Bereavement care: A widower's use of stories and bibliotherapy


  • Ted Bowman Independent Grief Educator



widower, widow, bereavement, bibliotherapy, grief, therapy, poetry, narrative


This essay is both personal and professional. I write as a grieving husband and a family and grief educator who uses literary resources (bibliotherapy) as prompts for grieving, coping, and perspective.

In these pages, I will interweave my personal grief-writing process with literary resources utilized as a grief educator. My intent is two-fold: to illuminate how words, especially metaphors, have informed and helped me as a widower AND to shed light on bibliotherapy as a resource for grief and bereavement care. Grieving work as a professional is one thing; it is another when you are the griever. Hence, countertransference will also be addressed. Limited commentary, research or theory will be included in this practice-focused article so that readers can ponder use of bibliotherapeutic practices for bereavement care, especially for widows and widowers.


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How to Cite

Bowman, T. (2023). Bereavement care: A widower’s use of stories and bibliotherapy. Bereavement, 2.