Dr. Linda Machin


Linda Machin began her career as a Medical Social Worker. From her experience in health and social care grew an interest in bereavement. She went on to conduct pioneering research into bereavement for the Anglican diocese of Lichfield, the findings of which lead to the development of published teaching material on grief and the setting up of a service for the bereaved, Bereavement Care (now the Dove Service) in North Staffordshire. An academic direction followed with teaching on both the social work and counselling courses at Keele.

During this time Linda set up a Bereavement Counselling certificate at Keele. Throughout her career she has been involved in research into bereavement and gained a PhD for work developing a new theoretical model, the Range of Response to loss model, and a measure for research and practice, the Adult Attitude to Grief scale. This innovative work has gained much interest in the field and recent research has validated the use of the AAG scale to calculate an indication of vulnerability in grief. The AAG scale is being used with a range of different service users and in a modified form e.g. for young people, people with a learning disability, in palliative care settings etc. The scale is also being integrated into the assessment repertoire of CORE IMS (Clinical Outcomes in Routine Evaluation Information Management Systems) a  well-respected assessment and monitoring system used across health and social care services in the UK and internationally – aag@coreims.co.uk


Keele web link to Linda’s work – Click on www.keele.ac.uk/mappinggrief


Bocklehurst, T., Hearnshaw, C. and Machin, L. (2014) Bereavement Needs Assessment – Piloting a process. Progress in Palliative Care. Vol. 22 No. 3

Machin, L. (1993) Working with Young People in Loss Situations. Harlow: Longman.

Machin, L. (1998)’Making Sense of Experience: Death and Old Age’, Journal of Social Work Practice, 12 (2): 217–26.

Machin, L. (2001) ‘Exploring a Framework for Understanding the Range of Response to Loss: A Study of Clients Receiving Bereavement Counselling’. Unpublished PhD thesis: Keele University, UK.

Machin, L. (2005) ‘Research in Practice’, in P. Firth, G. Luff and D. Oliviere (eds), Loss, Change and Bereavement in Palliative Care. Maidenhead: Open University Press. pp. 38–52.

Machin, L. (2007a) The Adult Attitude to Grief Scale as a Tool of Practice for Counsellors Working with Bereaved People. A study report sponsored by Age Concern, Tameside and Keele University.

Machin, L. (2007b) ‘Resilience in Bereavement: Part 1’, in B. Monroe and D. Oliviere (eds), Resilience in Palliative Care. Oxford: Oxford University Press. pp. 157–65.

Machin, L. (2009/ 2014) Working with Loss and Grief. London: Sage.

Machin, L. and Holt, C. (1988) All Change: Exploring Loss and Change. Middlesex: CEM.

Machin, L. and Spall, R. (2004) ‘Mapping Grief: A Study in Practice Using a Quantitative and Qualitative Approach to Exploring and Addressing the Range of Response to Loss’, Counselling and Psychotherapy Research, 4 (1): 9–17

Sim, J., Machin, L. and Bartlam, B. (2013) Identifying vulnerability in grief:psychometric properties of the Adult Attitude to Grief scale.  Quality of Life Research  DOI 10.1007/s11136-013-0551-1