After the death of her parents within 2 years of each other, trauma therapist, writer and podcast host Meghan, found herself on the receiving end of the same treatments she used with her own clients. In concert with her writing on the popular blog "Grief Is My Side Hustle," Meghan and her guests discuss how little education and support has historically been given to grief education and explore the question she hears most often in her office, "aside from crying, what does it mean to grieve?'
The Art of Losing: Juliet Haas on Sibling Loss
What happens when someone whose job is supporting other people’s mental health is rocked by their own traumatic loss?
In this episode, Juliet Haas LPC, LMHC, shares her story, including the personal and professional impacts of her loss.
Juliet is an embodied trauma-informed counselor, registered dance-movement therapist, and owner of Mindful Counseling and Wellness LLC. Licensed in both Wisconsin and Massachusetts, Juliet supports adults through grief, both death and non-death loss, trauma, and anxiety. Her therapeutic approach is person-centered, mindfulness based, and integrative. Her approach includes a blend of traditional talk therapy, mindfulness tools, expressive movement and art, and humor. She has specialty training in Accelerated Resolution Therapy for Trauma and Mind-Body approaches to assist in nervous system regulation. Juliet is also certified in Laughter Yoga: bringing more laughter and joy to the Milwaukee area!
To learn more, visit: https://www.mindfulcounselingandwellnessllc.com/
And to connect with Julianne, please visit www.juliannemanskerollefson.com
The Art of Losing: Kathleen Wallace, creator of Grief: A Comedy
Is there room for humor in the world of grief and loss? According to Kathleen Wallace, creator of Grief: A Comedy, laughter can serve as a tool for connection as we navigate the losses in our lives.
Kathleen is an actress, writer, producer, and facilitator whose work spans both the entertainment and corporate worlds. Her short film GRIEF: A COMEDY was recently selected for the Stowe Story Labs - Sidewalk Narrative Lab and the Stowe Story Labs TV Writers Room with Derek Simonds (showrunner, THE SINNER) and David Pope (co-founder, Stowe Story Labs). Notable work includes her series SETTLING UP, which is available on Amazon, and her feminist comedy series THE EVAGELISTS, about evangelists for feminism, which was a finalist in the Raindance Pilot Competition and won a Made In NY Women’s Fund grant. She has facilitated classes and conversations for organizations including the Yale Alumni Association, World50, and Google.
To learn more about Kathleen and Grief: A Comedy, visit KathleenWallace.com and linktr.ee/griefacomedy
And you can follow the project on Instagram @griefacomedy
To connect with Julianne, please visit www.juliannemanskerollefson.com
The Art of Losing: Molly Millwood on the Unexpected Losses of Motherhood
What is the cost of framing motherhood only in terms of its potential gains, without acknowledging its inevitable losses?
That’s one of the questions that Molly Milllwood addresses in her brilliant book, To Have and To Hold: Motherhood, Marriage, and the Modern Dilemma. A mix of research, client stories, and Molly’s personal experience, the book tells the truth about the realities of motherhood in an effort to normalize and validate the experience for women everywhere.
In this conversation, Molly discusses the current state of parenthood, its impact on mothers and their marriages, the role that social media and shame play in its difficulties, and its capacity to expand our emotional experience.
Molly Millwood is a licensed psychologist, author, speaker, singer-songwriter, mother, wife, and devoted advocate for women’s mental health and wellbeing. She holds a Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of Montana and completed a postdoctoral fellowship at Stanford University Medical Center. After juggling an academic career with a part-time psychotherapy practice for over 15 years, Molly now practices therapy full time. She works with adult individuals and couples, helping women rediscover themselves within the metamorphosis of motherhood and helping couples of all sorts improve their relational health. Her 2019 book, To Have and To Hold: Motherhood, Marriage, and the Modern Dilemma explores the emotional landscape of early motherhood and the inextricable link during this phase of life between women’s wellbeing and the wellbeing of their marriage or intimate partnership. Her work has been highlighted by The Washington Post, Mother Untitled, WNYC Radio, and numerous other media outlets, along with dozens of podcasts. She lives with her husband and two sons in the mountains of Vermont, where in her free time she can be found with a guitar in her hands, her nose in a book, or her feet on a steep dirt road.
To learn more about Molly, visit www.mollymillwood.com
To purchase her book, visit https://bit.ly/mollymillwood
Follow Julianne on Instagram at @juliannerollefson
And to learn more about Julianne or to get in touch, visit www.juliannemanskerollefson.com
Introducing The Art of Losing: Laurel Braitman
Laurel Braitman PhD, is a writer, teacher and secular, clinical chaplain-in-training. She is the author of the memoir What Looks Like Bravery: An epic journey through loss to love (March 13th, Simon & Schuster) and the NYT bestselling book Animal Madness: Inside Their Minds.
She received her doctorate in History and Anthropology of Science from MIT and is the director of Writing and Storytelling at the Stanford School of Medicine’s Medical Humanities and the Arts Program. Laurel is also the founder of Writing Medicine, the global community of writing healthcare professionals. Her work has appeared in the New York Times, The Guardian, Wired, California Sunday, National Geographic, Radiolab, National Public Radio and many other places. She splits her time between rural Alaska and her family’s ranch in Southern California.
In addition to Writing Medicine, she leads a variety of public writing workshops. To learn more and sign up, visit www.laurelbraitman.com
Julianne Manske Rollefson: The Art of Losing
Julianne Manske Rollefson is a therapist, grief educator, and host of the new podcast, The Art of Losing.
After the deaths of her parents, she left her career in corporate coaching and leadership development to pursue a master’s degree in Counseling Psychology, with the goal of becoming a therapist specializing in grief and loss. She quickly realized that counseling graduate programs don't include grief-specific training and set out to learn as much as she could on her own, which is how she discovered my work and the Grief is My Side Hustle podcast.
For the past year and a half, Julianne and I have partnered to form MRJ Consulting, designed to help individuals, companies, and mental health professionals establish a grief-informed approach to addressing all manner of loss.
She provides individual and group therapy virtually and in-person in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. To work with Julianne or learn more about her services, please visit www.juliannemanskerollefson.com
Benjamin May: Founder of the New Normal
In 2018, along with his friend Jack, Ben founded The New Normal Charity, after the death of their dads. A simple, free to access, group space where adults could speak openly about their grief, and about the people they’d lost.
Having spent over two decades working in the hair industry, Ben finds connection where he is most comfortable, and as TNN developed, so has their work. Ben is spending more and more time focused on creating community through empathetic understanding, working with some of the hardest to reach communities in London, coproducing spaces for their community.
Since launching in 2018, TNN has gone on to host over 1000 meetings to attendees from around the world, including in person and virtual meetings across Europe, Hong Kong and North America.
To join The New Normal Charity peer support meetings, head to our website www.thenewnormalcharity.com and register to any meeting that is relevant to you. The meetings are free to access and available to anyone who needs space to speak.
TNN - https://www.linkedin.com/company/the-new-normal-charity/
Ben - https://www.linkedin.com/in/benjamin-may-578381131?utm_source=share&utm_campaign=share_via&utm_content=profile&utm_medium=ios_app
I am so grateful that I found Meghan’s podcast - it is the most informative, reassuring and comforting place that I truly look forward to each week.
As a hospice chaplain I’ve needed good, deep, soul-stretching conversation that I don’t have to facilitate myself and I’m so delighted to have found this podcast for my long drives between patients. Thanks so much, Meghan!
To anyone who is struggling, has friends and family who are struggling (hint: this means literally all of you!), or who just wants to become a bit more grief informed by some of the brightest minds in the community, this podcast is so important and sensitive and gentle and I cannot recommend it enough. The expertise that Meghan brings to each show is so needed and appreciated.