17. Dating after the loss of a spouse - Claudia Coenen Part 2
Not everyone is interested in dating again after the death of a spouse, but for many of us, being alone is not something we want either. For many people the possibility and challenges of finding love after loss, of connecting with someone special in a physical and emotional level is a deep desire because as human being we are wired for connection and intimacy. We thrive in healthy relationships and we wither in the absence of it. It is incredibly difficult exploring how to heal our own lives, specially how to engage in loving again while navigating the turmoil of grieving children and close family members. Everyone wants us to be happy - in theory. In reality, dating after loss activates other people's grief into high decibel waves. Claudia Coenen - our guest from the previous episode - from The Karuna Project (www.thekarunaproject.com) talks openly about her personal experience of dating and developing a new relationship with her current husband, whom she met several months after the death of her first husband Alby. In 2008, Claudia entered a Masters Program in transpersonal psychology with the goal of becoming a creative grief counsellor. She majored in creativity and innovation. She joined the Association for Death Education and Counselling, where she has been certified in thanatology and is now a Fellow in Thanatology - the study of death, dying and bereavement. In 2011, Claudia began working as a bereavement counsellor in a hospice program, occasionally seeing private clients on the side. By the end of 2015, she started her private practice in earnest and began to write her first book. The Karuna Cards and Shattered by Grief were then published in 2018. Her new book, The Creative Toolkit for Working with Grief and Bereavement: A Practitioners Guide, was released in print on July 2020. She is currently working on a book about Loving after Loss, which will include the benefits, issues and dilemmas felt by widowed people when they choose to date and possible re-partner again. Claudia is also developing and presenting programs at Inova Hospital in Virginia for adults with cystic fibrosis, on creative wellness strategies. All three of Claudia Coenen's publications are available on Amazon, Barnes and Noble and on this link: https://www.jkp.com/usa/catalogsearch/result/?q=claudia+coenen As a panelist and public speaker, Claudia often participates in interesting workshops, conferences and events. A free event Claudia, together with Robert Neimeyer will be sharing at is happening on Thursday, October 29th at 1:00pm-2:00pm NZDT. It's hosted by Grief Dialogues https://letsreimagine.org/organizations/grief-dialogues. You can find out more about the free event here: https://letsreimagine.org/58851/8-am-time-to-talk-about-traumatic-loss If you would like to get in touch, please email email@example.com or check out my website www.crazygrief.com Thank you so much for listening. Please share, subscribe and rate this show so we can continue to make more episodes. Much love, Tatiana xo
Human beings are by nature creative and imaginative. Because grief is a holistic experience that affects every level of our being and it requires an outlet, tapping into a creative process can be extremely cathartic during our grief journey. Creativity can really help us process our emotions and find a way through. Be it journaling, drawing, dancing, singing, or even having a mindful walk in nature, any big or small creative is valuable. Claudia Coenen is a certified grief counsellor and thanatologist with a Masters in Transpersonal Psychology. Her life experience as a performer, mother, chef and widow informs her work. Claudia has a private practice in Hudson, NY where she helps people move through grief, cope with illness, and relationship issues, often bringing simple art modalities into her sessions. Claudia leads workshops and talks on the effectiveness of expressive arts in bereavement and is part of the Virtual Funeral Collective that produced the informational paper entitled Death, Grief and Funerals in the Covid Age, a resource guide for funerals, dying and grief during the pandemic. (www.covidpaper.org) While working in a hospice program with patients and their families, Claudia developed The Karuna Cards, a deck of creative ideas for grief and difficult life transitions and is the author of Shattered by Grief: Picking up the Pieces to become WHOLE again. Her new book, The Creative Toolkit for Working with Grief and Bereavement: A Practitioners Guide, was released in print on July 2020. All three are available for purchase on Amazon, at Barnes and Noble and through this link: https://www.jkp.com/usa/catalogsearch/result/?q=claudia+coenen You can book sessions with Claudia and find out more about The Karuna Project on www.thekarunaproject.com where there are lots of information about Claudia's work, her publications and links to articles as well as videos, podcasts and interviews. Check out the free online event hosted by Grief Dialogues on Thursday October 29th 1pm-2pm NZT where Claudia Coenen will be a panelist together with Robert Neimeyer. You can register here: https://letsreimagine.org/58851/8-am-time-to-talk-about-traumatic-loss If you would like to get in touch, please visit www.crazygrief.com and drop me a note. I would really love to hear from you. And please subscribe, share and rate this show so I can continue to produce more meaningful conversations about grief. With lots of love, Tatiana xo
Ep. 244 Creative Tools for Grief During the COVID-19 Pandemic with Claudia Coenen
Learn how creativity can help us process our feelings of grief and sadness to become more whole during times of difficulty. My guest Claudia Coenen is certified in grief counseling and thanatology and is also a musician, dancer, writer, and chef who utilizes creative process and somatic therapy in her work with clients. She is also the author of two books – “Shattered by Grief: Picking up the pieces to become WHOLE again” and “The Creative Toolkit for Working With Grief and Bereavement: A Practitioner’s Guide”. Today Claudia shares how creativity can help all of us deal with our grief and sadness as we cope with the global pandemic and some specific tools for fostering resilience and healing in a time of distress. Learn more about her work at her website: www.thekarunaproject.com Listen here:Creative Tools for Grief with Claudia CoenenThis episode includes: How creativity can help us deal with trauma, loss and griefWhy everyone is creative – even if they don’t know itCreative activities for addressing fear during the pandemic Fear and Action WorksheetShield CollageResilience basketHow various models for grief can help us get in touch with our emotionsShattering of the Assumptive WorldMeaning-makingDual ProcessCompanioning ModelA daily ritual for acknowledging the current collective grief of humankind: Lovingkindness Meditation for the Pandemic May we be at peace.May we be healthy and strong.May we be open-hearted.May we remember we are all connected.”from Lovingkindness Meditation for the Pandemic Links mentioned in this episode: Pre-Order 7 Lessons for Living from the Dying hereClaudia’s Website: The Karuna ProjectGet Claudia’s Book here: Shattered by Grief: Picking up the pieces to become WHOLE againPre-Order Claudia’s new book here: The Creative Toolkit for Working with Grief and BereavementView Karuna Cards hereShattering of the Assumptive World grief model – Ronnie Janoff-Bulman bookLeave a message for me at SpeakPipe.com/eolu and I’ll include it in a future episode!Join the team at Patreon.com/eolu and get access to the EOLU mug: “Mind if we talk about death?” (only Patrons can purchase it). PLUS get our new bonuses: the monthly EOL News Update, movie reviews from 2 Doctors and a Movie, and automatic access to A Year of Reading Dangerously!SUBSCRIBE to the podcast here If you enjoy this content please share it with others and consider leaving a review on iTunes! Thanks again to all supporters on my page at Patreon.com/eolu! Your contributions make all the difference!
WAMC’s Alan Chartock In Conversation With Claudia Coenen, Creative Grief Counselor And Author
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WAMC’s Alan Chartock is In Conversation with Claudia Coenen, a creative grief counselor and certified Thanatologist on dealing with grief. Claudia is the author of two books: Shattered by Grief: Picking Up the Pieces to Become Whole Again; and her new book The Creative Toolkit will be released July 1st. You can find out more about Claudia Coenen and her work at www.thekarunaproject.com (more…)
In these unprecedented times, who better to have a conversation with then a Certified Grief Counselor? Claudia Coenen, who has a Masters in Transpersonal Psychology, is the author of 2 books: "The Creative Toolkit for Working with Grief and Bereavement: A Practitioner's Guide" and - "Shattered by Grief: Picking up the Pieces to Become Whole Again." Claudia has also developed Karuna Cards, which provide creative ways to deal with grief and difficult life decisions. This is truly a conversation that none of us can afford to miss.
Widows, widowers, and anyone who has lost a partner knows just how hard it is to cope with grief on Valentine's Day. Claudia Coenen, widow and creative grief counselor, shares creative ways to cope with grief and heartache on Valentine's Day, as well as activities and practices to honor and celebrate you love that undeniably very much present. She also shares tips from her upcoming book release, The Creative Toolkit for Working with Grief and Bereavement: A Practitioner’s Guide. Heather Stang's guided meditation, a Journey To Your Heart Center, follows the interview. Both Heather and Claudia hope this special Valentine's Day edition of the Mindfulness & Grief Podcast will bring you some peace. Recommended Reading & Listening Shattered by Grief: Picking up the pieces to become WHOLE again The Creative Toolkit for Working with Grief and Bereavement: A Practitioner’s Guide Karuna Cards: Creative Ideas to Transform Grief and Difficult Life Transitions The Karuna Project: Compassion & Creativity for Grief with Claudia Coenen on the Mindfulness & Grief Podcast About Claudia Coenen, CGC, FT, MTP Claudia Coenen became a certified grief counselor after she was widowed suddenly. She focused on creativity in her Masters in Transpersonal Psychology program at Sophia University and holds an Advanced Grief Counseling Certificate from Brooklyn College. Claudia has been certified in Thanatology for 9 years and is now a Fellow in Thanatology, through the Association of Death Education and Counseling. Claudia’s lifelong experience as a performer and creative person provided her with techniques to process her own grief which in turn led her to help others through expressive modalities. In private practice, Claudia helps bereaved clients find resilience in the midst of their losses - through compassionate presence, creative process, somatic and expressive therapy techniques. While working with dying patients and family members in a hospice program in New Jersey, she developed the Karuna Cards, a deck of creative ideas for grief and difficult life transitions. Claudia presents workshops on Grief, living with illness as well as the use of creativity in counseling. She has delivered in-service training on vicarious trauma in the workplace at conferences, hospice agencies, and mental health clinics. Claudia is the author of Shattered by Grief: Picking up the pieces to become WHOLE again. Her newest book, The Creative Toolkit for Working with Grief and Bereavement: A Practitioner’s Guide, explores some well-researched grief models and 30 creative activity sheets that can be reproduced to use with bereaved clients.
Compassion & Creativity for Grief with Claudia Coenen of The Karuna Project
The Mindfulness & Grief Podcast
When her husband died unexpectedly while on vacation together, Claudia Coenen felt as though she was hovering above herself, thinking "Your life has radically changed, now what?" She used every resource - journaling, poetry, crafts, dancing and moving meditation - and eventually studied grief theory and counseling. In the sixth episode of the Mindfulness & Grief Podcast, Claudia, offers creative and compassionate practices from her new book, Shattered by Grief: Picking Up the Pieces to Become WHOLE Again, and the Karuna Cards deck, which contains 52 exercises and prompts to help you cope with grief and difficult life transitions. Claudia is a Fellow in Thanatology, Certified Grief Counselor, and offers private sessions online and in Hudson, NY. Learn more about her at https://www.thekarunaproject.com.