Learn how a grief therapist coped with his own grief by turning to baking and creating a cookbook/grief book.
My guest Chase Cassine is a licensed clinic social worker who proves individual therapy at a local community health clinic in New Orleans where he assists clients through grief, loss, depression, anxiety, adjustment issues, and communication issues. When he himself experienced a devastating loss he turned to baking as a form of solace and ended up creating The Sweetest Therapy, a combination cookbook and grief book. He shares his story, favorite recipes, and tips for baking and for dealing with grief, just in time for the holiday season! Follow Chase on social media:
This episode includes:
- Chase’s work at a community health center helping clients with grief
- Why Chase started baking as a coping mechanism when faced with his own grief
- Why baking (and other forms of creativity) can be good therapeutic tools during times of loss and grief
- How Chase ended up ultimately compiling his recipes into a cookbook and including writings about grief and New Orleans culture
- His favorite recipes and the deeper meaning they have for him
- How to use cooking and baking as a tool for grief during the holiday season
- Coping with negative self-talk
- Tips for being a better baker
- New Orleans culture and history around funerals and grief: “second lines”
Links mentioned in this episode:
- Blog – 12 Ways to Cope with Grief After Losing a Loved One by Erin Ward
- Book – Bread Therapy: The Mindful Art of Baking Bread by Pauline Beaumont
- Article – The emotional benefits of cooking and baking
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