4. Addiction and Loss: How We Help and How We Grieve29:48Karen Johnson’s fast-paced professional life came to an abrupt halt when she lost her 27-year-old son to a heroin overdose. Rather than grieve in a way that made people around her comfortable, she did the unexpected: she retired, sold her house and all of her household goods, and went on a two-and-a-half-year journey that took her all over the world, finding a spiritual practice along the way. She is the author of Living Grieving.
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3. If Anything Happens to You: The View from the Ones We Lost and How to Talk About Grief and Loss with Kids23:34Kelsey is joined by Michael Govier, who, along with Will McCormack, wrote and directed the Oscar winning animated short film If Anything Happens I Love You. This short film portrays grief in the most raw and beautiful way as the grieving process is portrayed from all perspectives—not just the ones left behind.
2. When Life is Over Where Do We Go? And Why is Anxiety the "Missing Stage of Grief?"27:45Both of Claire Bidwell Smith's charismatic parents were diagnosed with cancer when she was just 14 (and an only child). By the time she was 25, they were gone. Claire shares wisdom, advice, and hope about life after loss and how we survive the hardest times. She is the author of Rules of Inheritance, Anxiety—The Missing Stage of Grief, and After Life.
1. The Widowed Parent36:47After Jenny Lisk’s husband died of cancer, she realized there was so much about the process of death and dying that she wished she had known. This episode is about why and how she wrote her book, Future Widow, and how that book began a journey of helping others. Jenny is the Host of The Widowed Parent podcast and is passionate about helping widows navigate these life changing experiences
6. The Hard Goodbye: An Honest Conversation about Suicide and How to Find Peace35:35Complicated grief is a subject that is hard to talk about and even harder to experience. In these situations, there are few words that will comfort those who are left behind. Because of this unique type of loss, Kelsey knew she needed to start with someone she knew intimately. This conversation is between Kelsey and her childhood best friend, Lise Davis. They speak with honesty, love, and deep trust about the loss of Lise’s father. This episode is about learning how to listen, how to support people, and what it means to have the tough discussions with those who need a place to share the most.
5. Compounded Grief and How we Survive33:07Nathalie Himmelrich is a holistic counselor and coach who accompanies people therapeutically through the challenges presented by life and death. She walks this path with her clients as she, too, understands loss in a very personal way. Her insights, the way she looks at grief, and the advice she has around healing is so important to hear. She is an author of many books about grief and healing which you can find on her website .
4. What's Your Grief?28:44“Grief is a complex topic. It is an emotional, logistical, and existential nightmare.” This week's guests and What's Your Grief co-founders Eleanor Haley and Litsa Wiliam talk with Kelsey about why grieving in your own particular way, having support, and doing the work is so important. They share what has helped them, and so many other people, walk this path with dignity, community, and grace. “What’s Your Grief” website and book are two of the best resources you can find if you or a loved one is experiencing grief.