Authors: Virginia Lafond, CANADA
Event: 2000 TheMHS Conference
Subject: Keynote, recommended, book of proceedings
Type of resource: Conference Presentations and Papers
Abstract: About ten years ago I first began to present my ideas about working consciously and constructively with the grief of mental illness. I did this to address, as well as I could, what I concluded was a gaping hole in psychiatric service delivery. Early on my ideas about “assisting with the emotional and psychological consequences of mental illness” seemed to find a satisfactory conceptual home in the domains grief theory and grief work. Over the course of the last ten years these ideas have, in the main, been met with approval from first-hand consumers, their family members, and by other caregivers. As well, there have been many questions asked and, of late, a few vigorous challenges posed. The “Come again? ...What are you talking about?” kind of questions, as well as “Is grief really the right metaphor?” and “Should notions about grieving be introduced to people with early psychosis?” have all been considered important to me. In this keynote address I attempt to answer six of the most frequently asked questions about the grief of mental illness and working with it.