This episode is a break from the normal peer-to-peer interviews I’ve done previously. Today I’m talking with Christy Hansen, a grief counsellor at KC Hospice in Kansas City, Missouri. She sees people who are grieving literally every day, and graciously agreed to talk with me about grief!
I think this interview is especially helpful to hear if you feel like you’re floundering a bit. I mean, Christy’s career is based around understanding how to react to people’s grief — so it makes sense she would have some really excellent suggestions on what to do or say.
Her words left me feeling a lot more confident in how to reach out? A bit less awkward with admitting that I may not know what the right thing to say is. She really reiterates a point that I’ve heard over and over in these interviews — it’s the being there that counts. And if you really listen to the person across from you, you will be doing the right thing.
Christy references a few resources if you’re looking to support someone in their grief, or if you are grieving yourself. Those resources are linked on our website, www. sorryforyourlosspod .com
Thanks a million to Christy!
What we mentioned in this episode of Sorry For Your Loss Podcast:
- What’s Your Grief? website https://whatsyourgrief.com/
- Christy refers patients to this site because there’s a huge wealth of topics that people have already written about. They also ran a podcast for a bit (iTunes link)!
- I especially liked this article, 64 Grief-Words That Should Exist
- If you’re looking for grief counseling, Christy also suggested contacting local hospice services.