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One of the most formative experiences of my life was losing my Dad to colon cancer when I was 11. The grief that I experienced at such a young age, coupled with the harsh realization of my own mortality, and eventually, the passion and meaning that came out of his death cannot be understated.
We all will experience grief in our lives. It’s a simple fact that we face the death of a loved one, and our ability to support ourselves and others through the grief process is so important to develop.
This week, I’m speaking with Kimberley Pittman-Schulz. She is is an award-winning poet and author who writes, teaches, and speaks about death and loss, living mindfully, and being a force for change in the world.
We have a powerful conversation about the different ways that grief can manifest within each of us, and the ways we can support ourselves, depending upon our individual experiences. We talk about the critical role that mindfulness can play in our healing. We also talk about grief as a complex mixture of several emotions, as well as the role that joy plays in the grief process.
This is a deep episode but such a meaningful one. You won’t want to miss it.
Visit PoetOwl.com/psychologicalstrength to learn more about Kimberley’s new book Grieving Us: A Field Guide for Living with Loss without Losing Yourself
In grief, meaning can fall away with the sense of loss. Moving through the stages of grief is as important as understanding the word grief, and dealing with it as opposed to avoiding it.