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It's Ok That You're Not Ok: Meeting Grief and Loss in a Culture That Doesn't Understand

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Today on It’s OK, we discuss the ways grief has upended her life, and the ways that both movement and community have kept her alive - willing, at least most days, to lean into the full experience of life.

She also offers practical suggestions related to coping with stress and anxiety that may stem from grief.Megan’s work is featured widely in the media, including the New York Times, NPR, Washington Post, GQ, Harvard Business Review, and The Atlantic.

Watch the documentary The Wisdom of Trauma exploring Gabor Maté’s work to understand the connection between illness, addiction, trauma, and society. Unfortunately, many of her points are partly lost in the background noise of the book, which could easily have shed a third of its content and be none the worse for it. In the just under three years since, Leanne has continued to grow the virtual reality fitness community, Supernatural.Find her in the PBS documentary Speaking Grief, and in the new podcast, Here After with Megan Devine. Fantastic narration by Megan Devine and a book to truly treasure because when someone like Megan truly provides a universal consideration of Grief so very poignant to listen to and one that I truly believe in then it stands out and it is a book I'll always cherish because it structures our lives when everything else has crumbled. Our rampant avoidance of feeling-with-each-other requires us to distance ourselves from environmental devastation, from human suffering, from child abuse and sex trafficking, from global wars, from hate crimes of all kinds.

But I wish she hadn’t focused so much on accidental deaths because it felt like the rest of us, experiencing “expected” deaths, should just move on already.Megan Devine’s book is powerful, honest, and necessary in this culture that doesn’t understand or know how to tend to grief. Devine is masterful at articulating the varied and harsh realities grievers (and those who support them) face on a daily basis and then provides real tools to identify your own path forward by validating your story of devastation, of hopelessness, and of love. The amazing thing is that not only did thinking about things differently take an immense load off of me around my father's death, but also around some other relationships that I've lost in the last few years. The author, Megan Devine, is a pioneer; paving a new path for those who have suffered debilitating loss by allowing them to see grief in a new way.

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