Some things in life cannot be fixed. They can only be carried.
I love to talk about grief. I especially love to talk about grief in places you wouldn’t expect – like business conferences and social justice events. Of course, I also love to talk about grief with therapists, hospice workers, and the medical community. In conjunction with my new book, It’s OK That You’re Not OK, I’m currently booking lectures and workshops for late 2017 into 2018. Please use the contact form on the media page to request a presentation, or more information. To view my speaker one sheet, click here.
Grief, Love, and the Power of Acknowledgment: Megan Devine at the World Domination Summit
We don’t need new tools for how to get out of grief, we need to learn the skills for how to withstand it. We need to learn to bear witness, to look at pain without flinching or fixing or turning away. You are not helpless in the face of someone’s pain. Hearing someone’s pain and letting them have it is an amazing gift you can give. It helps. Watch the video →
“I’ve been metabolizing your talk ALL weekend. So many moving moments linked with reminders of how to show up for this work of companioning others in grief, both large scale, foundational ones and very tangible tiny ones. My friend and I were equally struck by your ability to launch off on an idea and still find a way to make it circle back around to the initial question. It was a mental rollercoaster – the good kind.” – Jana DeCristofaro, Coordinator of Children’s Grief Services, The Dougy Center
“(Megan’s presentation was) super thought provoking. As a facilitator for the adult group, her perspective was a good reminder of how grief expresses itself in different situations. It was also affirming. One of the big things we have talked about this year in our group is how we handle realizing that we are not in “control” and being ok with “not knowing.” Megan’s comments about what was and was not helpful made me again understand that all we can really do is “show up” and be willing to just “be” with whatever happens. All we have is the moment and our full presence is all that is needed. I find that very freeing.” – audience member, Dougy Center lecture