Address Physical Grief Reactions as Well as Emotional

May 29, 2014 | 0 comments

Dr. Diane Polasky

Dr. Diane Polasky

Stomach pain, shortness of breath, tension: grief can affect us physically in many ways. However, when people go to grief counselors, chances are they just focus on their thoughts and feelings.

Don’t overlook the physical impacts of grief! Emotions are meant to be expressed. Repressed emotions can generate chronic physical pain and disabilities.

Dr. Diane Polasky, a Doctor of Oriental Medicine and certified death educator, joins host Gail Rubin on A Good Goodbye Radio on Wednesday, June 4 at 6:00 p.m. ET/3:00 p.m. PT on TogiNet Talk Radio. Topics to be covered include:

  • The differences between grief over anticipated death versus traumatic deaths
  • What parts of the body are especially affected by grief
  • The role ritual plays in processing grief
  • Why children should be allowed to attend funerals
  • What services can help people experiencing the dying process
  • How we can make the most of living by recognizing we will die

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Dr. Polasky has degrees in psychology and religion, and became licensed as a Doctor of Oriental Medicine in 1987. She is also a certified Death Educator and Grief Counselor and a trainer in Education for Physicians on End-of-Life Care (EPEC), a program developed by the AMA. Her website is

A Good Goodbye covers a wide range of critical information most people don’t consider until there’s a death in the family. Host Gail Rubin, CT, brings a light touch to a serious subject and presents expert interviews on funeral planning issues with practical insights into the party no one wants to plan.

By planning ahead and having a conversation, families can reduce stress at a time of grief, minimize family conflict, save money and create a meaningful, memorable “good goodbye.”

Sign up for a free planning form and get more information at

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Gail Rubin, CT, The Doyenne of Death®, is author of the award-winning book, A Good Goodbye: Funeral Planning for Those Who Don’t Plan to Die. Host of A Good Goodbye television series and Internet radio show, she is a Certified Thanatologist (that’s a death educator) and a popular speaker who uses humor and films to get the funeral planning conversation started. She’s also a Certified Funeral Celebrant, funeral planning consultant, and insurance agent.

Rubin is a member of the Association for Death Education and Counseling, the International Cemetery, Cremation and Funeral Association, and the National Speakers Association New Mexico Chapter. She is President of the Jewish-Christian Dialogue of New Mexico, helping to start conversations across religions. Her website is


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