Positive growth following trauma – clinical perspectives
Peer reviewed, Journal article
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Original versionBereavement Care. 2019;38(2-3):109-113 https://doi.org/10.1080/02682621.2019.1679462
Although positive growth is possible following the loss of a loved one, meaning construction and redefinition of reality may represent a very difficult transition. Professionals must be careful in how they convey optimism and the prospects of growth to families that have recently suffered trauma and loss. At the same time, it is certainly true that they are able to steer people towards recognition of strengths and the possibility of growth and learning. In this article, various approaches that could be used in establishing such outcomes are communicated, in order to assist in providing a way in which people can make life bearable after tragedy has struck.