Exploring the Depression of Grief
As Dr. Wolfelt often says, “Depression is a primary hallmark of the grief experience.” This seminar will explore a variety of important topics related to the depression of grief. Dr. Wolfelt will examine how it is often normal and necessary to experience reactive depression after a significant loss. However, depression can sometimes be totally disabling and evolve into clinical depression, resulting in a blocked path to healing. Come join us for a much-needed comprehensive examination of this critically important topic.
An outline of the course includes:
- Introduction: the importance of the topic
- Brief review of “normal” symptoms of grief
- Exploring the sadness of grief
- Defining clinical depression and its sub-types
- Understanding the differential diagnosis of clinical depression and normal depressive grief
- Introduction to “complicated” mourning in relationship to depression
- Understanding authentic mourning as “treatment”: the six needs of mourning
- Introduction to the concept of “carried grief”
- Overview of biomedical treatments and psychotherapy approaches to care
- Companioning the depressed mourner in five areas (physical, cognitive, emotional, social, spiritual)
- Reconciliation and the transformative nature of grief
Participants will receive a copy of The Depression of Grief: Coping with Your Sadness and Knowing When to Get Help.
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