As people's life-expectancy prolongs with advanced medical treatments, numbers of individuals who experience widowhood in later life are expected to increase. As a result, grief work will be one of the common challenges that social workers and older adults will face. The purpose of this project was to develop a grant proposal for the Pathways Volunteer Hospice in Lakewood, California, and to identify funding sources for designing a mindfulness focused bereavement support group program for older widows who are age 60 years and over. With funding resources provided by the Weingart Foundation, the proposed program aims to educate participants on the principles of mindfulness and how they can integrate mindfulness principles and philosophy into their grieving process to better facilitate their coping with their loss. The proposed program will be based on empirically supported methods, such as, Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction and Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy. The actual submission, and/or funding, of this grant was not required for successful completion of this thesis.
|Commitee:||Chambers, Ruth M., Glezakos, Agathi|
|School:||California State University, Long Beach|
|School Location:||United States -- California|
|Source:||MAI 52/01M(E), Masters Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Social work, Aging, Cognitive psychology|
|Keywords:||Bereavement, Grief, Lakewood, California, Mindfulness, Older adults, Support group, Widows|
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