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All of us experience loss. It could be loss of a spouse, a child, our job, our home, a beloved pet, or a dear friend. During the pandemic of 2020 & 2021 we are experiencing a collective mourning of hundreds of thousands who have died from the coronavirus. This is a loss on a global scale. Every person has their own timing when it comes to grieving and our guest suggests that grief is a sign of deep love rather than a problem to be solved. The landscape of grief can be unspeakably difficult. Claire Willis recommends that we allow ourselves to remain in the great brokenness of loss with our eyes and hearts open—thus grief can be seen as an invitation to grow and eventually can lead to finding meaning in the experience of loss. This dialogue explores various practices that will illumine our broken hearts. (hosted by Justine Willis Toms)
Claire B. Willis is a clinical social worker who works in the field of oncology and bereavement. She is a cofounder of the Boston nonprofit Facing Cancer Together and regularly leads bereavement, end of life, support, and therapeutic writing groups. As a lay Buddhist chaplain, she focuses on contemplative practices for end-of-life care. She maintains a private practice in Brookline, Massachusetts.
Claire B. Willis is coauthor with Marnie Crawford Samuelson of:
To learn more about the work of Claire B. Willis go to www.openingtogrief.com.
Topics explored in this dialogue include:
Host: Justine Willis Toms Interview Date: 1/21/2021 Program Number: 3724
From Album: Fresh Impressions Artist: Georgia Kelley & Stephen Kindler
Opening Essay: Track 01 - Sicilienne Music Break 1: Track 03 - Giverny Music Break 2: Track 01 – Sicilienne (reprise) Music Break 3: Track 09 – Pastorale d’Ete
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