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Some Bonds Cannot Be Broken: Fostering Continued Connections with Loved Ones Who’ve Died
“Death ends a life, not a relationship” ~ Mitch Albom, Tuesdays with Morrie
Many people don’t realize; we don’t leave our deceased loved ones
behind when they die. Rather, we carry them with us throughout
Holding onto items, daily habits, private rituals, conversations with
your loved one, visiting places where you feel close to them, thinking
about them—these are all ways people stay connected to people
who have died.
Although establishing these connections seems like a very natural
tendency for grieving people, it wasn’t until the early 90’s that a grief
theory called Continuing Bonds put a name to it.
In this session, we’ll:
• Provide an overview of continuing bonds theory and explain how
it normalizes behaviors some may have historically viewed as
• Encourage participants to reflect on the role continuing bonds
plays in their grief and grief healing.
• Introduce creative and practical tools for fostering a continued
bond with deceased loved ones.