We are speaking with Dr. Birgitte Tan, a Certified Grief Recovery Specialist, Certified Life Mastery Consultant and Diplomate ACVIM (Oncology)
Tell Us a Story About a Patient or Client Suffering From Grief and How Dance Therapy Helped
Penelope (name has been changed) had complicated grief from cumulative grief (grief overload) as well as disenfranchise grief (grief downplayed or overlooked by others) for over 40 years. She confided that the only reason she had not committed suicide is for her disabled mother for whom she feels more and more resentment to and wishes her mother would die soon. She revealed that she had not cried since her father left the family 35 years ago. And for 14 years since her divorce, she has lived her life day to day feeling numb like a zombie.
Penelope had been a participant in many healing methods that included hypnosis, counseling, meditation, and grief groups. However, the grief she experienced seemed elusive to all these and her symptoms increased.
Most recently, she started to have panic attacks and worsening of her insomnia. Her psychotherapist wanted her to again try meditation. This had the opposite desired effect since it only caused more restlessness and anger for Penelope, and made her feel like a failure each time she couldn’t tolerate a meditation session.