Road Map for Life Seminars:
Grieving Life's Losses: Developing The Courage To Mourn (Part 1)
"Tearless grief bleeds inwardly."
~ Christian Nestell Bovee
We hear it in the voices of those who have lost someone they love. We see it everyday on the obituary page of the newspaper. Death is all around us. But we go to extraordinary lengths to deny it. And it's not just death that we hide from. We squash our feelings when we lose a job, end a marriage or bury a beloved pet. A loss of any sort turns our world upside down. But we tell ourselves we must push on. We cannot make others around us uncomfortable by clinging to the loss. The pain can be at once excruciating and numbing. No wonder we try so hard to avoid it. But it is through grieving that we learn life's greatest lessons. It is through facing the pain that we move from numbing grief to recovery.
This two-part seminar introduces us to the way we grieve or perhaps more accurately, how we fail to grieve in our culture. It examines the stages that must be experienced and then it shows us why so many of us have our grief work cut out for us.
It looks at the task of mourning and why it is so easy to get stuck anywhere along the way. We all know people who refuse to love again after the loss of a spouse. We have heard of mothers who keep their lost child's bedroom exactly as it was a decade ago and others who cling to the past, steadfastly refusing to go on with their life. Grief can get complicated. This seminar helps sort out the differences between normal grief and something more complicated that requires therapy.
This seminar also focuses on how to help someone else who is grieving. It gives us concrete steps to take that can really help someone with a loss. It teaches us what to say and what not to say to someone caught in the turmoil of loss.
Finally, it looks at recovery and what we must do if we are to become a part of the world again. At some time during our life, all of us will experience loss. There's no escaping it. It taps us on the shoulder when we are least prepared for it. Through this seminar we can come to understand what happens when we try to run away from loss and what we have to learn from our loss.
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