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Stages of grief and lockdown, a dramatherapist shares thoughts

Elisabeth Kübler-Ross defines the five phases of grief as denial, anger, bargaining, depression and acceptance. In this video, I apply this model to explore how people are coming to terms with lockdown, and all the many ways life has changed. I look at some of the social interactions and emotional responses at this time of adjustment which might be part of this grief.

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Surfing on a sea of grief

Some types of pain and suffering are unique to each person I meet. Others are shared. Grief is something which affects everyone at some point (probably multiple points) in our lives. This year I had my own experience of grief. I cycled through my own stages of grief and mourning (Kübler-Ross, 1969); the anger, the despair, the fear for what would now change. I thought about Storymaking in Bereavement where Alida talks about a four tasks of grief: “(to mourn […]

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Chris Mcglade: Forgiveness #DramatherapistAtEdFringe

Chris is a Northern comedian with working man’s club style of humour. A few years ago his father was murdered. In this comedy show, Chris recounts stories about his father; good and bad. Events from his life, events from his death and court trial, and the impact all this had on his own life after; harrowing material for a comedian. Two of the biggest lessons Chris learnt from his dad are: Laughter Forgiveness Chris grapples with both of these in […]

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Is she the victim or is she the enemy?

The news this week has been full of reports about Shamima Begum, the London school girl who at 15 years old, in February 2015, left her home and family in Britain, travelled to Syria and became an Isis Bride. Now that Isis is losing territory, Shamima finds herself in a refugee camp asking to please return home to Britain. Public opinion and government policy has decided she turned her back on Britain and is no longer British. But is she […]

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