39 episodes

Grief is messy. It's the opposite of linear. It can be dark and wacky, lonely or not, love-filled or seemingly lacking - but it is so very alive. No two people experience this process in quite the same way. These Podcasts are conversation starters for dealing with dying, death and grief part therapy and part storytelling in disguise because they'll guide you towards shedding a little more insight on the matter - an insightful guide to life's many losses. Struggling? Please connect anne@understandinggrief.com https://www.understandinggrief.com

Let's Talk About Grief With Anne Anne DeButte

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Grief is messy. It's the opposite of linear. It can be dark and wacky, lonely or not, love-filled or seemingly lacking - but it is so very alive. No two people experience this process in quite the same way. These Podcasts are conversation starters for dealing with dying, death and grief part therapy and part storytelling in disguise because they'll guide you towards shedding a little more insight on the matter - an insightful guide to life's many losses. Struggling? Please connect anne@understandinggrief.com https://www.understandinggrief.com

    Suicide - How One Parent Handled the Loss of Their Son?

    Suicide - How One Parent Handled the Loss of Their Son?

    "Grief is love" was the belief that helped my guest Ivan Maisel work through the loss of his son Max.

    Unfortunately, suicide still has so much uncomfortableness and stigma surrounding out.  How do you remain open to sharing with family and friends that your child died by suicide?  Those were decisions, the family made and Ivan speaks about so candidly in our interview.

    How do friends and family members comfort each other and what to say that may be helpful? In Ivan's book "I keep Trying to Catch his Eye"  he talks about what brought him comfort and what helped him.  You can read more here https://amzn.to/3t4Y1yG

    • 46 min
    A Lifestyle Change Began with a Sister's Cancer Diagnosis

    A Lifestyle Change Began with a Sister's Cancer Diagnosis

    David Richman made a promise to his sister June that he'd run the track to support her team raise funds for cancer care.  His daughter was concerned that he smoked.  These two events changed his life.

    He continues to run marathons, and bike long distances raising funds for cancer awareness, research and care. He rode 5,000 miles from California, Florida to New York to meet with those who contributed to the book by sharing their cancer journey. 

    David's desire for Cycles of Life is to help others become more aware of the trauma cancer patients face, and how to feel comfortable supporting them by starting those difficult conversations.

    You can find out more about David's story at https://david-richman.com 
    and more about his new book Cycles of Life https://cycleoflives.org

    • 53 min
    How Do You Move Through Grief & Live the Life You Chose?

    How Do You Move Through Grief & Live the Life You Chose?

    Grief is very patient, chose not to deal with it and grief fades into the background waiting patiently.  Some life events may happen that cause you to finally face it as my guest Sherrie Dunlevy did.

    Through her life experiences, no matter how many deaths and losses she has experienced, she firmly believes that it's a choice to live life as a victim or to find a way for healing to occur.

    Although each loss was different she knew if she allowed herself to grieve fully she'd find her way back to her life, more resilient and compassionate than before.

    Sherrie believes in service and helping others.  Her book "How can I Help?" Your go-to guide for helping loved ones.  https://amzn.to/3qC1WBW or for a signed copy.
    https://www. graduating grief.com

    • 37 min
    Finding Yourself After Sibling Loss and Living Life Fully

    Finding Yourself After Sibling Loss and Living Life Fully

    Life as we know it changes with death but when a sibling dies, the survivor often has to navigate these changes alone.    Society doesn't recognize their need to grieve and will often ask "how their parents are doing?" Leaving them feeling their grief isn't as important, they aren't supported in the same way.  

    Often surviving siblings feel responsible for supporting their parents and doing all they can, and they push their grief aside. 

    Sibling loss and grief is every bit real, please don't ignore them but ask how they are doing?

    What helps is openly communicating and speaking about the death as a family. This creates comfort and connection for all.  

    To discover the books we mentioned in the show - see links below
    https://zandersprague.com/
    https://amzn.to/3oBw6nW

    • 47 min
    When Science & Spirituality Come Together a New Perspective of Death & Grief is Born

    When Science & Spirituality Come Together a New Perspective of Death & Grief is Born

    People who have lost loved ones may find themselves struggling with how best to move forward when they cannot bring themselves or those left behind go on living as if nothing happened.  It is often hard to fully participate when your heart is heavy.  In this episode, you'll discover how Interfaith Minister Patty Furino helped to change a Professor's belief about death and grieving.

    After the loss of his daughter, my guest Dave Roberts, a Professor of Psychology talks about walking the life of a grieving father.  He was going through the motions but was he thriving? It was meeting Patty at a workshop that brought them together that helped him change his perspective and look at his grief differently.

    This meeting and their relationship would continue in ways that would have Dave question his beliefs, with the help of Patty and his daughter's guidance they were able to reframe his thinking.  It was a relationship that helped both of them grow in ways they couldn't imagine.

    When the Psychology Professor Met the Minister.  You can find out more here:

    When The Psychology Professor Met The Minister
    https://psychologyprofessorandminister.com

    • 50 min
    Turning a Father's Pain into Purpose and Perspective

    Turning a Father's Pain into Purpose and Perspective

    When a child dies, it's a parent's worse nightmare.  It's death out of turn they say.  Dave was ecstatic when his baby daughter was born and her death would ultimately shatter his world.   
     
    My guest David Roberts, a psychology professor shares in the interview, he didn't have a burning desire to teach about death, dying and loss, it was something he needed to do as the result of his daughter's death.

    He talks about how his life further changed when he met an interfaith minister who helped him reframe his thinking and introduced him to spirituality.  Giving him a deeper connection with his daughter that would help to transform his grief.

    From an addictions councillor to an author and savvy social media user.  He has found peace, loves and lives life to the fullest.

    David has  co-authored a book with Patty Furino  - When the Professor met the Minister

    For more information: psychologyprofessorandminister.com

    • 49 min

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