Understanding Grief Year 3

Filipinos are known to be such happy people and we often laugh about our woes and troubles. However, this may not be the healthiest way of dealing with grief. If you haven’t watched the movie Inside Out, they pretty much deconstructed emotions (Way to go, Pixar, you just made emotions have emotions!) how sadness is essential to our lives and we just need to have a different perspective on how to handle it.

Often, we sweep grief or sadness under a rug – we’re told to just “cry it out” or “drink it away” and it seems to be expected that we would just forget all about it. This is a very dangerous way of handling grief. I should know, I suffered through depression when I was younger and I wish I knew now what I knew then on how to handle grief.

EPCALM, a non-profit organization has been holding a grief seminar/convention for 3 years now. Understanding Grief for this year, on its third year, focuses on imparting knowledge on how teens and kids can handle grief.

EPCALM is a God-centered, non-stock, non-profit organization called to reach out and help victims of leukemia and their families. EPCALM is the acronym for Erwin Piedad Cabanag Adult Leukemia Memorial.  Atty. Erwin P. Cabanag was City Fiscal of Dumaguete City, Negros Oriental, Philippines when he succumbed to leukemia on May 12, 2005 at the age of 45.  At this time, the vision to build the first adult leukemia foundation in the Philippines was born, now known as the EPCALM Adult Leukemia Foundation of the Philippines, Inc.

Grief does not come only from losing someone to death. Grief encompasses our very existence almost inseparable from life itself.

It’s our daily disappointments and frustrations, pain and suffering, loss of job or relationships or separation from someone or any object for which an emotional attachment has developed. It is yoked with fear, worry or anxiousness over various mundane triggers. As such, it hits all of us and it has to be processed.

Join EPCALM‘s Understanding Grief 3: The grief experience of adolescents in the Philippines. 

Understanding Grief

Sept 8&9 and 12
Henry Sy Auditorium
St. Luke’s Medical Center
Global City
Call 7231058 or
Hotlines: 0932.854.8459 – 61

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