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Black Widow Wisdom

Season 2

If humor is the best medicine, then my guest today is going to make you feel so much better!


When you find someone who just gets it, you want to hold on to them forever. That’s how I felt as I laughed and cried my way through today’s conversation with my guest, Leslie Gray Streeter.


Leslie is the absolute queen of pop-culture references and she found a way to weave in more than a dozen as we explored her love and loss of her late husband Scott, the heartbreak of knowing her son will grow up without him, and the lessons life hands you when you become a widow.


Leslie’s memoir, Black Widow - A Sad-Funny Journey THrough Grief for People Who Normally Avoid Books with Words Like “Journey” in the Title hooked me from the front cover. I could not put down this book until I had devoured it all. She speaks so much truth about the thoughts, feelings and experiences of widhowhood that I practically got whiplash from nodding so vigorously as I read.


If you’re a fellow widow, I’m sorry you’re in this club, but I know you’ll find solace in her insights and her humor. If you’re someone who is grieving a different loss, or trying to show up for someone in your life who is grieving, she offers wisdom there too.

 

About The Host

 

As founder of Reimagining Grief, I’m on a mission to help you find language when you’re at a loss for words. I am changing the narratives of grief.

 

In addition to hosting this podcast, I offer 1:1 grief support, Grief-Smart Workplace Consulting, a unique line of Empathy Cards, and I work as a freelance speaker and writer on the topics of grief, loss and empathy for many outlets including as a VIP contributor to Thrive Global. Learn more by visiting www.reimagininggrief.com and follow my journey on social media @reimagininggrief.

 

If you like this series, please make sure to leave a rating and write a review TODAY on Apple Podcasts.




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