In this week’s episode of RECLAIM I am delighted to be interviewing grief and loss expert Megan Devine. Together we explore the ways in which we can support others who are navigating through grief while honoring their experience, as well as ways that can be hurtful. We also dive into anger, social justice and how we can hold better space for one another.
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Megan Devine is a psychotherapist, writer, and speaker. A grief advocate and communication expert, Devine is best known for her 2017 book, It's OK That You're Not OK: Meeting Grief and Loss in a Culture that Doesn't Understand, and for her work advancing an approach to grief support which excludes the use of Platitudes, the Kübler-Ross model (5 stages theory), and treating grief as a pathology.
Devine is the founder of Refuge in Grief, a grief support resource and online community which serves both grieving people and those looking to better support grieving people via free online resources, paid creative courses, and professional training. Refuge in Grief's grief education and outreach works to normalize the many physical, mental, and emotional effects of grief, and correct the notion that grief is a pathology and occurs in orderly stages.
Devine's quotes, "Some things cannot be fixed. They can only be carried" and "Acknowledgement can be the best medicine we have. It makes things better, even when they cannot be made right." defines her model of grief advocacy work based on her professional and personal observations on supporting grievers and their advocates with an emphasis on unexpected, out-of-order, traumatic, and accidental death, including death by suicide, Violent crime, Natural disaster, pregnancy loss, and baby loss.