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Heart Healing from Loss
39 minutes | Jan 14, 2022
Episode 28: A Heart's Landscape with Susan Lax
We pay a lot of attention to our brains. But the noise and confusion and stress of modern life can keep us so focused on our brains, that we forget to listen to our hearts. "Some days, our hearts or souls can't find the glasses to see, and we cannot hear our own music." A book pick by Robin Roberts on Good Morning, America, Susan Lax's beautiful new book A Heart's Landscape: An Invitation to the Garden of Moments gives us daily inspiration and reminds us to have "attentive hearts." In this interview, Wendy and Susan talk about what it means to have an attentive heart, especially in times of grief, loss, and change.
13 minutes | Jan 10, 2022
Episode 27: The First Year After
That first year after a major loss or change comes with a lot of other "firsts" — first birthday "without," first tradition or ceremony "without." How do you navigate those extra-challenging days? According to Advanced Grief Recovery Specialist Wendy Sloneker, there are ways to be with the feelings those days can create and to move through them. Listen in for tools for navigating that first year (and beyond), then follow up with Wendy. Schedule a free consultation at HeartHealingFromLoss.com.
31 minutes | Dec 21, 2021
Episode 26: A Global Nomad Talks Loss, Grief, and Living the Dream
It's hard to leave a life you love behind. But Global Nomads like Caroline Giffon often do — far behind. In her expat life, Caroline has moved 17 times, 8 of them international moves. The expat life seems so glamorous, with new adventures awaiting each transition. But it's also so challenging to uproot your life — even your identity — every few years. It can even be a very real source of grief. To help other Global Nomads, Caroline founded Girafe Coaching, where she teaches expats how to live a life they'll love.
19 minutes | Nov 22, 2021
Episode 25: Too Full of Grief ... And Not Alone
When asked to describe the physical feeling of grief, many people say it feels "heavy," like a weight. It is a weight — from small irritations that trickle into our lives like sand to huge, life-changing boulders that threaten to flatten us, grief and losses pile up until the weight is too great to carry. In this episode, Advanced Grief Recovery Specialist Wendy Sloneker talks about the weight of grief, and how we can start to unburden ourselves, one grain, one pebble, one stone at a time. Have a listen, then find Wendy at HeartHealingFromLoss.com for a free consultation.
19 minutes | Nov 10, 2021
Episode 24: Your Brain Might Freak Out...
When you come down to it, your brain really has one job: to protect you. It means well, but it doesn't always respond in the best way. Sometimes you have to go through some work and some pain and some grief to come out healthier on the other side. In this episode, Advanced Grief Recovery Specialist Wendy Sloneker fills us in our brain's natural responses to grief — and how to override them. You don't have to go through this alone. Set up a free consultation with Wendy at Heart Healing from Loss.
13 minutes | Oct 19, 2021
Episode 23: Grief Anniversaries
The holidays can feel a little like an emotional minefield even when things are good. But if you're dealing with grief at the same time, getting through this time of year safely can feel like a real challenge. In this episode, Advanced Grief Recovery Specialist Wendy Sloneker takes us through the difficult emotional journey that can come up around special times of year. Whether it's a first holiday season without a loved one, or the anniversary of someone passing or some other source of grief, there are days that can hit us extra hard. Have a listen, then find Wendy at Heart Healing From Loss to schedule your free consultation.
5 minutes | Oct 11, 2021
Bonus: What the hell happened in September?
COVID has been rough, so there's nothing quite like making it a little rougher with a side of shingles. If you've been missing Wendy's wisdom around grief and healing, she's finally back with some lessons learned about managing stress. Do yourself a huge favor and get vaccinated against shingles if you can. Check out this information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
32 minutes | Aug 30, 2021
Episode 22: Waiting for "The Right Time" to Feel Your Feelings
What happens when you don't feel your feelings? They can make themselves known in other ways — maybe you reach for a comfort food or drink. Maybe your body simply refuses to do what you ask of it until you've taken care of unfinished business. In this episode Advanced Grief Recovery Specialist Wendy Sloneker talks about the potential repercussions of ignoring Big Important Feelings for too long, and the relief of working through emotions and dealing with the circumstances behind them. Have a listen, then visit Wendy at HeartHealingFromLoss.com to learn more.
44 minutes | Aug 16, 2021
Episode 21: On Not Repeating the Same Relationships After Losses
In this episode, Advanced Grief Recovery Specialist Wendy Sloneker talks with Laureli Shimayo, Matchmaker and Intuitive Eye Reader, about healthy anger, not repeating patterns, and how to approach dating again after a loss. What does it mean to adopt the Sumo position? Why does it feel so good to cuddle a soft critter and when is "oozing" actually a good and healthy thing? Find out the answers and so much more, then find Laureli at Thrive-Wise.com to learn all about her approach to helping you find your soul mate. If grief over previous loss is holding you back from living a rich and whole life, visit Heart Healing from Loss and make an appointment with Wendy to explore how she can help you. This podcast is produced by Audiotocracy Podcast Production.
23 minutes | Aug 2, 2021
Episode 20: Building Trust After Loss ... with a Business Lens
It's Episode 20, and we're so thankful to have made it this far! Thank you for listening and sharing the podcast and helping others work through their grief and loss. In this episode, Erin MacCoy of Erin MacCoy Coaching spoke with me about how she helps business owners manage connection, vulnerability, risk, and building trust. As we all navigate and hopefully emerge from this time of loss, grief, and change, what is a "heart-centered business" and how can it help us all integrate our humanity with our work? Have a listen, then come talk with me at Heart Healing from Loss to learn more about heart-centered healing and moving forward.
20 minutes | Jul 12, 2021
Episode 19: Loss of Creativity
Losing creativity can be like losing a fundamental part of yourself and your identity, which can cause grief all on its own. But is a loss of imagination and creative spirit the result of an unresolved grief? Can healing old wounds bring back that creative spark? In this episode, Advanced Grief Recovery Specialist Wendy Sloneker shares a very personal story of having her creative side retreat and how she got it back again. Listen, then visit her website, Heart Healing from Loss, and schedule a free consultation. It's time to heal.
39 minutes | Jun 22, 2021
Episode 18: Addiction, Loss, Grief, and Recovery
"You're asking me to give up what makes me feel good. That's the grief." D.J. Burr is a psychotherapist and licensed mental health counselor who specializes in sex and love addiction, clinical trauma, codependency, gaming, and other behavioral addiction concerns. In this episode, D.J. and Advanced Grief Recovery Specialist Wendy Sloneker talk about how grief and trauma intersect, often destructively. Learn how people seek to numb rather than heal themselves and how the right help can get you on a path to recovery and wellness.
25 minutes | Jun 7, 2021
Episode 17: Pet Loss and Griffin's Heart
If you've ever lost a beloved companion animal, you know how deep the grief can go — and probably how painful it is when others minimize your sadness with, "It was just a dog/cat/bird/horse/etc." Reagan Pasternak's Griffin's Heart: Mourning Your Pet with no Apologies is more than just a book. It's a healing journal, a keepsake, and a loving memoir to her soul animal, Griffin. In this podcast, Wendy talks with author and actor Reagan Pasternak about the unique, powerful, and precious love we humans can have with our animal family. And how we need to respect that relationship and the grief that comes when our animal is gone. If you've loved and lost, whether that's a human, an animal, a job, or a house, grief is still grief and needs to be worked through. Learn more from Wendy or make an appointment at the Heart Healing from Loss website.
50 minutes | May 24, 2021
Episode 16: Better than a Trip to the Dentist
Coping with a death can be so very difficult. One of the greatest gifts you can leave behind is having your affairs in order. Michael Geoghegan of Northwest Strategy and Planning helps individuals and families through the will and probate process. Removing uncertainty from end-of-life decisions can make it so much easier on the family that remains. If you've been putting off creating or updating your will and making end-of-life decisions, we get it — your own passing is not the most pleasant thing to think about. But you'll love the relief when it's accomplished and you know loved ones are taken care of. In this episode, Advanced Grief Recovery Specialist Wendy Sloneker and attorney Michael Geoghegan talk about the ways their work overlaps, how each approaches the subject of death with respect, empathy, and a little gentle humor, and how being prepared with the right resources before and after a death can make such a crucial difference for those left behind.
21 minutes | May 10, 2021
Episode 15: What is Anticipatory Grief, and do I have it?
Change is coming — big change. It might even be a happy change. But any change can bring grief with it. And that unsettling feeling of knowing something big is coming can jump start the grieving process before the reason for the grief has even occurred. Watching a beloved parent or friend or pet getting older, reaching the end of our time at a job, packing up and saying goodbye to a neighborhood and home, dreading a day of work that can be fraught with its own kinds of loss — they hurt. Can we manage the hurt we have now and the hurt that's to come? We can. In this episode, Advanced Grief Recovery Specialist Wendy Sloneker talks us through the signs and symptoms that we may be grieving already, in anticipation of loss that hasn't happened yet. And she provides tools to help us manage the process and the pain. Have a listen, then find Wendy at HeartHealingFromLoss.com for more help, health, and healing.
35 minutes | Apr 25, 2021
Episode 14: Grief Recovery for Lawyers with Heather Horton
Can a person's struggle to move past grief impact their work? Absolutely. And if your work involves helping people through their own difficult times, like, say, being a lawyer or attorney, you may not be the asset to your client that you want to be. In this episode, Advanced Grief Recovery Specialist Wendy Sloneker invites in Heather Horton, who does Grief Recovery with lawyers. Once a practicing lawyer herself, Heather has an intimate understanding of the ways grief can show up in work that's already stressful and high-pressure. Have a listen, and if you're struggling with grief or want the tools to be prepared for any of the 40 (yes, forty) ways grief can be triggered, visit Wendy at Heart Healing from Loss or Heather at Heather D Horton. Resources mentioned in the podcast: DC Bar Spring Wellness Fair, May 6, 2021 How do you know if you're grieving? and 10 simple truths about grief for lawyers (PDF)
33 minutes | Apr 19, 2021
Episode 13: Scars — Physical, Emotional, and Non-Surgical Treatments
Scars are more than a marker of where an injury has healed. Physical and emotional scars often extend much deeper into the body and psyche than we understand. And not dealing with them can mean carrying unnecessary pain, restriction, and grief. In this fascinating conversation, Advanced Grief Recovery Specialist Wendy Sloneker talks with Naturopathic Physician Sierra Storm about the scars we bear and how liberating it can be to finally be released. Dr. Storm uses a unique therapy to release adhesions from surgical and other scars that cause pain and limit range of motion. Her patients often experience immediate relief, so if you've had a Cesarean section, knee surgery, appendix removal, or accident — even if it occurred years or decades ago — take advantage of her free consultation to see if scar therapy might be a good option for you. Have a listen and check out Dr. Storm's page on scar therapy. Then scroll all the way down to the bottom of the page to get access to The Scar Solution Masterclass, a mini-dive into scar injection therapy.
38 minutes | Apr 5, 2021
Episode 12: Grief Clutter with Katrina Hamilton
Piles of pictures, newspaper cuttings, postcards, silverware, a doll collection or stamps or coins.... All of these can end up in your home after a loved one passes. But you don't collect stamps, and the silverware will likely never get used. So what do you do with the items an important person in your life has left behind? Shove them in the attic and make them the next generation's problem? Feel guilt over your neglect of those photo albums full of people you don't know? Or do you figure out how to deal with it in a way that frees up your space AND honors the person they belonged to? Katrina Hamilton helps people work through their "grief clutter." It is, after all, your relationship with the person that matters; not your relationship with their high school yearbooks. Listen to Wendy Sloneker, Advanced Grief Recovery Specialist, and Katrina Hamilton, owner of Katrina Consults, talk through how we can be burdened by objects that aren't our own. And how we can find our way out from under all that stuff.
32 minutes | Mar 22, 2021
Episode 11 Eldercare: Emotions when a parent's life changes drastically
Aging is tough; watching a parent get older and knowing how and when to help can be nearly as challenging. There is a possibility of grief, anger, misunderstanding, and family conflict all through the process, so how do you make sure you're working through it as healthfully as possible? How do you make sure your parent is receiving the necessary help to deal with losing independence, health, strength, their own home, and so on? One way to keep challenges manageable is to start preparing now, says Patricia Throop, owner of Eldercare Consulting LLC. Start talking about arrangements: What happens when they can no longer safely drive? When it's time for them to have more care, where will they live? In this podcast, Grief Recovery Specialist Wendy Sloneker talks with Patricia Throop about all the ways families can prepare in advance so everyone is comfortable with how things will proceed later. If you have or will have family who need your help as they age, you can get help and advice from Patricia Throop. Find her at EldercareNW.com. You can learn more about Wendy and how she can help you navigate grief at her website, HeartHealingFromLoss.com.
36 minutes | Mar 8, 2021
Episode 10: How the body holds grief
The body knows. The things you may have pushed from your consciousness, the things you've dampened down, the things you've ignored, sometimes for years or even decades -- the body has its own memory, and it doesn't forget. In this episode of Heart Healing from Loss, Chad Kelderman of SOMA Bodywork talks with Grief Recovery expert Wendy Sloneker about how the body holds grief, even grief you may think you put behind you. We know that touch can release deep emotions: think of the power of a hug on a bad day, or a high five in celebration, a kiss, an arm around the shoulders. Now imagine the healing power of touch and manipulation by someone who understands that connection. Do your joints burn? Is your chest tight? Do your neck and shoulders just ache? Of course there can be physical reasons for all these feelings, but discounting the emotional causes can mean locking yourself in for suffering physical and emotional pain longer than you should. Have a listen to the episode, then find relief with Chad Kelderman at SOMABodywork.net and Wendy Sloneker at HeartHealingFromLoss.com.
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