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Growing Through Grief

Join Your host, Diana Curtis for a weekly sprinkle of inspiration, grace and personal greatness.Diana knows from personal experience that Grief Matters!After losing her MoM, the ebb and flow of grief was constant in her
Latest Episode10/19/2021

Compassionate Grief

Ep. 23
The last couple of years were tough on all of us; in addition to the imposed restrictions, many of us had to deal with loss, pain, and heartbreaks. The forced isolation we've been sent into created a lot of time to be with ourselves, causing us to deal with the pain we pushed for years, even for decades. But there is a path we can choose to help us heal, the path of compassion. Regardless of where we are in our grief journey, compassion is ours whenever we feel ready to receive it.In this episode, we talk about compassionate grief, a topic that warms my heart the moment I hear of it. We explore the meaning and purpose of compassionate grief, how we can provide it to others and ourselves, how we can use it to heal, grow, and help others do the same. We also go through the different ways to show compassion and why it is a crucial part of healing. I also offer three options to consider to help us understand the power of compassionate grief and much more.Tune in and listen to episode 23 of Growing Through Grief and learn about this amazing healing resource that will help you be more kind to yourself and more understanding about your pain.In This Episode, You Will Learn:We can experience self-compassion in times of grief and pain (3:41)The different ways to show compassion (4:54)What is compassionate grief, and how it can help us (6:39)There can be no trust without compassion (8:19)A few options to consider to embrace compassionate grief (11:19)How compassionate grief can take us to the truth of who we really are (16:49)Let's Connect!FacebookTwitterInstagramLinkedInWebsiteFacebook Group - Living and Growing Through Grief
10/19/2021

Compassionate Grief

Ep. 23
The last couple of years were tough on all of us; in addition to the imposed restrictions, many of us had to deal with loss, pain, and heartbreaks. The forced isolation we've been sent into created a lot of time to be with ourselves, causing us to deal with the pain we pushed for years, even for decades. But there is a path we can choose to help us heal, the path of compassion. Regardless of where we are in our grief journey, compassion is ours whenever we feel ready to receive it.In this episode, we talk about compassionate grief, a topic that warms my heart the moment I hear of it. We explore the meaning and purpose of compassionate grief, how we can provide it to others and ourselves, how we can use it to heal, grow, and help others do the same. We also go through the different ways to show compassion and why it is a crucial part of healing. I also offer three options to consider to help us understand the power of compassionate grief and much more.Tune in and listen to episode 23 of Growing Through Grief and learn about this amazing healing resource that will help you be more kind to yourself and more understanding about your pain.In This Episode, You Will Learn:We can experience self-compassion in times of grief and pain (3:41)The different ways to show compassion (4:54)What is compassionate grief, and how it can help us (6:39)There can be no trust without compassion (8:19)A few options to consider to embrace compassionate grief (11:19)How compassionate grief can take us to the truth of who we really are (16:49)Let's Connect!FacebookTwitterInstagramLinkedInWebsiteFacebook Group - Living and Growing Through Grief
10/5/2021

Kayla Michael | Growing Through Positivity

Ep. 21
It doesn't matter how much we fight it; we have no control over what happens to or around us. What we can control, however, is our experience of it. We have the power to decide how we navigate what is happening around us; we can choose to grab the reins and take control.Visiting us today is the inspiring Kayla Michael; she is a writer, a former military member, and a mother. Kayla's resilience is out of the charts; she endured paralysis, homelessness, memory loss, and she is currently fighting against a massive brain tumor in her brainstem. After one of the many surgeries she went through, Kayla woke up paralyzed, so she had to relearn to walk, which she did. Doing lots of meditation and positive affirmations, she keeps pushing forward, grabbing life by the lapels, and focusing on her only job: getting better.When she was born, Kayla's parents were teenagers; her mother decided to leave, so she was raised by her father, a 20 years old boy who did a great job and created an unbreakable bond with her.Our conversation revolves around Kayla's bulletproof optimism, strength, and resilience. We talk about some of the countless resources she uses to stay strong and keep fighting and how she deals with her mother's absence. We talk about the relationship with her kids and grandparents, Kayla's future goals and projects, the meaning of grief, and much more.Tune in and listen to episode 21 of Growing Through Grief and receive some of Kayla's endless strength and courage through her story.Some Questions I Ask:Tell us a bit about how you started in this beautiful life (3:08)You said your father raised you, and he struggled a lot. Could you share a little about that? (5:25)Do you have others to communicate with and express your true feelings? (14:12)All of that positivity you just shared with us, how do you instill that in your kids? (21:54)In This Episode, You Will Learn:About one of Kayla's first lessons in life, survival (5:14)How Kayla doesn't want to be treated, and how she makes sure people don't pity her (11:01)About Kayla's gratitude practices and staying in permanent touch with her grandparents (13:54)She chooses not to live in sorrow but somewhere else (20:35)A bit about Kayla's projects, the books she is writing, and her blog (25:31)Kayla's take on meditation and a piece of useful advice for those struggling to meditate (33:51)Let's Connect!FacebookTwitterInstagramLinkedInWebsiteFacebook Group - Living and Growing Through Grief
9/21/2021

Embracing Emotionality

Ep. 20
Our emotions around what happened to us or the things we are going through are generated by thoughts. That is why when I hear someone asking themselves why they are always sad, what comes to my mind is the image of an open cage with a tiny bird in it that refuses to fly away. Changing how we feel is not easy, but it is totally up to us; it is a matter of looking for something greater, something higher than ourselves, than our ego, and stay connected with our emotionality.This episode is an invitation to embrace who we really are and embrace our humanity. Today, we discuss the importance of paying attention to our thoughts and understanding that we will always see what we are looking for. We explore how to control our mind, what we can do to flood it with positive thoughts and establish a deeper connection with others, with nature, and with our true self. We will also learn the importance of understanding that if our belief system doesn't serve us, we can replace it; we can always get in touch with our intuition, with our human heart.In This Episode, You Will Learn:Why being sad all the time feels like being inside an open cage (3:15)What makes our suffering continue and recycle itself (5:15)Why we must embrace who we are and what comes up (7:34)The mind controls everything, including how we feel (13:43)We must focus on being present, not perfect (17:27)Everywhere we look, we see what we are looking for (21:01)Let's Connect!FacebookTwitterInstagramLinkedInWebsiteFacebook Group - Living and Growing Through Grief
9/7/2021

Dave Sanderson | Hudson River Plane Crash - Blame The Event Or Grow

Ep. 18
Nature likes symmetry; if we look at a tree, we will see the same pattern of human veins in its branches. Life is cyclical; life is born and dies with methodic precision season after season. In his book, The Fourth Turning, W. Strauss, looking at history's cycles, points out a pattern of significant tragedies every four generations. To Dave Sanderson, one of the survivors of The Miracle of Hudson, Strauss' words made total sense. Sanderson realized all of us will have our plane crash moments; what we learn from them and how we react is what matters.Dave Sanderson was seated in the back row of US Airways Flight 1549, which crashed in the Hudson River in January 2009. At the moment of the crash, he heard the voice of his mother, who had told him to always do the right thing, and God would take care of the rest. That day, ignoring his hypothermia, his fear, and ignoring the fact that he was risking his own life, Dave helped dozens of people escape from that sinking plane.In this episode, Dave gives us details of his life-changing experience, how it inspired him to help others, and the tools he got from it to deal with adversity. We talk about those plane crash moments we will all go through eventually and the connection he made between the pandemic and his experience at the Hudson River. Dave also described his sensations coming back to the river many years later.Some Questions I Ask:Could you tell us what happened in the Hudson River? (2:27)When the pandemic hit, you said it was like a plane crash. What do you mean by that? (8:47)You talk about Post-Traumatic Growth Syndrome. Could you explain to the audience what that means? (17:21)In This Episode, You Will Learn:Dave's gameplan while the plane was sinking (3:20)The best way of dealing with the things we permanently push down and numb with alcohol, drugs, work, etc. (10:38)All of us will have our plane crash moments. What are we going to do about it is what matters (15:28)Was the captain praying when the plane was going down? The power of knowing the answer to that question (22:34)Forgiveness is the only path to growth (26:34)Resources:Dave Sanderson websiteConnect with Dave:LinkedInLet's Connect!FacebookTwitterInstagramLinkedInWebsiteFacebook Group - Living and Growing Through Grief
8/31/2021

Growing | Connection to Yourself

Ep. 17
We know that being in constant growth is the only way of reaching our highest potential. We learned the importance of moving through our grief, why grief matters, and the importance of flowing with the tide when we are undergoing lots of pain. We also learned that thinking that time heals everything is a mistake and that we won't heal unless we allow grief to flow through us. Today, we look at two new elements of growth, release and replace. I have a confession to make; something I caught myself doing, something that stopped my growth for a moment.In this episode, we talk about releasing the old and negative and replacing them with the new and positive; we talk about being connected to our inner awareness, to our true self. We explore the consequences of being separated from ourselves and the benefits of being connected. We also dive deep into what I've learned from my attitude and response to a recent incident. In addition, I share four simple yet powerful tips to stay connected.In This Episode, You Will Learn:It is confession time. What happened to me a few days ago, and how I reacted (2:56)The reason why we tend to blame others for what is going on in our lives (10:37)How I found out I was separating myself from the truth (13:31)Four easy ways to stay connected (15:42)Our mission is to connect (22:24)We must take care of and forgive ourselves (26:12)Let's Connect!FacebookTwitterInstagramLinkedInWebsiteFacebook Group - Living and Growing Through Grief