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If you love deep conversations and learning something new, then get ready to love this podcast.Grief is a Sneaky Bitch creator and host Lisa Keefauver brings her deep curiosity, love of conversation, and knowledge of how language and culture shapes our experiences of ourselves and our world (including our grief) to each unscripted conversation. From CEO’s and social workers to authors, educators, filmmakers and stay-at-home moms, her guests open up about the complexity, confusion, and even confidence they have gained by navigating a grief journey of their own.
Lisa holds an extensive grief resume herself, as a social worker, educator, writer, grief guide, and widow. As founder of Reimagining Grief, She's on a mission to help you find language when you’re at a loss for words. She is changing the narratives of grief, one conversation at a time. Learn more about her story, about the services and products she offers or follow her journey on social media @reimagininggrief.
 
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Grief is a Sneaky Bitch Lisa Keefauver, MSW

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    • 4.8 • 111 Ratings

If you love deep conversations and learning something new, then get ready to love this podcast.Grief is a Sneaky Bitch creator and host Lisa Keefauver brings her deep curiosity, love of conversation, and knowledge of how language and culture shapes our experiences of ourselves and our world (including our grief) to each unscripted conversation. From CEO’s and social workers to authors, educators, filmmakers and stay-at-home moms, her guests open up about the complexity, confusion, and even confidence they have gained by navigating a grief journey of their own.
Lisa holds an extensive grief resume herself, as a social worker, educator, writer, grief guide, and widow. As founder of Reimagining Grief, She's on a mission to help you find language when you’re at a loss for words. She is changing the narratives of grief, one conversation at a time. Learn more about her story, about the services and products she offers or follow her journey on social media @reimagininggrief.
 
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    Barbara Jones | Reimagining Care

    Barbara Jones | Reimagining Care

    About this Episode:
    In this episode, my guest Barbara Jones and I explore a wide range of topics from grief in the adolescent oncology population, the innovations she is seeing in cancer care to help address the WHOLE person (not just the disease), the very real and frightening moral distress and empathetic strain our health care professionals are under today and so much more. I can’t wait for you to meet her!
     
    Dr. Barbara Jones is Associate Dean for Health Affairs at UT Austin Steve Hicks School of Social Work. At Dell Medical School, she is Chair of the Department of Health Social Work, Associate Director of Social Sciences and Community-Based Research in the Livestrong Cancer Institutes, and Distinguished professor of social work, oncology, population health, and psychiatry. She was a Founding Board Member of the Social Work Hospice and Palliative Care Network and served as Secretary. She is past president of the Association of Pediatric Oncology Social Workers. Dr. Jones is a Founding Steering Committee Member of UT Center for Health Interprofessional Practice and Education.
     
    Episode Resources:If you’d like to dig in The CaLm Model, you can download it here: Cancer Life reiMagined: The CaLM Model of Whole-Person
    Cancer Care
     
    Jump straight into:(05:43) - Barbara’s early vision of hospice and social work as her life project
    (11:28) - CaLM model: Growing empathy and compassion to reimagine cancer treatment
    (18:20) - Addressing the structural issues within young adults facing complex medical diagnosis
    (25:54) - Channeling self-compassion to young cancer patients and their parents
    (33:34) - How are adolescents grieving?
    (43:38) - Grief, loss, and moral injury that's happening among health providers
    (55:20) - Dignifying the social workers’ labor at healthcare centers
     
    Episode Sponsor:Thanks to Mir Care Consultants, whose licensed clinicians and social workers help navigate and provide solutions for care management and provide support during what can be a difficult and challenging time. You can learn more at www.mircareconsultants.com.

    About The Show:If you love deep, honest, authentic conversations, get ready to love Grief is a Sneaky Bitch. Host Lisa Keefauver, the founder of Reimagining Grief, holds an extensive grief resume herself, as a social worker, narrative therapist, grief guide, and widow. From CEOs and social workers to best-selling authors, educators, filmmakers, and stay-at-home moms, her guests open up about the complexity, confusion, and even confidence they have gained by navigating a grief journey of their own. To learn more sign up for her newsletter or follow on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn

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    • 1 hr 16 min
    Allan Cole | Progressive Wisdom

    Allan Cole | Progressive Wisdom

    My conversation with today’s guest, Allan Cole, was such a powerful reminder that loss comes from so many places, not just death and that even those of us trained to help others need help sometimes too. He offers up so much warmth and wisdom as he shares the story of his diagnosis of early-onset Parkinson’s disease at the age of 48. The layers of loss he unpacks for an individual with a progressive illness like Parkinson’s and the road to mean-making he shares is shaped not just by his personal experiences but also by the decades his spent as a social work educator, clinician, author and more.
     
    Episode Resources: If you’d like to buy Allan’s beautiful book you can find it here: Counseling Persons with Parkinson's Disease. In the Care of Plenty (Poems) is now available too!

    Jump straight into: (04:21) - Allan’s earliest memory of grief: Losing a beloved
    (11:12) - Uncertainty and fear: Getting diagnosed with Parkinson’s at 48
    (22:05) - Fighting a lonely battle: When do we experience ambiguous loss?
    (28:03) - Help for the helpers? How to seek support even as a professional
    (33:27) - A new life: How illness can be a transformative and constructive
    (46:06) - Allan’s daughter’s experience with the diagnosis
    (50:17) - Allan’s approach to loss-based counseling
     
    Episode Sponsor –We all need help sometimes. That is a universal truth. Mir’s dedicated and compassionate staff of Life Care Managers support their clients, their families, friends and caregivers through their care journeys. Their licensed clinicians and social workers help navigate and provide solutions for care management and provide support during what can be a difficult and challenging time. You can learn more at www.mircareconsultants.com. They even offer a free 30-minute consultation by contacting info@mircareconsultants.
     
    About The Show: If you love deep, honest, authentic conversations, get ready to love Grief is a Sneaky Bitch. Host Lisa Keefauver, the founder of Reimagining Grief, holds an extensive grief resume herself, as a social worker, narrative therapist, grief guide, and widow. From CEOs and social workers to best-selling authors, educators, filmmakers, and stay-at-home moms, her guests open up about the complexity, confusion, and even confidence they have gained by navigating a grief journey of their own. To learn more sign up for her newsletter or follow on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn

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    • 58 min
    Melissa Gould | On Feeling Widowish

    Melissa Gould | On Feeling Widowish

    Widowhood is obviously a topic very close to host Lisa Keefauver’s heart, and it’s also an experience no one is prepared to go through as her guest Melissa Gould shares in her best-selling book Widowish and in their conversation in this episode.
     
    Jump straight into - 
    (05:18) - On Melissa’s first experience with loss and the importance of exploring grief without judgement
    (10:27) - A love story: The value of friendship and the importance of memory keeping
    (20:13) - Managing anticipatory grief and the cruelty of ambiguous loss
    (29:42) - Imagining the unimaginable: How Melissa and Joel navigated his last year of life
    (39:13) - Widowish: On the double standard expectations around widowhood
    (45:26) - Finding love after death: A conscious and empathic approach to “moving on”
      
    Episode Resources -You can find out more about Melissa Gould, buy her best-selling book Widowish, and learn more about the other work she does as a writer and writing coach by visiting www.widowish.com
     
    Episode Sponsor –While there are a lot of simple everyday ways we can memorialize our loved-ones, Eterneva, our sponsor for today’s episode, can help you do it, well remarkably. They’ve created a way to transform memorial ashes into a diamond, and along the way they help you carry their memory forward. Visit www.eterneva.com to learn more about how you can remember remarkable. Don’t forget to check them out on @tiktok too
     
    About The Show -If you love deep, honest, authentic conversations, get ready to love Grief is a Sneaky Bitch. Host Lisa Keefauver, the founder of Reimagining Grief, holds an extensive grief resume herself, as a social worker, narrative therapist, grief guide, and widow. From CEOs and social workers to authors, educators, filmmakers, and stay-at-home moms, her guests open up about the complexity, confusion, and even confidence they have gained by navigating a grief journey of their own. To learn more sign up for her newsletter or follow on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn


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    • 50 min
    john a powell | In Search of Belonging

    john a powell | In Search of Belonging

    In this episode, host Lisa Keefauver spent some time, in person, with her dear friend john a powell. john is an internationally recognized expert in the areas of civil rights, racial identity, fair housing, poverty, and democracy. He is the Director of the Othering & Belonging Institute, a UC Berkeley research institute. john offers so much wisdom about the shared human experiences of loss caused not just be death, but by our unwillingness to see ourselves in one another, and invites us to discover how the wisdom we gain from having lost might be exactly what we need to discover our way back to each other, by expanding the circle of human concern.
     
    Jump straight into - (07:51) -On john’s first encounter with loss and grief - “When I was nine my grandmother died and it started a rupture in the world. The world was magical and relatively safe, then she died, and all those things went away.”
    (41:03) -On our society’s dysfunctional grief culture - “What is the cost to belong? Mutilate yourself and maybe, maybe you can belong.”
    (57:01) -Othering & Belonging- “We don't have to learn to be connected, we are connected physically, spiritually, emotionally. We have to learn the illusion of disconnectedness.”
     
    Episode Resources - Learn more about the Othering and Belonging Institute at UC Berkeley by visiting their website, or following them on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter. You can also discover more about john's career by visiting his website
     
    Episode Sponsor - The team at Justice Leaders Collaborative believes it is our human responsibility to work toward social justice, equity, diversity & inclusion in all areas of our life and work. They provide workshops, seminars, coaching, and consulting to organizations and individuals like you. To find out more, visit their website and follow them on Instagram or Facebook.

    About The Show - If you love deep, honest, authentic conversations, get ready to love Grief is a Sneaky Bitch. Host Lisa Keefauver, the founder of Reimagining Grief, holds an extensive grief resume herself, as a social worker, narrative therapist, grief guide, and widow. To learn more visit www.reimagininggrief.com
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    • 1 hr 26 min
    Mindy Corporon | Healing a Shattered Soul

    Mindy Corporon | Healing a Shattered Soul

    About the episode
    Host Lisa Keefauver sat down for a very intimate and revealing conversation with Mindy Corporon, a grieving mother and daughter. In 2014, her very personal tragedy made headline news around the world. Her son and father were shot and killed at a Jewish Community Center outside of Kansas City by a white supremacist gunman, intent on killing Jews. In the intervening years, Mindy has worked tirelessly to heal her shattered soul, also the title of her beautiful book, and in today’s episode she shares what she’s learned about grief and healing and courageous kindness along the way.
     
    Jump straight into:
    03:40 - Mindy’s first experience with grief - “My parents allowed me to say goodbye. They allowed me to understand that it was a reality and I'm sure if I was sad, they allowed me an opportunity to be sad.”
    10:28 - Mindy’s story of losing her son and father in 2014 - “I'll start on April 12th, because on April 12th, we were a family of four.”
    20:18 - Justice, compassion and forgiveness: Dealing with violent murder - “My reality is that they were murdered and have had to process that. And I look for things that bring me joy and I look purposely for kindness.”
    32:50 - Shock and how our bodies begin to understand death - “I wanted them to walk through the door. I wanted them to appear in the house. I just kept thinking, I'm in a nightmare. This didn't happen.”
    39:26 - Grief support and the surprising ways people show up - “They breathe life and joy and talking and smiles into our home. They helped me eat again. They helped my husband eat again. They helped get Lucas what he needed.”
    48:59 - Post-traumatic growth and embodying love - “Each of us needs to feel comfortable in finding whatever our path is to helping ourselves heal.”
    57:33 - A story of Popeye and Reat and the importance of courageous kindness - “We received hundreds of cards from students and student parents telling us what an amazing friend he was. And that is always with my heart, that he was an amazing friend and his friends still remember him.”  
     
    Episode Resources
    Healing A Shattered Soul by Mindy Corporon
     
    Episode Sponsor
    Thank you to Eterneva for sponsoring this important episode. Visit www.eterneva.com to learn more about how they help you celebrate your remarkable loved ones (and check them out on TikTok too).
     
    About The show
    If you love deep, honest, authentic conversations, get ready to love Grief is a Sneaky Bitch. Host Lisa Keefauver, the founder of Reimagining Grief, holds an extensive grief resume herself, as a social worker, narrative therapist, grief guide, and widow. From CEOs and social workers to authors, educators, filmmakers, and stay-at-home moms, her guests open up about the complexity, confusion, and even confidence they have gained by navigating a grief journey of their own. To learn more visit www.reimagininggrief.com Inviting you to follow @reimagininggrief on all your favorite socials too for the latest news on this podcast, daily invitations on grief wisdom and so much more.


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    • 1 hr 2 min
    Kristin Neff | Self-Compassion and Grief

    Kristin Neff | Self-Compassion and Grief

    About the episode 
    Welcome to Season 3 of Grief is a Sneaky Bitch! In Self-Compassion and Grief, host Lisa Keefauver sat down with world-renowned self-compassion researcher, Dr. Kristin Neff. She is author of the bestselling book Self-Compassion: The Proven Power of Being Kind to Yourself, and recently released her new book Fierce Self-Compassion: How Women Can Harness Kindness to Speak Up, Claim Their Power and Thrive. 

    Jump straight into:
    (00:47) - Kristin’s earliest memory of grief: A different kind of loss
    (05:43) - The ability of uncertainty and the power of self-compassion
    (11:25) - How to transform your connection with emotions
    (20:47) - Shock and the physical impact of self-compassion
    (26:21) - Self-compassion as an antidote to shame and guilt
    (31:40) - Caretaker burnout: What is empathetic distress and how to manage it -
    (36:48) - What is rumination and how can we cut it out?
    (42:17) - Self-compassion self vs. self-pity: How to be kind but motivated
    Episode Resources
    self-compassion.org
    Self-Compassion: The Proven Power of Being Kind to Yourself
    Fierce Self-Compassion: Women Can Harness Kindness to Speak Up, Claim Their Power and Thrive

    Episode Sponsor
    Special thanks to our episode sponsor, Recalibrate, providing workplace mental wellness that empowers mental & emotional learning. Visit www.recalibratemind.com to learn more.

    About The show
    Host Lisa Keefauver, the founder of Reimagining Grief, holds an extensive grief resume herself, as a social worker, narrative therapist, grief guide, and widow. From CEOs and social workers to authors, educators, filmmakers, and stay-at-home moms, her guests open up about the complexity, confusion, and even confidence they have gained by navigating a grief journey of their own. Learn more visit www.reimagininggrief.com and Follow @reimagininggrief
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Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
111 Ratings

111 Ratings

livp417327 ,

This podcast is saving me

I lost my mom to pancreatic cancer two years ago and my dad to a stroke just over a month ago. I knew I had to address my grief somehow, and I decided a podcast would be perfect for the commute to work and school. I’ve been listening to this podcast since a week after my dad passed and it has helped me SOOOO much. I have learned to forgive myself and understand that guilt is a common emotion in grief. I’ve learned that it’s better to feel your emotions and really sit with them instead of shoving them down and ignoring them. My own experiences have been normalized and validated through the stories of others. I laughed, I cried, I was inspired, and I made change to my own daily life in order to incorporate grief into in the healthiest way possible. I only wish I found this podcast when my mom died because I think it would have greatly impacted my grieving process in a positive way. I’m working toward my MSW and I can only hope to be half as good of a clinical social worker as Lisa is. I’ve shared this podcast with my whole family in the hopes they listen and heal as I have.

Hope's Daughter ,

I love this podcast

My beloved mother died 6 months ago of cancer and this podcast validates and normalizes all of my feelings . It helps me realize that I am not alone . As a fellow social worker I appreciate this podcast and am happy to support a fellow social worker and mom. Lisa your voice is so soothing, thank you so much for this podcast! I know there are a lot of grief podcasts out there, give this one a try, you won’t regret it!

Losing for Good ,

Naming the Loss

Seven months into grieving my husband of 43 years and I’ve been binge listening GSB . There is so much wisdom in these podcasts. Lisa facilitates the telling of narrative so skillfully. This particular episode had me scribbling down so many things I want to explore - like naming the losses, anticipating the next loss that will inevitably happen, the people that show up when you need them, and recognizing joy when it comes. Thanks, Lisa!

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