I had never heard of this word before – catastrovision – until I viewed a recent video by death and grieving expert David Kessler. It refers to the tendency to jump quickly to worst case scenarios even when there’s no evidence to support such narratives. And I admit I have catastrovision. Yikes!
It makes sense to me when I think about the traumatic losses I’ve experienced throughout my life; I’m living proof that these situations really do happen. This is one of the reasons why I’ve dedicated my professional life to helping others navigate loss and grief.
On the other hand, I’ve apparently also concluded that they can happen at any time! Somehow my brain has converted traumatic loss from being possible to being likely. Or as David frames it, I’m easily able to leave the present and go right back to the past.
It’s good to know I’m not alone in this. David mentions he is also a catastrophizer and that it’s common among health professionals who work in this field. I plan to utilize his tips and I’m passing them along to you with the hope you’ll find them useful as well.
Please take a few minutes to watch the video and let me know what you think. Do you have more tips to add? Have you noticed other aftereffects of loss? This is an important conversation as we all adapt to the unwelcome changes life inevitably brings.
Wishing you peace and healing,
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