Finding Yourself Again After Trauma, Grief & Loss GUEST: Dr. Sherry Cormier
EMOTIONAL SAVVY: The Relationship Help Show
with Rhoberta Shaler, PhD, The Relationship Help Doctor
FINDING YOURSELF AGAIN AFTER TRAUMA, GRIEF AND LOSS
GUEST: DR. SHERRY CORMIER, Author of Sweet Sorrow: Finding Enduring Wholeness After Loss and Grief
In today's episode, I talk about steps you can take to manage the pain of trauma or loss. You've experienced these things, no matter when in your life they occurred. Until you work them through, they will interfere with your health and the health of your current relationships, as well as with your perspective on life.
You don't want to be carrying past issues into current relationships. That's often a primary cause of marriages not working: partners bring the pains of previous relationships, and are on guard for them showing up in the new relationship. That's not helpful to getting the love, respect, trust, and support you want in life!
Consider these steps I outline in today's episode to find emotional freedom to engage in the present. It will help you heal.
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GUEST: Dr. Sherry Cormier, Psychologist and Professor Emerita at West Virginia University
Dr. Sherry Cormier is a licensed psychologist and Professor Emerita in the Department of Counseling, Rehabilitation Counseling, and Counseling Psychology at West Virginia University. She was in private practice in adult psychotherapy in Morgantown, WV, and was a former faculty member at the University of Tennessee. She is a certified bereavement trauma specialist, the author of two textbooks, and lives now in a Chesapeake Bay community where she engages in public speaking, training, and consulting.
Wow! Dr. Sherry brings a great deal of experience and expertise to today's conversation!
Clearly, what's trauma to one person can be trivial to another. That's what makes it difficult. Each person has a different home life growing up, different experiences, and different nervous systems, too. That's why communication in primary relationships is SO important: you need to understand where each other is coming from--and WANT to understand!
Dr. Sherry Cormier wrote this:
"1. There is a continuum of grief and loss elicits many emotions. At the more severe end, loss can be traumatic and can become complicated grief and require professional treatment.
2. Loss is a universal human experience; our reactions to it vary greatly and depend upon what and whom we lost. If we lost someone precious to us, as I did, we learn that death is a transition not a disappearance.
3. To heal from traumatic loss, we have to re establish attachment bonds and make connections with a tribe or social network that can provide support and comfort."
When you experience trauma, grief, or loss, you need to be able to gauge what's going on within you or the other person. That happens by reflecting on what you know about them, who you know them to be, and your willingness to communicate with them.
HIGHLIGHTS OF TODAY'S EPISODE:
- What to do when you "can't get it out of your head" or "cannot believe it is gone"
- Know how to gauge if your grieving process is healthy
- How to know if you need professional help
- What the difference is between secure attachment and insecure attachment and why it matters
- The components of resilience
- How to recognize and overcome the isolation of grief
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