Last week Nancy & I met with Tom Ellis, the executive director of the Center for Grief, Loss and Transition in St. Paul, MN. It’s a nonprofit organization that offers therapy and education for complicated grief, trauma, and life transition. Tom has recently published a book called This Thing Called Grief: New Understandings of Loss. (Insert link www.tomellisbooks.com). Besides being full of wisdom and anecdotes from Tom’s therapy practice, this book offers practical tools for dealing with life’s blows.
Sudden, unexpected death, such as that experienced by the Twin Cities recently in the collapse of the 35W bridge over the Mississippi, involves much different challenges than death from illness or old age, when people have time to prepare, complete life and relationship tasks, and say their goodbyes.
Tom and the staff of the Center for Grief, Loss and Transition are doing wonderful work in Minnesota. Visit their website at www.griefloss.org.