What Really Matters at the end of Life

“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.”

Grief and Bereavement Therapy

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!

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