Collier (2011) stated that 10-15% of individuals struggle to adjust to the loss of a loved one. Howarth (2011) stated that the lack of effective grief counselling may have negative consequences for a client such as their grief reactions becoming more painful and debilitating. According to Neimeyer and Currier (2009), many people deal with debilitating grief that prevents them from having joy or purpose in their lives and that leaves them unable to engage in positive opportunities or relationships. The rational for this proposal is for attendees to examine their own perceptions of if they have been adequately trained in identifying clients’ presenting grief issues, and in providing grief counselling to clients in need.
Grief is an individual’s unique journey; however, race, ethnicity, gender, disability/ability, socioeconomic status, marital status, religious preference, culture, geographic location, and/or age will be discussed on how it may contribute to the grieving process. Addressing diversity and acknowledging diversity is an important component in grief integration.