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
For as long as we’ve lived, we have died and that we cannot deny. Another part of life is that we will at some point along the way all lose someone or something we love and we will grieve, no one escapes, it’s the inevitable. And yet, the subject of death, dying, grief, and all its emotions is still taboo and for most people, a difficult subject to talk about.
As the end of the year approaches, so do the holidays. And for many it's a time when they experience the recurrence of grief, as they remember the happy times with a deceased loved one or an ex that they loved and deeply cared for. When grief shows up around this time, it can be very confusing and overwhelming.
Compassion fatigue is a broadly defined concept that can include emotional, physical, and spiritual, distress in those providing care to another. It's also associated with caregiving where people and animals are experiencing significant emotional or physical pain and suffering. It has also been described as 'the cost of caring for others.'
Many disasters like hurricanes, wildfires, mudslides, or transportation accidents can be sudden and cause way more damage than reported. Therefore, it's important to understand your emotions and grief that follows a natural disaster in order for you to cope with those painful thoughts, feelings, and behaviors, that show up.
All of our lives are made up of many losses which usually begin at an early age. Sadly, most of those losses are never looked at as grief and so they are never dealt with. But when grief is left, it can cause negative thoughts and behaviors which will interfere in different areas of a person's life.
Death and divorce are natural parts of life, but if death happens suddenly or unexpectedly such as with a car accident or suicide, that traumatic experience and the grief of the loss can totally overwhelm you and consume your thoughts and mind. The longer you keep those feelings bottled up, that traumatic event will affect your life in many areas and we don't want that to happen.
Feelings are vibrations in our body that cause sensations, and those feelings can become so familiar to us because our past memories are easy to recall. Now, those feelings are not a problem when they are felt and dealt with, it's when we try to avoid and push them within that they can affect us in a negative way.
For many people letting go of youth can be heartbreaking. And if you believe what we see in the movies and on TV then, life practically ends at a very young age. We have to take responsibility for our own health and happiness no matter what age, if we don’t then we add more grief to our lives.
When I experienced multiple losses, those deaths helped me to accept and understand that death is part of living. They allowed me to remember what is really important in my life, and live each day as if it matters, grow spiritually and emotionally, and become more of who I am meant to be.
Randi has metastatic breast cancer that she has been fighting for almost five years. Currently her tumor markers have been elevating and she is about to start chemo number twelve. Randi openly shares her story of living and dealing with breast cancer, and how it has never stopped her from doing the things that she enjoys the most.
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