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Part 1: Close Up Radio Spotlights Grief Counselor Dr. Susan Berger

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Framingham, MA - Grief and loss are experiences we all have at some point in our lives. Besides the death of someone very dear to us -- any significant loss, such as a relationship ending, the passing of our beloved pets, losing our jobs, or our homes and cherished possessions in a natural disaster -- all of these losses represent hopes and dreams, and every loss is personal to each one of us.

Seeking a qualified mental health professional can provide survivors with support and strategies to adjust to their losses, even develop new strengths and live life more fully.

The tragic death of Susan’s father when she was only eleven years old not only influenced her career choices in psychology and social work, but also compelled her years later to acknowledge how her own grief affected her whole life. By writing her book, The Five Ways We Grieve, she hoped to help other survivors understand the lifelong impact of their loss on their choices, their identities, and their lives.

She named these identities: Nomads, Memorialists, Normalizers, Activists and Seekers.

It’s not only about feeling a wide range of emotions, it’s about finding a path to healing. This is the fundamental message of her book.

“With the COVID-19 pandemic, the country has fallen into collective grief for so many types of loss: the death of more than a half a million Americans, the loss of jobs and businesses which has driven unprecedented lifestyle changes. More people than ever feel withdrawn and isolated.”

In her two-part radio interview, Susan will also be discussing The Five Ways We Grieve, accentuating how through our pain we can honor our loved ones rather than live in a perpetual state of mourning.

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