It’s hard to feel like a superhero while amid tremendous grief. But through her work composing Superhero Grief: The Transformative Power of Loss, Dr. Jill Harrington shows us how we are more like superheroes than you might think. Each superhero that you can think of has experienced some level of trauma that they’ve had to overcome. While their superpower may seem more significant than yours, the motivation to stand up and put one foot in front of the other is the same, whether you can fly or not.
Dr. Harrington walks us through some of the flaws in superheros that also make them human like us. Superheroes are not always perfect. They make mistakes. Superheroes struggle with the same emotions and consequences of decisions that we as normal humans do. Each story has an element of love, survival, and reminders of our continued connection with the ones we lost.
About Jill Harrington
Dr. Jill A. Harrington is the creator and lead editor of the novel, new and creative textbook, Superhero Grief: The Transformative Power of Loss. Dr. Harrington is also a clinical social worker, specializing in the intersection of grief, loss, and trauma as well as an adjunct assistant professor at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, part-time Lecturer at Rutgers University School of Social Work, and graduate of the University of Pennsylvania School of Social Policy & Practice who also maintains a private practice in the Greater Washington, D.C. area. Learn more about Jill on the Superhero Grief Website.