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Even before the pandemic disrupted (and ended) so many lives, grief was a widespread and misunderstood public health crisis. Rising rates of depression, addiction, suicidality, and loneliness all share the same foundation: unresolved or unsupported grief. While grief is a universal issue, there hasn’t been a major change to the ways we approach grief - medically or personally - in over 50 years. Treating grief as a disease or disorder simply isn’t working. It’s time for a more humane approach.
A Better Way to Look at Grief
I’m Megan Devine, best-selling author, psychotherapist, and grief advocate. For the last ten years, I’ve pioneered a more empathetic, inclusive and skillful response to grief. Having built a thriving community of grieving people connecting through Refuge in Grief, I’ve turned my attention to helping the wider world learn to respond with more skill when life goes horribly wrong.
With more people seeking professional support for multiple losses, the need for skilled providers is vast. And it's not just clients - these last few years have demolished so many workplaces and industries. Everyone is struggling with loss of some kind.
The cutting edge of grief support is human connection, not clinical intervention.
Whether you regularly encounter grieving people, or you're just noticing a lot more grief in your workplace, I can help you feel less like a deer in the headlights and more like a competent, grief-informed human being. The cool thing is, the skills we need to meet grief are the same skills we need to face everyday life: there's no time like right now to get started.
Want to learn the skills you need? Scroll down for current training opportunities, learn by listening to the Here After podcast, or drop me a note for custom consulting - we can figure out what you need, together. Need to speak to me directly? Click here.
Each week, join best selling author and psychotherapist Megan Devine for conversations with interesting people about difficult things.
There’s so much grief in everyday life. Not just in our personal lives, but - have you looked outside? Listened to the news? Everyday a new disaster, some new form of suffering, some old suffering dressed up in louder, more obnoxious clothes. In a culture that’s often afraid of big emotions, it’s a radical act to let things hurt.
Here After with Megan Devine is what you’d imagine the coolest dinner party ever might be: with conversations that leave you feeling seen, heard, and even a little inspired to head back out into the world. New episodes every Monday.
Work with Megan
Megan approaches public speaking and workshops for medical institutions, brands and organizations with the same candor and insight that guides her other projects. Her work will change the way your audience thinks about grief, relationships, and communication – all while keeping them interested and engaged.
From bereavement protocols to death related communication, Megan provides leaders with restorative strategies for personal and group communication - and stabilization - after collective loss. We see a day when leaders are equipped to respond to the impacts of loss in their organizations and communities with true skill and grace. Tap this box to open the contact form and let us know what you need. If you need personal support rather than business support, click this link.
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Megan Devine is a best-selling author, psychotherapist, and grief advocate. With over 20 years in the field - and deep personal experience of grief - she is the go-to authority for grievers, supporters, and industry professionals. Her pioneering work provides a professional, inclusive, and realistic approach to grief, one that goes beyond pathology-based, reductive models.
Her best-selling book It’s OK that You’re Not OK has sold over half a million copies and is available in 16 languages. New York Magazine’s The Strategist named the book in their “Top 16 Grief Books Recommended by Psychologists in 2021.” With engagement in the millions, Megan’s original grassroots movement, REFUGE IN GRIEF, houses a committed and rapidly growing community of grievers drawn to her direct and validating approach. Her animated short, “How to Help a Grieving Friend,” has been viewed over 70 million times and is used in training programs around the world. She has been published in Psychology Today, The New York Times, and The Washington Post, and has served as a grief expert for major media outlets including NPR, iHeartRadio, and the PBS documentary, Speaking Grief. In 2021, Megan launched her highly-anticipated, weekly podcast HERE AFTER (from iHeartMedia). The show aims to change how we talk about mental health by radically changing how we talk about grief.