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Podcast by Kendra Rinaldi

Grief, Gratitude & The Gray in Between Kendra Rinaldi

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Podcast by Kendra Rinaldi

    168. Breath of Healing: Navigating Grief, Parenting, and Surrender- with Nathan Peterson

    168. Breath of Healing: Navigating Grief, Parenting, and Surrender- with Nathan Peterson

    Nathan Peterson is a seasoned singer-songwriter, speaker, and author whose career spans over 25 years in the music industry. Known for his raw, emotive music and profound insights into the human experience, Nathan has carved out a unique space in the hearts of his listeners.

    On March 11, 2016, he lost his daughter Olivia.

    After she passed away, she published two books. The first one is entitled "So Am I", to share what he had learned during her life and the second one is "Dance Again" which is his process and practice of grieving, of hurting, of healing, of depression, of anger, of hope, of being. It is his life, his journey, during the 14 months following Olivia's burial.

    Nathan's writing and music are infused with his experiences of profound grief, resilience, and healing, fostering a calming presence and a deep connection. His ability to support individuals in their journey to a more present, connected, and restful life has made him a profound voice in both the music and speaking arenas.

    Nathan's work and interviews have been featured at Upworthy [https://www.upworthy.com/they-were-told-their-newborn-could-die-within-days-11-months-later-shes-still-here?ref=nathanpeterson.net], Open To Hope [https://www.opentohope.com/nathan-peterson-dance-again?ref=nathanpeterson.net], The People of Peoria [https://www.thepeopleofpeoriapodcast.com/724716/8438347-interview-live-performance-with-nathan-peterson-episode-12?ref=nathanpeterson.net], Post Consumer Reports [http://www.postconsumerreports.com/2018/02/ep-60-discussion-on-nathan-petersons.html?ref=nathanpeterson.net] and Tiny Buddha  [https://tinybuddha.com/author/nathan-peterson/]

    https://nathanpeterson.net [https://nathanpeterson.net/]


    Contact Kendra Rinaldi for Grief Coaching or to be a guest on the podcast: https://www.griefgratitudeandthegrayinbetween.com/

    • 56 min
    167. Un Faro De Resiliencia Y Transformación - Con Martie M. Smith (Español)

    167. Un Faro De Resiliencia Y Transformación - Con Martie M. Smith (Español)

    Nacida en Colombia, América del Sur, la vida de Martie M. Smith ha sido una aventura, marcada por 49 mudanzas que la han expuesto a diversas culturas y experiencias. Emergió de estas transiciones con una profunda comprensión de la humanidad mundial y una perspectiva única sobre los desafíos de la vida. Martie se está convirtiendo en un faro de resiliencia y transformación. Su viaje vital la equipó con una sabiduría invaluable adquirida mediante la superación de adversidades y abrazando el poder de la fe. Su historia es un testimonio de la capacidad del espíritu humano para elevarse por encima de las adversidades. Ella es una entrenadora bilingüe, entrenadora personal y veterana de la Fuerza Aérea que no solo sirvió a este país, sino que también nutrió una profunda pasión por ayudar a otros a desbloquear su potencial. Su camino, marcado por cirugías y traumas, le ha brindado una gran cantidad de lecciones de vida, que ahora comparte con una determinación inquebrantable. Martie reside en Carolina del Norte junto a su esposo de 40 años. Adoptó una misión dedicada a inspirar a otros a vivir vidas impulsadas por un propósito llenas de flexibilidad y resiliencia. ¡Planifica, prepárate y espera aprender valiosos consejos de su legado que desea dejar atrás!

    Contacta a Martie Smith https://www.resiliencenourishesthesoul.com/

    Contacta a Kendra Rinaldi https://www.griefgratitudeandthegrayinbetween.com [https://www.griefgratitudeandthegrayinbetween.com/]

    • 40 min
    166. Navigating Miscarriage: Our Story of Hope and Heartbreak with Andrea Turnbow

    166. Navigating Miscarriage: Our Story of Hope and Heartbreak with Andrea Turnbow

    Andrea Turnbow Andrea Turnbow is the founder of The Grief Nook (formerly Autumn Winds Coaching)  and is a Certified Grief Educator and Trauma and Resilience Life Coach. After experiencing a miscarriage during her first pregnancy, she set out to become the grief support provider that she and her husband needed at that difficult time. After the tragic loss of her grandfather and other life-altering losses over the years, she was guided further down the path of grief work to help normalize the grief process, and lessen the stigma around topics that are considered taboo. She guides anyone who has been impacted by pregnancy loss, loss of a loved one, or life-altering loss through their unique grief journeys.

    @andreathegriefcoach: https://www.instagram.com/andreathegriefcoach/

    @thegriefnook: https://www.instagram.com/thegriefnook/

    Website: https://www.thegriefnook.com/

    Email: andrea@thegriefnook.com

    Contact Kendra Rinaldi for coaching or to be a guest on the podcast:griefgratitudepodcast@gmail.com https://www.griefgratitudeandthegrayinbetween.com/

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    Key Takeaways:

    · Autumn's Impact: The loss of Autumn, Andrea's child, ignited her passion to validate others' grief, particularly those experiencing early pregnancy loss.

    · Turning Point: In 2022, Andrea faced her grandpa's passing. This pivotal moment led her to reevaluate her career and embrace her calling to support others.

    · Hospice Experience: Being with her grandpa during his final days in the hospital and hospice profoundly affected Andrea. It motivated her to advocate for those who lack a support system during grief.

    · No Expectations: Grieving doesn't follow a timeline. Andrea emphasizes that everyone processes loss differently, and there's no rush to reach a specific point.

    · Validation and Connection: Seeking validation and connecting with others are essential for healing.

    • 51 min
    165. Navigating Cultural Perspectives on Death: Crafting 'Winter of the Wolf' with Martha Hunt Handler

    165. Navigating Cultural Perspectives on Death: Crafting 'Winter of the Wolf' with Martha Hunt Handler

    Martha Hunt Handler is the award-winning author of Winter of the Wolf [https://www.amazon.com/Winter-Wolf-Martha-Hunt-Handler/dp/1626347182], a novel that tells the story of Bean, an empathic and spiritually evolved teenage girl who sets out to discover the truth about the mysterious death of her beloved brother and finds herself on a journey of healing and self-discovery.

    The novel is inspired by the death of Martha's best friend's 12-year-old son and covers several important themes, including suicide, grief, spirituality, humans connection to nature, shamanism, and native Inuit culture.

    It is an Amazon bestseller and was chosen as a Barnes and Noble Top Indy Pick.

    Apart from being a successful author, Martha [https://marthahunthandler.com/author] is an environmentalist and fierce wolf advocate. She serves as the Board President of the Wolf Conservation Center [https://nywolf.org/], where 100% of her author proceeds go to support the organization.



    In this heartfelt episode  I sit down with author Martha Hunt Handler to explore the intricate process of writing her novel, "Winter of the Wolf." Martha's journey from a sprawling rural landscape to bustling cities shaped her perspective, and her passion for environmental causes and wolf conservation adds depth to her storytelling.

    Themes Explored:

    * Growth Through Loss: Martha's personal experiences and grief shaped her novel,      mirroring the healing process.
    * Spirituality and Nature: The novel weaves spirituality, shamanism, and our connection to      nature into its fabric.
    * Inuit Culture: Indigenous wisdom and resilience play a vital role.

    • 48 min
    164. The Difference Between Grieving and Mourning

    164. The Difference Between Grieving and Mourning

    In this solo episode, I discuss the important distinction between the concepts of grieving and mourning. Grief refers to the internal emotions and personal journey one experiences after a loss or major life transition. Mourning describes the external, communal expressions and rituals related to grief.

    Key topics covered:

    * Common misuse of "grieving" and "mourning" as interchangeable terms
    * Grieving as the inner emotions of sadness, anger, etc. that occur involuntarily after a loss
    * Mourning as outward rituals/practices that people can choose to participate in to express their grief
    * Examples of mourning rituals based on religion or culture
    * Other mourning practices: journaling, support groups, listening to meaningful songs, reading old letters
    * How both grieving and mourning help us adapt to change and loss over time
    * Reflection questions: What mourning practices are helpful for you? How do you see grieving and mourning show up in your life?

    I offer an open invitation to share any reflections on this topic with me via email. Understanding the difference between these two related concepts can aid in processing any losses we experience.

    If you or anyone you know is looking to have someone walk alongside them during ther grief journey, contact me for a Discovery call. 


    • 11 min
    163. Resilience Beyond Grief: A Mother's Journey Through Loss and Legacy with Shannon Spruill

    163. Resilience Beyond Grief: A Mother's Journey Through Loss and Legacy with Shannon Spruill

    Shannon Spruill, a native of Brooklyn, New York, now resides in Buffalo, NY. For the past 37 years, Shannon Spruill has been happily married to Esau Spruill Jr. Together, they have been blessed with three sons named Derek, Brian, and Patrick. She has achieved academic success, graduating Suma Cum Laude from Bryant and Stratton College with a bachelor's degree in Business Administration and obtaining a master's degree in Computer Information Systems from Boston University. For the past 26 years, Shannon has been an Account Executive at Ingram Micro.

    Despite her successful career, Shannon felt a calling to pursue her lifelong passion for writing. Although fiction was her initial desire, she decided to share her personal journey instead. Her first book, "My Reflection in the Mirror," was released on December 1, 2010. It delves into the personal demons she had to overcome, with the hope of inspiring and empowering other women.

    Tragedy struck on October 4, 2013, when Shannon lost her son Brian in a devastating automobile accident. Instead of succumbing to darkness, Shannon found solace in her faith and began helping other parents who have experienced the loss of a child. She also published her second book, "The Shattered Mirror: Picking up the Pieces," which explores her journey of coping with her son's death. Combining both books, she published a revised edition titled "Tribulation to Victory: Birth of a Queen" in April 2018. This book became a bestseller, and Shannon is currently working on her 14th book.

    In addition to her writing career, Shannon is the CEO and Founder of Parents Pushing Past Their Grief Inc. Parents Pushing Past Their Grief Inc. mission is to provide support, comfort, and resources to parents who have experienced the devastating loss of a child.  Shannon wanted to create a safe and understanding community where parents can find solace, share their stories, and connect with others who have gone through similar experiences.

    Shannon's journey is one of resilience, faith, and a commitment to helping others. Her accomplishments as an author, entrepreneur, and community advocate are a testament to her strength and determination.

    Website: www.ppptg-inc.org [http://www.ppptg-inc.org/]

    Facebook: www.facebook.com/findinghopeinthemidstofheartache [http://www.facebook.com/findinghopeinthemidstofheartache]

    Youtube: www.youtube.com/channel/UC0DNYXYzmvbaDm0ASs5RsJg [http://www.youtube.com/channel/UC0DNYXYzmvbaDm0ASs5RsJg]

    Linkedin: www.linkedin.com/company/parents-pushing-past-their-grief-inc/ [http://www.linkedin.com/company/parents-pushing-past-their-grief-inc/]

    • 49 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
33 Ratings

33 Ratings

MarjorieSerrano! ,

Great Show!

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.

David Richman Author ,

Great host!

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!

claycutter28 ,


Always fascinating to hear about other’s grief. Excellent insight

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