Aspen Drake, host of the podcast Loss For Words, joins Tony to talk about her experiences in dealing with the loss of her mother, Amanda, to cancer, while she was in college, being the oldest of 4 siblings and her feeling the need to be a family leader during that time. She also discusses how the grieving process differs for everyone, and despite what many people hear during this difficult time, there truly is no absolutely correct way to grieve. Aspen also gives some background on the 5 Stages of Grief and Loss, a concept originally developed by Elizabeth Kubler Ross. Ross initially developed the 5 Stages as a non-evidence-based guide for dealing with grief and loss, but, much to Ross’s frustration, it was immediately used by many to say that if the 5 stages weren’t being followed linearly, when someone isn’t following the exact path of the 5 stages (which Ross never intended to be something that HAD to be followed exactly) that they were grieving “wrong.” You can find Loss For Words on iTunes/Apple Podcast app or wherever you get your podcasts. The video of this interview is linked to Tony’s Facebook page, www.facebook.com/tonyoverbaylmft/ or on his Vimeo page vimeo.com/thepathback
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