Using Death Imagery to Induce Proper Grieving: An Emotive-Reconstructive Approach

  • James K. Morrison


Despite the recent surge of interest by psychotherapists in mental imagery (Sheikh, 1977), the use of imagery techniques to help psychotherapy clients complete the grieving process has, with few exceptions (e.g., Aguilar & Wood, 1976; Ahsen, 1968; Morrison, 1978), gone generally unreported. Perhaps this apparent neglect of the grieving process in psychotherapy generally reflects how our society protects the bereaved from facing the reality of death by restricting them to the role of passive observer. Such roles make it very difficult for the grief-stricken to come to grips with the death of a loved one (Nichols & Nichols, 1975).


Mental Imagery Grieve Process Passive Observer Personal Construct Theory Imagery Technique 
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© Springer Science+Business Media New York 1981

Authors and Affiliations

  • James K. Morrison
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  1. 1.Albany Medical CollegeAlbanyUSA

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