Grieving with Practical Action: Step Two (Professional Track)

STEP TWO: CONVERSATION WITH OTHERS                                               30 min.


Trust the power of collective wisdom as you engage with others‒ using the lessons from the video as a jumping board for sharing.  Focus on the questions that can best support your role and experience as caregiver.

The Masculine Side of Grief Series
Lesson Three: Grieving With Practical Action

ACT Step Two

1. “The reason I’m here is because of you, Dad.” – Michael Jordan, Soul & Science Lesson

2.“There is a difference between grieving and mourning. Grief is the constellation of internal thoughts and feelings we have when someone we love dies. Mourning is when you take the grief you have on the inside and express it outside yourself. In other words, mourning is grief in action.” - Alan D. Wolfelt, Ph.D.

3. “By creating a living memorial, some parents [who have faced the loss of a child] find the strength to get out of bed every morning and a reason to stay tethered to the everyday world. They take the waste that is their deep grief, and they reshape some of it into fuel, into energy, into meaning. And maybe, even, into endurance.” - Kenneth J. Doka, College of New Rochelle

4. “The concept of Post Traumatic Growth calls attention to the potential for positive change and transformation after experiencing stress and trauma.” The ways these transformations can manifest include:

  1. New Possibilities
  • Changed view of oneself and an awareness of the potential for the ‘new’
  • A different perspective and philosophy of life
  1. Relating to Others
  • A deeper understanding of who your “true friends” are and on whom you can rely in times of stress, trauma and grief
  • A greater sense of compassion and empathy for others
  1. Personal Strength
  • Changed priorities and values about what is important in life and what isn’t
  • A deepening of the spiritual aspect of your life

- (Post Traumatic Growth After Grief and Loss - The Grief Centre)

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