How To Show Up For Others

Sep 7th, 2023 | Episode 264

"How do I help someone who is grieving?" This is the perennial question when it comes to showing up for people we care about after someone dies. Zack Wheat, a Board Certified Chaplain, knows more than most about what people who are grieving need - and don't need. Professionally, Zack knows about this from his work as a hospital chaplain for an inpatient palliative care team. He also knows about it from his time volunteering as a facilitator in peer grief support groups at Dougy Center. But, long before he was a hospital chaplain or a grief group facilitator, Zack learned about how to be there for others when he was 21 and his friend Leanna died in a car accident.

In this episode we talk about:

  • What it was like for Zack to speak at his friend’s funeral

  • His draw to working as a chaplain

  • The difference between hospital and hospice chaplaincy

  • How the pandemic impacted Zack and his hospital colleagues

  • What people who are grieving need – and don’t need

  • How to be human with other humans who are grieving

  • What keeps people from showing up for others

  • The value of acknowledgment, empathy, and presence

  • What Zack’s learned as a facilitator in a peer grief support group

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