Effective Grief and Bereavement Support

The Role of Family, Friends, Colleagues, Schools and Support Professionals

by Atle Dyregrov, Kari Dyregrov, Magne Raundalen

` …a profoundly significant book on a topic rarely discussed and little researched, dealing with sudden or unexpected death. The authors have brought together the latest knowledge in the field, and explore how social networks and professionals working with the bereaved can help. This is an important book for all of us, who will sadly one day experience this... it is a must read for those in the field and those suffering.'

- Cary L. Cooper, CBE, Distinguished Professor of Organizational Psychology and Health, Lancaster University

`It is nothing short of impressive. Yes, more than impressive, because the down-to-earth nature of the studies and the reader-friendly presentation makes this textbook a gift to us all. And by all of us, I do in fact mean all.'

- From the Foreword by Magne Raundalen

Effective Grief and Bereavement Support shows how social networks, whether they be friends, colleagues or family, can provide an important source of support following sudden bereavement.

Individuals in social networks surrounding bereaved people often feel very uncertain about how best to offer support following the death of someone close. As a result of this, people often find that their relationships with friends and family suffer in the wake of bereavement. Kari and Atle Dyregrov provide concrete, evidence-based advice about how support processes can be improved. Issues covered include common reactions to grief, problems that can arise within families as a result, when to involve professional assistance, how to help bereaved children, and the main principles for effective network support.

This book will be essential reading for counsellors, psychologists, psychiatrists, social workers, priests, police, community doctors, hospital staff and teachers, as well bereaved families and those who support them.


  • Jessica Kingsley Publishers; August 2008
  • ISBN: 9781846428333
  • Read online, or download in secure PDF or secure ePub format
  • Title: Effective Grief and Bereavement Support
  • Author: Atle Dyregrov; Kari Dyregrov; Magne Raundalen (other)
  • Imprint: Jessica Kingsley Publishers

In The Press

For therapists, and all who work with or wish to help those who are bereaved, I can thoroughly recommend Atle's recent book, written with Kari Dyregov, 'Effective Grief and Bereavement Support' (2010) (ISBN 978184310106678). The book provides insight into the experience and process of grief and it is packed full of practical, useful information. The book is written from the perspective of the authors' wide therapeutic experience, particularly of working with children and young people with post-traumatic stress. The book is written in a direct, accessible language, and gives practical and down to eart advice on how family, community and professionals can assist children, young people and adults who have been bereaved. I also very often use his earlier book "Grief in Children" (ISBN 9781843106128) in workshops and courses. Both books are published by Jessica Kingsley.


About The Author

Dr Kari Dyregrov is a physiotherapist and sociologist. She is a researcher at the Center for Crisis Psychology in Bergen, Norway and The National Institute of Public Health in Oslo. She lectures nationally and internationally, and has written several papers and book chapters. She is a founding member of the Norwegian Association for Suicide Survivors. Dr Atle Dyregrov is a clinical psychologist and Director of the Center for Crisis Psychology in Bergen, Norway, which he founded with a colleague in 1988. He is a member of the executive board of The Children and War Foundation and a founding member of the European Society for Traumatic Stress Studies. Dr Dyregrov is the author of numerous publications, journal articles, and books.