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Friday, May 20 • 2:00pm - 2:45pm
We Share Loss: Community vs. Isolation in the Grieving Process

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By Loss we mean the death of a loved one: someone or something important to you.In addition to being a person who passed away, a “loved one” might have been an animal companion, a thing (like a relationship, a job, or your health), or even something that only ever existed as a dream (for example, discovering that you’re infertile when you’ve always imagined you’d birth children naturally is an example of this kind of loss.)

Grieving a major loss, and coping with normal life after a great loss, often has an isolating effect. Sometimes we have the sense that no one can share what we are feeling. Sometimes we fear that to reveal our feelings is to spread negativity and "bring other people down." Sometimes we feel that the acceptable time for grieving has passed; that experiencing grief months or years after the loss is socially unacceptable. Sometimes we feel shame about what our particular style of grief looks like. There are many reasons for isolation.

Yet increasingly we are seeing interest around reclaiming longstanding rituals or creating new community structures to help us cope with loss.

In this conversation we'll explore our experiences of isolation vs. experiences of community within the grieving process. We hope that people will leave this circle empowered to acknowledge death and loss explicitly, in many arenas of "regular life" where it is currently taboo. 

Ultimately we hope that more open attitudes to grieving, loss and death in our society can lead to everyone leading a more peaceful, grounded life.

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Ariane Conrad

Owner, The Book Doula
Ariane Conrad (http://www.arianeconrad.com) is an editorial consultant, narrative strategist and ghostwriter known as The Book Doula. She partners with thoughtleaders and superheroes to produce non-fiction books for mainstream audiences about world-changing ideas and solutions. | She worked with American environmental advocate and civil rights activist Van Jones on two New York Times bestsellers: The Green Collar Economy (Harper One, 2008... Read More →
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Francesca Pick

OuiShare Fest Chair, OuiShare
Francesca is a project manager, writer and speaker interested in how tech can change business, society and human interaction. She has played an instrumental role in developing the OuiShare community globally and is chair of OuiShare Fest since 2014. When not working on OuiShare Fest, she helps teams working on meaningful projects increase their impact through collaboration and communication, and experiments with new forms of distributed... Read More →


Friday May 20, 2016 2:00pm - 2:45pm
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