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A systematic writing program as a tool in the grief process: part 1

Authors Furnes B , Dysvik E

Published 6 December 2010 Volume 2010:4 Pages 425—431


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Bodil Furnes, Elin Dysvik
University of Stavanger, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Health Studies, Stavanger, Norway

Objective: The basic aim of this paper is to suggest a flexible and individualized writing program as a tool for use during the grief process of bereaved adults.
Methods: An open, qualitative approach following distinct steps was taken to gain a broad perspective on the grief and writing processes, as a platform for the writing program.
Results: Following several systematic methodological steps, we arrived at suggestions for the initiation of a writing program and its structure and substance, with appropriate guidelines.
Discussion: We believe that open and expressive writing, including free writing and focused writing, may have beneficial effects on a person experiencing grief. These writing forms may be undertaken and systematized through a writing program, with participation in a grief writing group and with diary writing, to achieve optimal results.
Conclusion: A structured writing program might be helpful in promoting thought activities and as a tool to increase the coherence and understanding of individuals in the grief process. Our suggested program may also be a valuable guide to future program development and research.

Keywords: bereavement, grief process, writing process

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