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The fear of dying in pain
Yesterday “The Conversation” webpage which is known in Australia for its academic rigour and accurate research posted a story called, “No, most people aren’t in severe pain when they die“. Often people avoid seeking palliative care until quite near their death, not knowing the wonderful help they can receive from Palliative Care teams. It is not […]FULL POST
Dignity Therapy training
I just finished the formal training for Dignity Therapy with Dr Brenda Bentley at Murdoch University. From the course material here is the description, “Dignity Therapy is a life review psychotherapy where people document important memories and leave messages for their loved ones. It focuses on creating a legacy document to alleviate end-of-life distress.” Dr […]FULL POST
Grief over the Christmas Holiday
I believe Nancy Berns to be the expert on how not to use the word “Closure”. She has written this following piece on grief over the holiday season. Empty Chairs: Grief and Joy during the Holidays Rosie walked into the house carrying her famous apple pie. Everyone was happy to see her — and […]FULL POST
WHY SEASONS OF GRIEF LOGO?
I always imagined that there were no set stages to how a person travels through their individual experience of grief. But one thing that remained common as an experience was that as a person you have changed, and you can’t ever go back to the previous version of yourself, after loss and grief. I then began to see that through people’s loss, their also became some gain.
People seemed to have the ability to become more than they were, because of their pain and wisdom. A renewed version of themselves. Sometimes something unexpected is born. From this locus, I began thinking that grief moves and changes like seasons. I saw summer as growth, autumn as change, winter as loss, spring as renewal. The images of trees have always appealed to me.FULL POST