Kimberley Pittman Schulz is Dr. Brad Miller's guest on Episode 175 of "The Beyond Adversity Podcast."
Kimberley is an Award-Winning Writer, Philanthropic and End-of-Life Planner, Grief Healing Facilitator.
Kimberley asked, frequently, to speak about death. She, like most of us, is more than a job title. She's a poet and author who writes on loss, joy, and mindfulness, with a passion for all things wild and winged. As a philanthropic end-of-life planning advisor specifically, why we can be better in our relationships with donors and clients (and ourselves) when we stop avoiding and become comfortable with conversations about death, dying, and end-of-life options.
She spent 25+ years as a charity estate planning professional and former nonprofit leader helping people from all walks of life create meaningful donations that affect the world as well as their own lives. "Well, that's excellent employment if you can get it!" said one of Kim's benefactors early in her career.
In this episode, you'll discover what it takes to overcome sadness, find your way back, and live wisely as a force for good in the world. She also debunks the notion that pain and joy are opposed. And think that even while grieving and living your life, you can do and exist with enormous delight.
Kim's personal experience with grief and death began when she was around three and a half years old, saved from a house fire. However, her two sisters, who were sleeping in the same room as her, could not be spared. As a result, Kim, exposed to loss at an early age, which was terrible for her parents. Her mother forever changed due to the event, so loss has always been a part of who she was.
When we think of grief, we usually think of sadness and other similar emotions, but grief encompasses a wide range of emotions as well as a physical component. Our thoughts, feelings, bodies, and emotions are all intertwined. As a result, if you start steering up one region, it will stir up all of the others.
For Kim, it got to the point that she sought out one-on-one counseling and a physician who wanted to put her on antidepressant medication. There are instances when sadness turns into true clinical depression, but Kim felt in her bones that this was unresolved grief, not depression, at the moment. It did, however, give her a sense of urgency, and she didn't want to be there forever.
It was debilitating, and Kim struggled to sit in meetings. She should be leading a group of people, but she didn't care. Nothing was important. She eventually left that job and took one that was less demanding since she needed to take care of herself.
Anyone struggling with the death of a loved one should listen to Episode 175 of The Beyond Adversity Podcast. This audio demonstrates how to effectively deal with concerns such as emotional, physical, and mental stress when dealing with death. This episode reminds us that life is more extensive than what we're going through right now, and all we have to do is deal with the pain and keep moving on in life.
“The Beyond Adversity Podcast with Dr. Brad Miller is published weekly with the mission of helping people “Grow Through What They Go Through” as they navigate adversity and discover their promised life of peace, prosperity and purpose.
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