How to Cope with Grief with Julia Samuel

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How to Cope with Grief with Julia Samuel

Death is the last great taboo, and its consequence, grief, is profoundly misunderstood. We seem happy to talk about sex, or failure, or expose our deepest vulnerabilities, but on death we are silent. It is too frightening, even alien, for many of us, to find the words to voice it. That silence leads to ignorance, which means we often don’t know how to respond to grief in others, let alone ourselves. It is for these reasons that psychotherapist Julia Samuel wrote her book Grief Works. The lessons that follow are derived from that book. They offer basic understandings for you to support yourself if you are grieving.

In four video lessons, Julia explains what grief is, she describes the pillars for coping, she talks through pre-bereavement for those of us facing our own or a loved one’s death, and she advises how to be a good friend to someone who has been bereaved.

Course rundown

Lesson One: What is Grief? – 18.58 mins

Lesson Two: The Pillars – 22.43 mins

Lesson Three: Pre-Bereavement – 7.51 mins

Lesson Four: How to be a Friend – 14.46 mins

About the tutor

Julia was Psychotherapist for Paediatrics at St Mary’s Hospital Paddington, the post she established in 1992, where her role for 25 years involved seeing families who have children or babies who died, and where she trained and supported the staff. In 1994 she worked to help launch and establish The Child Bereavement Charity, and as the The Founder Patron was involved and continues to be involved in many aspects of the charities work, having a key role in fundraising, strategy and training. In 2016 Julia was awarded an MBE in recognition of her services to bereaved children and in 2017 Middlesex University awarded her an Honorary Doctorate. In 2017 Julia published Grief Works which was a bestseller in the UK and has been published in 17 countries. She also has a private practice where she sees families and individuals for many different issues.