Webinar Richard Brown – Parental Loss: Scattering the ashes instead of burying the hurt
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What is trauma like from the perspective of a patient’s family?
This presentation offers an insight into parental grief as a direct result of family trauma. Following the loss of his 12 year old son in 2009, Richard offers social workers and health professionals tips on how to support a bereaved parent.
Richard has been a health social worker for the Bay of Plenty District Health Board since emigrating from England in 2001. As part of his grieving process, Richard has researched parental loss as a cathartic way to manage his grief. This presentation marries personal experience to grief theory whilst examining the trauma of losing a son. Richard challenges the traditional stages of grief model.
In conclusion Richard recognises that the grief of a parent lasts a lifetime yet learning can be achieved from such loss and life for the survivor does not end with such an experience. How can social workers approach such loss?