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Learning How To Work With Grief Dreams

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Institute Of Traditional Medicine

553 Queen Street West

Toronto, ON M5V 2B6

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Do you want to learn more about dreams after loss? If so, this workshop is right for you.

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The topic of dreams after loss (grief dreams) has been surprisingly overlooked in academic literature, which has hindered the support for the bereaved of all ages. Many of the bereaved have reported that they keep their dream experiences hidden from others due to the judgments people have pertaining to such dreams. When the bereaved do gain the courage to share them or ask questions on the topic, it is common for those who support them to not know how to respond. What do we make of these dreams and how does it apply to one’s grief?

This workshop will discuss what led me to this field of research (for my MA and PhD) and I will review the research on grief dreams, including my own studies. Research I have conducted includes investigating dream content and theme changes in a dream journal, common themes in dreams of the deceased, variables that predict recalling dreams of the deceased, variables that relate to comforting vs. distressing dream imagery of the deceased, and much more. My PhD research on grief dreams has focused on an adult population that have suffered the death of a romantic partner/spouse, pet dog or cat, and a baby through miscarriage/still birth. Additionally, I will discuss conversations about such dreams that I have had with the bereaved and those who support them.

There will be a focus in this workshop on learning how to explore these dreams with clients in ways that can facilitate the processing of their grief in a safe space. This is not about dream interpretation, but about what questions to ask based on the imagery. By asking the right questions, the bereaved can connect their dream imagery to waking life, and can open dialogue on concerns or comforts that come from the experience.

This workshop is designed to help you

1) Discuss the central findings of academic research on sleep,continuing bonds, grief dreams (dreams that occur after a death), and dreams of the dying

2) Describe the issues the bereaved commonly voice in relation to such dreams

3) Ask the kind of effective questions that facilitate processing grief when interacting with the bereaved who report a grief dream

4) Facilitate discussion on grief dreams in bereavement support groups

Please note: The event is being held on the second floor and is only accessible by stairs.

(Note: Those with limited income can contact me to arrange a reduced fee)

Dr. Joshua Black is one of the leading academic researchers in the field of dreams of the deceased. He has focused all of his graduate work on investigating this neglected topic (MA and PhD). He recently finished his PhD in Psychology at Brock University. His most recent research investigated dreams after spousal loss, pet loss, and prenatal loss. To raise awareness about the topic he started www.griefdreams.ca and hosts the Grief Dreams Podcast. He frequently gives presentations on the topic.

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