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Bearing the Unbearable

A Wisdom Academy Online Course with Joanne Cacciatore and Karla Helbert

Lesson 1: Understanding Grief

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Joanne Cacciatore helps us understand what grief is and how to identify its expression in ourselves—in our emotions, body, behavior, social life, and more. She shares an overview of the Selah model and how it can help us fully inhabit our grief—and bear the unbearable. We are also led in vipassana meditation and movement exercises with coteacher Karla Helbert.

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  • 1. Watch

    1. Watch 1.

      Dr. Joanne Cacciatore introduces us to the course and helps us understand what grief is and how to identify it and its effects in our lives.

      Video 1

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  • 2. Read

    1. Read 1.

      In this selection from Joanne Cacciatore’s book Bearing the Unbearable, foreword writer Jeffrey Rubin provides context to her grief work, and we hear Dr. Jo’s story that lead her on this path to working with grieving families.

  • 3. Practice

    1. Practice 1.

      Dr. Jo leads us in a writing exercise; please have a journal or pen and paper for this practice. The prompts can be found below.

      1. “Since you died, I lost your physical presence in my life and many things that are very important to me, such as: ____________.”
      2. “These are some of the emotions I feel in this particular moment as I contemplate all these losses: ____________.”
      3. “If I could wish for one thing other than to bring you back, I would wish: ____________.”

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      Yoga

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