Last week on January 8th, 2013, I presented the topic of Grieving the Loss of Self to the Brain Aneurysm Support Group at Beth Israel Medical Center. As a person who sustained a brain aneurysm and underwent brain surgery, it was an honor and a privilege to be invited by the support group coordinator.
Grief is rarely mentioned in coping with a brain injury. No, the neurologist discusses the various physical symptoms, while the mental health professional discusses the psychological, trauma or family situation. The rehab specialist usually discusses how you are functioning in your recovery, yet no one ever talks about how the person you used to be…died.