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Bereavment Seminar


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The Journey of Hope, Inc. seminar on grief awareness

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Bereavment Seminar

  1. 1. John C. “TC” Megahan, Sr. President and Sr. Bereavement CounselorThe Journey of Hope, Inc Bear, Delaware
  2. 2. Carl and Ellie: A Love Story
  3. 3. Defining and Understanding Grief? Grief can be defined as the physical, emotional, cognitive and spiritual response to actual or threatened loss of a person, thing or place to which individuals are emotionally attached. "Contrary to what social workers will tell you, when you lose a loved one, we dont just forget, move on, and find closure. To truly grief, we must learn to honor, to remember, and to incorporate our deceased children, parents and siblings into our lives in a new and different way. In fact, keeping memories of your loved one alive in your mind and heart is an important part of your healing journey." ~ John "TC" and Joanne Megahan RESTORING HOPE.
  4. 4. Common Grief Responses Feelings Numbness  Loneliness Shock  Fatigue Anger  Yearning Anxiety  Relief
  5. 5. Common Grief Responses Physical Sensations Tightness in the chest Shortness of Breath Lack of Energy Panic Attack-like symptoms
  6. 6. Common Grief Responses Cognitions Disbelief Confusion Sense of Presence Lack of Concentration
  7. 7. Common Grief Responses Behaviors Sleep disturbances Appetite disturbances Social withdrawal Dreams of the deceased Absent-minded behavior
  8. 8. Common Grief Responses Additional considerations Cultural Differences Religious Differences Gender Differences Grief experience and history
  9. 9. Differences between Grief and Depression It is important to understand and recognize the difference between Grief and Depression. Depression shares common features with grief. Misdiagnosis can result in overlooking depression when it is present and inappropriately treating grief.
  10. 10. Assessing between Grief and Depression Grief Depression Experienced in waves  Moods and feelings are static Diminishes in intensity  Consistent sense of over time depletion Healthy self-image  Sense of worthlessness and disturbed self-image
  11. 11. Assessing between Grief and Depression Grief Depression Anhedonia - Loss of the  Anhedonia - Loss of the capacity to experience capacity to experience pleasure. The inability to gain pleasure. The inability to gain pleasure from normally pleasure from normally pleasurable experiences. pleasurable experiences. Hopelessness  Pervasive hopelessness Response to support  Unresponsive to support Overt expression of anger  Anger not as pronounced
  12. 12. Assessing between Grief and Depression Grief Depression Guilt is focused on aspect of loss  Guilt is preoccupied with a negative Not demoralizing or humiliating  Demoralizing and humiliating Preoccupation with deceased  Preoccupation with self Suicidal gestures rare in uncomplicated grief  Suicidal gestures are common Elicits sympathy, concern and desire  Elicits irritation, frustration and a to embrace desire to avoid
  13. 13. Grief Assessment What was the relationship? Nature of the Attachment Mode of Death Historical Antecedents (preceding event, condition, causes, etc.) Personality Variables Social Variables
  14. 14. Theories on Bereavement Elizabeth Kubler-Ross: Stages of Grief William Worden: Four tasks of grieving Robert Neimeyer: Rebuilding life and search for meaning Grief as a journey.
  15. 15. Treatment Planning Establish a relationship with the bereaved Be comfortable with their expression of grief Listen, listen, and then listen some more Normalize grief reactions Companion them in rebuilding their life
  16. 16. Taking Care of Myself Know your own strengths and limits Set boundaries, communicate those boundaries. Nurture yourself – read, watch, and listen positive and supportive information. Surround yourself with supportive people.