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Yes, Anne, this woman has powerful and sensitive messages for those who grieve. The interview with Oprah today has even more. Oprah has a way of bringing that out of people...perhaps because she is a wounded healer.

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This was on Facebook. This is the full episode of Supersoul Sunday today on loss and grief:

Madonna Badger

http://www.oprah.com/own-super-soul-sunday/Full-Episode-Madonna-Badger-Video

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This week's webinar is about rewiring the traumatized brain. This is free if you watch it live. Just sign up.

http://www.nicabm.com/nicabmblog/three-ways-trauma-can-change-the-brain/

This series is excellent.

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Educating ourselves about grief in a society that does this poorly (but which is improving slowly) helps us through these challenging losses. This four day FREE webinar is filled with opportunities to learn. A total of 36 speakers in 6 tracks will speak on a variety of subjects. Check out this link and read about this before deciding to watch it or not.

Host Dr. Karen Wyatt is a family practice and hospice physician who has spent her career gathering spiritual wisdom from her own life experience and from the patients she has cared for over the years. She is the author of the book What Really Matters and lectures frequently on her 7-lesson system for living a soul-guided life of meaning and joy. She helps people navigate the difficult times of life and transform their suffering into spiritual growth and awareness. www.karenwyattmd.com

http://www.eoluniversity.com/ This is FREE.

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Dear Ones,

I listened to this (free!) webinar yesterday, and I think it serves as an outstanding overview of the normal grief process. If you register for the program, it is available to you for viewing at any time you choose for an entire year, until November 1, 2015! The program lasts one hour, and I thought it was excellent. It features Kenneth Doka and Dale Larson, both highly respected experts in the field of grief and loss.

Here is a link to an earlier post in this thread, describing all the details and how to register:

Grief: What Helps When It Hurts,

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This webinar was on my “watch” list yesterday, also.

One of the best ones I’ve watched in awhile. I thought both Dorka and Larson were excellent.

There really isn’t any “magic wand” and we do “learn from others.”

I liked the definition of grief Ken Dorka gave ~ “grief – a reaction to loss.”

So many things we have heard about this journey ~ there is hope for shared stories, we do get through it, we are NOT “crazy,” there are highs and lows (likened to a pendulum swing), our pain does lesson even though we have surges of grief along the way.

I liked hearing that our previous experiences do not predict how we will react to other losses ~ that was a big one for me.

Everyone grieves differently. It’s important to create rituals. It’s important to listen to our feelings ~ allow ourselves to experience the emotions of grief and know that there are going to be difficult times.

We will need to re-learn the world as it is now. We have DLRs in our lives now: Ds are the doers who will take care of some things for us like raking leaves or going to the store for milk, Ls in our lives are the listeners ~ the ones we can call anytime and they will sit with us and not be uncomfortable as we grieve and the Rs are those who will be around to give us some respite from grief in our lives – go to the show, go to lunch, etc. I liked this idea and it helps to understand that everyone is not comfortable with everything about someone else’s grief but we all have something to offer.

Our losses can challenge or strengthen our Faith.

Support Groups help ~ to validate our grief, to offer respite and support, to provide suggestions for coping that worked for them, or to offer hope

Our lives have changed forever.

Hospice can be a good help.

I liked the story of the person who went up to the person at the wake and took her hand and placed a key in it and whispered to her that if things ever got too bad she was welcome anytime ~ aloneness is very common in grief.

I also liked the story of the yellow light and the red light ~ when you might need help with coping. Yellow light warning would be if you start to take on the behaviors of the deceased or experience symptoms of your deceased illnesses and the red light warning would be if you became self-destructive or were unable to function at all.

A good webinar that I hope others take the time to watch ~ we really don’t need to do this alone.

Where will I be a year from now? I hope in a better place. The pain will be less but the bond I have with Jim will always be there.

Anne

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Oh Anne, you've done it again! :) I think we should appoint you as the official note-taker for webinars!

Thank you so much for your endorsement of this outstanding program, and for sharing with all of us your "take aways" ~ so appreciated!

(Near the end of the webinar someone asked a question about online support groups, and Ken Doka said he had the name of a good one on the tip of his tongue, but at the moment he couldn't remember the name of it. I all but shouted at my computer screen that it had to be ours ;) )

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Feeling discouraged? Relax and tune into "Grief Relief" radio and hear Dr. Gloria Horsley and Dr. Heidi Horsley interview guests with inspiring stories about recovery from loss. Here is the schedule for the month of November, 2014:

November 6

Topic: Changing the Way We Die

Guest: Sheila Himmel

November 13

Topic: Soaring Spirits

Guest: Michelle Neff Hernandez

November 20

Topic: Support Network For Grieving College Students

Guest: Dr. David Fajgenbaum, MD, MSc

November 27

Topic: Aftertalk

Guest: Lisa Bogatin

Click on this link to access Open to Hope Radio

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TODAY ~ NOW ~ Handling the Holidays After Loss with Drs. Gloria and Heidi Horsley and Alan Petersen.

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This just in from Lisa Bogatin, Co-Founder of AfterTalk:

AfterTalk.com LIVE BlogTalk Radio Show
Interview w/ Dr. Robert Neimeyer
Continuing Bonds: For the Layman
Save the Date 12/03/14

Don't miss our newest BlogTalk Radio Show airing LIVE on 12/03/14 at 3pm EST. Our guest is Robert Neimeyer PhD, Author and Professor at The University of Memphis, and the dean of grief counseling. Topics range over Dr. Neimeyer's personal journey, Continuing Bonds #GriefTherapy and the value of writing as a therapeutic tool.

http://bit.ly/1tjpvIE

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Brought to you by The Compassionate Friends and the Open to Hope Foundation:
a free webinar, New Year's Resolution--Dealing with Anger with Dr. Bob Baugher
Feeling Angry?
Ready to resolve those feelings?
Time to make a change?
Join this free Webinar, New Year’s Resolution: Dealing With Anger with hosts Alan Pedersen Executive Director of The Compassionate Friends and Dr. Gloria and Dr. Heidi Horsley in their discussion with anger expert Dr. Robert Baugher.
Sunday, January 18, 2015, 5 - 6 PM PST, 8 - 9 PM EST Show in My Time Zone
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Thank you Marty!

I have registered for the above seminar. I know I have some residual anger, and I also think that as I can let it go, I am going to get healthier much faster. This should be a great seminar, and I will take notes. Thank you very much!

*<twinkles>*

fae

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I watched this on Tuesday and thought it very good to share here. It will replay today and I intend to watch it again.

Jean Houston talks about unlocking the 3 keys to your quantum powers ~ gain clarity about the true nature of reality ~ living a new story in your life ~ and how to access your quantum powers.

http://evolvingwisdom.com/jeanhouston/quantumpowers/seminar-access-encore/b

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I watched the webinar yesterday Marty posted above and took notes from slides shown - I thought the notes may be helpful to some and encourage others to watch it when it shows on YouTube.

New Year’s Resolution - Dealing With Anger was shown on Dr. Heidi Horsley and Dr. Gloria Horsley’s radio show yesterday. The discussion was on ANGER and how we deal with it when grieving. The notes might help some of us who find ourselves angry and not sure where it’s coming from.

***The functions anger serves

· Provides feedback

· Can effect change

· Deflects other emotions

· Can produce a sense of power

· Can hurt others and/or oneself

***Factors that contribute to anger during bereavement

· Frustration – blockage of a goal

· Failure to receive expected support

· Stolen "futures"

· The manner of death

· Self-blame – didn’t have control

· Imbalance in life

· Revenge – never, never say, “at least,” to someone grieving a loss

· Low self-esteem

***Components of anger

· Emotional – you can be angry, it’s what you do with it

· Physical – voice tone, heart rate, silence

· Cognitive – what do you say to yourself?

· Social – anger can push away those who can help you

***Targets of anger

· Anger at people in general

· Medical Staff

· Those directly responsible

· Those indirectly responsible

· Anyone associated with the death

· God

· Oneself

· Life in general

· The person who died

***Coping with anger

· What are my next anger episodes – what are the triggers

· During an anger episode – time out, why am I angry, breathe, take 20 minutes

· Long term anger management strategies

· Ask – what do I expect

· Write about it

***Coping with anger directed at me

· Reflect the angry feeling

· Keep emotional responses neutral

· Ask what we can do to work on this – practice ahead of time

Controversy – catharsis vs reinforcement of angry feelings

Don’t get angry at the ones around you

-Go for a ride, scream into a pillow, walk it off, write about it

A Book suggestion:

Untethered Soul: The Journey Beyond Yourself, by Michael Singer

How to Be A Good Listener by Bob Baugher (videos)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZVEB1HH4UJM

I thought the webinar was excellent and I will watch it again when it shows on YouTube.

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Dear Anne,

Thank you for posting your notes! I was signed up to attend but my goddaughter called for one last visit, since they leave for India today for three months, and I could not simply tell her to call later, because she was going down a list of people to talk with, and I was one of her last to be called. By the time I was free, the webinar was over. I will watch it on YouTube as well. Thank you for mentioning that. The Untethered Soul is an excellent book.

The webinar sounds very useful, so I will definitely watch for its availability.

Thank you for your notes!

fae

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Anne, you are SUCH a treasure! I too was unable to listen to the webinar and will need to catch it at a more convenient time ~ but thanks to your outstanding ability to capture the essence of the program, and your willingness to share what you heard with all of us, I feel as if I didn't miss a thing. Thank you ever so much for sharing your wonderful notes! You are just amazing, and so generous in sharing these valuable tools for healing.

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Oh fae, I hope you have a chance to listen to the webinar ~ it was really so good. One of the best I've listened to. I have not read Untethered Soul but will some day. I really like Drs. Gloria and Heidi ~ they are so down-to-earth and knowledgeable.

How fortunate to have so many Tools for Healing right in one place.

Marty, thank you for your kind words. :blush:

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Thank you, Anne, for your notes, I've saved them for future perusal!

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Dear Anne,

Thank you for posting the webinar information. I listened to it today while I prepared lunch. I think I was angry at every couple I saw after I lost my first husband, because they still had each other. It's just the way it is, I think. It was for me anyway, and it likely would be again ( much worse). I especially hated to go to the grocery store. I dreaded seeing couples, and suddenly seeing someone who looked like him, or wore his cologne. Even after all these years, I remember. His sister told me that she was angry at him for taking his life, but I never felt anger toward him. He couldn't help it. She knew this. She loved him so very much. It was her pain speaking, but it was hard for me to hear.

I did something quite out of character for me while Jerry was in the hospital. I actually scared myself. I thought I might have lost my mind. I stayed at the hospital every night until 11:30, and returned as soon as they'd allow me inside every morning. Early one morning, as I was getting ready for another day, I threw a brand new hairbrush, as hard as I could, at the headboard of the bed. It flew out of my hand, sailed near our dear friend Dr. Rickard's head, slammed into the headboard, and lay in two pieces. He said calmly, "Carrie, some people handle stress differently." Indeed they do. I had no forethought of sailing that brush. It was like someone else must have done it. I stood there stunned at what I had done. I could hardly move. When I began to get my wits back, I thought I might have just bought a bed, but it didn't even have a scratch (must be kid proofed).

Later that morning, when the social worker came for her daily visit with me, I told her what I done, and that I could hardly believe I had done such a thing. She gave me a smile, wrapped both of her arms around me, and rocked me. She told me that she wanted me to remember three words that begin with the letter "N." They are: Normal, Natural, and Necessary. She said that even my sailing the brush was Normal, Natural, and Necessary under my circumstances. Her words were difficult for me to believe, but she assured me

that I was not losing my mind. I will try to never do such again. My irrational anger was rooted in fear, dread, and helplessness. I understand somewhat better now. I'm angry at what is happening to us, but I'm not angry with any person.

I am recuperating from the intensity of my remembering and writing yesterday. Tomorrow will be better.

Blessings,

Carrie

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Oh Carrie, I am so glad you found your way to this section of our discussion forum. It is a place filled with so many treasures. I am sure you will like many of the topics here. I really like the significant quotes page, the meditation page, and the webinar page. I like this entire Tools for Healing section. Coming here cuts my time looking for things on the Internet.

Have you found Marty's Grief Healing Blog yet? Or our Mary's Personal Growth and Support Center? Another place I come to here on this forum is the Living With Loss thread. It is perfect for anyone who has been with their grief for awhile.

I am so glad that you are allowing your feelings to just be. It is OK to be sad. You must have had a very special social worker who could wrap you in her arms and give you the comfort you needed at the time. I really like the three words she gave you: "Normal, Natural, Necessary." Sounds like a good title for a book.

Anne

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Finding Hope After The Death of a Sibling

Join The Compassionate Friends for a free webinar on Sunday, February 22, 2015 at 5:00 PM PST.

The death of a sibling is often an unacknowledged and minimized loss. However, losing a sibling is one of the worst things that can ever happen; it turns one's world upside down. Join Dr. Heidi Horsley, Executive Director of the Open to Hope foundation and Alan Pedersen, President of The Compassionate Friends and their special guests, Tracy Milne, Sibling Representative for The Compassionate Friends National Board of Directors and Alicia Franklin, Licensed Clinical Social Worker and grief management specialist for a free webinar to get tips on how to help siblings cope after a loss.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

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Register here today.

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I did watch the webinar Finding Hope After Loss of a Sibling and will have some thoughts on it after I watch it again. Here is the replay that just went up on YouTube. I personally found it to have some very helpful information since I have lost three of my own siblings all to cancer.

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Thank you for sharing that with us, Carrie. I have not lost my siblings yet, but came very close to losing two of them about three years ago, it was very scary. I am not looking forward to that time in my life as they are very important to me.

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