Kerry Egan lost her father... and her mind. We're talking about the importance of listening to and believing others' stories and Kerry's two books, Fumbling and On Living. And I read a listener email about making meaning after a loss by recognizing grief motifs on TV.
Funeral director Caleb Wilde shares his insights on death, grief, and god from his book, Confessions of a Funeral Director. And I teach you how to craft an escape plan for when you receive difficult news.
Morgan Brown of Death Dialogue teaches others how to talk about death with the living... and how to talk about life with the dying. Plus, permission to miss someone no matter how long they've been gone, how long your relationship lasted, or the type of relationship you had.
"The Hotel Artist" Catherine Rains faced a triple-whammy of devastation—breast cancer, a divorce, and being pulled away from her beloved art. Plus answering the popular question of how to deal with aging parents. And I address the invisible pressure of learning something from your grief.
After being struck by a car at age four, Eve Chalom lost her sense of hearing. While she regained some of her ability within six months, the emotional and energetic consequences of the accident stuck around for a lifetime. Also on the show, I answer a listener question about disclosing your grief story to others (especially nosy coworkers!). And I talk about the popular phrase, "One day at a time."
Christina Lerchen of The Best Unexpected left her longtime career as beauty blogger after her best friend was diagnosed with terminal breast cancer in 2011. She gave birth to her stillborn daughter just one month later. We chat about "what not to say," the power of storytelling, and two of Christina's favorite authors, Cheryl Strayed and Brené Brown. Also on the show, I answer a listener question about not getting to say goodbye before a death. And we talk about the importance of holding space for other people's stories of grief, loss, and trauma.
Holly Worton, host of Business Mindset Podcast, divorced her abusive husband of ten years and left their shared business less than one year later. I answer a listener question about grief, age, and unfinished business referencing The Grief Recovery Method's concept of "emotional completion." And it's time to get real and raw about the harsh truth of coming back.
Author and personal development coach Stephenie Zamora grappled with anxiety, depression, and PTSD after the sudden death of her ex-boyfriend. A listener asks how they can love and grieve their abusive father simultaneously. And, "Be careful little mouth what you say!" I revisit one of my first YouTube videos about pet loss, attachment, and sheltering our children from the experience of grief.
"Just keep busy." "Time heals all." "You have to be strong for your family." These are just three of The Grief Recovery Method's Six Grief Myths—phrases that sound helpful, but really aren't. Also on the show, a listener is concerned about others who literally count the days since their loss happened, and I talk about one of the not-so-obvious losses we experience post-grief—our voice.
Grief is WILD! A series of major moves and the breakup of a seven year relationship were trail markers on Iris Rankin's path to personal transformation. We dive deep into the "losses we consciously create"—like moving, breaking up, and choosing to leave our comfortable lives. Also on the show, I'll answer a listener question about turning racing, self-defeating thoughts into self-love and I'll talk about the importance of ritual through the lens of the one year anniversary of the Pulse Nightclub shooting.
Documentary filmmaker and storyteller Arielle Nóbile was forcibly hospitalized after a post-9/11 mental breakdown. A listener asks how to respond (NICELY!) to the dreaded "How are you?" And I review Sheryl Sandberg's new book on grief: Option B.