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Grief, Connections, and ResilienceRobert Brooks, Ph.D.

In last month’s column I discussed the need to face and accept our own mortality in order to lead a more meaningful life.  I expressed some thoughts from Perspectives on Mortality: Insights into Meaningful Living, the book I recently co-edited with Dr. Glenn Wilkerson, an ordained minister in Houston.  I noted that how comfortably parents and other caregivers managed their emotions and thoughts pertaining to mortality impacted on how comfortably their children learned to deal with issues of death and dying.  I quoted psychoanalyst Erik Erikson from his classic book Childhood and Society in which he observed, “Healthy children will not fear life if their parents have integrity enough not to fear death.” I realize that the topic of mortality carries with it many emotions; thus, I was not surprised by the poignant, very personal emails I received in response to the article.  Readers shared accounts about losses they had experienced in their lives, about their own mortality, and about speaking with their children about death and dying.     At the conclusion of one of my recent presentations, a woman came up and talked with me briefly about my March article and also about the column I had written last

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