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J Palliat Med. 2017 Feb;20(2):181-183. doi: 10.1089/jpm.2016.0123. Epub 2016 Sep 7.

Culinary Grief Therapy: Cooking for One Series.

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1 AMITA Health Alexian Brothers Medical Center , AMITA Health Alexian Brothers Hospice, Elk Grove Village, Illinois.
2
2 College of Pharmacy, Roosevelt University , Schaumburg, Illinois.

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

Although loss of loved ones is a universal experience, individuals who experience this loss grieve in different ways. Complicated grief involves the development of trauma symptoms, such as flashbacks, anxiety, and fear associated with daily activities after a death that disrupts the healthy grieving process. Daily activities such as eating, meal planning, grocery shopping, managing finances, and household maintenance can become painful and isolating for those experiencing complicated grief. Cognitive behavioral therapy is used to address irrational beliefs, feelings of depression or anger, and avoidance or numbing behaviors with a goal of leading the individual to adapting to a life, which no longer includes the lost loved one.

OBJECTIVE:

As part of the bereavement counseling program in a hospice, a need was identified in individuals who had lost loved ones and were having difficulty with adjusting to meal planning, grocery shopping, and cooking for one. To address this need for grief counseling centered on meal planning, grocery shopping, meal preparations, and eating meals alone, "Culinary Grief Therapy: Cooking for One Series" was developed with a local Culinary Arts Program.

DESIGN:

Partnering with a local community college culinary arts program, the Cooking for One Series provides an interactive venue for cognitive behavioral therapy centered on meal planning and meal times. Along with demonstrations and hands-on experiences, participants are engaged in bereavement counseling with hospice staff.

RESULTS:

Initial reactions to Culinary Grief Therapy have been positive. Many attendees have participated in multiple workshops, and the number of participants grows for each offering.

CONCLUSIONS:

Culinary Grief Therapy is a novel approach to the needs of those experiencing the loss of a loved one and may reduce or prevent complicated grief associated with meal planning, grocery shopping, and cooking for one.

PMID:
27602803
DOI:
10.1089/jpm.2016.0123
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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