Introduction Grief and Growth: An Appreciative Journey


In October 2019, when the co-editors of this May 2020 issue of AI Practitioner were invited to design and edit an issue on the special theme of ‘Grief and Growth’, little could anyone imagine that the theme would be so profoundly relevant at the time of issue’s release. In the sweeping storm of the Covid-19 crisis, humankind is being called to contemplate a transcendent and harmonious way to heal and renew. This issue seeks to explain ‘the maze of grief’ and explore ‘the mystique of growth’ in the wake of loss, trauma and grief.


Author: Neena Verma

Neena Verma, Ph.D., is an Appreciative Inquiry thought leader, an ICF-PCC coach, NTL professional member and TAOS Associate. As well as editing Feb 2013, Nov 2016 and May 2020 issues of AIP, Neena has authored one book and several articles. She serves on the AIP editorial board and has contributed book appreciations since 2015. Neena runs a library movement for underprivileged children and volunteers for various social causes.


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Author: Robert A. Neimeyer

Robert A. Neimeyer, Ph.D., directs the Portland Institute for Loss and Transition, and maintains an active coaching practice. Neimeyer has published over 500 journal articles and book chapters as well as 30 books, including Techniques of Grief Therapy, and serves as editor of Death Studies. He is currently working to advance a more adequate theory of grieving as a meaning-making process.


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