160: Why It's Okay Not to Be Okay After Loss
Every day, 316 people are shot in the United States. Of those, 106 are killed. But Americans aren't great at dealing with grief. As a result, major questions survivors of gun violence have -- "what is the "right" way to grieve after a shooting?"; "how can I best give support to those I love after a shooting?"; "how are communities supposed to put themselves back together after such a loss?" -- aren't even discussed, let alone answered. And because we don't talk about grief, we get trapped. As best-selling author, psychotherapist, and grief advocate Megan Devine puts it, "so we’re stuck: friends and family want to help, grieving people want to feel supported, but no one gets what they want."
To learn how to better have these conversations, and truly support the survivors in our lives, Megan joins Kelly and JJ for an illuminating discussion.
Mentioned in this podcast:
Refuge in Grief
There is no “right” way to grieve (Speaking Grief)
It's OK That You're Not OK: Meeting Grief and Loss in a Culture That Doesn't Understand (Megan Devine)
How do you help a grieving friend during the holidays? 10 tips to help you help someone you love (Refuge in Grief)
How to Provide Emotional Support for Survivors and People Impacted By Gun Violence (Brady)