DVD, ~1 hour with 30–45 min discussion included
This SE student was shocked by tragic news of a mountaineering accident that resulted in 2 untimely deaths: his best friend and his best friend’s brother and their dog. We work with his confusion, disorientation and shock response to the event and support the grief process. This session demonstrates restoring orienting response, giving stretches of time to allow space to process and integrate various natural grief reactions, and evoking involvement to help move through and out of freeze response. A beautiful example of emerging movement came when the student made a gesture to pull the rope to ring the church bells at his friend memorial service. His heart-felt connection to his friend through the rope acknowledges their deep friendship. Working with the need for closure, feeling survivor’s guilt. Much relief was experienced as the student appreciated his friend their time together.