Give Grief A Chance Podcast
A podcast about bringing grief awareness out into the open. A project to help people connect, and share their experiences with grief and loss
Episode 197: Goodbyes Hurt
This week's episode is all about how we start to experience goodbyes at an early age and even though they are part of life, goodbyes hurt. Whether it's the end of a romantic relationship, death of a loved one, moving away from family and friends, or saying goodbye to co workers, it's never an easy thing to do and it's something that we never really think about. So, how do you prepare yourself for such gut wrenching pain? This is where I offer a few guidelines for managing your goodbyes. Enjoy!
Episode 196: A Chat With Megan Stevens
The death of a loved one or a beloved pet can be devastating and one of the hardest things we will experience. Part of the grieving process is learning how to cherish the memories without holding onto the pain. On this week's episode I had a Chat with Megan Stevens who is the owner of a small business called 'Tree Of Hope Creations' a place where she and her team are known for the love and compassion they put into their customized keepsake pieces which they shape using breast milk, hair, ashes, and more. She feels honored to create and heal her own grief through helping others. Knowing that her beautiful pieces help us to keep our memories close to our hearts. Enjoy!
As most of us know, there's no manual on how to heal after a loss. Some people just seem to get on with it, they move through their grief and before you know it are back into life again. However, there are a few who have a hard time adjusting to their new normal, they may feel left behind or stuck, some feel like they are in limbo, they don't know where to turn or what to do, everything has changed and they can't get used to it. If that sounds like you, listen to this week's podcast episode where I'm talking about prolonged adjustment disorder. Enjoy!
Can you relate to feeling stuck? If so then take a listen to this week's episode about accepting what we can't control. Many things happen in life that we have no control over and when those things happen, we may start to worry and as we know, nothing ever good comes from worrying. One of the best ways to cope with things we can't control is to practice acceptance as it allows us to find the energy to push forward instead of staying stuck as a victim in our situation. Enjoy!
Episode 193: Prolonged Grief Disorder
On this week's episode I'm talking about prolonged grief disorder. When it comes to grieving we all have different paths to follow and many people find ways to cope and move through their loss, over time their symptoms of grief begin to decrease enough to allow them to keep moving forward with their life. However, someone who might be struggling with prolonged grief disorder may feel stuck in their emotional pain so much so that it interferes with their daily life, there's a constant yearning and longing for the person who has died and they have no idea how they will ever get their life back together. Many people and can't figure out what's going on with them and don't realize they have it.
Episode 192: A Chat With Suzanne Falter
On this week's episode I have a chat with Suzanne Falter who's daughter Teal died at the age of 22. Since Teal's death Suzanne has written a memoir called Free Spirited; how my daughter healed me from the afterlife. This incredible but true story proves that there is an afterlife and that those who have passed on have the power to heal us. Suzanne is an intuitive healer who helps people suffering from upset, confusion, and stress and on this episode lovingly shares her journey through grief. Enjoy!
If you have struggled with the loss of a pet, then this episode is for you! Erica Messer is the creator of Wolfie's Wish a place that provides simple healing practices and resources for those suffering from pet loss. From her personal experience after her cat Wolfgang fell off her apartment roof and died, she knew she had to find ways to heal and look at the situation as a learning experience. Erica has developed a deck of grieving cards and has written and illustrated a children's book called 'Tails of Cat Spirits.' Today, she openly shares Wolfie's story and her journey through grief. Enjoy!
Episode 190: Avoiding Your Grief
On this week's episode, I'm talking about looking for some signs that show you might be avoiding your grief. On a daily basis either consciously or unconsciously we use avoidance in some way shape or form, and we will especially use it when we have to deal with thoughts and feelings that are uncomfortable and cause pain. Many use avoidance when it comes to grief because they may not want, or are not prepared to face their heartache so they will try to avoid. However, avoidance doesn't work for us.
Episode 189: Self-Care For Caregivers
On this week's podcast episode, I'm talking about the importance of self-care for caregivers. What do they tell you on an airplane when the oxygen mask comes down in front of you, "please put your own mask on first before assisting anyone else" because, only when we first help ourselves can we effectively help others. And if you are a caregiver and are not taking care of yourself, overtime the physical, emotional, and mental demands of caring for someone can become exhausting which will soon lead to extreme fatigue and burnout, but by taking care of yourself in a healthy way will help you to be the best caregiver you want to be. Enjoy!
Episode 188: Grief And Joy Can Coexist
When you're grieving, you may feel so much heartache and yet still have those moments of happiness and laughter. Sadly, many people feel that it's wrong and disrespectful to be happy and smile in the midst of grief, but the truth is you don't have to let go of the pain to make space for happiness and it's actually healthy to feel happy while simultaneously grieving. Here's where I offer a few suggestions that might help you to become a little happier while grieving. Enjoy!
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