Clinical Social Work Journal

, Volume 6, Issue 2, pp 90–99 | Cite as

The celebration of death in group process

  • Lena Blanco Furgeri


This paper discusses the mobilization of group resources in facing death. It delineates the evolvement of group process when patients and therapist learned of the oldest member's terminal illness. It deals with the group's commitment to his request for help in dealing with his last life crisis by being actively with him through his hospitalization and last rites; the commitment to death with dignity; the group's responses to the therapist as role model in dealing with death and seeing a facet of her which had not been evident to them within the confines of the office, the working through of the patients' and therapist's feelings of loss of loved ones particularly the father; and the countertransference resistance which resulted and its effect on group process.


Role Model Group Process Terminal Illness Group Resource Life Crisis 
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© Human Sciences Press 1978

Authors and Affiliations

  • Lena Blanco Furgeri
    • 1
  1. 1.Forest Hills

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