Solution Focused Practice in End-of-Life and Grief Counseling

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Solution Focused Practice in End-of-Life and Grief Counseling

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Author: Joel Simon MSW, ACSW, BCD


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Although I have been a hospice nurse for almost 19 years, I am not a counselor. However, I will be able to use some of the information I learned here to assist my patients and my colleagues with issues encountered during the difficult time when patients are dying and families are struggling with realities. I will definitely share this book with our bereavement counselors and social workers." Score: 90, 4 stars


[T]his is aÖbook about possibilities-not finalities...about all the different ways that people deal with loss and bereavementÖand how solution focused brief therapy can be helpful in making sense of the experience that people go through when facing death.

--Harry Korman, MD

Solution focused practice challenges the conventional approach to bereavement counseling by emphasizing solution building over simple problem-solving. Joel Simon, with over 16 years of experience in the field, demonstrates how this therapy can help clients think of possibilities, rather than limitations, when facing death or the loss of a loved one.

This book presents a general overview of solution focused practice, tools, and methodologies for practitioners. Simon also provides real-life vignettes and verbatim transcripts from actual patients in end-of-life or bereavement counseling. This book provides insight into the philosophy and practice of solution focused therapy, as applied to clients with life-limiting conditions and their loved ones.

Key topics discussed:

  • The use of language in solution focused practice: theory, meaning making, and the role of emotions
  • Tools of solution-building, with questions, troubleshooting guidelines, and tips for evaluating outcomes
  • The distinction between problem-solving and solution-building
  • Co-constructing goals with clients
  • Applying solution focused principles to hospice, grief, and bereavement practice

This resource serves as an invaluable tool for social workers, hospice workers, psychologists, and other bereavement and grief-counseling professionals."

Product Details 

  • Publication Date October 14, 2009
  • Page Count 208
  • Product Form Paperback / softback
  • ISBN 13 9780826105790
  • EISBN 9780826105806

About The Author(s) 

Joel Simon, MSW, ACSW, BCD, is in private practice and provides solution-focused training, supervision, and consultation through the Center for Solution-Focused Training. His professional career has spanned over 36 years as a therapist and supervisor in varied settings including adolescent day treatment, psychiatric inpatient, hospice care, and community mental health. He has been a solution-focused practitioner, trainer, and consultant since 1992. He is a founding member of the Solution-Focused Brief Therapy Association and is a frequent presenter at conferences. Mr. Simon is the author of several articles on solution focus, including two with Insoo Kim Berg. He coauthored with Insoo Kim Berg a chapter in the four-volume Comprehensive Handbook of Psychotherapy entitled “Solution-Focused Brief Therapy With Adolescents.” He is first author of Solution-Focused Brief Practice With Long-Term Clients in Mental Health Services: “I Am More Than My Label” and author of Solution-Focused Practice in End-of-Life and Grief Counseling. More information about Mr. Simon and solution focus can be found at his website (

Table of Contents 


Chapter 1: Hospice: History and Philosophy
Chapter 2: The Historical Context of Solution Focused Practice

Chapter 3: Use of Language in Solution Focus
Chapter 4: Principles of Solution-Building
Chapter 5: The Tools of Solution-Building

Chapter 6: Stories of Healing: SF and the Dying Patient
Chapter 7: Expect the Unexpected: Solution Focus with Widowed Client
Chapter 8: The Other Woman: Solution Focus with a Bereaved Family
Chapter 9: Changing Perspectives: Solution Focus with a Bereaving Client
Afterword: Eulogy