Therapy Thursday

Grief

We have all experienced grief in our lives:

During childhood, adolescence, young, mid, or older adulthood, or

in the midst of the current pandemic.

Grief is a normal and natural reaction to a loss of any kind.

3 Definitions of Grief:

  • Conflicting feelings caused by the end of or change of a familiar pattern (or routine) of behavior.
  • Feeling of reaching out to someone who has always been there for you and the person is no longer there (physically or emotionally).
  • Can be cumulative and cumulative negative.

How can we, as individuals, support another person who is grieving (or struggling) during these changing, uncertain times?

  • Actively listen: Be a “heart with ears.”
  • Create a safe place where the person can be heard such as, a grief circle.
  • Create a mentor buddy system to check-in with and keep the person accountable.
  • If you do not know what to say to a person who is grieving, tell the person you do not know and assure the person you are present with him/her. Be authentic, or real.

Grief is not intellectual. Grief is emotional.

 

 

 

 

Reference

WELCOA. (2020, May 12). The elephant in the room: Navigating workplace grief with Sara Martin and Ilana Shapiro Yahdav. [webinar]. GoToWebinar. https://www.welcoa.org/covid/#welcoa-videos

 

About rrluthi

Certified fitness expert with a passion for educating and empowering people of all ages (young "kiddos" to the active aging "baby boomers") about the benefits of adopting and maintaining an active, healthy lifestyle, preventing injury, and feeling good. Proven strengths applying cutting-edge fitness/wellness concepts and research through roles as a health coach, fitness trainer, group exercise instructor, and rehabilitation aide—in addition to promoting these concepts in a more systematic way through blogging and social media, community outreach, and corporate wellness program facilitation.
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