Developing Our Grief Intelligence - Darcy Harris, PhD #40

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Dr. Darcy Harris is an expert on the grieving process, and in this interview, she explains how to be present in your own personal grief, as well as with someone who is grieving. Most of us have experienced grief in one way or another in our lives, and Darcy's therapeutic words can help us to understand how to embrace it and even allow it to deepen our experience in life.

Episode Breakdown:

  • The grief process
  • What is thanatology?
  • Recognition of mourning
  • Implications of not directly interacting with death
  • Terror management theory
  • Speed dating for death
  • How to be with someone in grief
  • Planning for loss
  • Reproductive loss
  • Deepening our experiences through grief
  • Where Darcy draws inspiration
  • Grief and emoting
  • Misconceptions about the grieving process
  • Darcy gives you an assignment
  • The power of positive thinking doesn’t stop the fact that we die

We’ve distanced ourselves in so many ways from the realities of death that we’re very inept now at handling that part of life. Tweet it!

Grief often goes underground because people don’t know how to deal with it. Tweet it!

Grief has the power to really deepen our lives, deepen our experience. Tweet it!

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Meet Darcy

Darcy L. Harris, Ph.D., FT, is an associate professor in the Department of Interdisciplinary Programs and coordinates the Thanatology Program at King’s University College at Western University London, Ontario, Canada, where she also maintains a private clinical practice specializing in issues related to change, loss, and transition. She developed the undergraduate degree program in Thanatology at King’s University College, and she serves as an adjunct faculty member in the Faculty of Graduate Studies at the University of Western Ontario. She has served on the board of directors of the Association for Death Education and Counseling and was the recipient of the Death Educator Award in 2014. She has written many articles and book chapters, including Counting our Losses: Reflecting on Change, Loss, and Transition in Everyday Life (Routledge), Grief and Bereavement in Contemporary Society: Bridging Research and Practice (Routledge), and Grief Counseling: Principles and Practice (Springer). She is currently the Series Editor for the Death, Value, and Meaning Series with Baywood Publishing Company in New York.