Death is a topic often experienced as taboo in US culture. We are a country of bereaved with most adults having experienced at least one significant death loss. Yet, we rarely talk about the end-of-life process and the experience of grieving. For many, their grief is disenfranchised, as defined by Ken Doka as, “Grief that persons experience when they incur a loss that is not or cannot be openly acknowledged, socially sanctioned or publicly mourned”. Examples of disenfranchised grief are deaths due to miscarriage, suicide, or drug overdose, and often those who have lost same-sex partners, an ex-partner, or an incarcerated loved one feel unable to openly mourn the loss.
A death loss has a significant effect on our mind, body, and spirit. It’s important that we learn how to grieve and have the space in which to understand the experience and process the loss.
I provide the space to explore death, dying, and bereavement.
Please contact me to discuss how a lecture on grief would benefit your organization. I offer a free 30-minute consultation to determine if my presentation style is a good fit.