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Grief Therapy as Meaning Reconstruction: An Attachment-Informed Approach [II]

Grief Therapy as Meaning Reconstruction: An Attachment-Informed Approach [II]

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Earn 0.5 Credit for Core Course toward

All PI Certification Programs

Offered by the Portland Institute.

Presented by

Robert A. Neimeyer, PhD


Portland Institute for Loss and Transition

Professor Emeritus

Department of Psychology, University of Memphis

Carolyn Ng, PsyD, FT

Associate Director

Portland Institute for Loss and Transition

Fellow in Thanatology

Association for Death Education and Counseling

USD$99 for 3-hour module

Whether they are striving to restore a sense of secure attachment to a loved one lost to death or to resolve lingering relational issues with the deceased, mourners frequently need to reengage those they have lost rather than relinquish the bond and “move on.”  In this module, we will explore and practice several creative narrative, emotion-focused and conversational methods for re-introducing the deceased into the social and psychological world of the bereaved, fostering a sustaining sense of connection and alliance with the loved one in embracing a changed future, and working through issues of guilt, anger and abandonment triggered by the death and the shared life that preceded it.  Learners will leave with tools for assessing factors that complicate grieving, helping clients appreciate the role of the loved one in their construction of their own identities, and re-access and revise frozen dialogues with the deceased that interfere with post-loss adaptation.


  • Discuss the concept of continuing bonds with the deceased and identify how it can both support and interfere with adaptive grieving.

  • Practice two techniques for consolidating a constructive bond with the deceased as the client transitions toward a changed future.

  • Summarize the use of the Unfinished Business in Bereavement Scale (UBBS) for assessing residual conflicts and disappointments in the relationship with the deceased that invite therapeutic work.

  • Use the Life Imprint technique to recognize the living legacy of the deceased for the survivor at both concrete and abstract levels.

Note:  Completion of this module and return of the Responsive Journal satisfies half of the Core Course on Attachment-Informed Approaches to grief therapy required for All PI Certification Programs.


This program contains the following video segments:

  1. Presence within Absence: Reconstructing the Continuing Bond (48 mins)
  2. Restorative Realignment of the Relationship: Addressing Unfinished Business (43 mins)

  3. Writing through Bereavement: A Case Study of Complicated Grief (41 mins)

  4. Stepping into Self: Re-writing the Terms of Attachment (45 mins)


  • Instructions for Introducing Our Loved Ones, Correspondence with the Deceased and the Life Imprint.

  • The Unfinished Business in Bereavement Scale (UBBS): the full validated scale with scoring instructions and permission to use it in clinical and research contexts.

  • The Responsive Journal that, upon completion and return, confers 0.5 credit of Core Course leading to All PI Certification Programs.

The module materials will be emailed to the learners upon completion of purchase.


Robert A. Neimeyer, PhD is Professor Emeritus of the Department of Psychology, University of Memphis, maintains an active consulting and coaching practice, and also directs the Portland Institute for Loss and Transition.  Neimeyer has published 30 books, including Routledge’s series on Techniques of Grief Therapy, and serves as Editor of Death Studies. The author of over 500 articles and chapters and a popular workshop presenter, he is currently working to advance a more adequate theory of grieving as a meaning-making process.  In recognition of his contributions, he has been given Lifetime Achievement Awards by both the Association for Death Education and Counseling and the International Network on Personal Meaning.

Robert A. Neimeyer, PhD

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USD$99 for 3-hour module

For other enquiries, simply email Carolyn.

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