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Cartwright, Peter (2019) How helpful is counselling for people bereaved through a substance-related death? Bereavement Care , 38 , (1) . https://doi.org/10.1080/02682621.2019.1587869.

URL: https://www.tandfonline.com/eprint/WMzI7kPtb8jDbbq...

Background: The research investigated how helpful counselling was for people who self-identify as being bereaved through a substance-related death. Method: Semi-structured interviews were conducted with twenty bereaved participants. Interview data underwent a thematic analysis using Iterative Categorisation (Neale, 2016). Findings and conclusions: Participants’ needs were many, varied and changed over time. They used many types of support to meet these needs. Both one-to-one and group counselling were helpful and each was used to meet different needs. Significant needs regarding the substance-related characteristics of these bereavements were often not recognised by participants and seemingly also their counsellors, so were not worked through. Unhelpful experiences of counselling occurred through poor practice and a lack of specialist knowledge about these bereavements. Recommendations: Nine are given to improve the helpfulness of counselling for these bereaved people, including recognising and working with the substance-related characteristics of bereavements or referring clients to other services for these.


Item Type
Article
Publication Type
International, Open Access, Article
Drug Type
All substances
Intervention Type
Harm reduction
Date
May 2019
Identification #
https://doi.org/10.1080/02682621.2019.1587869
Pages
23-32
Volume
38
Number
1
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