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Personal Grief Coaching Helps Bereaved People by Phone

In Announcements, Grief, Postvention on January 26, 2014 at 10:01 am

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In 2013, Suicide Prevention News & Comment editor and publisher Franklin Cook earned his Certified Professional Coach credentials and combined the principles and practices of Life Coaching with those of peer help for traumatic loss survivors to create an innovative telephone support service called Personal Grief Coaching. Here is what it’s all about:


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Helping people cope with grief after a loved one’s traumatic death is Franklin Cook’s mission in life. His own father died traumatically in 1978, and two decades later, he began working with bereaved people as a newfound vocation. After 15 years as a peer helper, he became a Certified Professional Coach and developed this model for one-on-one telephone support, called Personal Grief Coaching. Franklin believes that each person’s unique experience of loss should be honored and respected, and his coaching sessions provide a safe space for grieving people to tell their story as they wish to tell it.

The guiding principles of Personal Grief Coaching:

  • Grief is a natural human response to a loved one’s death.
  • Each bereaved person’s needs are unique, and people benefit from individualized assistance.
  • Peer support from a person who has recovered from a traumatic death can be very helpful to a bereaved person.
  • Grief involves making meaning from things about life that are confusing and painful (which is also called “relearning the world“).
  • Compassionate dialogue with a peer coach can create a place from where bereaved people can find their own way to healing.
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Top Dozen SPNAC Posts Highlighted for Readers

In Announcements on January 26, 2014 at 7:41 am

The dozen most-read posts from Suicide Prevention News & Comment are listed below. Please see the original announcement or the About Page to learn about SPNAC’s current status (briefly, all posts are available, comments continue to be moderated). Please see the post at the left to learn about SPNAC editor and publisher Franklin Cook’s telephone support service, Personal Grief Coaching — or contact Franklin for more information.

  1. “Please Stop Saying, ‘Suicide is a permanent solution …'”: bit.ly/permanentsolution
  2. “Youth Suicide among Native Americans Linked to Colonialism”: bit.ly/suicidecolonialism
  3. “‘Cyberbullying not epidemic … not killing our children'”: bit.ly/bullyingnot
  4. “The Last Word on the Financial Crisis and Suicide Prevention”: bit.ly/suicidefinancial
  5. “Edwin Shneidman’s Meditations on Death Are Full of Life”: bit.ly/edshneidman
  6. “Culture of Stigma Is a Key Cause of Military, Veteran Suicides”: bit.ly/culturestigma
  7. “‘Seven Pounds'” Is Guilty of Irresponsibility with Suicide”: bit.ly/poundsguilty
  8. “Dylan Klebold’s Mom Is a Survivor of Suicide Loss”: bit.ly/kleboldmom
  9. “Links to Suicide Grief Stories: May 4, 2009”: bit.ly/grief050409
  10. “Links to Suicide Grief Stories: March 8, 2010”: bit.ly/grief030810
  11. “‘Badge of Life’ Works To Counter Police Trauma, Suicide”: bit.ly/badgeoflife
  12. “Military Widow: After Suicide, ‘The family is chastised, too'”: bit.ly/militarywidow

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