21 episodes

Join Louise Bates as she speaks with individuals who have experienced the pain of losing a loved one.
Through this podcast, Louise shares the stories of those who have found ways to cope with their loss and offers inspiration to those who are struggling to find their own path through grief.
Louise's own journey through the loss of her son Matthew, has given her a deep understanding of the pain and darkness that can come with grief. Her approach to this sensitive subject is both real and honest, creating a safe space for individuals to share their experiences and find comfort in the stories of others.
If you are currently experiencing grief or you feel stuck in your journey, please know that you are not alone. Welcome to this safe and compassionate community.
https://linktr.ee/louisebates

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A Gift For Grief Louise Bates

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Join Louise Bates as she speaks with individuals who have experienced the pain of losing a loved one.
Through this podcast, Louise shares the stories of those who have found ways to cope with their loss and offers inspiration to those who are struggling to find their own path through grief.
Louise's own journey through the loss of her son Matthew, has given her a deep understanding of the pain and darkness that can come with grief. Her approach to this sensitive subject is both real and honest, creating a safe space for individuals to share their experiences and find comfort in the stories of others.
If you are currently experiencing grief or you feel stuck in your journey, please know that you are not alone. Welcome to this safe and compassionate community.
https://linktr.ee/louisebates

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    Ep 20 - Feeling is Healing

    Ep 20 - Feeling is Healing

    Join me as I reflect on season 1 of my podcast. It's been an incredible journey filled with growth and learning, and I've cherished every minute of it. Throughout this season, I've had the privilege of hosting some truly inspiring guests who have not only shared their stories but also helped me navigate my own grief journey.
    I want to take a moment to express my gratitude to all of you who have been listening and supporting the podcast. Your feedback and encouragement have meant the world to me. Hearing how this podcast has resonated with you and aided you in your own healing process has been incredibly rewarding.
    As I prepare for season two, I'm excited about the possibilities that lie ahead. While the core theme of grief will remain at the heart of this podcast, I'm open to exploring different angles and perspectives in order to provide a more comprehensive understanding of this complex topic.
    This is where you come in. I value your input immensely, and I would love to hear your thoughts on what topics you would like me to focus on? What questions do you want me to ask? I appreciate any feedback. Thanks for listening.
    Remember to check out The Twins Parable by Pablo J.Luis Molinero as discussed in this episode.
    Louise xx

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    • 23 min
    Ep 19 - Endless Love

    Ep 19 - Endless Love

    My guest today is Sharon Luca-Chatha. She is an Author, Public Speaker, and Podcaster. Sharon’s life was turned upside down in 2012 when she lost her precious son Luca to stillbirth at 36 weeks. Sharon has a sad story - but since then she has gone on to give the ‘gift of time’ to thousands of grieving families through her award-winning Luca Foundation. Sharon is driven by her vision to fund enough cuddle cots to service every maternity unit throughout the UK, so no one else has to go through what she went through.
    I actually cried during this episode as sharon talked about her experience. Her story is heart breaking, from the moment she found out her son’s heartbeat had stopped, to the way the hospital cared for her during and after the labour. Sharon could hear the cries of other babies being born, knowing her baby had died. After the birth, her son Luca was taken away and she didn’t get to see her son for nine hours. 
    This is my longest episode to date and it’s a real tearjerker. Grab a cuppa and a box of tissues and find out how Sharon’s son Luca was born sleeping. Discover how she went from having a breakdown, to starting an award-winning charity in Luca’s name. This lady is incredible. If you would like to get in touch with Sharon or support her charity in any way, check out her website: (https://thelucafoundation.org.uk)
    Sharon's podcast is called - Live the life you love
    Other links and books we talked about today:
    Mo Gawdat - Solve For Happy
    Angel Warrior - Sharon Luca-Chatha
    Why Did Grandad Die - Sharon Luca-Hatha


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    • 1 hr 17 min
    Ep 18 - Sudden Child Loss

    Ep 18 - Sudden Child Loss

    How do you come to terms with sudden child loss? From being perfectly healthy to dead in twelve hours and only seven years old. Emily Graham is that bereaved parent. Her son Cameron died at Christmas 2015.
     
    Child loss is one of the most excruciating experiences a parent can endure. However, within the midst of the overwhelming pain and confusion, lies an opportunity to transform this darkness into a beacon of light by offering support to others who are also grieving.
     
    Eight years on and Emily is now a Certified Grief Coach and author of her published book called ‘Confessions of Child Loss’. She holds regular online workshops and webinars supporting others navigating the grief journey and she also has a beautiful blog called ‘Just Playing House’.
     
    Links & books discussed in this episode include:
     
    Grief Recovery Institute
     
    Emily’s website - www.afterchildloss.com
    Megan Devine - www.refugeingrief.com
    Dr. Mary Neal - To Heaven and Back (near-death experiences)
    Jeff Olsen - Knowing (near-death experiences)
     
    Dr Joanne Cacciatore, Grief From Darkness To Light
     
    Comforting Truths from Heaven by Jeff Jansen
     
    Bearing the Unbearable by Dr. Jo Cacciatore
    Signs by Laura Lynne Jackson
    Grief Recovery Institute
    Psychic Medium - Laura Lynne Jackson
     
     
     
     

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    • 41 min
    Ep 17- Grief with Dr Becci Willetts

    Ep 17- Grief with Dr Becci Willetts

    My guest today is Becci Willets. Becci is a GP and she has a beautiful blog called, Bereavement and Beyond. She set up this blog to not only remember her dad who sadly died last July, but also to share practical advice about death, dying and funerals. Becci’s experience of grief helps her to support her patients because she can speak about death, dying and bereavement not only from a professional angle but also a personal one.
     
    Becci describes herself as an over sharer and she loves to talk but she admits that when her dad died, she found it hard to talk about her grief. Becci started writing and this gave her a way of processing her grief. Her dad’s death has been extremely difficult, but Becci recognises the gifts that have come from her experience, and she appreciates that she can now truly connect with her patients going through grief.
     
    Sharing our grief stories with others reminds us that we are not alone in this journey. When we open up and let others in, we give them permission to do the same. Suddenly, we find ourselves surrounded by people who have walked similar paths and faced similar heartaches. And it's in these shared experiences that healing begins to take place. We learn from each other's stories, gain insight into new coping strategies, and find solace knowing that someone truly understands. These connections become a form of solidarity, creating a sense of community amidst the chaos of grief. So let's continue to share our stories because together, hand in hand, we can navigate this difficult terrain and emerge stronger on the other side.
     
    Links:
     
    https://www.cruse.org.uk/
     
    https://www.bluecross.org.uk/pet-bereavement-and-pet-loss
     
    https://www.bereavementandbeyond.co.uk/
    The End of the Line by The Traveling Wilburys https://youtu.be/UMVjToYOjbM?si=WCc8anKmi_XKAGqn

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    • 49 min
    Ep 16 - Sowing Seeds & Continuing Bonds

    Ep 16 - Sowing Seeds & Continuing Bonds

    My guest Gabriella Mitchell started Scattered Blooms in April 2023 creating bespoke seed hearts, providing a unique way to say goodbye to a loved one or beloved pet.
    After experiencing loss herself, she became aware of what was available to those bereaved. Having had a tribute ring made from the ashes of her grandfather Pop’s to whom she was very close, she was also well aware of the financial implications of many of the options available.
    Being a lover of nature, she enjoys getting out into the garden with her boys and her oldest especially loves to see when new flowers bloom and is fascinated by the insects and creatures that they bring into the garden.
    In more recent times, Gabriella lost another grandfather and started looking for a way to also commemorate him, whilst being mindful of the environment, and trying to find something significant at a more modest cost, the idea of seed hearts came into being.
    www.scatteredblooms.co.uk



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    • 29 min
    Ep 15 - Gifted By Grief

    Ep 15 - Gifted By Grief

    My guest today is Jane Duncan Rogers who helps people prepare well for a good end of life. Jane has been in the field of psychotherapy and personal growth for many years. She is the founder of, Before I Go Solutions, and she is dedicated to educating people about dying, death, and grief. She is also a published author, and she has an amazing TED talk which I highly recommend my listeners check out.
    After the death of her husband, Jane discovered just how complex, confusing and challenging things can be for those left behind. She has used the pain of her own experience to help guide others.
    Her book, Gifted By Grief, was published in 2015 followed by, Before I Go: The Essential Guide to Creating a Good End of Life Plan. It, along with the accompanying Workbook, is the basis for all her programmes.
    For more information about Jane and her products, check out her website. https://beforeigosolutions.com/
    References:
    The Grief Recovery Method
    Louise Hay – You Can Heal Your Life
     

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    • 48 min

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