The Grip of Grief in Transition

Presented by Edy Nathan MA, LCSW

The Grip of Grief in Transition Grief is often overlooked as an issue faced by those in the transgender community. It is certainly gripping when what has been kept secret is now needing to come out- this means emotions, physical shifts that are dynamic and heroic, while facing family and friends throughout this very personal and powerful process. This workshop will focus on the different phases of grief that can be experienced by anyone transitioning. Grief is not cookie cutter, and as a result, it is important to understand that what one person feels may not be what someone else feels. Workshop will be broken down into 4 interactive sections; 1. Didactic- defining grief, creating a grief wheel to see where grief is personally landing 2. Family/Friends- who knows, who doesn’t and the grief of leaving people behind. What to say, how to say it, when to say it, if to say it? 3. Resilience- talking about resilience in the face of grief. Specific goals for creating a plan. Where will grief show up in this process. Creating calendar markers for the hard times. Tools discussed to harness greater resilience through the transitional process. 4. Q & A The goal is to start the conversation about grief. The participants may find that what they have been naming as depression or anxiety are actually reactions to grief and loss.

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