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Remember the last time you tried to talk about grief and suddenly everyone left the room? Grief Out Loud is opening up this often avoided conversation because grief is hard enough without having to go through it alone. We bring you a mix of personal stories, tips for supporting children, teens, and yourself, and interviews with bereavement professionals. Platitude and cliché-free, we promise! Grief Out Loud is hosted by Jana DeCristofaro and produced by The Dougy Center for Grieving Children & Families in Portland, Oregon.

Grief Out Lou‪d‬ The Dougy Center

    • Mental Health
    • 4.7 • 177 Ratings

Remember the last time you tried to talk about grief and suddenly everyone left the room? Grief Out Loud is opening up this often avoided conversation because grief is hard enough without having to go through it alone. We bring you a mix of personal stories, tips for supporting children, teens, and yourself, and interviews with bereavement professionals. Platitude and cliché-free, we promise! Grief Out Loud is hosted by Jana DeCristofaro and produced by The Dougy Center for Grieving Children & Families in Portland, Oregon.

    Widowish - Melissa Gould

    Widowish - Melissa Gould

    When you think of the word "widow" what image comes to mind? When author Melissa Gould's husband Joel died, she didn't fit what she imagined widows looked and acted like, even if she felt like one. This dissonance led her to come up with the term "Widowish" which is also the title of her new memoir. Widowish is the story of her husband Joel, their love, and how she and their daughter Sophie found ways to grieve the heartbreak of his death. 

    • 41 min
    The Indigenous Death Doula Mentorship Program - Chrystal Waban Toop

    The Indigenous Death Doula Mentorship Program - Chrystal Waban Toop

    What does it mean to train to be a death doula for your community? Chrystal Wàban Toop is the founder of Blackbird Medicines and she joined us to talk about how her early experiences with grief grounded her in the the work she does as a life spectrum doula and her commitment to helping people reconnect with traditional knowledge and cultural practices to guide individual, family, and community transitions throughout the life span. 

    • 33 min
    Love Stories - A Griefy Valentine's Special

    Love Stories - A Griefy Valentine's Special

    Even if you don't really celebrate it, Valentine's Day can be rough when you're grieving. This year, we decided to bring you a compilation of love stories from listeners. Even though Valentine's Day is usually marketed as only about romantic love, this episode is about the love that exists in any connection. The idea for this episode came out of our conversation in episode 162 with Alesia Alexander, LCSW.

    • 42 min
    Healing Trauma, Attending To Grief - Native Wellness Institute & Jillene Joseph

    Healing Trauma, Attending To Grief - Native Wellness Institute & Jillene Joseph

    Jillene Joseph, Executive Director of the Native Wellness Institute, joined us to discuss how settler colonial policies outlawing Native funeral rights purposefully cut people off from traditional practices and how that trauma reverberates today. We also talk about what it means to take a healthy risk in grief, the importance of attending to grief emotionally, physically, spiritually, and mentally, and how Native Wellness Institute is continuing to promote health and wellness with their Native Power Hours.

    • 36 min
    "She's Always With Me" - Finding Peace In The Permanence Of Grief

    "She's Always With Me" - Finding Peace In The Permanence Of Grief

    Molly loves her life, but she didn't always feel that way. 18 years ago, Molly's life changed in an instant when her mom died of a heart attack while driving Molly to school. Since that day, Molly's worked hard to figure out what helps her feel healthy and grounded. This includes recognizing that grief is permanent and will always be part of who she is in this world.

    • 32 min
    More Than Just A Number - Grieving When Someone Dies Of COVID-19

    More Than Just A Number - Grieving When Someone Dies Of COVID-19

    As of January 21st, 2021, over 400,000 people in the U.S. have been killed by the coronavirus. Globally, the number is over 2 million. Despite attempts by journalists and public health officials to put these numbers into context, what gets lost in tracking case counts are the stories of the people who died and their family members left behind. This is one of those stories. The story of Maria, beloved mother of four, who died this summer of COVID-19, told by Mariana, her youngest daughter.  

    • 34 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
177 Ratings

177 Ratings

AmyRussell ,

Great discussion

This podcast was great to listen to. I can relate so much. It is nice to be able to connect to others who are feeling the same. It is so true. Thank you for sharing.

Courtney6914 ,

Amazing

I truly appreciate this podcast. I have a story very relatable so it feels good to know someone out there is going through something so similar! It’s helped me so much through grief in general! Thank you so much!

wsebaste ,

One of my favorites!

Grief Out Loud is a realistic, compassionate podcast that explores grief in all its many forms. Each episode brings a unique perspective on the process of grief, and Jana’s interview style is comfortable and allows her guests to show up authentically. And they touch on the less common themes of grief like guilt, anger, and even humor. Such a great podcast for anyone who is looking for a thoughtful, heart-centered conversation about something almost all of us go through at some point in our lives.

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