TED Talks on Coping with Grief

Author: ecobear | Date Posted: 29th July 2017 | Category: Resources

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A Video Game To Cope With Grief by Amy Green

For anyone who has ever experienced the helpless feeling of watching a loved one die a little each day, Amy Green discusses how she created a video game journey through cancer for her children to understand as their brother and her son endured a malignant brain tumor.

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What Comes After Grief?

This is a TED playlist of five videos that present different dialogues on how to take grief and transform it into positive actions and sometimes even art.

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What Death Can Teach You About Life

This is a series of seven TED talks that center around what is learned through the death of a loved one and how that life-changing loss procures wisdom in all of us.

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New Ways To Think About Death

This series of ten TED discussions focus on the unpleasantness of talking about death and how it affects the process of coping with grief. The speakers offer the audience ways in which to look at death differently and make it easier to bring into the open and help us heal.

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When I Die, Recompose Me by Katrina Spade

Spade discusses ways in which we can deconstruct death and change the content and context of it so that it isn’t so taboo and more a fact of life.

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What Makes Life Worth Living In The Face Of Death by Lucy Kalanithi

Kalanithi shares a deeply personal experience about the death of her husband from cancer and how she walked with him through the entire experience until his final days. She also talks about a how he decided after his diagnosis, to write about his final journey through it all.

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Stories From A Home For Terminally Ill Children by Kathy Hull

Hull presents her reasons behind creating a pediatric care facility for terminally ill children and how it became a place where these children and their loved ones to spend quality time together for the last time. It is heartbreaking as well as a joyous testament to each of their lives.

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How Loss Helped One Artist Find Beauty In Imperfection by Alyssa Monks

Monks is a painter who discusses how she found a focus for her art in the unpredictable events in everyone’s lives and how through her art she tries to paint what is unpredictable and awful about life and tries to make it beautiful.

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A Letter To All Who Have Lost In This Era by Anand Giridharadas

Giridharadas discusses a different type of grief in his talk that centers around a feeling of hopelessness, fear, and loss that comes with the time that we live in. What he shares about coping with this can easily be translated to what we do in the face of losing someone we love.

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How My Son’s Short Life Made A Lasting Difference by Sarah Gray

Gray suffered the tragic diagnosis of an unborn child with a terminal condition, and she talks about how she took this life-altering news and made the decision to make it a gift instead of a curse through organ donation.

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The Big Idea My Brother Inspired by Jamie Heywood

Heywood begins his talk with the tragic diagnosis given to his brother of ALS and then launches into how he made it his life’s mission to fight the disease along with him through the development of an ALS website for anyone suffering from the disease. The site makes it possible for anyone suffering from ALS to input data about their illness so that information can be used to make a difference in how the disease is treated. He emphasizes the empowerment of the site for patients as well as families helps them cope with the impending loss.

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How Data From A Crisis Text Line Is Saving Lives Nancy Lublin

Lublin discusses the inception of the national crisis text line called DoSomething.org as a means of helping individuals cope with grief, feelings of suicide, and any other emotional pain they may be suffering from all because one person made a cry for help one day via text and how powerful a text message can be as a tool for coping.

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Talks to Remind You That Your Story Isn’t Over

This playlist is a series of nine TED talks that discuss how hopelessness is not the answer when you suffer a setback in life that is so major it makes you question the rest of your life. They aim to remind the listener that tragedies do not signal the end for everyone who is affected by them, but more often the beginning of a new life story to be fulfilled.

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Survivor’s Wisdom

The aim of all 13 TED videos in this playlist is to focus on courage as it relates to those who are left behind when a loved one dies and how are coping mechanisms work and how long it may take us to recover from the loss as we learn more about death and survival.

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What Really Matters At The End Of Life by BJ Miller

Miller, who works in hospice care, tells us how important it is for the patient as well as the family members to create a peaceful and dignified environment in which someone can die. It not only gives the dying individual the comfort and respect they deserve, but it leaves the family members with a sense of closure that they need to move on.

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Why We All Need To Practice Emotional First Aid by Guy Winch

Winch discusses how it is just as important to consider a medical professional when confronted with emotional pain as it is when we are confronted with physical pain of any kind. Dealing with grief on our own should not be the common option anymore.

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The Art Of Stillness by Pico Lyer

According to Lyer, coping with any type of stress or distraction in our lives, even coping with grief, should be done mindfully and through a form of meditation through stillness.

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Am I Dying? The Honest Answer by Matthew O’ Reilly

O’Reilly deals with loss in real time as an EMT in New York. He shares his experiences on the job as he tries to help people who are sometimes dying right before his eyes and they ask him if they are going to leave this world and many other questions about family, life, and what it all means in the end.

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How The Worst Moments In Our Lives Make Us Who We Are by Andrew Solomon

Solomon has a reputation as a writer of hard-luck stories and how people endure them, but he also discusses how we can take the most tragic events that happen to us and muster enough courage to get through them and find meaning on the other side.

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We Need A Heroic Narrative For Death by Amanda Bennett

Bennett discusses how her journey with her spouse through a terminal illness she worked very hard to try to never lose sight of the passion in their lives and hope for some sort of happy ending without slipping into a state of denial even though she knew it may only be her life that was left to carry on in the end.

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Life That Doesn’t End With Death by Kelli Swazey

Swazey gives us a different perspective on death and tells the story of a region of the world where funerals are the bigger celebrations—even more than weddings and children being born. With a background in anthropology, she delves into this culture in Indonesia and shares their unique perspective on coping with death as an integral celebration of life.

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One Second Every Day by Cesar Kuriyama

Kuriyama challenges his audience to begin to see each moment of life as the unique experience it is instead of taking everything but the biggest experiences like birth, death, and life-altering events as the whole of our being for a greater perspective on what life really is and how death fits into that equation.

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Love Letters to Strangers by Hannah Brencher

Brencher found herself wallowing in a depressive state and harkened back to her childhood to find the answer to what was ailing her which was her mother’s letter writing. Brencher then started to leave random letters wherever she went for any stranger to find. She called them her love letters and it helped her cope with her grief.

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Perspective is Everything by Rory Sutherland

Sutherland says in this talk that no matter what happens to us, it is how we perceive it that leads to how we cope with it, and if we take the event and see it in a different way, it will help us to understand it better than we could ever imagine.

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Finding and Bringing Closure

This TED playlist featuring seven different discussions focuses on understanding that death is hard to cope with and the ensuing aftermath of those who are left behind to endure the loss have a long road ahead of them. Each talk helps in understanding how to find closure and come out of it with a greater understanding of yourself.

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