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“Compassionate Listening”- A Presentation by Marianne Gouveia

Many individuals bereaved by suicide experience a profound and life-changing disruption in almost all aspects of life. Why is suicide different? Often times, it is sudden, unexpected, violent and traumatic. It involves many layers of stigmatized emotions. Offering a compassionate and open way of listening to loss survivors is immensely helpful.

What is compassionate listening?

  • Setting aside your own psychological or emotional needs

  •  Shifting the point of focus away from self and onto the other

  • Understanding and empathy with the goal to reduce pain and suffering

  • Setting the conscious intention to listen without judgement or personal bias

To learn more about compassionate listening click here Compassionate Listening