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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?'

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    • 4.9 • 91 Ratings

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?'

    Anne Gudger: Author of the Fifth Chamber

    Anne Gudger: Author of the Fifth Chamber

    Anne Gudger is an autobiographical essayist who writes hard and loves harder. She’s been published in Real Simple, Cutbank, Cutthroat, The Los Angeles Review, The Normal School, The Rumpus, and the Columbia Journal, among others, and has been a Best of the Net nominee twice. She is also the co-founder of Coffee and Grief, a reading series that’s been thriving since March 2020 and hosts five curated readers every month reading on grief. Anne lives in Banks, Oregon with her beloved husband. The Fifth Chamber is her first book.

    • 47 min
    Claire Bidwell Smith: Grief Expert, Therapist and Author of Conscious Grieving

    Claire Bidwell Smith: Grief Expert, Therapist and Author of Conscious Grieving

    Recognized as one of today’s foremost experts on grief, Claire Bidwell Smith is a licensed therapist, international speaker, and the author of five books published in 22 countries. Led by her own experience in grief and fueled by her work in hospice and private practice, Claire strives to provide support for all kinds of people experiencing all kinds of loss. Claire has been featured in The New York Times, The Washington Post, NPR, MSNBC, CNN, Scientific American, Goop, Oprah and many more outlets. Her most recent books Anxiety: The Missing Stage of Grief and Conscious Grieving have provided groundbreaking and transformative approaches to the process of grief. Learn more at clairebidwellsmith.com or by following @clairebidwellsmith on social media

    • 46 min
    Grieving Mother Nikki Mark Author of Tommy's Field.

    Grieving Mother Nikki Mark Author of Tommy's Field.

    In 2018, Nikki Mark’s healthy twelve-year-old-son Tommy went to sleep one night and never woke up. Nikki went into a state of shock and her body quickly started to deteriorate, but she had to be there for her remaining family. Without a religious or spiritual background, she relied on the one skill she could still access — the ability to figure it out.
    Along her unconventional journey, Nikki discovered something surprising: that if we’re open to the possibilities, grieving offers a unique opportunity to access life’s magic.
    From raising over $1,000,000 to build an athletic field in her son’s name, to working with diverse (and sometimes divisive) players in Los Angeles to get it approved, to exploring every kind of healing modality from mediation to mushrooms, Nikki now shares the intimate details of navigating grief with purpose and action – and a little coaching from beyond.
    Download Nikki Mark's personally-tested resources and invaluable advice for triumphing over grief (for you or someone you would like to support) — available for free at NikkiMark.com. 
    Treat yourself to her memoir, "Tommy’s Field: Love, Loss, and the Goal of a Lifetime," the inside story about Nikki's transformation from deep despair to accessing the magic that life wants for us all.

    • 51 min
    Jane Rosen: Author Of On Fire Island

    Jane Rosen: Author Of On Fire Island

    Don't miss the wonderful episide with the the incredible ane L. Rosen author of On Fire Island as she explains how her personal exprience with grief informed her charachters in the book.
     
    Jane L. Rosen is an author, screenwriter and former Huffington Post contributor. Jane often takes inspiration from real-life stories and interviews to craft her novels. Her first novel Nine Women, One Dress was translated into ten languages. Her second novel
    Eliza Starts a Rumor has been optioned by NBC. A Shoe Story and On Fire Island are out now!
    She lives in New York City and Fire Island with her husband and three daughters.

    • 48 min
    Amy Morin, LCSW :Author 13 Things Mentally Strong People Don't Do

    Amy Morin, LCSW :Author 13 Things Mentally Strong People Don't Do

    Amy's work went viral.  Learn the story of how and why in this episode where Amy discusses her how her viral list, was really a reaction to compound grief and loss.
    In her own words:
    I’m a psychotherapist turned “accidental” author
    I started my career as a psychotherapist intending to help others build mental strength. I never imagined how much I was going to need mental muscle in my own life.
    My mom passed away when I was 23. Then, my husband died when I was 26. Losing the two most important people in my life sent me on a quest to learn as much as I could about how to be mentally strong.
    As I studied mental strength, I realized that mentally strong people don’t just have good habits. They also avoid any unhealthy habits that could hold them back.
    In 2013, during one of my lowest points in my life, I wrote a letter to myself about all the things mentally strong people don’t do. When I was done, I had a list of 13 things that could rob me of mental strength if I let them.
    That letter helped me so I thought maybe it could help someone else.
    I published it online expecting a few people would read it. But that list went viral and more than 50 million people read!Within a matter of days, a literary agent reached out to suggest I write a book. Nine years later, I’ve written six books that have sold more than 1 million copies around the globe. And my life has never been the same.

    • 46 min
    The Art of Losing: Juliet Haas on Sibling Loss

    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/
    Instagram: @mindfulcounselingandwellness
    And to connect with Julianne, please visit www.juliannemanskerollefson.com

    • 51 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
91 Ratings

91 Ratings

Sydbey H ,

The BEST!

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.

RevClaire ,

Soul-stretching conversation

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!

Sand*Sun*Water ,

A Must-Listen

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.

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