EMDR treatment of grief and mourning

Description

Objective:
To discuss how Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy can be utilized in the treatment of grief and mourning.

Method:
Several frameworks of grief and mourning that can inform EMDR therapy are discussed. Rando’s “R” processes provides a framework for understanding the psychological processes necessary for the assimilation and accommodation of loss. Attachment theory provides a framework for understanding grief and mourning given that loss can trigger the same reactions experienced as a child to loss of an attachment figure. Dual Process theory posits that healthy grief involve the oscillation between coping with emotional aspects of the loss (Loss Orientation) and coping with the daily life tasks (Restoration Orientation). Continuing Bonds theory describes how grief does not resolve from detaching from the deceased loved one, but rather in developing a new relationship, a continuing bond that endures through one’s life.

Results and Conclusions:
EMDR therapy, utilizing an eight phase, three pronged (past, present, future) approach can be utilized in the treatment of grief and mourning. Different theoretical frameworks inform case conceptualization and selection of memories for EMDR processing to facilitate assimilation and accommodation of the loss.

Format

Journal

Language

English

Author(s)

Roger Solomon

Original Work Citation

Solomon, R. (2018, June). EMDR treatment of grief and mourning. Clinical Neuropsychiatry, 15(3), 173-

Collection

Citation

“EMDR treatment of grief and mourning,” Francine Shapiro Library, accessed July 9, 2020, https://emdria.omeka.net/items/show/25127.

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