May 26, 2020
What does it take to weather, say, a pandemic with true strength and resiliency? My guest Cheryl Jones is a grief expert, and a therapist specializing in helping people weather loss. I know you’ll find her story as inspiring as I did.
But first, I share my thoughts about how to navigate those hellish moments when you feel super charged with anger. They happen to all of us—perhaps even more often when we’re weathering quarantine with lots of others. Including kids. Below you’ll find a link to the essay on my blog I read from.
Cheryl Jones is a wise, grounded woman who just makes you feel reassured about life. And I love her message of resiliency. Correctly, she has identified one of the predominant emotions we’re all weathering right now: global grief.Here’s what else I learned:
It’s a great show. Enjoy!
Cheryl Jones is a marriage and family therapist, educator and radio host. During her professional education, her first wife was diagnosed with Multiple Myeloma, which was at the time a uniformly terminal illness with a 6 month to 1 year prognosis. In the 8 years that followed, Cheryl engaged daily in the work of preparing for her wife's death. She received training during this period from Stephen and Ondrea Levine (Who Dies and Grieving Into Life and Death) and Richard Olney (founder of Self-Acceptance Training). After her wife’s death, Cheryl immersed herself in her own multifaceted grief, surprised by frequent moments of joy.
Cheryl is Manager of Professional Education at the Women’s Cancer Resource Center, offering training in Cancer and Illness Competency. She is also a support group leader at the Center. She has trained extensively with Erving Polster, leader in the field of gestalt therapy and author of many books, including Everybody’s Life is worth a Novel.