Posts from August 2021

Listening to someone who is heartbroken can feel uncomfortable.  
 
We’re used to people being happy and positive but when it comes to sadness, it can feel awkward and our ‘go to’ place is to try and make them feel better as quickly as possible.  
 
Fear of how to approach grievers and assist them stops many well-meaning people from being there for these people when they are most needed. 
In the 1990s, a book was released called 'Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus', which explored the differences of behaviour in men and women.  
 
From our work, it seems the same is apparent when men and women grieve. Men seem to hold onto or hide their emotions, whereas women are more open in expressing their feelings. 
 
We’ve noticed men often don't get as much support from friends, family, and society in general. 
This is a hard blog to write – I’ve known I needed to write this for ages and normally when I sit with something the words start to come together in my head but interestingly my thoughts about this man who used few words seems to be well, coming up with few words! 
 
It was 2007, not that many months after my husband Kevin had died aged just 41 and life as I knew it ended forever, when I found myself on Amazon (other booksellers are available.) I was looking for a book that would help me deal with the overwhelming feelings that were dominating my life. One review said “well this book is ok but... 
Carole was a guest of Tara Nash, creator of the Conscious Grief series. 
 
In the video, Carole talks about how the Grief Recovery Method helped her and others move forwards to find joy again after significant emotional loss. 
 
You can use the time stamps below to move to any of the questions Carole addressed.  
Once again, the academic year has dished out lots of losses for teachers, students and parents alike. 
 
Loss of normal 
Loss of routine 
Perhaps even loss of loved ones or colleagues  
 
As parents, you might also be feeling a loss of hopes and expectations for your children. 
 
If you're a teacher, you may feel a lack of support from Ofqual and the government, and maybe your school, and you may feel a loss of safety due to constant exposure to others. 
Are you prepared for returning to your workplace after loss during the pandemic? 
 
If you’ve lost a relative during Lockdown and you’re experiencing grief, it would be useful to mention this to your employer before you head back to work.  
 
This will help your employer to prepare for your return and help them to understand that you may need additional support and understanding. 
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