Our Philosophy

At GriefTeach we believe that death, loss, and grief education are important and necessary for everyone because being human means we will experience losses of all kinds. Loss is a universal experience, but most people receive no formal education on it, and are left floundering on their own during a difficult loss or life transition. The field of thanatology (the study of death, dying, and bereavement) is growing and evolving, but many people have never heard of the word “thanatology”!

Education is an important part of the healing process for anyone who is grieving. We offer programs that not only educate, but acknowledge and validate the losses and grief reactions of the mourner. Naming our losses and sharing a common grief language helps us move along on the road to healing.

Understanding grief is also important for those who work with or care for the bereaved. When we have the courage to learn and discuss a “taboo” topic such as death, loss, and grief, we are better equipped to help the bereaved in authentic ways that offer more than well-meaning but potentially hurtful clichès.

It’s important to recognize that physical death and losses of all kinds (job loss, divorce, illness, loss of home, etc.) are a part of life. Even happy occasions such as a marriage, birth of a child, or a job promotion have elements of loss to them. We just can’t escape it! Talking about death and loss isn’t about making us sad or being a “Debbie Downer”; it’s about demystifying the subject, making it understandable and accessible, which can help us with our fears and ultimately help us live life more fully.

You can’t prevent the birds of sorrow from flying overhead, but you can keep them from building nests in your hair.

— Chinese Proverb

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