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.
Sons Of Suicide - 50 Years Of Friendship & Grief
This is the story of how a random encounter led to a transformative friendship that's lasted for more than 50 years. A friendship rooted in the shared experience of grieving a parent who died of suicide. David Pincus and Rick Knapp met as high school seniors. They had a lot in common, including a part of their lives that they rarely talked about. Both of their mothers had died by suicide. Their book, Sons of Suicide: A Memoir of Friendship, chronicles how these early losses shaped so much of their lives.
Survivor's Guilt - Julia Mallory
After her oldest son was killed in 2017, Julia Mallory had a sense that creativity was a place she could go in her grief. In that place, she wrote Survivor's Guilt, a collection of essays and poems about grief, joy, and the moments when they intersect.
In this episode we discuss:
The early days of grief.
What focusing on resilience asks us to ignore.
The concept of survivor's guilt.
The push to "get back to normal."
What it means to grieve as an individual and as part of a collective.
The Relentless Nature Of Grief - Carmel Breathnach
When Carmel Breathnach was 11, her mother died of cancer. While she felt supported at home by her father, she didn't feel that way at school. Now as an adult, Carmel’s carried this grief though graduations, moving from Ireland to the U.S.. getting married, and now through a pandemic. We talk about the role anger played in her grief, what she needed from her teachers, how she honored her mom at her wedding, and how working on her forthcoming memoir, "Briefly I Knew My Mother," has affected her grief.
Grief In Your Twenties - Amber Jeffrey/The Grief Gang
Amber Jeffrey is the creator and host of The Grief Gang, a podcast by and for young adults who want to normalize the conversation about loss. Amber was 19 when her mom died suddenly, throwing her into a period of questioning and reworking so much in her life. We talk about what inspired her to start The Grief Gang, the solace she finds in the online grief community, navigating the winter holidays & grief, and what to do when a grief activating song comes on during a manicure.
Grieving A Mother While Becoming A Mother - Dara Kurtz
When Dara Kurtz was in her late twenties she was excited. Excited about being pregnant. She was also devastated. Devastated that her mother was recently diagnosed with stage IV cancer. As Dara’s baby grew, Dara’s mother grew closer to the end of her life. Two weeks after Dara’s daughter was born, her mother died – sweeping Dara into a whirlwind of diametrically opposed emotional states: the thrill of being a new mother and the heartbreak of being a grieving daughter.
Holidays, Grief, & A Pandemic
It's our third annual holidays & grief episode with Rebecca Hobbs-Lawrence, Pathways Program Coordinator at the Dougy Center. We share updated ideas for navigating the winter holidays while grieving, during a pandemic.
For more ideas on holidays & grief visit our website, listen to Ep. 27 & Ep. 98, and follow us on Instagram (@thedougycenter) & Facebook (@thedougycenter) to catch all of our Dougy's (a very different) December Tips.
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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.
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!
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.