73: EMDR for Grief [Why EMDR Works Series]

When there’s a loss like the death of a loved one, there’s a cultural acknowledgement of that loss that gives us the time and space to grieve and to heal. But we experience grief in so many other situations, outside of death.

Grief is something that helps us to process changes, like the death of an idea of the life we thought we’d have. We can never fully imagine how change and grief hits us because of illness, a move, or job loss. Life changes all the time and we often grieve those changes. But we don’t get the same response from the world around us as we do when someone passes away.

This week, I’m sharing how we all go through the traditional grief cycle during times of change. I want to illuminate the grief cycle and help you to feel like what you’re experiencing is totally normal. I get it. I’ve been there.

Let’s embrace EMDR to help process grief, in whatever form it finds us, and help to speed up the process of integration to create neutrality in our bodies.

Listen in this week, and be sure to share the episode with someone who might need it to understand themselves and hear some comforting words of reassurance.

When something traumatic happens to us, it can be healing to have a therapist listen to and/or validate our horrible experience, especially if no one else has before. However, rehashing the details of that traumatic event can be retraumatizing. Brain-based therapies like EMDR teach us that we don't have to talk about the trauma or the details if we don't want to because the real healing doesn't focus on the traumatic event itself.

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On Death and Dying by Elisabeth Kübler-Ross, MD

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With a Masters in Education from Vanderbilt, Kambria has been creating trainings and teaching adult learners for over 20 years. As the Director of Education and Quality Improvement at Stanford Medical School, she created ease in complex systems, thereby giving medical trainees successful learning experiences. Now, as a dedicated mom, therapist, and EMDR Consultant, Kambria knows what it means to do things efficiently, effectively, and in a learner-centered way. When she isn't podcasting or creating online courses, you can find Kambria playing with her twins on a beach in California.

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