Companioning the Grieving

COMPANIONING: Tenet One-is about being present to another person’s pain…

Companioning is about being present to another person’s pain; it is not about taking away the pain. by Alan D. Wolfelt, Ph.D. To be bereaved literally means to be “torn apart.” When someone is torn apart, there is a natural need to embrace the heartfelt pain of the loss. There is no pill we can …

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COMPANIONING Is About Curiosity

By Alan D. Wolfelt, Ph.D. “Real understanding is a creative mixture of certainty and unknowing. The trick is to know when you don’t understand.” ~ Thomas Moore  Curiosity for the companion is about being willing to enter into and learn about the mystery of grief while recognizing you do not and cannot fully understand someone …

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