Task Based Theories of Worden

You are to review the task-based theories of Worden (Chapter 84) and Corr (2009) noted below. Worden (2009) suggested that we think of mourning involving four tasks: 1) to accept the reality of the loss; 2) to work through the pain of grief; 3) to adjust to the environment in which the deceased is missing; and 4) withdraw emotional energy from the deceased and reinvest in another relationship. A distinguished thanatologist, Corr (2009) identified “task work” in coping with dying as: physical, psychological, social, and spiritual. (This is not in your readings) Suppose you are a grief counselor/therapist and will be working with the client(s) in the sketch that follows. How would you proceed to help the person(s) work through their mourning in a task-based approach? The sketch is an original from Worden; however, you may use either Worden or Corr’s task-based perspective for your counseling approach. Sketch Son: You are 20. Your Dad committed suicide three months ago in the garage. You have been experiencing many feelings, especially anger because he killed himself. However, most of the time you just feel depressed. You are drinking a lot and you find that it helps you feel better. You still live at home and your mother concerned about your drinking. When she mentions it, you either get angry at her or you withdraw. You are really not sure at this point what you feel about your Dad. There is some guilt mixed in your feelings of sadness and anger you reluctantly agree to go with your mother to a counselor. Wife: Your husband killed himself by carbon monoxide poisoning three months ago. You feel both guilt and anger along with sadness. You are concerned about your son’s drinking, which has increased since his father’s death, so you have sought out a professional to help the two of you with your problems.