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Review: The journey through loss and grief

Speaker: Jason B. Rosenthal
Date: April 2018
Location: Vancouver, BC

Description from TED website:
In her brutally honest, ironically funny, and widely read meditation on death, “You May Want to Marry My Husband,” the late author and filmmaker Amy Krouse Rosenthal gave her husband Jason very public permission to move on and find happiness. A year after her death, Jason offers candid insights on the often excruciating process of moving through and with loss — as well as some quiet wisdom for anyone else experiencing life-changing grief.

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My Review / Notes / Thoughts

We’ve all experienced some type of loss in our lives. No two losses are the same, and everyone grieves in their own way. But in this talk, Jason Rosenthal presents the idea of being given permission to start anew as we move through and with our grief. His position in this talk is unique, as he had to go through the grieving process in a very public manner.

However, I believe this talk would also be good for students in the helping/service fields to listen to. I can see this talk used in programs such as counseling, social work, sociology, psychology, as well as the health professions.

This talk could easily be used to spur student engagement through discussion (through online posts or face-to-face in the classroom). I also think that this talk could be used with a reflective paper, having students write about their own experiences or experiences of others that they are familiar with.

How could you see implementing this talk into your classroom environment? What types of activities would you pair with it to engage your students?

Until next time … live long, life-learner!

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