Inspiration and Education about the Art of Comforting
Even on hectic days, by pausing for a few minutes to listen, we can be a comforting presence for someone in distress.
Through writing, speaking and teaching, Val Walker’s mission is to guide us as comforters, strengthening our ability to support people facing loss, crisis and illness.
All Things Comforting Blog
A Q&A with Heather Dunbar, on a delicate topic: What to Do When People Resist Our Comfort.
Heather Dunbar, LCSW, is a clinician and consultant in private practice in Yarmouth, Maine. She has expertise in treating children and adults who have suffered from trauma, grief and loss. She has extensive experience with families in the foster care system, and with adoption agencies.
She understands how we feel when we try to reach out to people who resist trusting us, let alone allowing us to comfort them. Heather offers guidance for other situations involving family caregivers, friends, or co-workers when we sense people are putting up a wall and resisting our efforts to support them.
Comfort Guide Q&A with Jane Honeck, Fall 2012
The Art of Comforting during Financial Hardship
Jane weighs in on our not-so comforting beliefs about money, and suggests ways to adapt to our new normals since 2008 without self-blame and shame. We examine the anxiety-producing impact of our inner critic (“You should have…”), often provoked by the finger-pointing money pundits in the media, as well the societal pressures to produce and succeed. Jane offers comforting wisdom founded on coaching people who have survived financial loss, as she has helped to restore their sense of security, and self-confidence.
Comfort Guide Q&A for June 2012
Lisa Athan, M.A., Grief Educator, and Executive Director of Grief Speaks, based in New Jersey
In this post, True Blue: The Ones We Count On, Lisa shares her practical wisdom about the importance of being reliable and sincere when we offer to help others. In these uncertain times of precarious new normals and diminishing safety nets, we need our trustworthiness with each other more than ever.
Comfort Guide Q&A for April/May 2012
Amy Handy, Artist, Writer, Editor, and Owner of Clay Play, Yarmouth, Maine (with daughter, Veronica, on right)
In our Spring post, Braving Our New Normals with Hands-on Comforting, Amy shares her insights and suggestions about resourceful ways families are creating their own normals despite the “new normal.”
Comfort Guide Q&A for March 2012
Les Schaffer, Cofounder and Director, Tell Tale Hearts Storytellers Theater, and Former Family Counselor, Richmond, Virginia
In our March post, Soft Strength, Les weighed in about providing comfort to our loved ones when facing economic hardship. His son, aged 48, recently suffered a drastic cut at his job after a downsizing at his architecture company, and lost his home.