College of Education

Date of Award


Document Type

Research Project Report

Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)



First Advisor

Richard E. Miller, Ph.D.

Second Advisor

Don E. Miller, Ph.D.

Third Advisor

Spencer Thompson, Ph.D.


Individuals who experience the death of a spouse, close friend or family member can receive counseling to faci1itate acceptance of death. A review of literature explains the stages the bereaved person will normally progress through. It was also found in the review of literature the terminally ill person will progress through similar stages and both the bereaved and terminally ill person will react similarly in most of the stages. Guidelines are suggested from a synthesis of the literature for the helping person and counselor to facilitate acceptance of death for the bereaved person so that he can once again redirect his energies and cope with the challenges of life. The guidelines suggested may also facilitate acceptance of impending death by the terminally ill patient. This study deals primarily with the role of a counselor/helper in aiding bereaved persons to cope successfully with the challenges of life following the death of a friend, family member or mate.


BF789.04.R69 1977



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