The Journey of Grieving - Bard College

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The Journey of Grieving Bard College Chaplain’s Office Adapted with Permission from Yale University Chaplain's Office When you lose someone you love, your life becomes strange, The ground beneath you gets fragile, your thoughts make your eyes unsure; And some dead echo drags your voice down Where words have no confidence. Your heart has grown heavy with loss; And though this loss has wounded others too, No one knows what has been taken from you When the silence of absence deepens. Flickers of guilt kindle regret For all that was left unsaid or undone. There are days when you wake up happy; Again inside the fullness of life, Until the moment breaks And you are thrown back onto the black tide of loss. Days when you have your heart back, You are able to function well Until in the middle of work or encounter, Suddenly with no warning, you are ambushed by grief. It becomes hard to trust yourself. All you can depend on now is that sorrow will remain faithful to itself. More than you, it knows its way and will find the right time To pull and pull the rope of grief until that coiled hill of tears Has reduced to its last drop. Gradually, you will learn acquaintance with the invisible form of your departed; And when the work of grief is done, the wound of loss will heal And you will have learned to wean your eyes from that gap in the air And be able to enter the hearth in your soul where your loved one Has awaited your return All the time. from To Bless the Space Between Us by John O’Donohue Some emotions and reactions during your grieving process may include: grief that feels all-absorbing exhaustion social isolation loss of appetite difficulty sleeping or more tired than usual good days and bad days, waves of grief that come and go the sense that nothing is right forgetfulness, difficulty concentrating change in family dynamics emotional numbness flashbacks explosive emotions relief guilt or confusion disbelief panic or anxiety life feels out of control anger indifference Times that can be tough: Anniversaries Birthdays, wedding anniversaries, one-year anniversary of the death, special days in your family Religious Holidays Christmas, Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur, Passover, Hanukah, Ramadan, Easter, etc. Other holidays Thanksgiving, Valentine’s Day, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day Special Family Occasions Weddings, graduations, bar & bat mitzvahs, reunions, vacations Academic Calendar Start of each semester, midterms & final exams A Process for Dealing with Grief adapted from Praying Out Goodbyes by Joyce Rupp Recognition Begin by identifying and naming the loss, as well as the hurt or pain that has accompanied it. Who am I remembering today? How would I describe the place I find myself now? Reflection Take time to reflect. Slow down, find solitude or the company of a trusted friend, be still, pray. Try to face the loss rather than staying busy as a way of avoidance. How will I take time to remember my loved one today? Do I need to spend some time alone, or would conversation with someone else be helpful today? Ritualization Create a personal ritual that honors the loss. This may include a symbol of an image, or some kind of movement or activity. Is there a meaningful place where I have found comfort in the past (nature, a religious site, etc)? Reorientation Welcome the healing process, accepting change and new perspectives. What helps you get up in the morning? What small things have helped you find hope? When to seek help: o It is normal to experience some degree of sleeplessness or some diminishing of appetite when in acute grief. If you find you just cannot get out of bed, or if it gets to a point where your physical health is suffering, please seek a doctor’s help. o Noticeable weight gain or loss o Difficulty in making or keeping social engagements o High anxiety, either in intense periods or ongoing o Continuing flashbacks o If grief is disrupting your family commitments o A number of deaths in short succession o All bad days over weeks and weeks o If you have suicidal thoughts of any kind o Increased self-destructive behavior (alcohol, sex, drugs) to avoid grief o If your normal faith rituals are disturbed (can’t pray, don’t want to go to worship for extended periods of time) o If grief becomes an obstacle to your work and your love o When you don’t care about anything o If you find yourself so consumed by the past that you are unable to make any changes. If after the first year you find you are opposing any and all changes in life, seek the help of others. o If you don’t know how to interpret your emotional reactions o Conflict in your relationships Where to Seek Help: Bard College Counseling Services: Bard Counseling Services is staffed by clinical social workers, mental health counselors, psychologists, a consulting psychiatrist, and a consulting nutritionist. Staff members provide short-term, problem-focused treatment, crisis intervention, groups, workshops, and referrals to local physicians, psychiatrists, and psychotherapists. They can be contacted at 845-758-7433 or at [email protected] In an emergency call ard Campus Security at 845-758-7460 or 845-758-7777, and ask for the counseling service counselor-on-call. You will be directed to an Area Coordinator who will ask about your immediate safety, your location, and your phone contact before connecting you with a counselor. The Let's Talk Program: Having a rough day? In need of talking through a problem big or small? The Let’s Talk Program is available every Monday from 4:00 to 5:00 pm at https://, and on Fridays from 12:00 to 1:00 pm at tamaratelberg. Beginning on March 30, 2021, we will add a Wednesday session from 2:00 to 3:00 at No appointment is needed. No paperwork involved. Just click on the link and speak with a Bard counselor. Usually there is no waiting. Bard College Chaplain’s Office: Please email one of the chaplains below if you would like to set up a meeting to talk with a staff member about your journey of grief or any other topic (religious or not), or if would you like help connecting with a local faith community or health professional. (Christian) Mary Grace Williams: [email protected] (Jewish) Joshua Boettiger: [email protected] (Buddhist) Tatjana Myoko von Pritttwitz und Gaffron: [email protected] (Muslim) Nora Zaki: [email protected] Buddhist Meditation Group: Don't believe everything you think! Twice a week we meet in our tranquil meditation space for meditation (Mondays and Thursdays 5-6:30 pm). We sit for two rounds of meditation (30 minutes), with walking meditation in between. Newcomers receive an introduction to meditation, meditation following. Everybody is welcome! Contact our Buddhist Chaplain for more details ([email protected]) Contact your faith community for other important resources and guidance. What Now? the grieving process does not have a script find a sacred space try to use the most direct words you can try writing a letter to the person who has died try to avoid secrets eventually you will be able to consider new directions for yourself light physical exercise: walking or gardening tender balance: do not change anything until you are ready, but also do not try to keep everything the same. ask for help negotiating this. commemorate your loved one’s memory try to leave some margins in your schedule so that when the grief really ambushes you, you can take some time to recover continued on next page… sustaining yourself physically: if it’s difficult to eat – eat what you can if it’s difficult to sleep – trust your body to rest when it must if bad news is everywhere – don’t watch the news for awhile be careful with sleeping pills, alcohol and other sedatives actively negotiate with your professors regarding deadlines and timing of your work; advocate for your own need to grieve anticipate difficult dates and consider how to best spend those days: anniversaries, birthdays, weddings, graduations, etc. try to notice what helps you get through the day, however small Recommended Reading Getting Grief Right: Finding Your Story of Love in the Sorrow of Loss by Patrick O’Malley and Tim Madigan, Sounds True, Inc., 2017. Modern Loss by Rebecca Soffer and Gabrielle Birkner, Harper Collins, 2018. Grieving: A Beginner's Guide by Jerusha Hull McCormack, Paraclete Press, 2005. Life is Goodbye, Life is Hello: Grieving Well Through All Kinds of Loss by Alla Renee Bozarth. Hazelden Press, 1994. The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion, Vintage, 2005. Good Grief: A Constructive Approach to the Problem of Loss by Granger E. Westberg, Augsburg Fortress Press. A Grief Observed by C.S. Lewis, Harper San Francisco, 2001. Lament for a Son by Nicholas Wolterstorff, Eerdmans Publishing, 1987. Finding Your Way Through Grief by Karen Katafiasz, Abbey Press, 1995. Walking with God Through Grief and Loss by Joyce Rupp, Abbey Press, 1990. The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying by Sogyal Rinpoche, Harper San Francisco, 2020. Being with Dying: Cultivating Compassion and Fearlessness in the Presence of Death by Joan Halifax, Shambhala, 2009. Grief & Depression From an Islamic Perspective by Abdullah Al Khater, Al- Firdous, 2001. Secrets of Divine Love: A Spiritual Journey into the Heart of Islam by A Helwa. Death of a Parent: Losing a Parent: Passage to a New Way of Living by Alexandra Kennedy, Harper, 1991. Mature Grief: When a Parent Dies by Donna Schaper, Cowley Publications, 2002. Last Touch: Preparing for a Parent’s Death by Marilyn R. Becker, M.S.W., New Harbinger Publications, 1992. Death of a Child: Empty Arms: Coping After Miscarriage, Stillbirth, or Neonatal Death by Sherokee Ilse, Wintergreen Press. After the Death of a Child: Living With Loss Through the Years by Ann K. Finkbeiner, The Free Press, 1996. Sudden or Tragic Death: Living With Grief After Sudden Loss: Suicide, Homicide, Accident, Heart Attack, Stroke, edited by Kenneth J. Dorka, Hospice Foundation of America, 1996. After Suicide by John H. Hewett, Westminster Press, 1980. Listen more often to things than to beings; The fire’s voice is heard, Hear the voice of water. Hear in the wind the bush sob: It is the ancestors’ breath. Those who have died have never left, they are in the brightening shadow and in the thickening shadow; The dead are not under the earth, they are in the rustling tree, they are in the groaning woods, they are in the flowing water, they are in the still water, they are in the hut, they are in the crowd: The dead are not dead. Listen more often to things than to beings; The fire’s voice is heard, Hear the voice of water. Hear in the wind the bush sob: It is the ancestors’ breath, the breath of dead ancestors who have not left, who are not under the earth, who are not dead. Those who have died have never left, they are in the woman’s breast, they are in the wailing child and in the kindling firebrand. The dead are not under the earth, they are in the fire dying down, they are in the moaning rock, they are in the crying grass, they are in the forest, they are in the home: The dead are not dead. - by Birago Diop in Life Prayers From Around the World.

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