When Compassion is a Really Bad Idea

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When I was in my twenties and thirties, I loved being surrounded by friends who “understood” me. Naive and immature as I was, I didn’t realize that these friendships were not authentic and didn’t serve my best interests. Here’s a story to illustrate what I mean. Mona was a close friend of mine, a part…

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How to Help A Grieving Friend (Part 2)

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My conversation with Katherine Conway, founder of Helping Friends Grieve continues… 4. You study and work in the field of transitional justice. In traveling the world and working with communities around mourning, memory, memorialization and loss, what are some of the biggest lessons that have come your way? I learned the most important lesson of…

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How to Help a Grieving Friend (Part 1)

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After a deeply moving personal tragedy, Katherine Conway made the decision to turn her pain into helping others heal. The result: Helping Friends Grieve, a community of shared stories of grief and loss. The benefits: connection, healing, service. 1. Can you share with us your personal story of losing your dad and how it altered the…

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