The Inspiration of Hope in Bereavement Counseling

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While most healthcare workers would agree that hope is necessary for healthy living, the current understanding of hope and hoping is incomplete. This article reports on a study that attempted to answer the question: Do bereavement counselors inspire hope in their clients, and if so, how? The study used a modified grounded theory method and collected data, by means of interviews, from a total sample of 12 participants, comprising bereavement counselors and ex-clients who had received bereavement counseling. The data were coded and analysed using the constant comparative method, which produced an emerging, integrated, substantive grounded theory of hope inspiration for this client group. This theory includes a core variable: the implicit projection of hope and hopefulness; and three subcore variables: forging the connection and the relationship; facilitating a cathartic release; and experiencing a good (healthy) ending. The theory indicates that this hope inspiration appears to be a subtle, unobtrusive process that was bound up with the necessary and sufficient human qualities in the counselor and the projection of these into the environment (and client).


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



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