Dealing With Loss
It’s important to understand the grieving process. Not only is it part of being an adult but understanding how people process grief is also crucial to avoiding situations that make it worse.
The content of this episode is based loosely on the Kübler-Ross stages of grief as outlined in Elisabeth Kübler-Ross’s book “On Grief and Grieving”. When going through the grieving process don’t try to power through the stages. Also understand that you may not go through them in any particular order and can revert from Acceptance back even to denial.
Will and BJ have both been through this at different stages in their lives about different losses. They open up and tell stories about their experiences with the different stages. The guys also discuss the recent loss of their friend Jason Benton to Cystic Fibrosis. Not only was Jason a friend for many years but he was also hugely supportive. He was one of the very first listeners to this podcast. In the early days, he listened to the episode when it dropped at midnight to make sure there were no audio issues or other glitches. He did it without being asked because he wanted to see it succeed.
08:29 Stages of Grief
Not only a response to a death, these can also be other losses, like a divorce or the end of other relationships. They are not linear and probably will recur, getting less intense over time. You may go through these phases both as a loss becomes imminent and after it has happened.
Denial is a protective phase and helps give us enough time to cope with the shock of change. This is when you begin to accept the reality of the situation and begin to heal. Think of denial as a phase that puts a brake on the pain, keeping you from taking on too much of it on at once.
Anger is the next step and is a reaction to powerlessness. Anger is something our society doesn’t have much skill at processing. It’s something we are used to controlling. You will likely find yourself angry at other people for unrelated things.
This is where you try and tell yourself that it won’t happen if you just change your behavior. This is also where all the “what ifs” happen. You tend to be stuck in the past at this point trying to negotiate out of the pain. This also tends to be the phase where a lot of guilt comes in.
This is the point where your attention begins to be focused on the present. This isn’t something you can just overcome. Typically depression is not necessarily a normal response, but with grief and loss depression is part of the process of healing. People tend to withdraw from life during this phase. It is important to get past this phase, but it has to occur in its own time and cannot be rushed.
This phase does not mean that you are “all right” with what happened, only that you are no longer bargaining or withdrawing from life because of it. This is also the point at which you accept that the new reality is permanent. This is also when you begin to restructure your life to accommodate the new reality.
Agate LED Nightlight
While this project isn’t directly IoT related you can make it so simply by adding an arduino or other controller you can make it IoT. This is an interesting project from instructables that uses an Agate block that you drill a hole in and add LEDs to make a night light.
Tricks of the Trade
The code matters, but the people matter more. Don’t get that confused. You will regret the relationships you don’t maintain. You won’t regret pedantic crap in the code.
This is the hardest episode I’ve had to edit. I had to take several breaks just to get through it. Thanks for listening as we cope with the loss of a very close friend.