Qualified - Lessons in Loss

Qualified - Lessons in Loss

Former U.S. Navy podcaster and communications professional Michelle Heaton, now shares her personal story about the loss of her teenage son and her subsequent search to find empathy, insight and counsel for the unique pain she was experiencing. Speaking with other bereaved parents who survived the pain and emerged stronger brought her comfort. She recalls a quote from a pastor years ago, "God doesn't call the qualified, He qualifies the called." Now eight years later, Michelle knows the truth of that statement and is anxious to share the lessons she learned from her loss with other hurting people. In each episode, Michelle will interview ordinary people who will share their testimonies of overcoming loss; including divorce, suicide, illness, aging, loneliness and estrangement, to inspire you and provide hope for the future!


June 2, 2023 30 mins

While in the hospital giving birth to her son, Veronica received the news that her sister had just passed away.    Listen in to hear the story of how this woman of faith chose to react to her circumstances and how she turned her misery into a ministry that is helping others overcome adversity and loss.

#miscarriage #multiplelosses #faith #loss #grief


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Following the death of her dear friend, Marnie was surprised at the impact her grief would have on her physical health.   Later, her father's sudden death also hit her hard emotionally and physically, but it didn't take her long to realize the spiritual 9-1-1 call she needed to make that she still relies on to this day.

Listen in as Marnie shares an uplifting and positive message of faith and hope in the midst of...

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When Darryl first learned that his son Chase had a drug habit, he panicked.  He didn't know how to respond to his son's behavioral changes, so he turned to an intervention team.  Chase was admitted to a treatment facility, seemed to be doing better, but eventually relapsed.

Listen in as Darryl openly shares the parenting mistakes he made and the lessons he learned about the proper role of a parent with an addicte...

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April 10, 2023 12 mins

On the 10 year anniversary of my son Sean's passing, I share the lessons I learned from the most devastating experience of my life.

#lossofmyson #lessonsinloss #gratitude 

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At the age of 18, Beth's son Mitchell passed away from an undiagnosed illness.  For the last five years of his life, she did everything in her power to help him return to health, only to realize it was out of her control.    Listen in as Beth shares the incredible lessons she learned about coming to a point of complete surrender and discovering an even deeper relationship with God.

#surrender #relinquishingcontrol #mi...

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Following the death of his 16-year-old son and only child, Ron did everything he could to avoid facing the reality of his loss.  Then one day, he was hit by a wave of emotions  that he allowed himself to feel and as a result, the healing process began.

Listen in as Ron shares how he used his experience to write seven books, including the best-seller "Sometimes I Cry in the Shower."


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Working as an engineer at Hewlett Packard for many years, John was valued and compensated for his left brain skills.  When his wife Pam died at 62, he experienced emotions he had never felt before and began to embrace empathy and compassion for other hurting people.    Listen in as John explains his right brain awakening and other valuable lessons learned following his wife's passing.

#empath #grief #rightbrainawakeni...

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When her disabled son passed away at the age of 18, Juli knew she had to use her experience to help other people.  She started a blog to share the lessons she learned and also to connect with other parents that have been through what she calls Life Unexpected. Listen in as Juli shares the challenges, joys and deep insights she realized by raising and caring for her son Robert.


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When her daughter passed away suddenly from a pulmonary embolism,  Carole knew everything would change in her life from that day forward.   Listen in as this bereaved mom shares her story of deep grief, physical adversity and  emotional pain that ultimately brought her to a place of new faith and a hunger for God like never before.


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When a tragic plane crash took the life of his 17-year-old son, Clint gathered his family and charted a course for how they would grieve.  Listen in as a bereaved dad shares his emotions, insight and lessons learned about how to cope when the natural order of life is disrupted with the death of a child.


#deathofason #bereaveddad #spatialdisori...

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January 6, 2023 31 mins

When a fall down the stairs resulted in disability, chronic pain and emotional hardship, Darci realized her life would never be the same.   Listen in to this inspirational story about a woman who realized her purpose through adversity and discovered gifts in her suffering.


#suddendisability #CRPS #beautybeyondthethorns #chronicpain #suffering

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When her sister died suddenly, Nesreen's life was changed in every possible way.  During her grief process, she discovered a new sense of clarity about how she wanted to live her life and sought out a "coach" to assist her in her journey.  Listen in as Nesreen shares how the experience led her to a new purpose and mission to help other grievers.

#sisterloss #griefcoach #ho...

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When her 17-year old daughter died suddenly in a tragic off-roading accident at Pismo Beach, Kim's life was forever changed.  In this intimate conversation Kim shares the depth of emotion associated with early loss and the difficult steps that bereaved parents must take on their road to healing. 


#childloss #bereavedmoms #losingmydaughter #beautyinpain

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November 23, 2022 33 mins

At the age of four, Lauren was sexually abused yet repressed her memories for most of her young life.   An encounter in her teenage years, triggered the horrific memories and  initiated her struggle with fear, shame, guilt and deep sorrow.  Listen in as Lauren shares her journey of recovery that would lead her to become an author and speaker, determined to help children and women overcome the trauma of abuse.


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November 11, 2022 29 mins

Devastated by the news of her son's murder, Hope sought answers and support from others at a GriefShare meeting.   Her emotional journey led her to a place of faith and forgiveness and ultimately to finding purpose in her pain.


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When a flesh-eating bacterial infection resulted in a coma and the amputations of both hands and both feet, Wendy woke up to an entirely new reality.  With the support of a loving family and a strong faith in God, she was determined to help other people realize the purpose in their pain.  Listen in and be inspired by Wendy's incredible story of the power of faith and love.

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Only four months after her breast cancer diagnosis, Kim learned that her husband had pancreatic cancer.  Listen and be inspired by Kim Sorrelle - a popular speaker and author who has an incredible story of overcoming adversity and loss you won't want to miss!

#breastcancersurvivor #kimsorrelle #lessonsinloss

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September 17, 2022 20 mins

Witnessing domestic violence as a child had a deep and profound impact on John’s life.  In his later years, he would experience multiple losses including divorce, the loss of a business, and the death of loved ones.  Listen in as John shares his experiences and how he was finally set free from the anger, resentment and bitterness that held him captive for years.

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September 2, 2022 27 mins

When Robert turned down a full-ride scholarship to a major university, his parents began to worry about his future.  His subsequent life choices gave them even more concern.  Many parents find themselves in the uncomfortable position of having to watch their kids make poor decisions and feeling helpless to do anything about it.  

Listen in as Robert shares an incredible story of how he ultimately returned to the values he was taught...

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August 17, 2022 34 mins

When his brother died of a drug overdose, Scott LaPierre was depressed and confused.  He accepted an invitation to church with his coworkers where he experienced genuine compassion and love that would leave him wanting more.

Join me for an authentic conversation with a teacher turned pastor who will now encourage you with his knowledge of scripture and real life experiences with loss.  

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