A beautiful TC13 workshop in 2016 offered by Helene Grau Kristensen & Lorraine Hedtke begins by situating themselves in the work they do with a death of a child
Lorraine Hedtke begins to outline the new theoretical foundations influencing an alternative practice when working with grief and loss by addressing the temporal positions important to making the relationship between parent and child more visible.
Lorraine Hedtke and Helene Grau Kristensen have greatly expanded upon the use of re-membering conversations in their work with grief and loss.
Questions that begin sessions and open up possibilities for the stories of dead babies to continue to live on
Questions to counter those predominant discourses about death and grief that can often silence the parents in talking about their ongoing relationship with the child who has died
Workshop Slides of the Still Alive presentation with Helene Grau Kristensen & Lorraine Hedtke (TC13, 2016)
John Winslade outlines a number of the western worlds grand narratives that govern and structure much of everything we think and do.
Lorraine Hedtke questions a primary assumption of grief psychology - that grieving should be treated as a natural process and that, over time, it will follow a natural course toward some kind of healing.
The underpinnings of Freuds writings on death have become more than descriptions as they have taken on the aura of universal prescription.
Lorraine and John question Kübler-Ross’s (1969) stages of dying (along with other primary authors supporting of this work) and show how the work is so well known that it is not uncommon for people to calibrate their grief experience against the expectations drawn from the work
Lorraine discusses therapeutic stories that are comforting, invigorating, sustaining, and (dare we say it) even at times beautiful. Her narrative way of working upends the focus on the 'surviving suffering' and letting go narrative.
John and Lorraine discuss and follow a Foucauldian tradition of responding to, and, in many instances, challenging, the dominant discourses from our wider cultural world that have become incorporated into grief psychology
Lorraine and John outline a “new wave” of grief theories marked by specific shifts in understanding.