Mindfulness & Bereavement – Care Model

ATTEND: Toward a Mindfulness-Based Bereavement Care Model, Death Studies, 2012, 36(1): 61-82


Few, if any, mindfulness-based bereavement care models exist. The ATTEND (attunement, trust, touch, egalitarianism, nuance, and death education) model is an interdisciplinary paradigm for providers, including physicians, social workers, therapists, nursing staff, and others. Using a case example to enhance the breadth and depth of understanding, this article focuses on attunement as a means to moderate the negative effects of traumatic bereavement, support the framework for posttraumatic growth in the bereaved, improve psychological outcomes for providers, and set the stage for the other aspects of the ATTEND model.

Lancashire Care staff can request the full-text of this paper, email: susan.jennings@lancashirecare.nhs.uk