First up: the giveaway
As part of our creative conversation with Megan, she’s offered two cds/audiobooks of “It’s OK That You’re Not OK: Meeting Grief and Loss in a Culture That Doesn’t Understand” exclusive to our readers.
Please Note: This giveaway is now closed. The winners will be announced in our Nov 15th eNewsletter from the Studio. Thanks!
Creative conversation with Megan
Kara here with the Creative Grief Studio hat on in order to bring you this creative conversation with Megan. We cover a lot of ground in this hour, and to give you an idea of the topics covered here are a few highlights:
- How are we experiencing and tending the grief howl both personally and professionally
- Knowing both personal and professional limits
- How Megan shares the personal professionally – and it isn’t on-demand
- When the personal and professional is just weird and has us facing the binaries, culturally dominant paradigms, and questioning how the holidays work
- How dare we put beauty into such narrow confines?
- What we normally do is healthy — and revolutionary!
- Addressing “expert” culture and how capitalism in our culture sets us up
- Grief cliches and making a new foundation for what grief support is in our culture
- Practicing your responsibility – aka ability to respond
- Grief is a social justice issue and grief literacy is part of the social justice conversation
- Building our skills for sitting with pain that cannot be fixed, allowing ourselves to be uncomfortable or awkward, all while we #DISMANTLE the systems that aren’t working
- Start by believing what the person in front of you is telling you
- Claim what is happening instead of managing it
- If you want to care and comfort, you have to be willing to not fix things and be comfortable with I Don’t Know
- There are no check lists, stages, nor positive vibes that will fix it
- Grieving is not a pass-fail endeavor
- The process of putting the book out into the world and things Megan heard along the way
- When we make spaces to talk about loss, we see that people are desperate for the spaces to talk about loss
- What is it really like to build a business around grief and creative experience while we are personally having grief and creative experience?
About Megan Devine
Megan Devine is on a mission to help people love each other better.
A Pacific Northwest writer, speaker, and grief advocate, she is the founder of Refuge In Grief, a hub of grief education and outreach, where she leads people through some of the most devastating times of their lives. Together with her team, she facilitates a growing catalog of courses, events, and trainings to help grieving people, and those who wish to support them, learn the skills they need to carry pain that cannot be fixed.
Megan is the author of the new book, It’s OK That You’re Not OK: Meeting Grief & Loss in a Culture that Doesn’t Understand. She has been featured widely in the media, including Huffington Post, Modern Loss, and The Manifest-Station, and in dozens of podcasts and radio appearances.