Learn about how you can be more consciously aware of, sensitive to, and empathetically responsive to another's pain.
- As I said at the beginning of this course, there are a number of life experiences that are a natural part of our shared human experience. Change, loss, and grief are among them. Be aware and sensitive to the truth that each one of us has a story to tell, a story that would be marked by lots of highs and lots of lows, and one that would include many changes, many losses, and grief, experiences so uniquely personal and universal all at the same time. With others, remember to show up. Show up with your presence, your warmth, your listening ear and your ability to help. For yourself, remember that change and loss are inevitable. We are in this together and you, you are not alone. Moving through and experiencing pain often helps soften and release it. It takes the strength of your vulnerability to experience and express it. And it takes the strength of your vulnerability to ask for help. And it takes the strength of your vulnerability to receive that help. And it takes that same strength of vulnerability to put grief behind you and to choose into leaning more fully into what gives you life. And please, be gentle and compassionate with yourself, as you would with others. As we come to the close for this course, it is only fitting that I end with a quote from Dr. Elisabeth Kubler-Ross, a pioneer in her work with death and dying. She said: The most beautiful people we have known are those who have known defeat, known suffering, known struggle, known loss, and have found their way out of the depths. These persons have an appreciation, a sensitivity, and an understanding of life that fills them with compassion, fills them with gentleness and a deep loving concern. Beautiful people do not just happen.
- Understanding difficult feelings
- Defining grief
- Dealing with loss and change
- Supporting grieving colleagues
- Returning to work