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Nov 7, 2017

When was the last time you experienced grief, pain, or loss? It’s our cultural instinct to brush those feelings off, to sweep them under the rug, and try to move past them as quickly as possible. Today, Megan Devine, a Pacific Northwest writer, speaker, and grief advocate, is here to remind you that personal tragedy’s going to happen (it’s inevitable), but she’s also going to reassure you that in those darkest times of your life — it WILL be okay. As Megan puts it, “it’s okay that you’re not okay.”

Megan’s on a mission to help people love each other better. As the founder of Refuge in Grief, a hub of grief education and outreach, Megan leads people through some of the most devastating times in their lives. Together, with her team, she facilitates a growing catalogue of courses, events, and trainings to help grieving people — as well as help those who wish to support them — to learn the skills they need to carry pain that cannot be fixed. Megan’s newest book, It’s OK That You’re Not OK: Meeting Grief & Loss in a Culture That Doesn’t Understand. She’s been featured wildly in the media including Huffington Post, Modern Loss, and the Manifest-Station, and in dozens of podcasts and radio appearances.

Dive into the conversation that surrounds grief, pain, and loss to discover how much more healing the entire process can actually be.

Key Takeaways:

Healing through well intentions. You’re going through your life and the unimaginable happens. It could be a close death, a job loss, or a health diagnosis, but suddenly your world’s turned upside down. Your support system will instinctually try to relate or do whatever they can to help you move past this, but THIS is what you’ll actually need…[09:25].

Embracing the conversation. Talking about grief can make us uncomfortable. The truth is we all walk around with a backlog of unspoken or unheard pain that we’re afraid to reveal; but why? The TRUTH behind our silence and what we’re really so damn afraid of…[16:26].

Finding your safe ground. When you’re met with tragedy you want to be comforted knowing there’s a safety net; a person or group of supportive people who will help you heal. It’s not about reducing the harm, but to feel safe. How can you build that community before needing them? Try this…[19:55].

Carrying the loss. When things go wrong, we want to fix them. It’s in our nature to try. But the next time your loved one calls you distressed and grieving, it’s incredibly important to remember Megan’s sound advice – things cannot be fixed, they can only be carried. Learn what this ONE saying means and be better prepared to face it all…[30:47].

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