Murdoch University researchers are embarking on a new study to assist those struggling to deal with the death of a loved one.
During the study, student investigators Larissa Morozow and Prue Cotter will compare two different counselling approaches to determine which offers the most relief. Participants will receive seven weeks of free counselling.
“When someone close to us passes away, we go through a natural process of grief,” Ms Morozow said.
“However, a small percentage of people have significant difficulty adjusting to the change and find themselves ‘stuck’ in grief.”
The pair are seeking adult participants who have been grieving the loss of someone dear to them for more than six months, and are still finding it hard to cope.
“We will be holding an information session to explain the study in detail to those who are interested,” Mrs Cotter said.
“From there, we will ask potential participants a few questions to make sure the study is right for them, before scheduling them in for their first counselling session.”
All counselling sessions will be conducted at Murdoch University, with a seven week wait between the information session, and the first week of treatment.