Telling Your Story; A Way Through Grief

April 10, 2011 by  
Filed under Video

Losing a spouse is often listed among the most stressful events of life. Kristine Carlson, author of “Heart Broken Open,,” lived through one of those stories we hear about on the news. She enjoyed an envied and idyllic life as wife to the mega-bestselling author Richard Carlson of “Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff.” One day, she kissed her beloved goodbye as he boarded a plane to New York City — and he never came home. He died in his sleep on the plane from a random blood clot that traveled from his leg to his lung. Kristine was in her early 40s, mother to two teenage girls, and alone.

Here is a video of one of Carlson’s grief circles with John Welsons, author of “One Soul, One Love, One Heart, Awakening from Grief,” discussing how our cultural stupor blocks us from feeling happiness, and why we feel we have to apologize for expressing emotion: