E75: Endless Stories with Jessica Waite

Jessica Waite's husband, Sean, had a heart attack and died during a routine business trip. We're talking about the struggle to get his physical body home from another country, conjuring up happy memories when final memories are lost in the fog of grief, and how we don't need to be good at grief in order to recover. Plus, my favorite moments from the 2019 Bereavement Cruise and a list of "fun funeral facts" that my sister sent my way.

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E74: Like Being on a Crashing Plane with Emily Ruth

A whole decade of Emily Ruth's life felt like she was on a plane that was crashing. Multiple miscarriages, the loss of her premature sons, and an ectopic pregnancy all took Emily Ruth farther and father away from her body. We're talking about "rehoming" our bodies after trauma and loss as well as how all of us need a witness to our pain. Plus, Honoring Secondary Loss, the workshop I'm presenting this week on the 2019 Bereavement Cruise!

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E73: There Just Ain't Words to Explain This! A Shared Death Experience (SDE) with Dr. Sharon Prentice

When Dr. Sharon Prentice's husband died, she went along for the ride too—but not for long. Today she's telling us about the Shared Death Experience (SDE) that totally changed the way she sees god and the universe as well as her new book Becoming Starlight. Plus, have you experienced something you can't explain in grief? I'm talking about intuition and how to share life's bizarre, spooky moments with others.

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E72: Waiting for the Other Shoe to Drop with Vivian Nunez

Vivian Nunez is the founder of Too Damn Young, a website that helps teens and young adults find support and community after losing a loved one. We're talking about coping with the anxiety of waiting for the other shoe to drop and the importance of making room for Latina grief in a space that is very, very white. Plus, a quick reminder about Monday's Google Hangout!

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E71: Grief is a Clusterfuck with Alison L. Miller

Alison L. Miller is happily homeless, traveling with her cremated husband riding shotgun in her bright pink car. We're talking about her radical Odyssey of love and how none of us is ever REALLY prepared for loss. Plus, I'm talking about grief's need to exist outside of "negative/positive" labels.

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E70: Dead Moms Club with Alica Forneret

Alica Forneret lost her mom in her late twenties and was inspired to create Dead Moms Club lapel pins so others might honor the deaths of their moms. We're talking about how planning a memorial is truly an act of love, why it's so important to have other grieving friends around, and of course, the spark of inspiration behind Alica's Dead Moms Club pins. Plus, I'm talking about when people use grief to hold others hostage.

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E69: Allowing Grief to Be Holy with Rabbi Anne Brener

Rabbi Anne Brener has devoted her life and work to connecting ancient Jewish mourning rituals, psychology, and grief. We're talking about her book Mourning & Mitzvah: A Guided Journal for Walking the Mourner’s Path Through Grief to Healing and how God can become "a place" for mourning people to dwell. Plus, I'm talking about the language of grief... and the subtle significance of switching from "is" to "was."

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E68: An Invitation to Joy with Melissa Lyons

Melissa Lyons channeled a mysterious divine message for grievers in her journal. She published the message as a children's book called I Will Always Love You and it's bringing hope, comfort, and permission to live with joy to thousands of people who have experienced the death of a loved one. Plus, I'm talking about when grief makes us feel like a failure.

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E67: Nailing My Feet to the Floor with Catharine H. Murray

Catharine H. Murray lost her six-year-old son, Chan, to a rare form of leukemia. Her book Now You See the Sky tells the story of his life and death, plus Catharine's attempt to "nail her feet to the floor" in order to stay present with Chan while he was dying. Plus, I'm acknowledging the reality of relationship loss (divorce, separation, breakup) after death.

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E65: Living in the Baby Steps with Katie Huey

2016 was an awful year for Katie Huey. Grief over her father's sudden death was compounded by her and her husband's unexpected job losses and she found herself in a place of spiraling, compounding confusion. We're talking about putting faith in religion, what's it's like to grieve as an introvert, and how Katie's writing changed in the aftermath of her dad's death. Plus, I'm announcing the winner of my In the Meantime giveaway!

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E63: Doing the Grief Shuffle with Glen Lord - Bereavement Cruise 2019

Glen Lord's heart was shattered when he lost his young son to complications of a tonsillectomy. Seeing others talk about their loved ones at a Compassionate Friends meeting gave him the permission he needed to start working through his losses. We're talking about what it's like to grow up in a death-averse home, the three things we need to recover from grief, and the process of "companioning," or walking beside others in the midst of loss. Plus, a reminder about my holiday coping Google Hangout!

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E62: Giving Men Permission to Grieve with Herb Knoll - Bereavement Cruise 2019

Herb Knoll lost his wife, Michelle, to pancreatic cancer and gained the title "widower." When he couldn't find the answers he was seeking surrounding grief he forged his own path, interviewing over 40 men over nine years about what it was like to be a widower. We're talking about anticipatory grief, caregiving, and the types of resources men need in order to grieve. Plus, I'm talking about serving others in the midst of heartache.

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