What happens when your life is rocked by unimaginable loss and grief? How do you survive and how do you keep going?
Julie Zarifeh is a consultant clinical psychologist who has worked across a variety of community and district health board mental health teams. Around the time of the Christchurch earthquakes she became part of a multidisciplinary team investigating the psychological factors contributing to 'broken heart syndrome'. Changing from a clinical to a research focus led to publications in academic journals, and presentations at New Zealand and international conferences.
In 2017, Julie's life changed dramatically with the deaths of her husband, Paul, and son Sam. This fuelled in Julie a passion for resilience psychology, as she worked to accept and adjust to the double bereavement. She is now studying for a Diploma in Positive Psychology and Wellbeing, and in 2019 she featured in the documentary Camino Skies about walking the Camino.