Yoga for Grief & Loss 

    © Kathleen Pratt 2018 



    Grief is a universal response to loss of something important in our lives. Grief affects us emotionally, physically, psychologically, spiritually and socially. Most people think of bereavement as a cause of grief, but grief occurs in response to a multitude of losses such as natural disasters, unemployment, divorce, serious health diagnosis, and sexual assault. ‘Disenfranchised grief’ is grief that is not acknowledged by society , such as family estrangement and dementia. Bereavement is associated with excess risk of mortality, particularly in the first weeks and months after a loss. It is also related to increased physical symptoms, illness and use of medical services . Due to a variety of factors, some bereaved individuals are at risk for complicated grief, depression and stress disorders. In normal bereavement, a range of fluctuating emotions (including depression, regret, guilt and anger) and feelings of repressed or unresolved grief can take years to resolve (Philbin, 2009).

    Betty-Anne Howard, MSW, CFP  and I are developing a program to help couples develop skills and knowledge to foster open communication and reduce conflict related to finances. Stay tuned for more information about the course launch, anticipated in early 2019! 

    I wrote the following articles to provide a context for this topic. 

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    "Money, Sex and Happily Ever After". See the Previous Group Programs link for the introductory workshop. 






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    "Breaking Money Silence" 





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