Robert Neimeyer: Finding Meaning in Grief


Robert Neimeyer is the Director of the Portland Institute for Loss and Transition. He’s published 30 books, including a series of volumes on Techniques of Grief Therapy and Grief and the Expressive Arts. He serves as Editor of the journal, Death Studies.

Robert joins Dr Lesel Dawson, a lecturer from the University of Bristol, to discuss finding meaning in grief.

Topics that Robert explores include how bereavement can bring about a crisis of meaning; how charity can be an important form of meaning making; and whether meaning making as a way to continue the bonds with the person who has died is always a positive activity. As a poet, Robert then shares some of his work and discusses creative expression at times of loss.

Robert delves into the topic of Covid-19, and how the pandemic has led to a difficulty in finding meaning in anything for many people. Robert’s new book is New Techniques of Grief Therapy: Bereavement and Beyond is coming in 2021.

Dr Lesel Dawson is a Senior Lecturer in English at the University of Bristol, specialising in grief, Renaissance literature and the history of the emotions. She’s leading a research project on Creative Grieving and writing a book that explores how art and the imagination can enable the bereaved to express and process their loss.


Facilitators

Facilitator Dr Lesel Dawson

Dr Lesel Dawson

Robert Neimeyer PhD

Robert Neimeyer