Grief and Gratitude: Working with Stroke Survivors

Grief and Gratitude: Working with Stroke Survivors

by Carol Howard Wooton, MFT & Gwyn Fallbrooke

After suffering from a stroke herself, a therapist recounts her journey from patient to professional, culminating in her leading  groups for other stroke survivors.
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May we sit with wisdom and compassion
at the ancient fires
of dashed hopes
and lost dreams.
May the pain which brings us together
become the cave we enter
in reverent descent
and surrender
to what
May we have the courage
to bear this rebirth
—Carol Howard Wooton

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Carol Howard Wooton, MFT is the founder of Keeping Hope Alive, which helps stroke survivors and their families reclaim whole and meaningful lives through small groups and storytelling classes. She has taught and supervised at numerous graduate institutions in the San Francisco area, and maintains a private psychotherapy practice in Kentfield, CA. Her poetry has been published in The Healing Art of Writing.Carol has spoken about small group intervention with stroke survivors at conferences organized by Rehabilitation Nurses, the American Heart and Stroke Association, and the Stroke Center in Palm Springs, CA. She has spoken about the psychosocial issues of stroke recovery at various Bay Area Hospitals and consults with therapists working with stroke survivors and their families. Also a story teller, she is available for public presentations.

Gwyn Fallbrooke is a freelance writer and editor based in Berkeley, California. She can be reached at
Helpful article providing the perspective of a psychotherapist coping with stroke as well as other view points. Thank you.
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