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Who do you think you are?

As grief support practitioners, we’re having conversations and working creatively with our clients in ways that we hope will help our clients to explore their grief and to make meanings that are comforting, sustaining, and hopeful, after loss. Contrary to popular and traditional ideas of therapists and such, we are not a blank and objective […]

Is it solitude or loneliness?

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Research consistently shows that people who have compassionate social support and a sense of belonging cope much better after loss, so we certainly have a responsibility to explore with our clients what their experiences are of social support. Social location and preference awareness We also need to be aware of Modern Western social discourses of […]

The challenges of fear after loss

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Sometimes we’re asked by grief support professionals why we don’t teach Elizabeth Kubler Ross’ “5 stages of grief” model in our Creative Grief Support Certification course. One of the reasons for this is because of what Kubler Ross’ model leaves out. With its focus on identifying 5 common emotional themes that people might experience after […]

The answers don’t matter

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At some point in our 4 months together, there is always a discussion about the grief support practitioner’s role. Is it okay to give advice? What is it that people are really coming to us for and hoping to get out of our time together? Is it okay if we too are struggling with aspects […]

Exploring the parallel universe of loss and grief

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A case study One client – experiencing his first significant loss – described his grief experience as a kind of parallel universe he’d been transported across to. We’ll call him Anthony. Everything from Anthony’s old life was there in the parallel universe. Well, almost everything. His dear furry companion Bailey was no longer there to […]

This isn’t the Grief Olympics

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We’ve all come across the “Grief Olympics” at some point in our personal or professional experiences of grief support. The grief olympics is based in a myth we here at The Creative Grief Studio call “the Hierarchy of Loss.” The Hierarchy of Loss involves societal and cultural ratings and comparisons of different kinds of losses. […]

Nobody grieves alone

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One of the uncontroversial ideas you’ll find across many different approaches to grief support is the idea that social support matters. When grievers feel connected to and supported by others, their grief outcomes are better than those who typically struggle most in their grieving with feeling abandoned, alienated, and alone in their grief experiences. Not […]

Exploring grief experiences within their kinship systems

Exploring grief experiences within kinship systems

Our clients may sit in our office just one at a time, but if we listen carefully, the office is full of people. So many people, often talking over each other, arguing for different points of view. Your client can hear them, and often these conflicts and crowds of voices are a big source of […]

What works when it isn’t working?

What Works: creative prompt ideas for being in practice

It’s so important for us as grief support practitioners to experience what it’s like to be the client of a grief support service. There’s so much we can learn about how to approach our work as grief support practitioners with respect and humility, when we sit in the position of client. And hopefully, you’ve had […]

What to do with all that love after a death

What to do with love after a death: creative prompt

When your clients wonder what to do with all that love now “We had everything ready. The bedroom with crib, clothing, little toys, diapers … everything. And in our minds, we’d already begun to change our lifestyles, our priorities.I quit my work. We moved to a bigger house near the school we hoped our child […]