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Psychotherapist Megan Devine believes that making the world a better place starts with acknowledging grief, rather than seeking to overcome it. She advocates for a revolution in how we discuss loss – personally, professionally, and as a wider community.
Megan is the author of the best-selling book, It’s OK that You’re Not OK: Meeting Grief & Loss in a Culture that Doesn’t Understand, but she’s least known for her best-known work: her animated “how to help a grieving friend” video distills a complex issue into simple, actionable steps in just over seven (adorable) minutes. Gaining over 35 million views in its first few months, the animation is now used in training programs all around the world.
Megan’s work has been translated into 15 languages, and is featured widely in the media, including the New York Times, NPR, Washington Post, GQ, Harvard Business Review, and Bitch Magazine. She’s a sought after expert when grief erupts in the public sphere. Her latest collaborative project, Speaking Grief, is out in 2020 from PBS.
Click on the video below to watch Megan’s segment on AM Northwest, where she and host Helen Raptis discuss how to help grieving friends and family members:
Featured interviews and articles
What It’s Like To Grieve A Parent You Didn’t Like on HuffPost.
How to Talk to a Grieving Customer: Megan Devine at the Harvard Business Review.
Understanding Grief: Megan Devine and the Grief Revolution in Jane Brody’s Wellness column at the New York Times.
For the young and unmarried, death has no playbook: Megan Devine at the Washington Post.
Rethinking Our Relationship with Grief: interview & call in show with Wisconsin Public Radio.
Stay Strong & Other Useless Drivel We Tell the Grieving on WBUR’s Cognoscenti
What to Do When a Loved One is Seriously Depressed: on preventing suicide, with Megan Devine in the New York Times.
It’s OK That You’re Not OK: talking grief, cultural violence, and the fire drill of love on In Deep Radio with Angie Coiro (radio/podcast)
How to take care of yourself & others during tragedies: Bustle Magazine
Death Positivity in the Face of Grief: guest post on Caitlin Doughty’s Order of the Good Death
There’s No “Right Way” to Grieve: interview and call in show with WHYY’s Radio Times
The secret side of grief: the culture of blame: Best Self Magazine
The Howl at the Center of Grief: Tami Simon interviews Megan Devine on Sounds True’s Insights at the Edge
Dear Life: How do I feel alive again after losing someone I love? Q&A on The Manifest-Station
Tending to the Pain of Loss through the Arts in Spirituality & Health magazine
How to Help a Grieving Friend: 11 Things to Do When You Don’t Know What to Do; on the Huffington Post
How to Help a Grieving Friend at the Holidays: a special comic edition