Dementia as an Ambiguous Loss

This first show in our series on the untold stories of dementia is an interview with Dr. Pauline Boss about the experience of ambiguous loss.  She explains how dementia often creates a situation in which a person’s body is present, but the mind is absent.  For caregivers, this can generate feelings of ambivalence toward the person with dementia, including wishing for this person’s death as a way to resolve the ambiguity. Dr. Boss says that these normal wishes can leave the caregiver feeling guilty and confused, and she stresses that caregivers need community support, starting with a recognition of the ambiguous loss that has taken place.  

Abuse Survivors as Caregivers

A conversation with Julie Colpitts, Executive Director of the Maine Coalition to End Domestic Violence, about how survivors of abuse are often drawn to social service and first responder jobs, [Read more…]

Recovering From Abuse Through Music

An interview with songwriter Michael Skinner, who has used music as a way to heal from the abuse he suffered as a child.  Michael talks about how his past has affected him [Read more…]

Beyond Surviving Childhood Sexual Abuse

An interview with Rachel Grant about the sexual abuse she suffered as a ten-year-old at the hands of her grandfather, and the work she has done to counteract its lasting impact on her life.  Despite her training in psychotherapy Rachel became a coach because she wanted to be able to use her own story as a way to help others.  Rachel describes the many beliefs that she and other abuse survivors often struggle with [Read more…]

Child Abuse by a Priest

An interview with Episcopal priest Carl Russell about the childhood sexual abuse he experienced at the hands of the priest of his family’s congregation.  Carl tells the story of how both he and his family were groomed for the abuse, as the priest worked to gain his family’s trust and esteem.  [Read more…]