The Relate Podcast

Episode 25: Life’s Interruptions: What to do when little losses add up to a lot



June 23rd, 2020  •  32 mins 42 secs  •  Download (44.9 MB)  •  Link with Timestamp

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When life is moving along at a fast pace and all of a sudden we are hit with a change--planned or unplanned-- that leaves us with feelings of sadness and loss, how do we respond to those feelings instead of ignoring them and simply adjusting to our “new normal?” Maybe it's a new job, a kid going off to college, or a dear friend moving away, these changes seem like ones we can muster up the strength to weather, but they too deserve our curiosity and care. We discuss how the feelings of loss that pile up from life’s “little losses” really do need our attention so that we can heal and grow.

Discussion Questions:
What are some moments from your life that come to mind when we talk about life interruptions or transitions that have left you with some sadness?
How did you first feel when we invited you to consider that sadness grief? Is naming it as grief a challenge for you or does it come easily? Why do you think that is?

What fears might you have about spending time naming and grieving your losses?

What do you hope to gain by naming your losses and grieving them? What do you hope comes from this practice?

Resources for further learning

Podcast: Unlocking Us, Brene Brown and David Kessler