It's Ok That You're Not Ok: Meeting Grief and Loss in a Culture That Doesn't Understand

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It's Ok That You're Not Ok: Meeting Grief and Loss in a Culture That Doesn't Understand

It's Ok That You're Not Ok: Meeting Grief and Loss in a Culture That Doesn't Understand

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For example, I consider myself a pretty empathetic person (like, I’m a therapist, though I recognize not all therapists are empathetic, I think most of us are, but anyway) and I really do not tolerate views that promote white supremacy, homophobia, misogyny, imperialism, etc.

Watch the documentary The Wisdom of Trauma exploring Gabor Maté’s work to understand the connection between illness, addiction, trauma, and society. The first about 30 pages or more could have been summed up as “grief sucks”-but it’s said over and over in many ways. Megan’s work is featured widely in the media, including the New York Times, NPR, Washington Post, GQ, Harvard Business Review, and The Atlantic. New episodes each and every Monday, from the author of the best-selling book, It’s OK That You’re Not OK, and iHeartMedia. In this special two-part episode, we face the new year together - with special guest, historian, author, and queen of awkward conversations, Kate Bowler.b) The beauty of the life that a grieving person can eventually settle into, by integrating, rather than forgetting, the devastation experienced. The 103 third parties who use cookies on this service do so for their purposes of displaying and measuring personalized ads, generating audience insights, and developing and improving products. That unacknowledged pain results in burnout, disconnection, and a distinct lack of empathy for others who hold seemingly opposing views.

Her work has appeared in GQ, Harvard Business Review, Washington Post, New York Times, Stanford University, and on APM’s Marketplace.

For example, I’m aware that Native culture integrates grief into their daily existence in much more healthful, unrepressed ways. Emphasis on might, as this book makes sure not to preach or offer a “quick solution” to your grief, and actually makes a strong stance against that mentality in general. I wish those people would read it, but at least those of us who have experienced grief will have some tools for helping our loved ones who go through it later on.

The author of this book tries to share her expertise on grief in a new authentic way, a more relatable and accurate way. Wellness takes a more human, self-kindness centric ‘do what you can and don’t feel too bad if at first, or last, you don’t succeed’ perspective but the book kind of asserts that we will eventually be happy only if we live up to what grief/life ‘asks’ of us. Megan Devine addresses this societal norm that offers no time, space or understanding for grief, and the way that norm is present in the day-to-day lives of someone dealing with a loss. She understands the pain that grieving people carry on top of their actual grief, including the pain of being judged, dismissed, and misunderstood.

Watching her die was at once a horrible nightmare and a relief to see the end of her suffering—I felt so much guilt for feeling relieved, and so much anguish over the many wrong things I had said and all the things left unsaid. Most people in grief do realize that others are trying to show they care when they say these things. It hasn't made things easier, my grief is still the heavy immovable object it was before, but I feel seen, understood. But I wish she hadn’t focused so much on accidental deaths because it felt like the rest of us, experiencing “expected” deaths, should just move on already.



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