From Healer to Transformed Healer: Relearning Lessons in Grief
Keywords:neophyte, wounded healers, death and dying, grief theory, bereavement, fetal birth defect, CHAOS
AbstractNeophyte and experienced clinicians alike often question whether so-called “wounded healers” are more effective therapists than those who cannot personally relate to what clients have experienced. This narrative discusses my professional and personal development in the field of death and dying from the perspective of an individual academically proficient in grief theory but devoid of personal experience, to that of intimately informed bereaved mother. The healing effects of narrative, personal observations of grief, and implications for clinical practice are discussed. Please note that some details from clinical practice, all names and identifying features of patients have been altered to ensure complete confidentiality.
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NARRATIVES OF PROFESSIONAL HELPING
Cleveland State University
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