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Loss, Grief and Transition





A Broken Heart:

Our Physiological Response to Loss


A virtual workshop with Dr. Mary-Frances O'Connor,

University of Arizona


Thursday, February 8th from 3:00 - 4:00 pm.  


Cost: Donation


Research demonstrates that we really can die of a broken heart. From investigations in her Grief, Loss, and Social Stress (GLASS) lab at the University of Arizona, Dr. Mary-Frances O’Connor looked at mechanisms that might contribute to dying of a broken heart by assessing blood pressure reactivity waves of grief elicited in the lab. A randomized clinical trial from her lab demonstrated progressive muscle relaxation training helped to reduce grief and yearning among bereaved people, pointing to the embodied nature of grief.


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