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1/4 Yesterday @ChildlessWeek was Comments that hurt, based around lockdown experiences.

I contributed a piece entitled Resonance and yesterday resonance struck. I just stopped, there was tears, well more like a 20 minute sob for the accumulation of grief,
2/4 of feelings of shame and of loneliness. I just felt disconnected and had had enough of lockdown. Great timing as we enter a local lockdown...

In the end I wrote and played new songs on my guitar. It helped, as did chips at the seaside.
3/4 Alongside me the whole time was my brilliant wife and our snoozing paws.

These are difficult times for us all, I had forgotten that in a haze of work and exercise, as if everything was normal, as if everything has ever been normal. Take care all.

#PandemicBlues
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As a part of my #PHMFellowship I spent last month with our wonderful #PalliativeCare (PaCT) team. I would like to share some reflections (in my first ever 🧵) on how valuable this month was for me. 1/
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2/ In #PediatricHM we often have to deliver difficult news or discuss hard decisions with parents. How comfortable are we in these situations?

This month I saw the PaCT team show endless #empathy while sitting with families experiencing BIG emotions.
3/ I learned how statements like “I can see how much you care about your child” and “Tell me about your hopes and concerns for your child” can be so helpful. @vitaltalk offers more examples to help guide these convos.

vitaltalk.org/resources/
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My personal, practical take on #grief, 7 weeks on from the sudden death of my wife and best mate @kimberleystjohn.

A thread.

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#BeMoreKim
Sadness, confusion, euphoria, depression, numbness, etc. These were ALL present from the beginning, but they were jumbled up into a cacophonous mess. Now, my sadness is far "purer" - I can connect to and hold onto it more easily.

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My early “shock” did NOT mean I wasn’t able to understand that Kim had died.

It meant that I wasn’t able to readily connect with my grief, but I was wholly aware that it was there.

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1/ "On his hands and knees he waits. He imagines soft voices and smiles. The slam of a car boot startles him; his eyes burst open, wide, light pours in, his body assesses for signs of an attack. The gate swings open, four small wheels roll along the path; a deafening war cry." Image
2/ It is @ChildlessWeek in September & I have contributed to it over the past couple of years. By sharing my experiences I have found connection, I have been heard & found a sense of belonging. The process of creating stories & art, has been helpful in my healing & acceptance.
3/ I recommend submitting your experiences, they can be anonymous - the more our voices are heard, the less invisible we become, not only to others, but also ourselves.

The above is an extract from Dancing under rainbows - the agony of not being able to have a child,
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1/ THREAD: Memorial Day in a Pandemic

I often struggle with #MemorialDay. With the calls for celebration and happiness on this day. For BBQs and summer fun.

Because nothing about this day is happy.

This day is about #grief. About tragedy. About #death and loss.

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2/ Above all, it is a day of RESPECT. Because Americans gave their lives in service to protect the citizens and country of the United States.

The lives they previously dreamt of were cut short. And that selfless gift of life is one of the highest honors to serve your country. Image
3/ But their husbands and wives will never kiss their spouses again. Their children will never hug their mothers or fathers again. It doesn’t change the visceral grief of parents losing their children to #prematuredeath. #memorialdayweekend2020 Image
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medium.com/@rachelsarahco… Very raw, but this is my reality still. Open some dialogues today :) #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek #grief #dyingmatters #cptsd #ptsd #anxiety #anxietydisorders
i.e don’t just post a be kind pic 😜
Also share if you like, the subject and starting a dialogue around it is so important to me.
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Reports from all around the world including from those of @WHO say that Corona virus is here to stay. The future seems like a dystopian one, and a lot of people are going through personal experiences and emotions that they have never felt before.
The @UN has already laid out their policy about #Covid-19 and the need for action on #mentalhealth. It is serious. We must recognize the importance of a healthy mind. People from all walks of life including small children are concerned and afraid of what the future holds for them
These are the times when we need to reassure ourselves, or someone who can re-ignite in us the confidence in our capability to survive even in the harshest times. This is a window for inspirational figures and government authorities in India to start a movement about the
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1/3 Today I share my #childlessnotbychoice story at @linsdrabwell childfree blog. I am nowhere near to saying I am childfree, but I am now comfortable with saying I am childless not choice and that being #childless doesn't define me. I am more than what I am not. Image
'Once or twice we were able to mark in pen, but it wasn’t permenant, like our lost babies, the ink disappeared, but the marks of love are still very much visible.' Read the full post at booandmaddie.com/on-being-child….
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1 I had a thought-provoking, emotionally 'full', inspiring #StoryhouseChildless @StoryhouseLive We explored 'living in as a non-parent in a family-centric world' #childlessnotbychoice #childfree #childlessbycircumstance #ttc #childlessbychoice Here are my highlights
2 @gatewaywomen: the shame of #childlessness is a powerful tool for keeping us apart: it prevents conversation, community, it creates separation, isolation, stigma and vilification #StoryhouseChildless @StoryhouseLive
3 @gatewaywomen: #abortion is the 'taboo within the taboo' of #childlessness #Storyhouse
@StoryhouseLive
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Ok. So. All kinds of feels here. And three critical thoughts. 1/ #BothamShemJean #Forgiveness #JusticeForBotham #grief
First, #Feels:
Not again!!! Not again, Lord!!! Not again does the system get to minimize Black life by giving a white murderer such s light sentence!!! Not again do we have to endure tragedy of Black forgiveness!!!!! I can barely take it anymore, Lord! #JusticeForBothamJean 2/
Thought 1: If you were silent when #BothamShemJean was shot dead while eating ice cream on his couch then YOU DONT GET TO SPEAK NOW. #Shutupaboutforgiveness Your voice is a #clangingsymbol #standdown. You forfeited the right to speak now when you chose silence then. 3/
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#Suicide is a hard subject, one I think we often avoid. I have some things about this subject I'd like to share. I'll be doing so this week.
The first thing: feeling #suicidal is not a weakness. It's not a failure or a personality flaw. #Tragedy and #depression can happen to ANYONE. There but for grace, or merely chance...
If you had asked me three years ago, I would have said #suicide was cowardly. I didn't understand, then, how quickly life can change, or how little we control. I don't believe suicide is ever an answer, but I better understand the complexities behind the issue now.
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On a serious note:
Tuesday is my father's 2nd yahrzeit
Sunday 4/21 was the 2y anniversary of his death.

In reflecting back, I have some thoughts for #medtwitter, #Jews and the general public...
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#death #dying #grief #PalliativeCare #medicine
1. Condolence notes just need to say, "I am thinking of you" or "I was sorry to hear your news" or "I am sorry for your loss."

Don't overthink it, and don't offer false platitudes. Send your note or make your call, and the person who is #mourning knows you care.
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2. Show up.
For #shiva, for #kaddish. The first week, there's a lot of people around in a #Jewish house of mourning. Then everyone goes home, and we are left alone.
Offer to go to lunch. Bring dinner. Take a walk.
Join us in shul. Kaddish that first time in services was hard.
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THREAD: Body Language Analysis No. 4376: Jacinda Ardern and Donald Trump - a Study in Contrasts #Nonverbal #EmotionalIntelligence #BodyLanguage #BodyLanguageExpert #JacindaArdern #DonaldTrump #ChristchurchShooting #Empathy #Grief
1/ This photo of Jacinda Ardern was taken in the immediate aftermath of the 15 March 2019 mass shooting at two Mosques in Christchurch. Since the tragedy, there've been thousands of images of the New Zealand Prime minister displaying this same classic expression of empathy-grief:
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• Elevated Central Forehead Contraction
• Inner (medial) Eyebrows Upturned
• Upper Eyelids Slightly Closed
• Nostrils Slightly Flared
• Slight Lip Protrusion
• Down-turned Mouth Corners

Any person feeling sincere empathy will, to some degree, display this expression.
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THE LANGUAGE OF GRIEF REVISITED
Mircroburst Essay #6?

One week ago, I said in a thread we lack the language to talk about #dying, #death, & #grief, and that we also lack the #emotions. I said we might need hybrid emotions such as grief-anger; grief-ambiguity; grief-humor.
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Here is the link to the thread if you want to get yourself up to speed but it’s really not necessary. I think you can jump in from here.

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Anyway, this idea resonated with a lot of people. “Yes,” the masses (okay, maybe the smattering) said, “We need a better language and set of emotions to deal with the welter of the human experience. We lack the words and emotions to discuss and feel these things”
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