E98: Winning the Worst Kind of Lottery with Rachel Reichblum

In just three years, Rachel Reichblum lost both of her parents to the SAME TYPE OF BRAIN CANCER. Today we’re talking about living in survival mode vs. thriving mode, why it’s necessary to “shelve spirituality” for a while after loss, and the immense pressure to find purpose after people we love have died. Plus, the three things you do not have permission to do in grief and an excerpt from my new book Permission to Grieve.

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E97: From Heartbreak to Wholeness with Kristine Carlson

Kristine Carlson’s husband, author of Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff, Dr. Richard Carlson, died suddenly on a routine business flight. We're talking about not getting the luxury of saying goodbye, being afraid of getting sucked under by sorrow, and the incredible interaction Kristine had on a flight years after her husband’s death. Plus, practicing permission to grieve in the real world and an audiobook excerpt from my new book Permission to Grieve.

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E96: When a "Do-aholic" Grieves with Kristen Meinzer

When Kristen Meinzer suddenly lost her job she was left with questions, grief, and the inevitable identity struggle that job loss produces. We're talking about what to DO in the aftermath of sudden loss (and why Kristen embraces being a do-aholic), the difference between forced gratitude and practiced gratitude, and what Dolly Parton and Pollyanna have to do with grief! Plus, I'm talking about how we all need permission to take grief into the world after a loss and reading an excerpt from my new book, Permission to Grieve.

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E95: You Can't Break Up with Grief! with Emily Washcovick

An unexpected bipolar diagnosis in October 2018 totally changed the way Emily Washcovick saw herself. She's launching Bipolar Brought Balance to slay the stigma surrounding mental health and add her voice to the growing community of mental health advocates. We're talking about regaining trust in yourself after things fall apart, how it's never the JOB of grieving people to educate the non-grieving, and why it's important to set boundaries that honor your mental health. Also this week, I'm talking about how identity changes in the aftermath of loss and reading an excerpt from my new book, Permission to Grieve.

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E94: I Met God at the Sunrise with Miami Knight

In eight years, Miami Knight lost her dad, her sister, and her son. A serendipitous vision board party plus a continued conversation with god brought her to a place where she actively chose and decided to come back. We're talking about how we can visualize a different reality after loss, what it's like to fall out of love with god, and why Miami is on a mission to end gun violence through Bullets 4 Life. Also this week, I'm talking about what it means to have permission to feel and sharing a passage from my new book Permission to Grieve.

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E93: Motherless Daughters with Hope Edelman

"Soldier on" was Hope Edelman's coping method for the sudden death of her mother until a broken engagement brought her mother's death roaring to the surface. Today we're talking about how death makes us crave truth and clarity, why it's so important to "add the middle" to our stories, and what other cultures have to teach us about expressing our grief. Plus, I'm reminding you that permission to grieve is a practice and reading an excerpt from my new book Permission to Grieve.

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E92: Making Space for Grace with Alua Arthur

Death doula Alua Arthur founded Going with Grace to help people die better. We're talking about what we can learn about our own end-of-life by watching others experience death, what happens when we don't agree with the way someone has chosen to die, and the myriad of ways we can all bring more grace to the room when someone is dying. Plus, I'm talking about WHY having permission to grieve is so important and sharing an excerpt from my new book Permission to Grieve.

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E91: There's More Than Surviving with Sarah Nannen

Sarah Nannen, the author of Grief Unveiled, got the worst news of her life on a sunny day in 2014: her husband had been killed in a military accident. Today, we're talking about how death in the military often looks like "compartmentalizing the elephant," how breaking the news of a death to kids is really the first of many conversations, and how faith in the aftermath of loss is more about actively hoping than it is about religion. Plus, I'm sharing the concept of self-abandonment and reading a passage from my new book Permission to Grieve.

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90: Parenting a Dead Child with Rachel Whalen

Writer and kindergarten teacher Rachel Whalen is a mother to many, but has just one living child. After two miscarriages and the unexpected stillbirth of her daughter, Dorothy, Rachel conceived and delivered her daughter Frances. We're talking about the differences between parenting a dead child vs. a living one, what makes grieving parents want to try to conceive again after loss, and the powerful message Rachel has for grieving parents who are pregnant. Plus, I'm talking about the concept of life-rejection and sharing a passage from my new book Permission to Grieve.

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E89: Second Firsts with Christina Rasmussen

Christina Rasmussen had a master's degree in counseling and psychology, but nothing prepared her for the death of her 35-year-old husband in 2006. This week, we're talking about her book Second Firsts, why Christina believes devastating loss should be a qualification for anyone leading a support group (it's often not), and why we should all be more selfish in our coming back process. Plus, I'm reading an excerpt from my brand new book, Permission to Grieve, which is live TODAY on Amazon.

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E87: Modern Loss with Rebecca Soffer and Gabrielle Birkner

Modern Loss founders Rebecca Soffer and Gabrielle Birkner are members of the "Women With Dead Parents Club." Together, they've created Modern Loss, a multimedia platform for sharing candid stories about life after loss. Through their book, website, and live events, they're sparking powerful and unconventional conversations on grief... and beginners are most definitely welcome. This week, we're talking about how ANY moment can be a trigger for grief, the surreal feeling of being an adult orphan, and why the time for pretending to be perfect is over. Plus, I'm answering a listener question about living in despair.

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E86: Suicide Widow Etiquette with Marlie Rowell

After Marlie Rowell's husband took his own life, she became a suicide widow. Her art project and website Suicide Widow Etiquette sheds light on the shamed, hidden conversation surrounding suicide. We're talking about how we must "feel to heal," how secrets keep us sick, and the refrigerator analogy of grief. Plus, a quick reminder of my BONUS online grief support group happening Monday, July 8.

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E85: Taking the Butterflies and Rainbows Out of Grief with Richard Pryor

Richard Pryor unexpectedly lost his 27-year-old son just six weeks after a milestone family vacation. We're talking about taking the butterflies, clouds, and rainbows out of grief, taking the initiative to go to therapy as a grieving man, and what happens when people think they possess the rights to your grief. Plus, I'm answering a listener question about starting to feel normal again after a loved one dies.

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