Dr Dennis Klass: Continuing Bonds Theory – when relationships transcend death
About the event
This event is part of our brand new Grief Academy series. The Grief Academy will bring some of the world’s leading voices on death, dying and grief together to share their wisdom, knowledge and unrivalled expertise.
Dr Dennis Klass has been active in the study of death, dying, and bereavement since 1968 when he was an assistant in the famous Death and Dying Seminar led by Elisabeth Kubler Ross. He is also the originator of the influential Continuing Bonds model of grief, which he’ll be discussing with students of The Grief Academy.
Continuing bonds theory works towards normalising a continuing relationship with loved ones even after they’ve died. It focuses on how we contend with sudden losses or extended and anticipated deaths of a loved one suffering from a terminal illness. It also encourages embracing our changed lives as we work through issues of guilt, abandonment, and anger triggered by our loved one’s death.