ERP 209: How Unresolved Grief Affects You and Your Relationship – an Interview with Donna Lancaster

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Donna is one of the Co-founders and facilitators of The Bridge Retreat and has been working with individuals, couples and groups for almost 30 years. 

Donna is passionate about the subject of grief and the grieving process which she believes offers the missing link for many in their search for wholeness. This interest stemmed from her own very personal experience of ‘depression’ which she suffered from for many years and now knows to have in fact been unprocessed grief.

In this episode, Donna Lancaster and Dr. Jessica Higgins discuss: 

  • Discomfort, anxiety, and depression may actually be unprocessed pain and grief.
  • Being grateful for our incredible capacity for survival and resilience, but not letting our past difficulties define you.       
  • How we tend to see people through our own lenses of past pain.
  • Heartbreak is inevitable and an essential part of being wonderfully human.
  • The power of recognizing pain as a community, and healing in a community.

“The details of our stories may differ. But the essence of them is the same…we all go through loss, our hearts break, again and again, it’s part of the human condition. But what we’re not shown, generally speaking, is how to allow and to embrace all those emotions and let them flow through us (as) they’re meant to do, so that we can then really, really return to our wholeness. Not even return, just remember, because we always were home. And that is the power of community.” —  Donna Lancaster 


The Bridge Retreat Video
The Bridge Retreat website
How to Handle Grief & Loss In Relationship podcast)
How to Handle Grief & Loss In Relationship – Part Two (podcast)
Grief Refuge (grief companioning)
Free strategy session with Dr. Jessica Higgins (coaching)

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Connect with Dr. Jessica Higgins: 

Twitter: @DrJessHiggins
Email: [email protected] 

Transcript: ERP 209: How Unresolved Grief Affects You and Your Relationship, an Interview With Donna Lancaster

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