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Grief is not the easiest topic to discuss. I'm generalizing here, but I think most of us would like to avoid it completely. Unfortunately, we will all face loss and grief at some point in our personal lives and many of us have already met it head on. Veterinarians deal with grieving owners all of the time; we may not be professionally trained but we get pretty good at helping clients through this. But, have we made any effort to help ourselves deal with these emotions? Today I speak with Rachel Liepman, DVM, MS, DACVIM about her personal experiences with loss and what she is learning along the way. Thank you, Rachel, for sharing your story and for helping to normalize the discomfort!
About Dr. Liepman!
Dr. Rachel Liepman is an equine internist in Cave Creek, Arizona at Chaparral Veterinary Medical Center. She grew up in Michigan and went to undergraduate and veterinary school in Michigan as well. Thereafter, she completed an equine internship at BW Furlong and Associates in Oldwick, New Jersey. She completed a large animal internal medicine residency at the Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio where she also completed a masters in comparative veterinary medicine. During this time, she performed research on the equine microbiome and equine neonatal medicine. She moved to Cave Creek in 2015 to start her job as a solo equine internist at Chaparral Veterinary Medical Center and has practiced there for the last 5 years. She and her husband Daniel are exploring the great outdoors whenever they can with their two kids, Quillen and Stori, and their long-time canine companion, Penelope (Nelly Belly). Recently, Helle, an equine companion has joined the crew.
Resources that we have personally found useful :
-Brene Brown on Empathy Animated Video
-We Don't Move On from Grief. We Move Forward with It. TED Talk by Nora McInerny
-The 5 Stages of Grief and Loss from PsychCentral.com
-Podcasts: Terrible, Thanks for Asking; The Death Diaries Podcast; Ten Percent Happier
-Instagram Accounts: @nedratawwab, @alapocascollaborativecare, @journeytowellness, @nytherapist, @veterinarywoman
-Bearing the Unbearable: Love, Loss and the Heartbreaking Path of Grief by Joanne Cacciatore
-The Sad Dragon: A Dragon Book About Grief and Loss by Steve Herman
Online Therapy: BetterHelp or TalkSpace
Support: Not One More Vet, Suicide Stop International Health Center