Catching Your Breath in Grief
The story begins as one about the breath of life itself: the mystery of its coming and going, the grace that gives it, its animating power, the life support it provides, how we take it for granted, and the good reasons why traditions identify it with soul and spirit.It continues as a story about how the loss of someone we love takes our breath away: the brokenness and sorrow (grief reaction) that come over us; the crises of ego, soul, and spirit that leave us gasping for breath; the realisation of how much we have taken for granted; and assurance that, though its smooth flow is disrupted, the breath of life itself continues unbroken.
In this presentation, I tell a story that reflects what I have learned in over forty years of reflection about the meanings of life, death, loss, and grieving.
And it concludes as a story about how, through active engagement with what has happened to us (grieving response), we catch our breath by: adopting sorrow-friendly practices that enable us to breathe into our suffering and learn vital lessons from it, drawing upon hope and the resilience of soul and spirit, learning to carry sorrow, relearning the worlds of our experience, and learning to love in separation.
What can participants expect to have learned after attending this webinar:
- Offer understanding of grief reactions (brokenness and sorrows that come over the bereaved when a loved one dies), comfort those experiencing them, and guide them in learning vital life lessons from them through sorrow-friendly practices.
- Offer understanding, guidance, and support in grieving responses (the active engagement with loss and grief reactions and reengagement in life transformed by loss) as a process of relearning the world, learning to carry sorrow, and learning to love in separation
- Offer understanding, guidance, and support in the labour's of love involved in learning how to live meaningfully again in the aftermath of loss.
Thomas Attig, PhD, is Professor Emeritus in Philosophy at Bowling Green State University (home of the world’s first PhD. in Applied Philosophy established in 1987 when he was department chair). Author of Catching Your Breath in Grief…and grace will lead you home (Breath of Life Publishing, 2012/2019), How We Grieve: Relearning the World (Oxford, Revised Edition 2011) and The Heart of Grief: Death and the Search for Lasting Love (Oxford, 2000), he co-edited Death, Dying, and Bereavement: Contemporary Perspectives, Institutions, and Practices (Springer, 2015) with Judith Stillion. He is a Past President of the Association for Death Education and Counselling (ADEC) and Past Vice-Chair of the International Workgroup on Death, Dying and Bereavement (IWG).
In 2008, the International Network on Personal Meaning honoured Dr. Attig with its Lifetime Achievement Award “for distinguished contributions to death education and grief counselling.” In 2015 the Association for Death Education and Counselling presented Dr. Attig with its annual Death Educator Award. And in 2017, the Centre for Death Education and Bioethics (at the University of Wisconsin, LaCrosse) honoured Dr. Attig with the Dr. Robert Fulton Founder’s Award “for outstanding university teaching, research, publication, and professional service in the field of death, dying and bereavement.”Dr. Attig currently resides in Victoria, BC, Canada.
He invites you to visit his web site at www.griefsheart.com
Thursday, 16th September 2021
Victoria: 10.00am - 11.30am AEST
New South Wales: 10.00am - 11.30am AEST
Tasmania: 10.00am - 11.30am AEST
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Queensland: 10.00am - 11.30am AEST
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