Relationships with friends, family and colleagues can become severely altered after the death of a life partner. Interactions with the people and places who once made us comfortable can now cause anxiety, stress, anger or pain. Join us as we navigate these social changes by eco-mapping our new lives. Through an ecomap, plans can be made to change, modify, or strengthen relationships in a “new life” post-loss environment. An ecomap is a written diagram (“map”) of an individual’s environment (“eco”) that provides visual clarity about social, emotional, and physical relationships. Social workers have used ecomaps for decades as simple tools to chart and assess both positive and negative relationships within social environments, families, and groups. But everyone can ecomap their lives to decrease anxiety, stress, and pressure in relation to social situations- no need to be a social worker!
Eco-Map Your Life: A New Way to Navigate Social Change
Speaker(s): Susan Hannifin-MacNab