By contrast, this book advocates a model of “companioning” the bereaved, acknowledging that grief forever changes or transforms the mourner’s world view. Companioning is not about assessing, analyzing, fixing or resolving another’s grief. Instead, it is about being totally present to the mourner, even being a temporary guardian of his soul. The companioning model is grounded in a “teach me” perspective.
“This outstanding book should be required reading for each and every grief provider. Dr. Wolfelt’s philosophy and practice of caregiving helps us understand we don’t need to be joined at the head with the mourner, we need to be joined at the heart.”
— Grief Counselor