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May 18, 2020 63 min
Episode #12 Speaking of Loss Guest: Barri Leiner Grant – founder of The Memory Circle On this episode we are speaking loss with my friend Barri Leiner Grant, founder of The Memory Circle. Barri lost her beautiful mother Ellen 27 years ago and her desire to make the grief cycle a shared experience inspired her to create a platform where people can gather, remember, and celebrate the people we’ve lost and love. The Memory Circle is a place to share stories and memories and grow together. Like everything Barri does, The Memory Circle is beautifully curated. Barri combines all her roles as stylist, designer, writer, vintage collector, public relations executive, yoga and meditation teacher – and delivers the very thing we all need, a shared space to grieve. If you have lost someone you love and are struggling, listen to this episode and learn how you can find comfort in your grief. Barri is very special and as I say in the podcast, she just feels right to me. I know she will feel right to you. Listening notes: 1:06 Meet Barri from Jersey 2:25 How is love speaking to you today? 2:58 Vulnerability is where the learning lies 3:45 It is a privilege to call my mom 4:01 Barri’s mom Ellen 7:00 Ellen invented job sharing 8:00 How does your mother guide you now? 10:00 Ask for signs 11:05 My phone calls my dad 11:43 The Memory Circle 14:00 Change the vernacular around grieving 15:00 Writing exercises 16:06 Be in community with your grief 16:50 Writing is healing 17:58 Imagine what your loved one might say 18:30 Tap into your intuitive 19:20 How can people benefit who don’t live in Chicago? 20:16 Remorse and regret 21:50 Barri’s 50th birthday 22:19 How does your work serve you in your relationship with your mom today? 23:00 Don’t make it sad 23:46 Barri’s love for vintage 25:16 Ellen’s jewelry 25:56 Do you see your mom in your girls? 26:46 Let’s talk about death 28:45 Mother yourself 29:13 Is there something of your mother’s you love the most? 30:00 Two word: memory & circle 33:47 Explore what works for you 35:08 Barri’s sister’s loss 35:22 Emma Jayne named for Ellen 35:52 Mona Conrad – Barri’s grandmother 37:07 If you weren’t running The Memory Circle what would you want to do? 37:20 Favorite Broadway show? 38:00 Bob Garrett 38:25 Emma Jayne 39:42 @V.goodvegan by Quinn 40:05 New flavor alert! 40:25 Family of women 41:16 Write a book! I want to know more! 41:40 Mother Trucker 42:19 Do you have a daily prayer? 42:43 What’s the one thing people can do who are suffering from loss? 43:30 Find a community 44:29 When you get quiet you can hear 44:37 A better listener 45:03 What smell reminds you of your mom? 46:06 Looking with new eyes 46:26 Goosebumps are the truth 47:50 I love you more than the whole wide world 48:22 Tattoos (*Correction - My niece Kelly has a tattoo of my father’s initials!) 49:23 Barri tells her dad stories about him 50:00 The power of writing 50:44 Being present in loss. Plan now. How do you want to be remembered? 52:35 Favorite word 53:45 Favorite Jersey Shore 56:05 What do you love the most about yourself? 57:30 You feel right to me 58:16 Where can we find you? 58:50 What’s exciting you right now? 1:00:05 Your favorite borough? 1:00:45 On trend with our paperclip chain necklaces 1:02:12 Message of hope Resources The Memory Circle Instagram @thememorycircle @v.goodvegan @emmajaynegrams Emma Jayne Revealing Soul Amy Owen Yoga Foundrae Jill Alberts Jewelry
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