Denise shares part 2 of Dr Lucy Hone’s conversation with renowned grief expert Dr Tom Attig. Tom offers advice on what to say to the bereaved, the value of rituals for grieving, and the difference between a grief reaction and a grief response. Tom encourages us to develop what he calls ‘sorrow friendly’ practices, so that our cultures can be more supportive of grieving.
Dr Thomas Attig has dedicated the last twenty-five years to listening to mourners, teaching and reflecting on how we come to terms with loss and is widely acknowledged for his revised theory of grief. He is the author of The Heart of Grief: Death and the Search for Lasting Love and How We Grieve: Relearning the World, both with Oxford. Tom has made a significant contribution to the field through his work on grief and loss, care of the dying, suicide intervention, death education, expert witnessing in wrongful death cases, the ethics of interactions with the dying, and the nature of applied philosophy. A Past President of the Association for Death Education and Counseling, and a former Emeritus Professor of Philosophy at Bowling Green State University, he also served as Vice-Chair of the Board of Directors of the International Work Group on Death, Dying, and Bereavement.