Giving Grief Words: The power of naming and storytelling At times of loss, people can also be at a loss for words. While words are not essential, they can be helpful and healing to grievers and those who care for them. An old aphorism is that if something is unmentionable, it can be unmanageable. In this session, perspectives and tools for eliciting words of loss, following metaphors, questions that invite stories, use of literary prompts and more will be presented and discussed.
Ted Bowman is a nationally known educator, author and consultant who specializes in change and transition, whether it occurs in families, an organization or the community. His emphasis is on aiding people in utilizing their strengths and the resources of others in facing change and transition. The author of many books and articles, Ted has special expertise in helping others navigate end-of-life transitions and grief.