In this episode of My Simplified Life, host Michelle Glogovac speaks with Meghan Riordan Jarvis, a clinical psychotherapist specializing in trauma and grief. Meghan shares her journey of grief and trauma following the sudden death of her mother, which led her to seek professional help and eventually write her book, End of the Hour. The episode explores Meghan’s experiences in a trauma-based facility, her road to recovery, and the profound impact it had on both her personal life and professional approach to therapy.
In This Episode, Michelle Talks About…
- Even professionals need help sometimes
- The importance of asking for help
- The different impact of sudden versus expected loss
- Insight into Meghan’s book, End of the Hour
Even professionals need help sometimes
Meghan, despite being a seasoned professional in dealing with trauma and grief, found herself in need of “next-level” care following her mother’s unexpected death. This serves as a reminder that no one is immune to the overwhelming effects of grief and trauma, and even professionals may need external help to navigate such experiences.
The importance of asking for help
One of the crucial steps in Meghan’s healing journey was the realization that she needed to ask for help, not just from close friends and family, but also from strangers. This episode underscores the importance of reaching out when faced with overwhelming emotional distress and the potential for increased intimacy in relationships that comes with vulnerability.
The different impact of sudden versus expected loss
Meghan’s contrasting experiences with the death of her father (which was a slow process due to cancer) and her mother (which was sudden and unexpected) highlights how different types of loss can have varying impacts on a person’s mental and emotional state. Her experience emphasizes how sudden loss can be particularly destabilizing and necessitate professional intervention for healing.
Insight into Meghan’s book, End of the Hour
Meghan discusses her book, its creation, and the therapeutic journey it encompasses. By sharing her journey, Meghan hopes to help others navigate their own experiences with grief and trauma.