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
The truth is that having difficult conversations can make people clam up because they feel very uncomfortable don't know what to say. Talking about death, getting older, health issues, painful feelings, or any type of loss can be challenging and intimidating, but these difficult conversations are very necessary. Listen to this week's episode as I go deeper into this subject and offer a few helpful tips.
This week I had a wonderful chat Sherrie Barch who's passion for storytelling and making room for serious and heavy conversations was a strong motivation for her to write her children's book called Heaven's Bell. The book was written to create a safe space for families to have conversation about death and dying. It encourages the sharing of memories and is meant to bring readers of all ages comfort and hope, wrapped in a shell of smiles and entertainment.
Let's be honest... no one likes to be lied to, but I'll bet at some point in your life you've lied about your painful feelings following a loss. Sadly, most of us have been given a lot of misinformation surrounding grief and loss, and we've learned how to lie about how we really feel, after all we don't want to bring others down or burden them with our sad and painful feelings.
For many people, dealing with, and having those difficult conversations can be hard. This week I had a chat with David Richman whose book The Cycle of Lives takes the reader on an unexplored journey uncovering the emotion behind cancer. David biked 5,000 miles in six weeks to meet fifteen of the books participants while sorting out his own emotions over having lost his sister to cancer years before. He is totally authentic and open, and courageously encourages others to do the same.
This week I'm talking about complicated grief. Now, grief is different for everyone, some people may experience intense periods of grief, but over time those feelings begin to to ease and they are able to move forward and adjust to a new reality without the person they have lost. However, for others, their feelings can become chronic and debilitating, their grief doesn't seem to improve over time, sadly, it affects the person's ability to live a full and satisfying life.
Who isn't fascinated with psychic mediums? This week I had a great chat with Shauna Domalain who is the creative founder of the Growing Up in Heaven Program which is for mothers who want to connect and communicate with their children on the other side. She offers individual sessions to connect you with your lost child and loved ones in Spirit and empowerment sessions to bring you back into alignment with your true essence. Shauna shares a wealth of soulful and heartfelt tools and support on how to navigate loss and find true meaning in life again.
This week on Give Grief a Chance podcast, I had the pleasure of chatting with Mark Chesnut who is an award winning travel writer and has just finished a memoir called "Prepare for Departure" which showcases what happens when a permissive mother and misfit son face death while revisiting life. Mark shares his story of caring for an elderly parent and how writing about grief helped him on his healing journey.
This week I had the pleasure of chatting with Reid Peterson who is the founder and creator of the Grief Refuge mobile app. After losing his biological father to suicide in 2006 and his stepfather to cancer in 2016, Reid felt a calling to help the grieving find peace and purpose after loss. Grief Refuge is your daily companion to help navigate the difficult journey called grief, it's a safe and sacred tool to explore grief related feelings, and support you everyday so your grief feels more manageable.
This week my heart has felt heavy with the loss of a childhood friend. And the death of our friends can be just as painful as that of any loved one, even if you haven't seen that friend in a long time, knowing that they are no longer here can stir up a multitude of thoughts and emotions. Life is always a little bit different after someone you know and care about dies, and death reminds us that life is short so, we should enjoy the time we are given as much as we can. Sending love to all of my friends.
On this week's episode I'm offering five practical suggestions to help you cope with your grief and move toward healing. Let's face it, coping with the loss of a loved one or friend can be one of the hardest things many of us face, and even though loss is a natural part of life it can be very difficult for many of us to deal with. Grief is an emotional response to a loss and while emotions can be very consuming, they are not permanent states and this doesn't have to last forever.
Write something about yourself. No need to be fancy, just an overview.