Grieving Voices

Grieving Voices

Grieving Voices is a podcast started by a lifelong griever for grievers. The mission of Grieving Voices is to change the conversation around grief; how we address our own and that of others and give grievers a platform for sharing what grief has taught them. Through education and personal story, listeners will learn more effective ways to help themselves and others.

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November 30, 2021 9 min

This week, I share a bit of my heavy heart as I share my reflections around sharing our grieving voices - including my own.

This podcast has enabled me to be a heart for ears for many guests, including Emma G. and Anne. However, this week's episode is also inspired by my grief in real-time.

Since 11/14, life has been day-to-day, not knowing what the future will hold for our son. As of this episode going live, he is in the hospi...

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Imagine being told you have cancer. But then imagine being told you have cancer for which there was no cure. At that moment, in an instant, life is forever changed. And, although many people hear the words "You have cancer" every single day, fewer hear that the type of cancer they have will, without a doubt, kill them. That is unless a cure is found.

Anne shares, in this follow-up, what hearing those words was like and the ...

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November 16, 2021 41 min

The ripples of loss reach far and wide within a family unit; often in ways, we don't expect. Emma shares the impact the death of her cousin to suicide has had on her life and that of her family.

Emma has found solace in writing her grief in the thirteen years since her cousin Nicky's death, publishing three books since that time.

Suicide leaves those left behind having to navigate the displaced anger this type of loss often ...

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Do you feel like the leader of your life?

Do you believe you are leading yourself through grief in a healthy way? You may be wondering what the "healthy way" looks like.

Take a moment to consider what leaders do at the start of their day. They don't start their day dragging themselves out of bed, drinking a Mountain Dew, and grabbing a snicker bar for breakfast. Maybe some do, but I would wager to bet those leaders that...

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When Kristine's husband, Richard, suddenly died of a pulmonary embolism while descending on a flight, she had no idea how much she would rely on the tools and insights she had gained while writing several of the books contained in the "Don't Sweat the Small Stuff" series.

It was the teachings, many years of personal development work, writing, and support of others that gave her the means to process the grief from, w...

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  • What do Green Beret special forces do and how do they differ from other special forces?
  • What qualities make a leader? 
  • How can everyday people become a leader in their own life?
  • What, in leadership, breaks his heart?
  • How does Scott feel about the pullout in Afghanistan, having worked directly with the Afghans for several years? 
  • What is Scott's take on grief and suicide prevention in the military?
  • Scott and I address these questions ...

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    The one thing I found that my guests Marty Cooper and Ken Ross have in common is that they both embody optimism.

    Marty can't imagine life without learning and without feeling hope for the future. While Ken, in all of his traveling and adventures, never worries about potential adverse outcomes.

    Both are optimistic in their way, and both are wonderful examples of what it means to live a life that you'd do over again and not b...

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    Ken Ross has a theory for the way he lives his life and, it didn't come to be without the influence of his mother, Elisabeth Kubler-Ross.

    Ken and I dig deeper into his life experience growing up in a home where grief, death, and dying were a daily part of life and the topic of conversation. His mother, Elisabeth Kubler-Ross's first book, On Death and Dying, was the conversation starter for society to take a deeper look into...

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    What does the wizard behind the one invention that has transformed society around the globe have to say about optimism, failure, and learning?

    Marty Cooper has been coined the name the "Father of the Cell Phone" but, there's more to him than being an inventor of one of the most societal-altering devices.

    It took ten years to see his dream come to fruition, and it nearly didn't happen. In our conversation, we explore...

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    When you find yourself the observer of a situation that brings up some emotional dis-ease for you, it may be helpful to say the following to yourself: “I don’t know what I don’t know.”

    This helps me to feel better when I have felt wronged in some way or when I find myself raising an eyebrow at a situation that may or may not involve me.

    Society isn’t short of judgment and criticism these days. I think there’s plenty of it to go aro...

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    There are psychics and then there are psychic mediums. Do you know the difference? 

    Sirry shares the difference between the two in this week's episode. And, there's so much more that we cover in this conversation including:

  • Her grief growing up, things she's experienced as an adult, and what her grief is today.
  • What her thoughts are on the afterlife.
  • Her thoughts on religion and mysticism of life as it relates to mediumship...
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    As a parent, if you had to choose between your child's best interest or what you personally wanted, you would likely choose what’s best for your child. However, what if that decision meant your child wouldn't be with you full-time?

    Kristjana was faced with a gut-wrenching decision that hung over her head for weeks on end until a moment of clarity struck her like a lightning bolt. But, it came with a whole lot of heartache a...

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    Through the challenges and struggles of life, we often find our strength and learn what we're capable of as we search for meaning in our pain.

    This episode shares two stories of the tenacity it took to dig deep, while also acknowledging the need for help and support and seeking it for themselves. 

    Rachel battled with her husband for two years as he fought hard to beat his cancer, only to lose his fight to ALL (acute lymphoblast...

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    It was a great day; nothing seemed off with his daughter Zoi. They enjoyed a meal together; she headed to her room while he went downstairs to do some computer work.

    Sometime later, before heading to bed, he went to say goodnight to his beloved daughter, Zoi. The music she loved blaring from her stereo; he opened the door only to see an empty bed.

    What he discovered next changed his life forever - changed him forever.

    No parent shou...

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    Eight years following the death of her husband from acute lymphoblastic leukemia, Rachel reminisces on the love she lost and also the pain and lessons that came from his death as well.

    Rachel found purpose through her pain in writing about her experience, which later became her book, and also through cancer advocacy.

    In this episode, she shares the story of her husband's diagnosis and death two years later, as well as how she f...

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    Grief can either suck the life right out of you or, it can build you into the most compassionate heart for others who will look to you to lean on for support in their grief.

    They say grief shared is grief diminished, but many people find sharing their grief difficult. Some turn to writing as a way to express and soothe the soul like I had and like my guest, Faith shared, in episode 59. Or, they turn to others in support groups or f...

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    On a day like many others, Faith had taken her daughter, Elizabeth, to a doctor’s appointment to investigate Elizabeth's knee pain.

    What was thought to be an innocent visit to the doctor, who suspected the issue was nothing serious, quickly turned the family’s life upside down. After an X-ray and further testing, they learned Elizabeth had Stage IV osteosarcoma, a rare bone cancer.

    They didn’t know it at the time, but Elizabeth...

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    As a former news anchor, Sherrie Dunlevy delivered bad news on a daily basis.

    However, it was the news of a personal matter that would shatter her heart. Sherrie knew she would be delivering her son who would be born with complications and quickly swept away for medical care immediately after being delivered via cesarian. She and her husband would then spend the next 29 days holding their son until he passed away.

    The years that fo...

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    Does everything happen for a reason?

    How much of our lives is left to chance, and how much of it is a reflection of our choices?

    I explore these questions in this week's episode and more. Larry and Michelle shared their stories of love and loss and, although their stories of grief are vastly different, there are a few things incredibly similar in their stories: The willingness to love and be loved.

    Listen to this week's epi...

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    Michelle St Jane is no stranger to grief, like many guests who have shared their stories.

    The traumatic experience of finding her grandfather deceased when she was 15 and the subsequent "Don't talk, don't tell" approach to grief laid the foundation for her in how she addressed her grief. She would later better understand the impact that her family of origin had on her life.

    Michelle left her family of origin at age ...

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