Sudden and Unexpected Loss

Sudden and Unexpected Loss

Recorded Friday 21 May 2021

With Lisa Forrell, Cathy Rentzenbrink, Julia Samuel, and Dr Lucy Selman

CPD Credits: 4 hours

In this conversation we bring together a panel of distinguished academics, writers, and psychotherapists to explore together the many ways that the death of a loved one can be accommodated in order to free the bereaved to continue to live their lives.

Some of the discussion will centre on how therapists can resource themselves to enter empathically into the grief-landscape that their clients are occupying, maintaining the deep connection demanded of the therapy without losing their own deep connection to life.

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FULL PROGRAMME

Introductions

Julia Samuel in Conversation
The client’s loss and the therapist’s vitality

In this interview with Alice Jacobs Waterfall, Julia Samuel will use her 30-year experience as a psychotherapist specialising in grief to talk about clients who have experienced sudden and unexpected loss. She will discuss the importance of maintaining her own vitality while offering therapeutic empathy to those who are bereaved by traumatic death. Offering theories that she has found most supportive when a client’s trauma might otherwise render her powerless, she will describe the habits she has developed over the years to enable her to stay sane and fully engaged in her own life.

Q&A with Julia Samuel

Lisa Forrell
Coming out of grief
Grief overwhelms every aspect of life and Lisa suffered three in a row: first her younger sister, then her psychoanalyst mother, and finally the most hea