“My purpose today is to reach out across disciplines and invite design thinking into this big conversation. That is, to bring intention and creativity to the experience of dying. We have a monumental opportunity in front of us, before one of the few universal issues as individuals as well as a civil society: to rethink and redesign how it is we die.”
I have been thinking of focusing my therapy research lately. While depression and anxiety support have long been interests of mine, I have found myself considering offering more specific grief and bereavement counselling services.
Why? My own depression and anxiety were the result of a sudden loss. Within minutes, I went from a stable world, to dealing with the most traumatic experience of my life. I suffering loss of a sort I had never known and found myself fluctuating between intense grief and rage. As I moved back and forth between these very highly emotionally charged states, the exhaustion and suffering were almost beyond what I could bear. After about a decade, I began to recover.
So, why grief and bereavement? My depression was inspired by loss. I didn’t have negative self-talk or extensive automatic thoughts which drove my suffering. Quite simply, I had lost my wife. The rage, anguish and other traumatic feelings were a result of this event. I was grieving, but didn’t know to identify it as such. While grief and bereavement seems to focus primarily on loss due to death, I would like to research – at least initially – loss of another sort, that is loss of a life partner who is still alive.
Just getting a few ideas down tonight for further consideration.
Kia kaha from the Land of the Long White Cloud!