Podcast by Kendra Rinaldi
140. Survive, Get Back Up and Live Beyond the Loss- with Eric Hodgdon
Eric Hodgdon knows first-hand the struggle that grips us after the loss of a loved one. After losing his 15-year old daughter Zoi to suicide in early 2014, Eric was frustrated with grief support resources that focused on survival as being the endgame of a grief journey.
For the past 9 years, Eric has made it his mission to change the way we approach grief support. He has coached and trained thousands of grieving women and men on how to navigate one of the worst setbacks in life.
Eric has spoken on a TEDx Stage, authored an Amazon bestselling book “A Sherpa Named Zoi” and now works 1-on-1 with his clients, helping them to survive first, get back up and ultimately live beyond the loss of their loved one.
He is most active on Facebook and Instagram where he posts every week about how to move from struggle to strength in the face of loss.
Free physical copy of A Sherpa Named Zoi: https://www.YourJourneyGuided.com/FreeGriefBook
Free grief support community: Let’s Walk Together
TEDx Talk: https://youtu.be/ihp1_szQlM8
Contact Kendra Rinaldi- https://www.griefgratitudeandthegrayinbetween.com/
139. Body, Mind & Trauma-with Marjorie Serrano
Marjorie Serrano is the author of Rainbow Meditations: A Journey of Self-Compassion, The Year of the Hurricane: Poems to Heal your Soul, Rescuing The Child’s Soul: Embracing our Most Extraordinary Life Stage and Dismantling the Myth of “The Terrible Twos” and “El Domador de Monstruos.” She is currently an undergraduate student at Bushnell University, where she is majoring in psychology with a minor in theology. She also holds an international degree from INPAHU University in Colombia.
For over a decade, Marjorie has worked firsthand with students, children, families, and people struggling with difficult life transitions. She adores and admires her precious toddler daughter, Maya, whom she believes is her most effective mentor and the catalyst for her growth and development in her adult years. Marjorie dedicates her life to raising her daughter, deeply loves her husband, and treasures her family and dogs. She is an avid advocate for mental health and children's rights, and her long-term goal is to complete a master's degree in counseling so she can continue with her mission of helping people heal the emotional wounds caused by childhood trauma. She writes nonstop whenever her daughter sleeps and whenever she has a minute during her busy days as a mom. She continues to share her poems, meditations, and reflections through her blog, "La Casita de Mateo," https://lacasitademateo.blogspot.com/?m=1 inspired by the tragic loss of her first son, Mateo.
Marjorie loves art, classical music, her German shepherds, life, nature, running, and above all, God!
You can connect with Marjorie via Instagram https://www.instagram.com/marjoriewriter/
Marjorie’s book collection can be found at most eBook stores and via Amazon Books at: https://www.amazon.com/stores/author/B0BHY6Y168/allbooks?ingress=0&visitId=09108b00-1fa9-45b7-b577-4f687990950c
Connect with Kendra Rinaldi to be a guest or for coaching: https://www.griefgratitudeandthegrayinbetween.com
138. Navigating Grief at Work-with Margo Fowkes
Margo Fowkes is the founder and president of OnTarget Consulting, Inc., a firm specializing in helping organizations and individuals act strategically,improve performance and achieve their business goals.
Margo works with clients to solve problems of productivity,
morale and innovation. Author of Leading Through Loss: How
to Navigate Grief at Work, Margo also coaches leaders on how
to create a more compassionate culture by acknowledging and
speaking openly about grief and loss in the workplace.
In addition to her consulting work, Margo delivers a variety of workshops and keynotes. Her most sought-after programs include From Coping to Conquering: Overcoming Negativity in the Workplace, Working Through Grief and When Conflict Strikes: Preserving the Relationship & Getting What You Want.
Inspired by her son Jimmy who died in 2014 after an eight-year battle
with brain cancer, Margo launched Salt Water, an online community that provides a safe harbor for those who have lost someone dear to them – a child, parent, partner, sibling, close friend or pet. Inspired by Jimmy’s determination to live a rich, full life despite his circumstances, the blog posts and resources focus on healing and building a new life in the aftermath of a devastating loss.
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137. A Journey of a Lifetime- with Mike Liguori
After being on the brink of suicide induced by years of PTSD from fighting in Iraq with the Marines, a series of supernatural interventions saved Mike Liguori’s life. His military service and deployments to a war zone were not by accident.
He had engaged and often ran away from his enemies long before and after the war within the shadow of his past.
His most recent book, The Road Ahead and Miles Behind: A Story of Healing and Redemption Between Father and Son chronicles the story of a cross-country road trip taken during the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic with one of the darkest shadows of his past, his relationship with his father.
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136. Grief is a Complex Emotion-with Richard John Allen
Richard John Allen, author of Keep Calm and Cope With Grief: 9 Chapters for Managing Fear and Grief When Losing a Parent or Loved One
The book provides a heartwarming resource for anyone currently dealing with grief due to a loss. It doesn’t matter if they have lost a loved one to suicide, a sudden accident, or a long-term illness, this book will guide them through the many layers of the ‘cloak of grief. Their loss could be recent, or it may have happened many years ago, grief does not hold itself to any time period. In this book, the audience will discover the different methods how to cope with grief and finding their own individual way to live in the new normal. Learn the steps to self-healing which will not only help the audience but also help them to help others who are grieving.
More about Richard John Allen in his own words:
“I have been fortunate enough to work for some of the world's largest corporations and have met a great many wonderful people giving me some amazing memories. But having recently lost my Father and Father In-law, I have decided to leave the corporate world and I'm now on a journey of writing books about losing a loved one.
I come from a religious family, and hold strong religious beliefs but I'm also open-minded, and as strong as my faith is, I also lean upon logic, facts, and common sense. At the early age of 16, I had a longing to become a priest but it never came to pass. My parents were shocked at the time but my life went in a different direction.
I believe that each and every one of us goes through life in a unique and special way. Whether we realize it or not, we are shown messages and signs, given skills and gifts, all of which can help us through the good times and bad. I hope to write and share with you not only my experiences but also share the research I have completed and the interviews I have conducted.”
Connect with Richard John Allen : https://www.facebook.com/GriefSupportGroup.LifeAfter
Buy his book on amazon: https://a.co/d/50iPKVw
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135. Navigating Finances During Widowhood- with Donna Kendrick
Donna Kendrick will never forget that “Omgosh, what just happened?!?!” moment when she discovered her husband Greg passed away suddenly in November 2013.
During her time of grieving Donna quickly realized that she had stepped into a new role overnight, one where she had to take control of her family’s finances in order to keep life consistent for her and her kids. Important family decisions came on real soon and real quick, and Donna had to figure out how to navigate this new season in her life, which meant finding the professional resources to help.
Donna has made it her life’s work to help other widows and widowers navigate their own financial decisions in the first days, weeks and months of widowhood... and the years to follow. She is the author of A Guide to Widowhood: Navigating the First Three Years (pub. Epic Author July 22) which is here to help through the first days, weeks and months of widowhood… and the years to follow. Donna is also the host of the Widow, Wisdom and Wealth ™ podcast, which aims to remove the intimidation out of financial planning, so families can handle any transitions that come their way.
Donna is an avid long-distance runner who turns her passion into an ability to raise funds for local causes such as Safe Harbor, a grief counseling program. In 2022 Donna married her husband Jim and between them, they have six children. Together with their Newfoundland and English bulldog, they enjoy living in the community of Springfield Township, Wyndmoor, PA.
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This is an inspiring podcast! Kendra is a great host and the people she interviews open their hearts to help others. The life stories presented are incredible; poignant, heartwarming and immensely inspiring. I really like this show and appreciate Kendra’s work.
I had a fantastic time talking to Kendra. She's genuine, engaging, and inspiring in what she does. She's passionate about the journey through grief and offers so much value. She's a treasure!
Always fascinating to hear about other’s grief. Excellent insight