31 episodes

Aloha! Welcome to the Grief and Happiness podcast hosted by Emily Thiroux Threatt, award winning author of Loving and Living Your Way Through Grief, where anyone dealing with grief or loss can come to find comfort, support, love, and happiness. All are welcome here to learn ways to live your best life.


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Grief & Happiness Emily Thiroux Threatt

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.9 • 18 Ratings

Aloha! Welcome to the Grief and Happiness podcast hosted by Emily Thiroux Threatt, award winning author of Loving and Living Your Way Through Grief, where anyone dealing with grief or loss can come to find comfort, support, love, and happiness. All are welcome here to learn ways to live your best life.


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    Living Undeterred Through Loss with Jeff Johnston

    Living Undeterred Through Loss with Jeff Johnston

    “Purpose becomes passion when it gets personal”
     
    In this thirty-first episode together, I am joined by Jeff Johnston. Since losing his oldest son to a drug overdose and years later his wife to alcoholism, Jeff has a very unique perspective on grief and happiness. He knew that he could either choose to go down a road of coping with anger and unhealthy habits or a road of strength, meaning, and inspiration. Today, Jeff is a speaker, advocate, podcaster, author of This One’s For You: An Inspirational Journey Through Addiction, Death and Meaning, and founder of the Live Undeterred project. 
     Throughout this episode,  Jeff and I have a deeply vulnerable  conversation about his experience with loss, grief, strength, and happiness. Jeff shares what his life was like before his son passed away, the impact that his son’s death had the entire family, what continues to motivate him, and so much more. Jeff’s positive outlook on life is truly inspiring and I have no doubt that his story will resonate with you. 
    Tune in and listen to the thirty-first episode of Grief and Happiness, and join me in learning how Jeff Johnston continues to live undeterred despite experiencing loss and grief. 
     
    In This Episode, You Will Learn:
    About Jeff’s background and the pivotal turning point (1:12)The importance of understanding that things happen for you, not to you (14:07)Some of the tools that help Jeff throughout each day (21:57)Why Jeff doesn’t believe in unconditional love (32:11)To remember that everyone’s grief and trauma journey is unique (39:13)
    Connect with Jeff
    Website - Living UndeterredBook  - This One’s For YouFacebookTwitterLinkedIn
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    • 46 min
    Helping Abused, Neglected, and Fostered Children Heal Their Grief with Alda St. James

    Helping Abused, Neglected, and Fostered Children Heal Their Grief with Alda St. James

    How have the events from your childhood contributed to your grief? For children who have been abused or neglected and find themselves in the foster care system, grief manifests from losing stability and a sense of longing. 
     
    In this thirtieth episode together, I am joined by Alda Marian St. James. Alda is a poet, artist, and overall incredible woman. When Alda and her late husband moved to Hawaii, they decided to get involved in foster care. As foster parents, they worked directly with abused and neglected children, quickly learning the painful reality of what happens to these children who are often caught in the system. Despite the challenges that came with fostering, they decided to adopt two boys. Alda has shown kindness and brought happiness to so many foster children that are grieving. 
     Throughout this episode, Alda and I have a wonderful conversation about her journey to fostering children. Alda gives her first-hand account of how she has seen grief impact foster children and what she recommends for other foster parents to help their children heal from their tough experiences. Alda also talks about her poetry book, Listen to Love, and even reads one of her favorite poems that she has written. 
    Tune in and listen to the thirtieth episode of Grief and Happiness, and join me in learning from Alda St. James!
     
    In This Episode, You Will Learn:
    About Alda’s background and her early career (1:06)The impact that losing a sense of belonging has on children (12:45)Alda’s advice for how we can make a positive impact on foster children’s lives (14:24)The importance of modeling social skills for foster children (26:40)About Alda’s poetry book, Listen to Love (30:00)
    Connect with Alda
    FacebookWebsiteBook - Listen to Love
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    • 39 min
    Lessons, Advice, & Stories from Grief Recovery Specialist Charlene Gorzela

    Lessons, Advice, & Stories from Grief Recovery Specialist Charlene Gorzela

    Do you have feelings of unresolved grief? There are wonderful resources out there that can help us to accept our emotions and embrace our grief with our happiness. 
     
    In this twenty ninth episode together, I am joined by the inspirational Charlene Gorzela. Charlene is a Grief Recovery Specialist and the podcast host of Grief Recovery Now. After 26 years working as a corporate CEO in Chicago, Charlene was introduced to The Grief Recovery Method.  Her life was forever changed when she discovered how this methodology gets us free to go from unresolved grief to a powerful sense of completeness in our relationships. This powerful change in our lives helps free the griever to live life beyond their wildest dreams.  
     Throughout this episode,  Charlene and I talk about how she went from being a corporate CEO to a Grief Recovery Specialist. Charlene shares the pivotal lessons that she has learned about grief through her personal life, her professional work, and the conversations that she has had with guests on her podcast. Among the many resources out there, learning from other people’s stories are the most powerful in helping us to not feel so alone in our grief. 
    Tune in and listen to the twenty-eighth episode of Grief and Happiness, and join me in learning from Grief Recovery Specialist, Charlene Gorzela!
     
    In This Episode, You Will Learn:
    Charlene’s background and her work in grief recovery (1:40)About the Hawaiian practice of ho'oponopono (13:26)That we are all affected by the grief of the world (18:52)The power of acceptance (25:00)How other people’s stories and lessons can help you understand your own grief (30:24)
    Connect with Charlene Gorzela 
    The Grief Recovery MethodInstagramFacebookJoin the Grief Recovery Now Facebook Group 
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    • 39 min
    Memorializing The Ashes of Loved Ones Lost Through Art with Robin Collier

    Memorializing The Ashes of Loved Ones Lost Through Art with Robin Collier

    What have you done with the ashes of your loved ones that you’ve lost?  Turning the ashes into something beautiful is a great way to honor their life and the beauty of their soul. 
     
    In this twenty eighth episode together, I am joined by the amazing Robin Collier. Robin is the founder of The Ash Experiment, a glass blowing company that infuses cremated ashes into their glass. Robin and the four other glass blowers that she works with take a portion of the ashes and turn them into a stunning glass sculpture so family and friends can have an art piece to memorialize their loved one that they have lost. 
     
    Throughout this episode,  Robin and I have a great conversation about how she began glass blowing and why she decided to incorporate cremated ashes into her work. Robin talks about the events that led her to be inspired to start The Ash Experiment, the personal losses she has gone through, her perspective about grieving, and so much more. 
    Tune in and listen to the twenty-eighth episode of Grief and Happiness, and join me in learning how Robin creates beautiful art from the ashes of loved ones lost!
     
    In This Episode, You Will Learn:
    About Robin’s background and work (00:54)How Robin incorporates ashes in her glass blowing (9:39)What Robin has learned about herself since starting her business (15:03)The problem that Robin believes The Ash Experiment is solving (20:00)How Robin authentically works with her clients (34:47)
    Connect with Robin Collier 
    Website:  GET 20% OFF WITH CODE  ETT3  
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    • 43 min
    Happiness & Sadness Are Our Golden Compass with Kubra Ozguvenc

    Happiness & Sadness Are Our Golden Compass with Kubra Ozguvenc

    Growing pains are a necessary part of personal growth. When we experience periods of struggles and sadness, just remember that they are the catalyst for that next-best version of ourselves. 
     
    In this twenty seventh episode together, I am joined by the amazing Kubra Ozguvenc, aka the “Happiness Alchemist”, all the way from Belgium. Kubra is a coach, author, and international speaker who is on a mission to inspire and encourage other women to live a life up to their potential. She is also a scientist and shares her ways to combine science and spirituality to shift one's reality with ease & joy. Kubra has started the Be Boldly You Movement to support more women so they can show up unapologetically and boldly in life, love, and business. 
     
    Throughout this episode,  Kubra and I have a wonderful conversation about her understanding of emotions- specifically how sadness and happiness teach us about our potential. Kubra shares her thoughts on the impacts that the COVID pandemic had on our emotions, why our emotions are a golden compass for our potential, what the purpose of struggles are, and so much more.
    Tune in and listen to the twenty-seventh episode of Grief and Happiness, and join me in learning from the “Happiness Alchemist”, Kubra! 
     
    In This Episode, You Will Learn:
    Kubra’s journey to happiness (1:56)That our emotions are our golden compass (4:04)Kubra’s reflection on how COVID impacted our emotions (11:34)Why Kubra believes humans struggle  (16:54)About Kubra’s gift for listeners (20:18)
    Connect with Kubra Ozguvenc
    FREE CourseWebsiteThe Shift Your Reality Podcast Instagram 
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    • 25 min
    The Importance of End-Of-Life Planning with Dean Lambert

    The Importance of End-Of-Life Planning with Dean Lambert

    Trigger Warning: This episode mentions suicide
     
    In this twenty sixth episode together, I am joined by the wonderful Dean Lambert. For almost 30 years, Dean has worked with funeral professionals to help them connect and serve the families facing one of the most challenging moments of their lives: the loss of a loved one. As a father who has experienced the loss of a child, he knows first hand the grief that takes over when trying to honor a life well-lived. Dean is also leading the Love Always Project with a team of experienced subject matter experts and people committed to encouraging people to think more positively and proactively about end-of-life issues and funeral prearrangement.
     
    Throughout this episode, Dean and I talk about how his background led him to becoming passionate about end-of-life planning. Dean opens up and talks about the death of his son and what that experience taught him about grief. He also addresses the difficulties that can arise when trying to initiate conversations with loved ones about funeral pre arrangements, what his mission is with the Love Always project, and his recommendations for listeners. 
    Tune in and listen to the twenty sixth episode of Grief and Happiness, and join me in learning about the importance of end-of-life planning from Dean Lambert!
     
    In This Episode, You Will Learn:
    Dean’s background (1:00)About Dean’s loss of his son (11:10)How Dean recommends having the conversation with family members (14:42)What the Love Always project is (24:42)Dean’s recommendation for listeners (32:17)
    Resources Mentioned: 
    Book - I’m Dead, Now What?
    Connect with Dean
    InstagramFacebookTwitterLove Always Project Website 
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    • 35 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
18 Ratings

18 Ratings

Caroline Nadine helsing Author ,

A safe space

I discovered the grief and happiness podcast after being asked to be a guest. I must say, talking with Emily felt like such a safe space for me to share my story. Then I became a fan. A big fan. She is not only a safe space for guests to share their story with her empathetic nature but she is a safe space to hear other’s stories as well. There is comfort in finding a community of people who aren’t afraid to break down their walls and share intimate details from some of their darkest days in order to help provide ways for
Those around them to cope and heal and find happiness after grief. Highly recommend!

Surfit18 ,

Love letter to heal Grief

I love how you can make such a challenging experience one goes through in life losing loved ones and turn it into heal through writing and taking your experience and turn it into something soothing and helping others. Thank you

Virgylee ,

Loving and supportive

If you need support from loss of a loved one...you will find love and support here. You will be comforted by Emily’s insights and ideas for working through the grief. God bless all!

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