Most “grief work” involves expressing grief fully, or saying “goodbye” to the lost person, neither of which resolves the feeling of loss. Full resolution reconnects with the treasured felt experience of the lost person, using it as a positive resource to move forward and reengage the world in the present.
Traditional intervention strategies to overcome traumatic grief reactions have in the past failed to achieve successful treatment outcomes. Dysregulation of affect and other central symptoms of acute stress disorder and PTSD are often the result of dissociative reactions to cope with the traumatic loss. This workshop will focus on grief as a resource, methods to facilitate the containment and transmutation of negative affect and how to integrate the deceased as an internal resource.