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Understanding The Five Stages of Grief

Dec 10, 2020

We are excited to have Dr. Karen Binder-Brynes on The Style That Binds Us podcast! She is a leading psychologist & has had a private practice in New York City for over 25 years. She has a general practice, but she is also a trauma specialist & has worked with front line COVID-19 workers, firefighters after 9/11, she did work in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina, Holocaust survivors and more. She regularly contributes to The New Yorker, Tracy Anderson, Bustle, Vogue, Goop, & more.

We had Dr. Karen on an episode of The Style That Binds Us Show to discuss how to have a nice holiday even if you’ll be alone and how to navigate family dynamics this year. Listen to the episode on Apple Podcasts or Spotify.

Here are some questions we ask during the interview:

  • Tell us about COVID and grief for frontline workers. 
  • Any tips for how to stay mentally healthy during COVID?
  • Can you talk us through the stages of grief?
  • Talk to us about the differences in grief of losing a parent at different ages in your life: losing a parent young, in/after college vs. then later in life 
  • Advice for someone grieving who has lost a child.
  • What are the stages of mourning?
  • It is normal and okay to grieve the loss of a job, relationship (friend or romantic), time in your life, giving up on a dream, etc. – let’s talk about this!
  • How do you stay mentally healthy when dealing with trauma & grief? 
  • Advice for friends/family of someone who is grieving?
  • Also, advice when speaking with someone and it comes up that they have lost someone close to them, how to respond?
  • What interested you about trauma? 
  • Reminder that sorrow hurts terribly, but will not kill us.
  • Advice for someone about grieving death: you don’t really want to “get over it,” how to simultaneously be at peace with the situation, but also honor/remember your loved one?
  • Why is grief necessary?

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