Beautiful Tragedy

Beautiful Tragedy

A story of the tragic loss of a 7 year old boy and how his mom has raised funds, awareness and shared how his life has impacted so many.

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August 28, 2022 56 min

Content Warning - there is a discussion of death by suicide in this episode.

Mina tells the story of her husband Jason and his struggle with mental health after the death of their baby boy. She shares the details of the events leading up to his death and that her family experienced another death at the exact same time so she had to tell her young kids and was unable to be with her whole family at the time of Jason’s death.

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In this episode, Mina talks about the stillbirth of her son, Justin and how that affected her, her husband, Jason, and their 2 young daughters. She talks about how the grief affected her body and the raw details of her grief. She shares her perspective on telling the truth about death to our children and why this is so important. This story is raw and real with lots of tears.

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In this episode, Carrie defines what grief means to her and how grief has affected every aspect of her life. She shares about the various layers of grief and the feelings that it can bring out in a person. Grief is complicated and there is no one way through it.

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Carrie shared her experience with having a panic attack and how this made her realize that she has to take care of her grief. She has cared for others but realizes that she needs to prioritize the hard work that she has been actively avoiding.

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I talked with Maria Capolupo, who is a death doula and a certified grief specialist. She defines what her role is and talks about how she can assist people when they are at the end of their life. She talks about the difference between a death doula and a hospice worker.

You can learn more about Maria at: www.mariacapolupo.com

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In this episode, We go back and look at the moments from the second season that really stuck with us. We want to say thank you so much for all the support and we really appreciate it. 

The journey so far has been an amazing ride and we look forward to what the future will bring! Keep your loved ones in your hearts and remember that it is ok to grieve in your own way and that no one is perfect.

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In this episode, We go back and look at the moments from the first season that really stuck with us. We want to say thank you so much for all the support and we really appreciate it. 

The journey so far has been an amazing ride and we look forward to what the future will bring! Keep your loved ones in your hearts and remember that it is ok to grieve in your own way and that no one is perfect.

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In this episode, Carrie talked about how she acknowledges the date that Jackson died. She also asked other bereaved parents what they do to survive that anxiety provoking day.

The point is to show that everyone deals with that day in their own unique way.

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They talk about Ivan’s experience with EMDR and how it’s helping him,
Carrie wants people to know that EMDR is a viable option for children as well as adults.

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Carrie shares her perspective on how child loss gravely affects every aspect of life and how she is devastated to know what these families are experiencing. She shares her hope that the children whose siblings died and the children who witnessed the shooting will get the help they need. Carrie has experienced so much wreckage on every level and she wouldn’t wish it upon her worst enemy. 

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Carrie spoke with Sherrie Barch about her wonderful book called “Heaven’s Bell.” It is a story of two teenage best friends. They have a special friendship and are inseparable until one of them becomes ill. Then Ashley has to confront what her life will be like without Cody.
Here are some of the Amazon Reviewer’s Comments: “It’s a Comforting Hug in a Book.” “A comforting story for all ages.” “Gives you the language you need...”

This b...

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In this episode, Carrie talks with Melissa Cottner about the death of her 24 year old daughter Chelsea. She died of an accidental overdose and Melissa wanted to tell Chelsea’s story so that people who have misconceptions about mental illness and overdose can know that not everyone who overdoses is someone who has had a terrible upbringing. Chelsea was very loved but she struggled with chronic pain from health issues. Joni shares he...

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Carrie talks with Julie Johnson, who works for Integrate Trauma-Informed Network. Julie defines what trauma informed care and how it can help anyone, but this discussion is focusing on grievers. Julie shares about how reiki, trauma informed yoga and mindfulness techniques can help to calm the nervous system after experiencing trauma. Julie Johnson shares her own experience with trauma and how reiki and trauma-informed care, which p...

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Carrie shares how the book, “You Are The Mother Of All Mother’s” helped her when she was desperately seeking words of comfort. She reads the book and gives this book 5 stars for bereaved parents.

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Carrie talks about hoping that people will become more comfortable with bringing up
her child’s name, even though they are no longer physically here. She realizes that people are
nervous and don’t know how to deal in this scenario.

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Carrie shares how writing has helped her in her journey with child loss. She benefitted from a free online writing group with Meghan Riordan Jarvis offered through www.griefismysidehustle.com

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In this episode, Margaret and Alvin, bravely shared the story of their son, Addison, who took his life in November 2019. They shared how they have coped and books that helped them in their journey. They talk about how suicide needs to be more openly discussed.

They shared books that were helpful and how they have used their pain to help teens express their creativity.

It’s Ok that You’re Not Ok by Megan Devine

Bearing the Unbearable b...

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Carrie talks with Elizabeth about Gentle Parenting and how she has done so much
work and has explored her own needs so she knows what she needs to do to be the best mom
to her children. She learned this through her own work with a therapist and lots of reading and self-development.

Elizabeth is a stress coach for moms. She has 4 kids, 3 boys and 1 baby girl. Elizabeth has
been married for 13 years and is super passionate about mental h...

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Carrie shares her experience with books and how they helped her son when he was experiencing anxiety. They were all therapist recommended and have helped both Carrie and her young son to be able to better deal with his emotions. 

Link to the list of books discussed: https://www.amazon.com/hz/wishlist/ls/1CPIYEEL7DDP0?ref=cm_sw_em_r_un_un_wnCpm5G Zqt0uX 

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Carrie shares several books that have helped her young son who was 3 when his
brother, who was 7 died. These books are most beneficial for children ages 3-7 and were all
therapist recommended.

Link to the books discussed
https://www.amazon.com/hz/wishlist/ls/2ILDB54OGU6B4?ref=cm_sw_em_r_un_un_1ekugEaaK

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