What the Good Grief Festival is all about…. you can find all the details about The Good Grief Festival by clicking the link.
Last weekend I attend the second Good Grief Festival for the second season. I enjoyed it so much in 2020 and when I saw they were bringing some new sessions to 2021, I booked some workshop sessions straight away. It is so important as a therapist to focus some time on continuing professional development, so that new ways of working can be explored and integrated into practice. The Good Grief Festival is founded on current practice, and so, while it available for all attend (you don’t have to be a therapist to book on any of the sessions, and as an added bonus, the sessions are free, and then available for a small price to rewatch at a later date if you miss any).
I have been working in the area of grief and loss since 2011, and if you include my many years in nursing, much longer than that! So, it is a main focus within my work with clients. Everyone has experienced grief, or loss of some kind in their lifetime, it can’t be avoided, but how we work through our thoughts and feelings as we experience and process it, can be explored with a therapist in a safe way. I often use creative activities with clients when working with loss, it can form a bridge between the client and their feelings, emotions, and allow them to surface in a safe way. So, the sessions I attended in the Good Grief Festival were with this idea of incorporating creativity in mind.
I have taken so much valuable resource from attending the festival. I am particularly interested in the use of writing memoir to to heal grief and loss, and the session with Nikesh Shukla was amazing! he shared so openly and honestly about his writing and emotions, and how that helped him to work through his grief from the loss of his Mother. I have already started to incorporate some of his suggestions in my own writing, and that of working with clients with their writing too.
My other choices included working with nature, and art, and writing poetry. I would highly recommend all the sessions I attended. There are many other sessions available to attend on playback and lots of other resources and articles etc on the good grief website.
Writing Memoir to Heal with Author Nikesh Shukla
How Nature Teaches us to Grieve with Gary Andrews, Mari Kennedy
Grieving through Art with Victoria Tolchard and Dr.Lesel Dawson
Writing Poetry for a Lost Loved One with Portrait Poet Beth Calverley (2020)