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The world is in mourning. We have lost friends, family, jobs, finances and our sense of normality to COVID-19. We are coming face to face with the pervasive effects of systematic racism in our society, and its terrible human toll. 2020 has not been “our year”...or perhaps it has, but just not in the way we expected it? In this episode I spoke to grief expert and therapist Claire Bidwell Smith about how grief is a process that helps us face and deal with loss, how this will look different for everyone, how unresolved grief can cause anxiety and affect our mental health, how to help our children deal with grief and loss, and how grief is a normal part of life and integral to the healing process. We also discus how to deal with the loss of a job, a routine, financial security and more!
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2:13 How losing her parents to cancer motivated Claire to help others deal with grief
7:00 What is grief, and is it a progression?
9:30 Why even kids experience grief, and how to help your children deal with grief
13:15 What advice should you give to a loved one who is grieving, and how do you deal with grieving in isolation? 1
6:10 Grief and anxiety: how are they related?
20:15, 44:31 How anxiety is inextricably linked to grief, and how to deal with both
40:00 How do you deal with the guilt that often comes with remarriage?
47:00 How do we deal with the COVID-19 transition period?
48:33 What is Claire struggling with right now, and how is she dealing with the COVID-19 crisis?
For more info on Claire and to get her book visit: https://clairebidwellsmith.com
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