-being for its members. Through screening with the Family Relationships Index (FRI), dysfunctional families and those at risk can be identified, and then helped to achieve better family functioning, thus improving psychosocial outcome of their grief. In this paper, we describe the techniques and themes involved in the application of our empirically developed model of family grief therapy, designed as a preventive intervention for use in the setting of palliative care and bereavement.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)14-25
Number of pages12
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 9 Mar 1998

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