Conscious Grieving - Claire Bidwell Smith, LCPC

Apr 4th, 2024 | Episode 285

Maybe you're familiar with the phrase, "You can't go around grief, you have to go through it." Or, "You have to feel your feelings." If you're like a lot of people, you might cringe and also wonder, "What does that actually mean?" Grief isn't linear, and it's not something to get through - and yet, a lot of people appreciate having some sense of what to expect and what to do with it all. That's where Claire Bidwell Smith's new book, Conscious Grieving, comes in. Offered as a framework, not a formula, Claire suggests four ways to orient towards grief: entering, engaging, surrendering, and transforming. Claire comes to this work with her lived experience of losing both of her parents to cancer by the time she was twenty-five. She's a licensed therapist, international speaker, and the author of five books.

We discuss:

  • What Claire's parents would think of her work
  • How she stays connected to them
  • The rise of anxiety in grief
  • The pressure to "move on" from grief
  • How those who are grieving carry the burden of educating others
  • What Claire does to manage health anxiety
  • The four orientations of Conscious Grieving
  • How important community can be when it comes to grief
  • Where Claire currently is with her grief
  • Both sides of the compassion coin

Listen to our previous conversation with Claire, Ep. 109 - Grief & Anxiety.

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