Mary-Frances O’Connor: What Happens in Our Brain When We Grieve


Mary-Frances O'Connor

Mary-Frances O'Connor, Ph.D is a renowned grief expert, neuroscientist, author, and psychologist who has devoted decades to researching the effects of grief on the brain. She’s an associate professor of psychology at the University of Arizona, where she directs the Grief, Loss and Social Stress Lab, which investigates the effects of grief on the brain and the body.

In her new must-read book, The Grieving Brain, Mary-Frances shares groundbreaking discoveries about what happens in our brain when we grieve, and she sets a new paradigm for understanding grief on a neurological level. Her work has been published in the American Journal of Psychiatry, Biological Psychiatry, and Psychological Science, and featured in Newsweek, the New York Times, and The Washington Post. 

We talk about…

  • The problem with the five stages of grief model
  • What happens in our brain when we grieve
  • The difference between grief and grieving
  • Why processing grief can feel so hard
  • The role rumination plays in grieving
  • How grieving is a form of learning
  • The difference between grief and depression
  • The importance of therapy while grieving
  • What you can do to help improve insomnia after a loss
  • How to best support someone who is grieving

More from Mary-Frances O'Connor…

Checkout her website

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Buy her book, The Grieving Brain

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If you loved this episode, you'll love Episode 79: How to Transcend Grief, Crisis, and Loss with Russ Harris

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