In This Episode, We Discuss How to Navigate the Path of Grief and more!
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- How there are many different forms of grief
- Why we need to surrender to our grief and turn toward painful feelings
- How there are many painful emotions that exist under the “grief umbrella”
- The challenge of surrendering to grief in a culture that constantly pushes for happiness and avoidance of pain.
- How we can strengthen our ability to cope with grief by continuing to allow it in
- The importance of finding emotional support when grieving
- Why animals provide the best emotional support
- How providing emotional support to someone grieving includes just being with them and holding space for their grief
Dr. Joanne Cacciatore is a Professor at Arizona State University, where she runs the graduate Certificate in Trauma and Bereavement, and she is also the founder of the MISS Foundation. Since 1996, Dr. Jo has worked with and counseled those affected by traumatic death. She started the first therapeutic carefarm in the world for traumatic grief based on a framework for incorporating 50 plus domestic and farm animals rescued from abuse, torture, neglect, and homelessness, the Selah Carefarm. Her work was featured in Oprah Winfrey and Prince Harry’s Apple TV docuseries, “The Me You Can’t See” in episode 4. Dr. Jo also served on their ‘mental health’ advisory board, along with 13 esteemed colleagues as part of the series. Her research has been published in peer reviewed journals such as The Lancet, British Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Omega Journal of Death and Dying, Journal of Mental Health Counseling, Seminars in Fetal and Neonatal Medicine, and the International Journal of Nursing. Her best selling book, Bearing the Unbearable: Love, Loss, and the Heartbreaking Path of Grief, won the Indies Book of the Year Award. Her subsequents books include, Grieving is Loving, and an Audible Great Courses series called Understanding and Coping with Grief. In addition, her series of meditations for grief are now available on the Calm app.
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