Understanding and Handling the Grief of Divorce

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Shelley Stile

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I am very excited to welcome Lisa Athan, an expert in grief recovery. Lisa will be discussing the nature of the grief that grips us during divorce as well as offering concrete methods of effectively dealing with grief. Lisa will be taking your questions and concerns live on air. Lisa Athan is a Grief Recovery Specialist, Executive Director of Grief Speaks and a popular speaker on grief, loss and healthy coping. Lisa holds a Master's degree in Counseling and serves on the Traumatic Loss Coalition for Youth in NJ and serves on the advisory board of Good Grief, a free year round grief support program for children. Lisa herself has experienced the loss associated with divorce. Lisa believes that we grieve over many different types of loss, and divorce is a huge loss on many levels. Unlike a loss through a death, people going through a divorce receive little support, acknowledgment or compassion from family, friends or co-workers. Often people don't know what to say or even wind up taking sides and expressing anger toward the grieving person. There are many different aspects to the grief of divorce which when left unacknowledged or unexpressed, can impede our healing process, energy and overall life satisfaction. Lisa's web site www.griefspeaks.com is full of information and resources about grief and loss in the lives of children, teens and adults.

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