The Principles and Processes of Inspiring Hope in Bereavement Counselling: A Modified Grounded Theory Study – Part Two

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This second part of a two-part paper attempts to answer the question: do bereavement counsellors inspire hope in their clients and if so, how? Using a modified grounded theory method data were collected by means of semi-structured interviews; undertaken with a theoretical sample of bereavement counsellors and ex-clients who had received bereavement counselling. In keeping with the tenets of grounded theory, the data were coded and analysed using the constant comparison method, and this produced an emerging, substantive theory of the principles and processes of hope inspiration for this client group. This theory is comprised of a core variable: the implicit projection of hope and hopefulness, and three sub-core variables: forging the connection and the relationship; facilitating a cathartic release; and experiencing a healthy (good) ending. Part one of this paper included a review of the literature and focused on stage one. Part two on the other hand, focuses on stages two and three, and highlights the categories therein. The paper concludes by highlighting implications arising from the findings (other discussion points have been published elsewhere).


To acquire a personal use copy of this work, contact John Cutcliffe at john.cutcliffe@wright.edu.



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