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Tendrils of Grief
45 minutes | Nov 28, 2022
Grief Not Only Comes From Death with Gwenda Lambert
Susan, your host, welcomes Gwenda Lambert to today’s episode. Long before becoming an Advanced Grief Recovery Method Specialist, Gwenda was drawn to helping people navigate loss. She had experienced 17 deaths by the time she was 21 as well as being the daughter of a Gerontology nurse. Her greatest loss came in 2012, a loss of health. She experienced a Post Traumatic Stress diagnosis that completely sidelined her. She was unable to focus or hold a thought. She was unable to sleep or actually even feel safe enough to leave her home most days. Even in all the chaos, she knew she had to find out what was going on. Basically, all those traumas and emotional losses including deaths and loss of trust that were locked in a room burst out. While she is well versed in the death and dying part, grief and embracing all those messy emotions still needed work. She had tried many different modalities from Yoga and somatic work to talk therapy yet it wasn’t until she found the Grief Recovery Method, a simple, yet not easy, four-step process that allows you to get a lay of the land of your own emotional landscape, that she was able to embrace her incomplete relationships and trauma that held her back in ways she wasn’t aware of. Now she wants to share that emotional freedom with you. Key Takeaways: Anger, loneliness, and confusion are all part of grief too. Gwenda talks about the brain after experiencing trauma. Grief not only comes from death. Laughing and crying are both expressions; if you are not comfortable around tears you need to ask yourself what is wrong with you with this emotion. Gwenda explains how she ended up with post-traumatic stress disorder. Everyone grieves differently. Self-care is never selfish. It is hard to be supportive sometimes, we need to learn how to support people. Allow yourself to feel how you feel because if you don’t, it will come out in an unexpected way. Grieving is not necessarily being strong but it is courageous and brave to do what you can each day. If you got through the first year after losing someone and you are still standing, prize yourself, it is not easy to grieve. Practice self-attention, pay attention to yourself, and learn to treat yourself with compassion and respect. Resources Tendrilsofgrief.com Email Susan: firstname.lastname@example.org Meet Gwenda Lambert Learn more about Gwenda Email Gwenda at email@example.com
25 minutes | Nov 21, 2022
Eight Tips to Successfully Transit the Holidays While Grieving with Susan Ways
Today, Susan, your host, welcomes you to another episode of Tendrils of Grief Podcast. In this episode, she shares her thoughts about going through the upcoming holidays while grieving. You would say that holidays are tough enough when someone is grieving but unfortunately, there are a lot of pressures that add to the pain of grieving during this particular time of the year (parties, gifts, celebrations…). Susan shares the best tips she has compiled over the years of grief and podcasting. Key Takeaways: Susan acknowledges the suffering of going through the holidays while grieving. Tip no. 1: Be clear about how you want your holiday experience to look and feel. Tip no. 2: Communicate your wishes to others. (They don’t know how you feel.) Tip no. 3: Set limits when visiting. Tip no. 4: Don't be afraid to say “No.” Tip no. 5: Surround yourself with the right people. Tip no. 6: Make self-care a priority. Tip no. 7: Ask for help! Tip no. 8: Be kind to yourself! (This is the most important tip, and not only during holidays.) Resources Tendrilsofgrief.com Email Susan: firstname.lastname@example.org
39 minutes | Nov 14, 2022
The Connection Between Food and Terminal Illness with Marie Scott
Susan welcomes Marie Scott to today’s episode. Marie is the Creator and Founder of Happy and Healthy After Widowhood. After losing her beloved Dave of almost 30 years, and her mom the same year, she went back to school to learn more about the link between food and cancer. After becoming a certified health coach, Marie now coaches widows and widowers using her 7 Steps to Healing After Loss, a unique roadmap to finding a new purpose after a devastating loss. After her health transformation and getting off all meds, losing 20 pounds, reversing pre-diabetes, and through her life transformation of becoming an author of three published books, an international speaker, and a wellness coach, she has many testimonials and is now happily married again to the second great love of her life. Key Takeaways: Sugar feeds cancer. Marie talks about Dave and their amazing relationship. Dave didn’t want chemotherapy, he choose quality of life, not quantity. Marie talks about her life after losing Dave. He was concerned about Marie living her life after his death. Marie decided to become a life coach and learn more about nutrition. There is no guidebook for grief. Dating after 50 years old is hard. Marie talks about how food can become your medicine. Marie speaks of the 7 Steps to Healing After Loss. Who dates a widow and a widower needs to hold space for the spouse who passed away. Find a sense of community; you will need it to ease the path after loss. Resources Tendrilsofgrief.com Email Susan: email@example.com Learn more about Magic Mind at https://www.magicmind.co/grief and take advantage of the special discount for The Tendrils of Grief’s listeners: GIREF20 . Meet Marie Scott Visit Marie’s website Join Marie’s Facebook community Connect with Marie on Instagram, LinkedIn, and YouTube
31 minutes | Nov 7, 2022
Grief Yoga with Page Park
Susan, your host, welcomes Page Park to today’s episode. Page has her own grief story; she helps people navigate grief through yoga, meditation, breath, and connection within themselves. At Tulsi Rose Yoga, she creates a space where clients can get in touch with their inner voice and listen to their bodies to tune in to personal needs, and desires. Teaching for 24 years as a classroom teacher, Page explored ways to reach students and studied yoga completing her registered yoga teacher 500-hour program, 95-hour registered children’s yoga teacher, and 100-hour yin training. In addition to teaching yoga and meditation, Page also writes poetry, about yoga, meditation, and how to connect with people. Key Takeaways: Page shares her grief story. Grief also includes a “business part” that can bring anger and sadness and even resentment and frustration for having to deal with so much. Practicing meditation is an incredible help, even one minute makes wonders. Find grief interrupters. Self-care is not being selfish. Susan shares her passion for yin yoga. Page talks about grief yoga and its special features. Yoga and self-care practices are so important when you are grieving because they have the power to take you out of your head and into your body. Where do you store your pain in your body? When you move your body, you are moving the flow of energy through it. Soaking sunshine can be a great help to boost your mood. Ask yourself: What is it that I need right now? Learn to listen to your body. If you keep searching for answers, they will come to you. You are not alone! There are people out there who will understand how you feel. Resources Tendrilsofgrief.com Email Susan: firstname.lastname@example.org Check Susan’s blog The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma, by Bessel van der Kolk M.D. Meet Page Park Tulsi Rose Yoga Follow Tulsi Rose Yoga on Facebook, Instagram, and LinkedIn
35 minutes | Oct 31, 2022
One Day Your Life Changes Completely with Geralyn Ritter
Susan, your host, welcomes Geralyn Ritter to today’s episode. Geralyn is a recognized expert in healthcare policy and an executive vice president at Organon & Co., a new Fortune 500 healthcare company dedicated to the health of women. She was formerly senior vice president at Merck & Co., Inc., one of the largest pharmaceutical companies in the world. She has spearheaded global government affairs and policy, led initiatives on corporate governance and corporate responsibility, created and launched a widely acclaimed half-billion-dollar philanthropic initiative to end preventable maternal deaths around the globe, and has served as President of the Merck Foundation. In 2020, on behalf of Merck, Geralyn accepted the Disability Employer of the Year award. She is now the author of a memoir about her recovery from the 2015 Amtrak derailment titled: Bone by Bone: A Memoir of Trauma and Healing. Key Takeaways: Geralyn shares her story as a survivor of the 2015 Amtrak derailment. Geralyn talks about the confusion that took over her when she woke up after the derailment: “It seemed too unreal to be true.” Susan shares her thoughts about the day her life turned upside down; she remembers thinking: “This can’t be happening to me.” Geralyn talks about first feeling grateful for being alive and then, realizing how life-changing the derailment was going to be, she really started to crash. Geralyn couldn’t accept that somehow she deserved to survive. Geralyn came to the realization that she did have the right to grieve even though she had survived. Geralyn talks about the difficult task of accepting the lack of control. Keep your hope; you can’t control the time frame, remember that grieving has no schedule and that you will get better. Life has unlimited opportunities; you will find joy, and grief will be less searing. Resources Tendrilsofgrief.com Email Susan: email@example.com Meet Geralyn Ritter Learn more about Geralyn Bone by Bone: A Memoir of Trauma and Healing.
44 minutes | Oct 24, 2022
Grieving a Pet: Saying Goodbye to a Special Family Member with Coleen Ellis
Susan, your host, welcomes Coleen Ellis to today’s episode. Coleen faced the death of her pet in 1998 and that moment changed her forever. It was the beginning of her vision of how to best meet the needs of pet parents in their desire to mourn, memorialize, and pay tribute to their beloved pets when they die. In 2003, the experience of the death of her dog, Mico, guided her in starting the nation’s first stand-alone pets-only funeral home, Pet Angel Memorial Center. In 2009, Coleen founded Two Hearts Pet Loss Center, to guide people who wish to provide meaningful pet death care services in their communities, as well as to be an educational resource in the pet grief discipline. In 2009, she received the first Death and Grief Studies Certification specializing in Pet Loss Companioning by Dr. Alan Wolfelt as well as releasing her first book, Pet Parents: A Journey Through Unconditional Love and Grief. Her second book co-authored with colleague Dr. Mary Gardner, Forever Friend, released in 2022. She is Certified in Thanatology and is a Certified Pet Loss Professional. By 2014, Coleen was ready to take her vision to a new level. She was a co-founder of The Pet Loss Center and assisted the company in opening pet loss operations across the United States, with this operation being acquired by a national acquisition company in 2020. Coleen is an internationally sought-after speaker on the topics of pet loss and grief. Through her delivery style, pet care professionals learn a variety of techniques immediately applicable to implement on how to companion families in their grief journey. Furthermore, her talks to pet parents give them the permission they need to not only grieve but mourn the loss of their beloved pet. Key Takeaways: Coleen talks about how pets are considered family members for most of their owners and as a result, the grieving process is as profound and painful as it is when we lose a relative. Coleen advises people to choose wisely who they will be surrounded by when they are grieving, some people just don’t get it. Coleen talks about the anticipatory feeling of loss when a pet owner has to take the tough decision of ending their pet’s life. Coleen explains how hospice for pets works. Please remember to be kind to yourself. Wherever you are right now is exactly where you should be. Honor the journey you shared with your pet every day. Ask your pet for a sign. You are not losing your mind, allow yourself to receive the signs as you notice them. Every grieving process is different. Mourning is the active part of grieving; you have to do something with your grief and honor the time you spent with your pet. Resources Tendrilsofgrief.com Email Susan: firstname.lastname@example.org Meet Learn more about Coleen Ellis Two Hearts Pet Loss Center, Pet Parents: A Journey Through Unconditional Love and Grief, Coleen Ellis Forever Friend, Coleen Ellis Foreverfriend.pet
40 minutes | Oct 17, 2022
There Is No Death: Only LIfe with Maria Verdeschi
Susan, your host, welcomes Maria Verdeschi to today’s episode. She is an acclaimed Psychic Medium, Speaker, Best-Selling Author, Teacher, and Coach with clients all over the world. Her extraordinary ability to communicate with spirit began at the age of four while living on Long Island. Now with over a decade of experience, Maria is well known for her accuracy and delivery of evidential messages from departed loved ones. Her kindness and compassion are unmatched. She has a genuine interest in each client that provides for a relaxed and down-to-earth reading. Maria is the host of the spiritual podcast Hello From The Other Side and is a co-host of the Blog Talk Radio show Reading The Signs. Her best-selling book There Is No Death, Only Life, with a foreword written by Celebrity Medium Thomas John, has provided support to readers while healing from grief, and she is a contributing author in the best-selling book The Last Breath. Her successful coaching and mentorship program features classes on Mediumship, Connecting with Your Loved Ones in Spirit, Meditation, and Manifesting. In addition, she is a Master Reiki Practitioner proficient in Pranic Healing. Her ability to connect with teachers, students, clients, guides, and departed loved ones is nothing short of astonishing. Most important to Maria is that people understand the simple truth that, “there is no death — only life.” Key Takeaways: Maria shares how she discovered she had psychic abilities at the age of four and decided to keep that to herself for a long time. Maria believes everyone can have a psychic ability to a certain degree. The more that you acknowledge the signs, the more they will come in. Our loved ones want us to know that they love us, they want us to save time and money and move forward and be happy. Can our deceased loved ones have an influence over our lives? Maria affirms they can. Maria explains how to tell the difference between a message from the other side and what we want to hear. Maria suggests stopping second-guessing yourself when you think you have received a message from the other side, quieting your logical mind. How can you prepare yourself to hear messages? Gratitude is a practice that will help you connect with your loved ones from the other side. Maria talks about the most common ways people receive messages from the other side. Maria gives advice on sharpening your senses to be able to connect with your loved one who passed away. If you think it is not happening to you, that you cannot receive any signs, stop and breathe, since your frustration brings your energy down, keep a higher vibration in order to hear the messages from the other side. When is the right time to visit a psychic medium and when isn’t? Maria talks about what someone can expect from seeing a psychic medium: Closure, comfort, clarity, and peace. Resources Tendrilsofgrief.com Email Susan: email@example.com Meet Maria Verdeschi Visit Maria Verdeschi’s website Follow Maria on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and TikTok
46 minutes | Oct 10, 2022
Grieving the Death of a Son with Geri King
Susan, your host, welcomes a lifelong friend to today’s episode, Geri King. They met in high school and married men who were really good friends. In this show, Geri shares her son’s struggles with depression and alcoholism, the hardships he needed to face, and how these all lead to his death. Geri openly talks about her grief, her pain, and her current work on her mental health. Key Takeaways: Geri shares her journey after the death of her son. Geri knew that something was wrong with her son. Addiction got a hold of her son, he was in total denial of his problem with alcohol since he was a functional alcoholic. Geri’s son confessed to her that he didn’t want to “be here anymore.” Geri woke up the day her son died knowing something was terribly wrong. Geri shares her pain facing the indescribable feeling of losing a child. Geri invests her time in helping people be more aware of the signs of addictive behavior. Geri gives advice to people who know someone close to them who is struggling with depression and/or substance abuse: You are not alone; talk to someone you trust. Resources Tendrilsofgrief.com Email Susan: firstname.lastname@example.org
44 minutes | Oct 3, 2022
Funeral Planning: Your Final Gift for Those You Love with Dean Lambert
Susan, your host, welcomes Dean Lambert to today’s episode. Dean has worked with funeral professionals for nearly 30 years to help them connect and serve the families facing one of the most challenging moments of their lives: the loss of a loved one. As a father who has experienced the loss of a child, he knows firsthand the grief that clouds the vision needed to honor a well-lived life. Dean is leading The Love Always Project with a team of experienced subject matter experts and people committed to its purpose: encouraging people to think more positively and proactively about end-of-life issues and funeral prearrangement. Key Takeaways: Dean shares his grief story that started when he lost his son seven years ago. Dean talks about funeral planning. Dean talks about the epidemic of veteran suicide, he explains how death looks to them as a way out of pain. Dean explains what anticipatory grief is about. Is anticipatory grief a blessing or a curse? PTSD is a common diagnosis among caregivers. There are ways to talk about dying without talking about death with someone with a terminal illness. While people are living is the time to talk about life and living, not at funerals. Dean talks about the Love Always Project and its mission. Dean encourages everyone to be consumers of information about something that is hard; death is difficult. Resources Tendrilsofgrief.com Email Susan: email@example.com A Thousand Names for Joy: Living in Harmony with the Way Things Are, by Byron Katie Meet Dean Lambert The Love Always Project Find The Love Always Project on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.
42 minutes | Sep 26, 2022
A Daily Support for Grievers with Reid Peterson
Susan, your host, welcomes Reid Peterson to today’s episode. Reid, the founder of Grief Refuge, provides its community of users with a source of solace when they’re in pain and discomfort from grief. The app is a hub that fulfills grievers’ emotional needs. Support for people going through the grief journey is imperative for both the griever and their loved ones. When people are facing grief and go without support it ends up hurting more than it helps. Grief Refuge content is created by Reid, MA. Reid achieved a Masters's Degree in Transpersonal Psychology (Institute of Transpersonal Psychology, 2007) and is certified in Death & Grief Studies by the Center for Loss & Life Transition. 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. Key Takeaways: Reid shares his own grief experience that started when his biological father committed suicide. Susan and Reid talk about the “gut feeling” both have about the death of their loved ones. Reid also lost his stepfather and he shares how he processed this loss. Reid talks about his sensitivity. Reid talks about The Grief Refuge, an app that provides daily grief support for people who have lost a loved one. Grief is not a mental health issue. No one prepares you for losing a loved one; someone has been taken away from you. There is no one way of grieving, everyone uses their own resources to navigate this difficult process. There is magic in the connection that grievers can have with each other. Suicidal ideation is unfortunately common among grievers. When you support someone who is grieving, what you say matters. Reid talks about purpose and how it can change in different moments in one person’s life. It is hard to keep your faith when grief is consuming your energy. Reid suggests grievers keep on looking for more resources to help them in their grieving process; don’t give up! Resources Tendrilsofgrief.com Email Susan: firstname.lastname@example.org Meet Reid Peterson The Grief Refuge app.
42 minutes | Sep 19, 2022
Living a Life of Grief with Rev. Amirah Hall
Susan welcomes Rev. Amirah Hall to today’s episode. Rev. Amirah M.Msc. blends “sacred with spirituality” and has been on a four-decade journey of exploring secrets to manifesting and healing. She is a gifted clairvoyant, spirit medium, channel, and quantum healing pioneer. Amirah’s spiritual awakening was triggered after her father’s divorce, life-threatening autoimmune disease, and death, all within a six-month period. It was further amplified with a near-death experience while traveling in Egypt when her gifts of psychic vision, channeling, and mediumship opened up. Amirah has a reputation for being a world-class psychic, mystic, and mentor with the honor of working with an international client list including Dubai Royals. She’s the author of six books, including Manifesting Miracles 101, LOVE UP Your Life, and The Essential Guide To Spiritual Awakening. Key Takeaways: Rev. Amirah talks about what she calls “living a life of grief.” Rev. Amirah received a terrible diagnosis, where no hope was given to her by doctors which forced her into a journey seeking alternative solutions. Rev Amirah realized something was missing in her life that triggered the beginning of her spiritual path. Rev Amirah wanted to understand grief from an energetic point of view. Susan and Rev. Amirah talked about their experiences accompanying loved ones about to pass away. Rev. Amirah shares her near-death experience in Egypt. Your emotions are the only ones you need to learn how to manage and master. We are spiritual beings having a human experience. You can get comfortable with your dysfunction; awakening requires connecting with your emotions and learning to release them. Rev. Amirah talks about how she found her purpose in helping others but mainly in being in alignment with herself. Rev. Amirah provides tools for people to find their answers: First, learn how to ground and let go of what you are holding on to. Resources Tendrilsofgrief.com Email Susan: email@example.com Meet Rev. Amirah Hall Visit Amirahhall.com Follow Amirah on Facebook, YouTube, Instagram, LinkedIn, and TikTok.
31 minutes | Sep 12, 2022
A Daughter’s Grief with Madison
Susan, your host, is joined by her daughter, Madison, in today’s episode. It has almost been five years since they lost Paul, her dad and Susan’s husband. In the past years, Madison has gone through a lot of changes and she is sharing what it felt like going through this life-altering experience while finishing high school. She will be attending The New School in New York City to study political science. From there, she plans to go to law school to get a degree in Criminal Justice, and ultimately she intends to run for Congress. Key Takeaways: Madison talks about how her grief feels today. Madison explains what it means to her to be in an acceptance stage. Madison shares her most significant changes during her high school years. Madison speaks about how she felt conquering big milestones without her father. The hardest part for Madison has been not having her father by her side to celebrate with him her accomplishments. Madison is about to go to college, she shares her excitement and how much she wishes her dad was there to go through this significant stage with her. Madison lost some friends since the death of her father, but she is optimistic about the future. Humor helps with trauma. Madison found that joking about her grief was helpful. Madison shares what excites her the most about this next chapter of her life. As a result of Paul dying, Madison’s hometown turned out to be attached to sad moments that remind her of her pain; that is why going to college presents the possibility of beginning from a fresh start, meeting new people, and the opportunity to create memories that won't carry the weight of her grief. Madison shares her advice to anyone grieving: It gets worse before it gets better. It does get better and you will reach that point at some time. Resources Tendrilsofgrief.com Email Susan: firstname.lastname@example.org
37 minutes | Sep 5, 2022
Listen to the Spiritual Messages from Those Who Passed with Sara Ottoboni
Susan welcomes Sara Ottoboni to today’s episode. She is a psychic consultant and spiritual teacher. As a medium, she helps alleviate your grief. During the intuitive consultation, she has an important goal: communicate with your loved one who passed away in order to resolve your grief and confusion, and instill in you a sense of the meaning behind death. Speaking to your loved one will help you move on with your lives and gain — above all — a sense of peace. As a mom, wife, and podcaster she defines herself as a “citizen of the world.” She lived on two continents, in four countries, and in six cities. She speaks three languages: Italian, French, and English. Key Takeaways: Sara shares what inspired her to dedicate her psychic consultation for grieving people. Sara explains how our loved ones who have passed are waiting for us to join them after life. Everyone can listen to the ones that are not with us anymore, it is a skill that anyone can develop. Belief, time, and effort are required to tap into this skill. Sara shares the most common messages from the ones who passed away: “Everything is OK”, “I am here with you.” Sara talks about the opportunity that is created during a consultation to say what was pendent to someone who passed away. This is very helpful to let go of the guilt. Sara talks to those who are very curious about a psychic consultation but are afraid they will receive bad news. Human beings think differently than people who passed away, they have another vibration and interests. Some people are hesitant about the seriousness of these kinds of consultations, but Susan talks about how the credibility with Sara was natural and immediate. You can choose what you don’t want to discuss in a consultation, you are in control all the time. Sara talks about a dream she had that she connected with Susan and her podcast, it might even be related to one person from the audience. Sara speaks about her motivation to contribute to people’s lives with her gift, she emphasizes that she cannot help everybody but her intentions are to assist those that she can. Do your research when looking for a psychic, since as in all fields, there are serious people and others who are not. Resources Tendrilsofgrief.com Email Susan: email@example.com Meet Sara Ottoboni Learn more about Sara Follow Sara on Instagram
42 minutes | Aug 29, 2022
Dating After the Death of Your Partner with Francine Russo
Susan welcomes Francine Russo to today’s episode. She is the author of Love after 50 and They’re Your Parents, Too! Armed with a Ph.D. in English literature, she became a journalist focusing on psychology, relationships, and social trends. And she’s made her mark. Having cut her teeth at the late, lamented Village Voice, she’s gone on to write for virtually every publication from The Atlantic to The New York Times. She covered the Boomer beat at Time magazine for over a decade, and her cover stories have appeared in Parade, Scientific American, and New York Magazine. A dynamic and polished presenter, she is in great demand as a keynote speaker Francine has two grown children, three adult stepchildren, and six amazing grandkids (with twins on the way!) She has experienced first-hand the tremendous potential we all have to grow and transform ourselves with the people we love. She lives in New York with her partner. Key Takeaways: Francine talks about her book Love After 50 and the influence that being a widow twice had on it. Francine shares how she started dating before being ready. Francine tells how her second husband was a widower and because of that, they had a special connection. Losing your person to death is a different experience than divorcing someone. Francine talks about her online dating experience as a widow. Francine recommends not to take a late response to your messages as a rejection. Your mindset has an incredible influence on your ability to find someone. Meet the person and talk; if you want to keep talking with that person there is a potential relationship there. Francine talks about the insecurities implied in dating after 50 years old. Intimacy after 50 doesn’t necessarily mean intercourse (and for many women is actually better!). Trust, communication, and vulnerability are the main foundations of a relationship. Francine gives her suggestion for widows and widowers wanting to start online dating. You are much stronger than you think, take dating with perspective, be hopeful but also be realistic. Resources Tendrilsofgrief.com Email Susan: firstname.lastname@example.org Meet Francine Russo Love After 50: How to Find It, Enjoy It, and Keep It, by Francine Russo They're Your Parents, Too!: How Siblings Can Survive Their Parents’ Aging Without Driving Each Other Crazy, by Francine Russo Follow Francine on Twitter, LinkedIn, and Facebook.
41 minutes | Aug 22, 2022
You Always Have a Choice with Aleema Noormohamed
Susan, your host, welcomes Aleema Noormohamed to today’s episode. Aleema strongly believes in the healing power of the outdoors. She is a Neuro Linguistics Programming Master Practitioner, Trainer, Mindfulness Teacher, Edupreneur, and a Nemophile, dedicated to reactivating the human spirit’s connection to nature. She pushes us to go deep within ourselves and awaken our consciousness, making us realize that in everything we do, we have a choice. It is her belief that if we spend more time in the present moment, we can reclaim our power back from our subconscious and create a more conscious society. This is deeply intertwined with her belief that the heartbeat of nature and our own heartbeat are one and the same. After the loss of her father in a tragic plane crash, Aleema discovered the potential and power of mindfulness practices. As she committed to these, she began to release the pain following this loss and began to live in wisdom. It gave her the opportunity to be completely present with her young daughter, and to begin her work as a life coach to teach, inspire and guide others to find their peace and freedom. Key Takeaways: Aleema shares her grief story that started on the day her father died in a tragic plane crash. Aleema confesses that her gut feeling is the one guided through her grief. Aleema found peace and could start connecting with her present life and investing in the relationship with her daughter. Susan speaks about how she found mindfulness through gratitude. Susan and Aleena talk about the value of finding signs as a healing exercise you can do with yourself. Aleema shares how she coaches people to realize there’s always a choice; you can decide which story you tell to yourself about the situation you are in. Remember that you are grieving because you loved someone. Grieving can be seen as a growth opportunity, as the chance of becoming a brave person. You are grieving in your own unique way. Talking about your grief is a way to break through the shame. Choose the tools that work for you; grief is not the same for everyone. Aleema encourages grievers to allow themselves to feel whatever they are feeling, and let them out. Be patient, give yourself time and stillness to find clarity. Resources Tendrilsofgrief.com Email Susan: email@example.com Meet Aleema Noormohamed Learn more about D.T.E. Consultancy on Linkedin
43 minutes | Aug 15, 2022
Using Your Grief To Help Others with Radiance Mack
Susan, your host, welcomes Radiance Mack to today’s episode. Radiance Mack, 26, is the daughter of Sandi and Sherman Mack. She has four siblings: Steven, De’Angela, Danieka, Sherman Jr., De’Angela, and Steven. A current third-year law student and is pursuing her MBA degree. Since her mother's passing, she assists her father in the daily operations of her mother's foundation, SmacKares. The focus is to assist homeless women and children on the journey to a better life. Key Takeaways: Radiance shares how she found out her mother was sick and what unfolded afterward. Radiance talks about how she and her family supported her mother during her illness as well as she shares the efforts they made to take care of their health in the process. Radiance talks about the foundation they initiated to honor her mother’s wish. Radiance highlights that everything is done through SmacKares comes from her mom. Radiance talks about what she believed motivated people to follow her Instagram account and support her cause. Radiance speaks to the people who are supporting someone grieving and also to people experiencing grief themselves: Be kind to yourself and others, people really don’t understand what you are going through. Resources Tendrilsofgrief.com Email Susan: firstname.lastname@example.org Meet Radiance Mack You can visit the SmacKares website at www.smackares.com where you can find out more about Sandi Mack and donate to her cause. Follow Radiance on Instagram
43 minutes | Aug 8, 2022
How Is Your Grief Today? - with G. Scott Graham
Susan, your host, welcomes G. Scott Graham to today’s episode. He is an author, a career coach, and a business coach in Boston, Massachusetts. Scott is driven to help clients follow their “true azimuth,” which is different from “true north.” It means coaching clients to identify the true focus of their life — something that speaks individually to them. It means recognizing the forces that push our lives off course and adjusting to them so you get where you want to go. It means that when you are 90 years old and look back on your life you have a sense of pride, accomplishment, and meaning — with no regrets. Scott shares today his words of wisdom and his grief story, which began when his husband died in a horrific car accident. Key Takeaways: Scott shares his grief story which began right at the start of COVID-19 when he lost his husband in a terrible car accident. Empathy and compassion are needed to accompany someone who is grieving. When adversity strikes, the loss is felt intensively again. People who are grieving don’t pass it but instead, persevere in the face of adversity. Scott shares how he got to the point where he can be grateful for the grief he has. Susan shares the power of connecting and telling your story. Scott speaks about why is important for people who love a grieving person to ask about how they are doing with their grief. Listen and honor yourself by honoring your grief. Scott talks about his book about meditation and how it can give you a break from your grief. Scott talks about a meditation practice that allows you to become aware of your sensations non-judgmentally. Practice love and kindness to yourself and the world. Grief is chaotic but meditation can bring peace and relief. Resources Tendrilsofgrief.com Email Susan: email@example.com Meet Scott Graham Learn more about Scott True Azimuth Coaching Check Scott’s books Scott can also be found at GoodBooks Learn about Scott on Medium Follow Scott on Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter Come as you are: Meditation and Grief, by Scott Graham Check out Sharon Salzberg’s meditations
41 minutes | Aug 1, 2022
Raising Grieving Children with Jenny Lisk
Susan, your host, welcomes Jenny Lisk to today’s episode. Jenny is a widowed parent of two grieving kids. After interviewing over 100 experts on the topic of widowed parenting for the Widowed Parent Podcast, she learned that there are some key principles and tips about parenting grieving kids that newly widowed parents probably don’t know about. Jenny is the author of an award-winning book named Future Widow (which has endorsements from many prominent children’s grief experts). Her family’s story is told as a memoir where she has explicitly worked in themes about parenting grieving kids. This amazing book is about more than children’s grief, it’s about rebuilding a life after loss. Key Takeaways: Jenny shares her grief story. Susan and Jenny talk about that day that changes life forever, and how that moment gave them the perspective and intention to be present and try to enjoy every moment. Jenny talks about the moment she decided she was going to help other parents with grieving children (while she and her children were dealing with the tsunami of pain that grief imposed on them). Jenny found that she could host a podcast and be the one who asks questions to the experts, representing other grieving people who transited similar journeys to hers. Jenny speaks about how walking is a meditative activity for her. Jenny talks about the roles of instrumental and intuitive grievers. Jenny talks about her book Future Widow. Jenny shares her struggle figuring out how to end the book. Sometimes two opposite things can be true, you don’t have to reconcile them. Jenny talks to grieving parents: It is important to be honest with kids, especially about difficult topics, it nurtures a strong bond of trust between the child and the surviving parent. If you are supporting a grieving parent, keep in mind that you cannot solve the underlying problem, but you can contribute to their everyday life, help them with meals or drive their kids to school; it will show them you care. Resources Tendrilsofgrief.com Email Susan: firstname.lastname@example.org Grieving Beyond Gender: Understanding the Ways Men and Women Mourn, by Kenneth J. Doka and Terry L. Martin Meet Jenny Lisk Learn more about Jenny Future Widow The Widowed Parent Podcast
36 minutes | Jul 25, 2022
Talking About Death and Dying with Sherrie Barch
Susan, your host, welcomes Sherrie Barch to today’s episode. Sherry is the CEO of two Forbes-ranked top executive search firms and a leadership consulting company. Sherrie is married with three sons. As a mom, she describes herself as a part-time pancreas for her two youngest sons who were both diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes within the same year. Playing this role for the last 12 years, she is relentlessly creating open and honest communication with her family and friends about this chronic and life-threatening condition. Sherrie’s passion for storytelling was a strong motivation for her to publish her preteen children’s book Heaven’s Bell. One of her goals for Heaven’s Bell is to create and inspire a safe space for families to have serious and sometimes “heavy” conversations about death and dying in a natural and productive way. Key Takeaways: Sherrie shares the motivation behind her book Heaven’s Bell. Sherrie talks about the structure and message of the book. Peace and grief can be experienced together. Susan talks about what is necessary in order to process negative emotions. Children and adults grieve differently. Everyone grieves in their own way. Give permission to yourself to ask questions and create the space for others to start conversations about loved ones who passed away. Sherrie shares the pain of losing her father figure. Susan talks about how her daughter’s school failed her terribly when she was grieving the loss of her father. Sherrie speaks about remote goodbyes. Celebrating the memory of someone you lost is not always easy, be present, be curious, and hold space to just listen to what someone grieving is going through. Grieve and, when you can, try to recall the one (or ones) you lost in your happy memories together, try to lean into those stories and feel a different connection with them. Sherrie is publishing a Grief Journal for families to capture memories, you can find it at Ring to Remember. Resources Tendrilsofgrief.com Email Susan: email@example.com Meet Sherrie Barch Email Sherrie at firstname.lastname@example.org Follow Sherrie on Facebook and Instagram Learn more about Heaven’s Bell.
37 minutes | Jul 18, 2022
Life After the Death of Your Loved One with Carol Fitzgerald
Susan welcomes Carol Fitzgerald to today’s episode. Carol is a vibrant, passionate, fun-loving, young-spirited woman. Through coaching, searching, group settings, and the death of her husband, she learned three very important life lessons late in the game. She has longevity in her family background and since learning these lessons, she wants to live life to its absolute fullest with no regrets and offers ideas in her sixth book Living a Vibrant Life At Any Age: Creating Love, Joy, & Connections in Everyday Moments, including shifting a mindset where everything is neutral and being okay when things don’t work out as planned. Key Takeaways: Carol shares her grief story that began when she lost her husband who had battled with his health for over three years, which included going through 16 surgeries. Carol explains how she lost her husband before actually losing him. Carol shares how she struggled to take care of her husband’s business. Carol shares how she redefined herself after her husband and mother died. Carol expresses how happy and accomplished she felt when she first invested in gold and silver by herself, and a whole new learning curve in her life began. Carol shares how she got herself out of the deepest place of grief to figure out her life. Carol shares how much she needed some time away when her husband was ill and how her friends were amazing support in helping her have those moments for herself. Allow yourself to grieve in the way that is right for you. Carol talks about her book Living a Vibrant Life at Any Age. Resources Tendrilsofgrief.com Email Susan: email@example.com Meet Carol Fitzgerald Follow Carol on her YouTube Channel Check Carol’s books.
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