We don’t necessarily experience a trauma reaction when a loved one dies but we might and if we do, it is important to understand the workings of trauma. One child in a family might have a trauma reaction to the death of their parent while their brother or sister does not. Children’s symptoms of trauma can be confused with misbehaving so it is even more … Continue reading Children and traumatic grief
Kids don’t like being called kids but they’ll proudly tell you their precise age. Adults too, prefer to define themselves rather than have a label stuck on them. As an adult and former kid, maybe this is why I’m getting bored of the word grief. There’s more going on with me than grief and grief too has more going on inside it. To find … Continue reading What we talk about when we talk about grief
Some people quickly clear all their loved one’s belongings from their house. Others take a little longer. Go at your own pace. If you need a bit of a nudge, here are ten things you can throw away today, one a day, or whenever the mood takes you. Unused medicine Take these to the pharmacy they came from, so that they can be disposed … Continue reading 10 things you can let go of today
When Patsy Rodenburg started teaching young actors, she also worked with prison inmates. Her fellow teachers at the drama school discussed how some actors had presence – the magical quality that makes you notice, connect with and remember someone – and some actors didn’t. Patsy noticed that all the prisoners had presence. Re-reading Patsy’s book, called Presence, I’m struck by how her lessons – … Continue reading Survival energy
Three things you can do with your children to help you all support each other after a bereavement, by Karen Holford of the Association of Family Therapy.
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