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The Grief Recovery Handbook for Pet Loss: Russell Friedman
Your relationship with your pet is special--it's a bond that is very different than those that human beings share with each other. When a beloved pet passes away, people often resort to incorrect mechanisms to deal with the grief, such as trying to move too quickly past the loss dismissing the real impact), or even attempting to replace the pet immediately. However, these are merely two myths out of six that the authors discuss and dismantle in The Grief Recovery Handbook for Pet Loss. Based on the authors' Grief Recovery Method®, this book addresses how losing a pet is different from losing a human loved one, and ultimately, how to move on with life.
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According to the AAVA, Americans owned more than 157 million pets in 2012. Americans LOVE their pets! A big problem with pets, however, is that their lives are shorter than human lives. We love them, and lose them far too soon for us. How do we deal with losing them? What do we need to do in order to grieve their loss fully, and then go on with our own lives? What do we do about getting another pet? Russell Friedman and his colleagues, author of The Grief Recovery Handbook for Pet Loss, is an expert in grief and applies his understanding to the very real grief we human feel when our pets die. Russell and co-author John James have created the Grief Recovery Method, shared with you when you listen to Full Power Living.
So many people preface the report of the deep grief they feel after the death of their dog, cat or bird, with “I know I’m being stupid/silly, but….” It turns out that grief is grief, and grief felt over the death of our beloved pet is no more silly or stupid than grief we feel over the lost of a person we love. Who better to discuss this with than someone who is an expert on all aspects of grief? Listen on Thursday as Russell Friedman talks with us on questions most of us have when we suffer loss. Click here to visit Russell Friedman's website!
Speak Life Radio ~ Suicide Awareness and Grief Recovery
Blessings family and welcome back to another amazing show. To continue our healing in talking about "Release and Embrace The Shift" we have the Founder of Reason2Live Tiffany Washington joining us tonight. Reason2Live is a 501 (c) (3) suicide awareness and prevention organization who's mission is to educate individuals about suicide and to offer some hope to those that may feel like there is no hope. We also have joining us Elizabeth Parker Licensed Social Worker for over 35 years as well as a Grief Recovery Specialist and Facilitator of a Caregiver Support Group. Liz will help to understand what grief is and give some information on how to deal with our losses and learn to release in order to embrace. All of us at some point in life have dealt with something that seem to have us stuck and even with a sense of hopelessness. Well tonight Let Us Release those feelings and Embrace Hope! Please join us
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According to the AAVA, Americans owned more than 157 million pets in 2012. Americans LOVE their pets! A big problem with pets, however, is that their lives are shorter than human lives. We love them, and lose them far too soon for us. How do we deal with losing them? What do we need to do in order to grieve their loss fully, then go on with our own lives? What do we do about getting another pet? Russell Friedman and his colleagues, author of Grief Recovery from Pet Loss, is an expert in grief and applies his understanding to the very real grief we human feel when our pets die. Russell and co-author John James have created the Grief Recovery Method, shared with you when you listen to Full Power Living.
So many people preface the report of the deep grief they feel after the death of their dog, cat or bird, with “I know I’m being stupid/silly, but….” It turns out that grief is grief, and grief felt over the death of our beloved pet is no more silly or stupid than grief we feel over the lost of a person we love. Who better to discuss this with than someone who is an expert on all aspects of grief. Listen on Thursday as Russell Friedman talks with us on questions most of us have when we suffer loss. Click here to visit Russell Friedman’s website!
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I am a Grief Recovery Specialist. So many people call me and tell me they are so depressed and discontent with their lives. Many turn to drugs or alchol to aswage their feelings. Tune in and let me tell you about Grief Recovery and a process that will change your life.
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Show Topic: The culture of addiction and recovery is rife with experiences of grief and loss for the person struggling with addiction or striving for recovery. The nature of these experiences combined with the stigma, shame and general lack of understanding of addiction can make grief and loss associated with addiction lonely and difficult to heal from. The treatment setting can provide an effective healing environment for dealing with past or current loss and grief. We must also learn to deal with this experience outside of the cocoon of the treatment setting. We'll review the various stages of loss and grief, recount some personal experiences, and how as providers we can better help clients through this experience.
Show Segments: Recap, Show Topics, Recovery Support Time
Counselor Mandy Eppley speaks with mother, widow and author Kristi Smith as she shares the story of suddenly losing her husband at the age of 48. Through her grieving process she found that she needed a “how to” book to help her navigate this loss. This led to her writing the book DREAM…a guide to grieving gracefully. Through Kristi’s experience she found there are keys to unlocking the doors that will help you to keep moving through the grief process and to heal. Mandy and Kristi discuss the “5 Keys to Unlock the Grip of Grief” which are the valuable lessons included in Kristi’s book that can help you in finding hope
Kristi Smith combines 30 years of ministry with a BS in Psychology, so she comes from a solid place of experience and knowledge. She is not shy about sharing poignant words that she knows will help grievers process the pain. She has compiled the 5 most profound lessons in her book, DREAM…a guide to grieving gracefully. You can find her at www.kristismithdreambook.com.
Counselor Mandy Eppley speaks with veterinarian and animal advocate Dr. Linda Bender about the importance of grieving our pets and how they continue to bless our lives even after they pass. Dr. Bender shares the story of losing her precious cat, Wimsey, who she considered to be her best friend for 18 years. Both Mandy and Linda emphasize how important it is to allow yourself to grieve pets, as we do for humans, and to not feel ashamed about it. Linda shares several stories from her collection (one of the largest databases of stories about animals in the world) about how beloved animals have contacted their owners after they pass. She helps people see how these experiences are “normal” and not “paranormal.” She says “grief can motivate us to show up as love in the world.”
Dr. Linda Bender’s love of the natural world began in her childhood backyard. Her innate rapport with animals inspired her to earn a doctorate in veterinary medicine. During the 14 years she spent living in England, Asia, Africa, and the Middle East, Linda’s veterinary work included the rescue, rehabilitation, and protection of wildlife, often in remote areas. In 2014 Linda wrote a book called Animal Wisdom: Learning from the Spiritual Lives of Animals (North Atlantic). This book illuminates the undeniable ability for animals to restore our ecological, emotional and spiritual balance.
Her non-profit, From the Heart, has a mission of recognizing that all creatures have lives of meaning and purpose, and provides support for animals in need and strives to help people understand the natural connection between humans and animals, and the mutual need to protect the Earth we share. To learn more visit her website, www.LindaBender.org
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On tonight's show we will be discussing how to face the upcoming holidays after the loss of a child. How can gratitude help us during the holidays after losing a child? What can we do to enjoy the holidays while honoring our child?
Answers these questions and/or share your story with us!
“Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow.” Melody Beattie
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Counselor Mandy Eppley speaks with school social worker Barry Sherman about his story and the impact his mother’s sudden death when he was 18 years old had on the course of his life. Barry also gives a first-hand account of the inequity that is in many of the schools throughout our country. He is experiencing this at the school he currently works in, located in Charlotte, NC, as it has moved backward and is now segregated. The biggest factor that separates the children in his school from other schools is their socio economic status with the majority living in poverty. Due to this, the majority of children are struggling with multiple risk factors that they bring to school with them each day. Thus, instead of being able to teach and create an optimal learning environment, they need to spend time addressing these risk factors. He is using his grief and outrage about this situation to fuel the actions he is taking to address and change this on a systemic level. One of the messages he wants to get out is that the best learning environment can be created when diversity, especially in economic levels, is present in our schools.??
Barry Sherman - MSW, LCSW, is a school social worker with Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools. Until 2011 he served for nearly 20 years as the Assistant Director of The Institute for Life-leadership & Coaching. He also continues his work with INTEGRA for KIDS, a leadership development program for children utilizing the creative arts. www.INTEGRAforKIDS.org.?? Barry is also taking a leadership role in changing what is happening in our schools. To find out more about what actions are being taken by the OneMECK Coalition to institute change in the Charlotte/Mecklenburg system please visit www.onemeck.org. This coalition could also serve as a model for other cities and school systems.
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The five stages of normal grief that were first proposed by Dr. Elisabeth Kübler-Ross* in her 1969 book On Death and Dying are:
denial, anger, bargaining, depression, and acceptance.
They are a part of the framework that makes up our learning to live with the one we lost.They are tools to help us frame and identify what we may be feeling. But they are not stops on some linear timeline in grief. Not everyone goes through all of them or in a prescribed order. Our hope is that with these stages comes the knowledge of grief ‘s terrain, making us better equipped to cope with life and loss.
At times, people in grief will often report more stages. Just remember your grief is an unique as you are.
* Dr. Elisabeth Kubler-Ross earned a place as the best-loved and most-respected authority on the subjects of death and dying. Through her many books, and her years working with terminally ill children, AIDS patients, and the elderly,Dr. Kubler-Ross brought comfort and understanding to millions coping with their own deaths or the death of a loved one. Her books have been translated into 27 languages. She passed away in 2004 at the age of 78. Before her death, she and David Kessler completed work on their second collaboration, On Grief and Grieving.
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