One of the common side-effects of widowed life is an expansion of our personal boundaries. As widowed people we manage day-to-day life while carrying the weight of our grief with the multitude of responsibilities that were once shared. During this time, we open up to others, often in ways we never have before. Being able […]
Dr. Carrie West
Dr. Carrie West is an assistant professor of communication studies at Schreiner University in Kerrville Texas. Carrie was widowed when she was 29 and had two sons who were 6 and 1 at the time. In the process of searching for tools to help her and her family adjust to their loss, she discovered that resilience is something you can learn and build. She works to provide accessible tools grieving individuals can use to develop these resilient behaviors and skills. She earned her Ph.D. in interpersonal and family communication from the University of Denver and serves as the Director of Research for both Soaring Spirits International and the Soaring Spirits Resilience Center at Schreiner University.
Organizing Your Support Network Green Dr. Carrie West There are many common misconceptions about the length of time a grieving person will need the support of their community.
Widowhood leaves you with a blank life slate. Plans and dreams are changed by the death of our person, and recreating a life that we love becomes part of the work of widowhood.
Creating a healthy balance between holding onto our memories, living in the present moment and having the ability to plan for a meaningful and happy future is a challenge for everyone who has experienced the death of a person they love.