Life With Grief Podcast

Life With Grief Podcast

Welcome to the Life With Grief Podcast! Host Tara Accardo, a Grief & Transformational Life Coach, created this podcast and community to normalize the complexities of grief, navigate life after loss and all this entails, and so much more. Each week, consider this your safe space where we work together and dig deep to live a full life with our grief in tow. Tap into the world of healing with Tara and guests and discover guidance, support, tangible coping tools, inspiration, and some laughs along the way to help you cultivate a more meaningful, intentional, and beautiful life. Grieving or not, lets navigate this crazy thing called life together! Subscribe now for laughs, life lessons, and everything in between. Leave me a voice message! https://www.speakpipe.com/LifeWithGrief

Episodes

April 18, 2024 59 mins

It’s time for part two of busting common grief myths with Licensed Therapist and Grief Coach, Shea Wingate!

In case you missed it, Shea created this awesome Grief Myths Mini Series (details are linked below!), so we thought this would be an awesome opportunity to come together and dispel some of these. Don't forget to listen to part one of this series in episode 46! Today, we’re focusing on the follow...

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I can’t believe we’ve reached 50 EPISODES of the Life With Grief Podcast, my friends!   To commemorate this in a big way, I’m sharing a personal story that is close to my heart—the (very traumatic) birth story of our daughter, Audrey, in January 2024.   I have to be honest, I was really going back and forth on sharing this. There was definitely a time in the last two or three months where I didn’t want to relive this experience and...

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I’m so excited to introduce this “coaching series”! If you haven’t heard, you can now leave me a voice note at speakpipe.com/lifewithgrief. The purpose is to have a safe space where you can share what's on your heart and mind, ask a question for me to answer here on the podcast, or send a message of hope to fellow grievers. I'm so excited to make this a more regular thing, but of course, that means I want and need to hear from YOU...

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Grieving and coping with a loss while still having to work do NOT mix, amirite? This can be so, so difficult, so we’re getting into it and talking about it today. Having to continue showing up at our job as we’re going through a loss is by far one of the most physically and emotionally taxing things that someone grieving has to go through. We might not have the option to stop working as we need to support ourselves or our family,...

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I wanted to hold a special space on the podcast for a loss that’s very important to recognize: the loss of a job.     Losing a job is HARD! And let’s be real, whether it’s one you genuinely enjoy or one you’re sort of “meh” about, the shock, discomfort, anxiety, and worry this can cause is undeniable.   The most stress-inducing aspect of losing a job for many of us is probably the need for a stable income to support yourself or you...

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Let’s bust some common grief myths today, my friend! We’re chatting with Shay Wingate. She’s a Licensed Therapist and Grief Coach, and a fellow griever just like me (and probably you!). She has actually graced the podcast in the past, and I’m super excited to have her back for this little series that we're doing on grief myths we constantly hear about as Grief Educators, and grievers ourselves. We wanted to make the...

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Do you ever feel like you're moving backward in your grief? Worry not, my friend. You're not, and we're going to chat about why in this episode! I’ve had countless people come to me with feeling like they’re moving backward in their grief journey, and this is a legitimate concern! Why? 1) It’s stressful! We worry that there’s something wrong with us or we're "grieving wrong". 2) There's concern this is going to be a permanent s...

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There are a lot of misconceptions about how we feel and process our emotions, but this is a massive key to coping with our grief and unlocking this full, intentional life we want to live that I’m always going on about! I wanted this quick conversation to be about why we grieve the way we do. Why it’s so emotional, why we can feel stuck, why it can feel irrational. We’re not just validating your feelings here, we’re d...

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Having to make decisions when a loved one’s health is declining, or even after they've died, is not only difficult but is something we can question over and over again. We can question whether our decisions about things are the right ones through the fog of our grief, and not even want the weight of that responsibility, right? So, if we’re faced with decisions like this, what do we do? What do we do if we HAVE to make decisions, b...

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I’m thrilled to share the stage today with Filmmaker, Actor, Singer, and Certified Grief Educator, Grant Garry. Grant is the director of the documentary "Meet Me Where I Am”, which explores the topic of grief through individual stories of loss, love, and hope. It also focuses on how to "be there" for grievers, and what to do/say and what not to do/say. It features some really incredible people and voices in the grief space, and e...

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I'm so excited to bring you a special episode this week in honor of me turning 33 on February 2nd: 3 Things I've Learned at 33 Years Old.   Truthfully, there are a lot of things I've learned in my 33 years here Earthside so far. But, given I can't talk your ear off for too long, I narrowed it down to three major life lessons that I can't wait to share with you.    Without giving too much away up front, we're digging into topics lik...
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    We're back with part two with this incredibly knowledgeable, compassionate soul on the podcast, Karla Helbert. She's a licensed professional counselor, Compassionate Bereavement Care provider, certified yoga instructor, and award-winning author.   In this transformative part two of our chat, we get into a comprehensive talk on grief, its intricacies, and coping mechanisms that I have no doubt will help you immensely.  Karla and I ...

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    Today's guest, Karla Helbert, has a breadth of knowledge when it comes to understanding and coping with loss. She's a licensed professional counselor, Compassionate Bereavement Care provider, certified yoga instructor, an award-winning author... the list goes on. But, she has her own experience with grief, too. Her life completely changed when her first born child died of a brain tumor in 2006. Her specialty now is working with th...

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    While we continue to welcome the new year, I wanted to use this opportunity to talk about the importance of creating a routine. But, as we always do, we're putting a griefy spin on this topic!

    Your gain will be to understand how and why a routine is so critical, especially for those who are grieving. And yes, there can definitely be some major benefits to this… it's not simply to add more to your heavy plate!

    The thing I love abou...

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    It's officially a new year, a new breath of fresh air, new vibes, maybe a renewed sense of self or reset moving forward… Or, perhaps you’re still struggling with some grief and loss from the previous year or even further back than that. Maybe this is still holding you up a bit, and you’re feeling stuck going into this year. That’s okay! Just because a new year arrives doesn’t mean all of us feel this blank slate. We don't always ...

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    To wrap up 2023 and welcome 2024, I wanted to share six game-changer-level things I’ve learned this year. But this isn't necessarily about me and MY learnings and how they’ve affected only me, these are things that I thought about carefully that I truly feel can apply to you as well. Because I had YOU in mind as I was doing this self-reflection and creating this episode today! Your gain from this episode is to sit back, relax, and...

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    As we’re nearing the end of this year, I wanted to begin leaving you with some inspiration and things to noodle on as we close out 2023 and say a big hello to 2024.

    One way I love to do this, whether entering a new year or not, is to do some visualization. Visualization is an amazing thing to do whether or not you’re grieving, let’s be real!

    But I find that, with grievers especially, we can be so lacking in hope, a way forward, dir...

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    Shea Wingate is a Licensed Therapist & Grief Coach, and has actually graced the airwaves of the LBG Podcast before way back in episode 10! 

    There we talked all about grief and relationships, specifically. But today, we’re really getting to know her backstory because I think so many facets of it are things you may be able to relate to, or see parts of your own grief in. 

    Shea lost her mom, dad, AND sister all within about two ye...

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    Today I’m here with a very raw and honest solo episode as a reflection—and sharing realizations I've had over time—of four years without my mom, Lori Jordan. This episode is releasing a couple of days before my mom actually died, but four years ago on December 9th, my mom died due to her difficult and, frankly, brutal and graphic journey with esophageal cancer. Your gain today is to get to know my mom a little better here and ther...

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    This episode is truly such a full-circle moment for me, because I had the pleasure of chatting with Claire McDonald. She is actually a childhood friend (since first grade!) of mine from the East Coast, back when we lived in Pennsylvania. But there’s a very specific reason I wanted to have her join me on the podcast.

    First, she’s the creator of SoulSpheres, which are STUNNING necklaces that weigh 21 grams to represent the weight of ...

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