Bill began by considering why the attachments and experiences we have as infants have such an impact on how we grieve later in life. The audience explored the process of loss, based on the simpler experience of losing a precious possession. A similar pattern of emotions can be found in grief. With examples and short films, Bill challenged our perceptions.
Bill concluded the session by reviewing the main models of grief. Importantly, the individuality of grief was highlighted, alongside stressing how normal such emotions are. Given time to rlect on Bill’s words may help those of us attending to be more gentle with ourselves in bereavement and be more understanding of the impact that loss can have on those around us.