Ep 14 Happiness After Loss and other dark and difficult times

Learn about the resilience of the human spirit in times of grief and transition from Dr Maria Sirois during this powerful conversation that will leave you inspired to experience more joy and peace in your life. In this episode, Maria and Meg discuss valuable insights about processing grief, the power of ‘and’, and how to develop a more positive mindset for your overall wellbeing.

So what’s this episode really about?

  • Understanding why we experience an array of emotions during times of grief and how this can work to our benefit.
  • Discovering the healing power of processing emotions during difficult times.
  • Making conscious choices that have a positive effect on you and your future.

Why you should listen

If you’ve experienced loss, grief or difficult transitions in your life and during covid, this episode’s for you. You’ll learn about the complexity of emotions you may experience during challenging times and why they may spark internal conflict. Dr Maria and Meg provide helpful advice about the healing and growth process so you can find your way back to hope, courage and compassion.

Helpful Strategies

  • During difficult transitions and grief, allow yourself to rest if that’s all you can handle on any given day.
  • Connect to yourself for one minute per day (whether it’s journaling, meditation or other). Find what works for you and make time for that.
  • Ask Yourself – what does a better future look like for you today?

You can quote us on that…

“Human beings are remarkably able to hold onto multiple experiences and multiple emotions at the same time – we can be sad and hopeful, we can be scared and generous, and we can be anxious and connective. There’s so much complexity and richness inside of us.

Dr Maria Sirois

“Even those of us whose hearts are just ripped apart, sometimes what helps, are those momentary pleasures. We need respite. And sometimes respite comes through rest, tenderness of others, laughter and joy.”

D Maria Sirois

“We need to be able to allow ourselves to fall to our knees, or be swirling in confusion, or to be so frustrated with injustice…we need to feel what we feel and think what we think and not deny it. Denial is non-resilient.”

Dr Maria Sirois


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B.Phys Ed, M. Ed (Student Wellbeing), CIPP

I’m a teacher with experience working in primary and secondary schools across Australia, and a specialist in the field of wellbeing education and coaching. I founded Open Mind Education in 2013 with a vision of sharing practical, enriching wellbeing education with staff, parents, and broader school communities.

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