Visual Mapping Therapy for Coping with Bereavement

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April 19, 2007

In wake of the tragic events at Virginia Tech University earlier this week, MindManager customer and blogger, Juan Makabayan, mapped out some coping strategies for dealing with anxiety and bereavement that I discovered on his blog. Visit this  link, if you’d like to see the map in more detail.

Juan says he’s a big believer in writing regularly in a blog or journal to help cope with feelings of loss and grief. He also says visual thinking and mapping tools have also served this purpose for him.

“It clarifies complex ideas by making associations to different concepts. It relieves the mind from over thinking via conventional or verbose ways. In fact, it  also frees us to process information in a different way. I believe that it helps clarify thinking towards a more rational framework,” he says.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to all who were affected by the VT tragedy.

3 Responses to “Visual Mapping Therapy for Coping with Bereavement”

  1. Brett Bumeter

    Last winter my grandfather passed away. My family was very close and it made a big impact on everyone.

    Now, I’m an unreconized MindManager Trainer (ergo someone that took the course and trains people but slipped the course inbetween version upgrades and . . .) anyway, I’m a trainer as I see it, even though Mindjet does not.

    We had many things to plan for right after his passing, and the funeral was a major consideration. Mostly we as a family wanted to recognize him and the impact he had had on all of us.

    So we had a bit of a family meeting. I had a projector and my laptop and we had a somewhat impromptu family meeting and session right in the living room. I won’t go into the details, but let me say that just as in the business world where its important for everyone to express their thoughts, be recognized for that expression and bring everything out into the open in order to reach a consensus, this was possibly ten times more important in this situation as a family.

    In business we talk about being passionate about things and what it takes to harness passion and reaching a consensus with passionate people. That pales in comparison to the emotions that come out in a session like this where things are much more personal and you are talking about the ‘really important’ things in life.

    Years ago I had some experience as a counselor and no the power of group sessions as well as individual sessions. I had never seen let alone experienced anything quite like this before when you are able to let a group capture their emotions essentially in real time on a wall where everyone can say, hear, feel and see the same ideas and emotions.

    In some regards after that experience and the reminder from this article, I think maybe Mindjet should explore the potential to do more work in this area and develop the product even more.

    Best Regards,
    Brett Bumeter

  2. Colin Walls

    Juan is right on the money here. When my wife was very sick, I started a blog, which was as much for myself as it was a means of keeping friends informed. When she eventually died, I found a blog was the ideal outlet for thoughts and speculations. Of course, mindmaps keep my life as whol eunder control …