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Edy Nathan: How Grief can be your Unexpected Ally

Understand different types of grief and how they can be leveraged to break through emotional barriers.

In this episode:

We are experiencing a global level of uncertainty and grief during this pandemic with COVID-19. In Seniors’ Care, whether as a staff member, leader or family member, grief exists and can impact our ability to stay focused and functioning.

Edy Nathan, a licensed therapist and author of “It’s Grief: The Dance of Self Discovery through Trauma and Loss” joins me in this first episode where we unpack some elements and impacts of grief:

  • The aspects of complex and complicated grief
  • Why rituals and routines are important
  • How to identify grief responses
  • Ways to work with grief and break through emotional barriers, with strategies such as:
    • Label to enable
    • Affirm and confirm
    • Blinders and Bubbles
    • The 3R’s to move with grief
    • How mundane moments can provide meaning

Grief is part of our human condition, and there are ways to work with it and move through this tough emotion.

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Guest bio:

Edy Nathan MA, LCSWR is an author, public speaker and licensed therapist. She brings a personal conversation to the non-linear aspects within grief, loss and trauma as a survivor of abuse and the loss of her partner when she was in her 20’s. Edy’s expertise as a grief therapist is informed by her formal training as a psychotherapist as she interweaves this training with breathwork, guided imagery, ritual and storytelling. She sees grief as an Unexpected Ally, causing people to grow and learn from their losses. Edy earned degrees from New York University and Fordham University, with post-graduate training at the Ackerman Institute for Family Therapy. Her book, “It’s Grief: The Dance of Self-Discovery through Trauma and Loss” is used by many to help them navigate through the many phases of grief. Grief is a hero’s journey. You move from who you were into a new ordinary. She practices in New York City.


“It’s Grief: The Dance of Self-Discovery through Trauma and Loss” by Edy Nathan (Amazon Canada)

“It’s Grief: The Dance of Self-Discovery through Trauma and Loss” by Edy Nathan (Amazon US)


1 Comment

  1. Yvonne Heath on September 26, 2020 at 1:28 pm

    Thank you, Edy and Deborah for an amazing conversation and sharing your wisdom and tips. Needed now more than ever as we navigate global grief!

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