Live Talks Los Angeles event:
Claire Bidwell Smith
in conversation with Alua Arthur
discussing her book,
A Transformative Approach to Healing from Loss
at Vista Del Mar
3200 Motor Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90034
(Free Parking available at the venue)
Face masks recommended
VIRTUAL EVENT TICKETS,
March 17, 3pm PT/6pm ET (click here)
$40 Virtual Admission + signed book (includes shipping to US addresses only)
*Includes access to watch the event on video-on-demand for five days after it airs
From one of the leading grief therapists, Conscious Grieving is a compassionate and accessible guide to grieving offering a new framework for understanding and navigating loss..
Claire Bidwell Smith is a therapist specializing in grief and the author of four books of nonfiction, published in 22 countries: The Rules of Inheritance, After This: When Life is Over Where Do We Go?, Anxiety: The Missing Stage of Grief, and Anxious Grief: A Clinician’s Guide to Supporting Grieving Clients. Claire offers numerous online programs for grief in addition to working with people one-on-one, as well as training other clinicians to work in the field of grief and loss. Led by her own experiences with grief, and fueled by her work in hospice and private practice, Claire strives to provide support for all kinds of people experiencing all kinds of grief. Claire has written for and been featured in many publications including The New York Times, The Atlantic, The Washington Post, Scientific American, The Los Angeles Times, CNN, MSNBC, Forbes, The Today Show, The Chicago Tribune, Oprah Magazine, and Psychology Today. She is devoted to expanding the conversation about grief and loss. Visit her website.
Conscious Grieving is a book for anyone seeking guidance and support after loss. What does it mean to grieve consciously? Most of the time, when we lose someone we love, it feels like grief is just happening to us. We feel out of control, and overwhelmed. Claire reminds us that while loss is something that inevitably happens to all of us, how we choose to grieve is up to us. When we can consciously engage with our grief, rather than avoiding it, we can access profound pathways to healing.
Conscious Grieving offers a new framework for each stage of grief: Entering, Engaging, Surrendering, and Transforming.
* Entering – staying present and taking care of ourselves as we navigate the shock and upheaval of a new loss.
*Engaging – navigating that first year after a loss by staying in tune with our needs as more complicated feelings of depression, guilt or anger surface.
*Surrendering – facing the changes to our identity and who we are becoming in the face of loss.
*Transforming – through ritual, honor, hope, and grace, and learning to carry our grief with intention so that we can continue to grow, heal, and thrive.
Grief asks a lot from us. But the ability to grieve is a birthright. We grieve throughout our lifetimes. We grieve the deaths of loved ones yes, but also moves, divorce, illness, injustice, time lost, changes in the world and healing from these losses requires that we evaluate everything we ever considered meaningful. Healing means making our lives worth the pain we endure when we lose someone we love. And transforming through grief is an opportunity afforded to all.
Alua Arthur is a death doula, recovering attorney, and the founder of Going with Grace, a death doula training and end-of-life planning organization that exists to support people as they answer the question, “What must I do to be at peace with myself so that I may live presently and die gracefully?” Going with Grace works to improve and redefine the end-of-life experience for people rooted in every community using the individual lived experience as the foundation. Alua has been featured in the Los Angeles Times, Vogue, Refinery29, The Doctors, and InStyle. Arthur is the author of the upcoming book, Briefly Perfectly Human: Making an Authentic Life by Getting Real About the End.