Fri, 17 April 2015
Grief re-writes your address book. Sometimes the people you think will be there for you aren’t. It can be easy to just hole-up in your house feeling angry and bitter that your friends aren’t there for you the way you thought they’d be. It can be even easier to feel like you will never connect with people in the same way again, no one will ever understand your loss, and you will live on your own little grief island forever.
When you lose a loved one you become part of this tragic little club that you never wanted to be a part of. But, if you can open yourself up to talking to some other members of this club you may just find yourself a grief friend – someone you can connect with, who can support you, who you can support, all without judgement. It may be someone at work, church, school, online, in a grief support group, or at the dog park; grief friends turn up where you least expect them. In this episode of the What's Your Grief Podcast, Litsa and Eleanor discuss the awesomeness of having grief friends.
Show Notes: www.whatsyourgrief.com/seventeen
Direct download: grief_friends.mp3
Category:Understanding Grief -- posted at: 8:38pm EDT
Tue, 7 April 2015
With decades of grief theory that focused on closure, acceptance, and moving on, it is no wonder that so many grievers feel self-conscious about maintaining ties with their deceased loved one after a certain period of time. Fortunately, the landscape is changing as theories like the continuing bonds theory have begun to emerge and many now believe that healthy grief involves finding a new and different relationship with the person who died. In episode #16 of the What's Your Grief Podcast, we discuss continuing bonds and discuss the many different ways people can continue bonds with deceased loved ones.
Direct download: continuing_bonds.mp3
Category:Coping -- posted at: 2:02pm EDT