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Angela Kennecke is a journalist who lost her 21-year-old daughter Emily to fentanyl poisoning on May 16, 2018. Angela is "grieving out loud" to try to put an end to this epidemic by stopping the stigma and promoting the treatment of substance use disorder as the disease it is. Anyone coping with loss and looking for inspiration can benefit from listening to this podcast.

Grieving Out Loud: A Mother Coping with Loss in the Opioid Epidemic Angela Kennecke

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    • 4.8 • 79 Ratings

Angela Kennecke is a journalist who lost her 21-year-old daughter Emily to fentanyl poisoning on May 16, 2018. Angela is "grieving out loud" to try to put an end to this epidemic by stopping the stigma and promoting the treatment of substance use disorder as the disease it is. Anyone coping with loss and looking for inspiration can benefit from listening to this podcast.

    How to help people in grief

    How to help people in grief

    Your host, Angela Kennecke, has brought you conversations she has had with different speakers and authors from the Bereaved Parents USA Conference over the last four weeks. This week, Angela wraps up the series with a conversation she had with Pat Sheveland.
    Angela and Pat first met in 2020, when she was a guest on Grieving Out Loud, for the first time. Since that conversation, Pat has lost her mother and now has a new book called The Confident Grief Coach. In this episode of Grieving Out Loud, Pat shares even more about the best ways to cope with loss.
    Listen to Pat's first episode with Angela, Strategies for Survival after the Loss of a Child, here.
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    • 19 min
    “In a way I was glad I was the one who found him:” mother on loss of son to fentanyl

    “In a way I was glad I was the one who found him:” mother on loss of son to fentanyl

    Your host, Angela Kennecke, is bringing you conversations she had with different speakers and authors at the Bereaved Parents USA Conference in St. Louis in July. She recorded podcasts with women who have dealt with grief and transformed it into helping others cope.
    The death of Brenda’s son, Kevin’s addiction to painkillers, started after a traumatic brain injury. The loss of Kevin took Brenda down a new path to study grief and help others in this unfortunate club of bereaved parents.
    Next week, Angela will be bringing you her final interview from the national gathering.

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    • 21 min
    The unconventional way a grieving mom helps others transform their pain

    The unconventional way a grieving mom helps others transform their pain

    Your host, Angela Kennecke, is bringing you conversations she had with different speakers and authors at the Bereaved Parents USA Conference in St. Louis in July. She recorded podcasts with women who have dealt with grief and transformed it into helping others cope.
    Beth D’Angelo is an incredibly deep and spiritual person, in spite of, or perhaps because of, the loss of one of her three children. Beth is finding purpose and meaning after the loss of her 19-year-old son, Sean. She is the co-founder of Healing Through Hope, a non-profit that helps people cope with loss. Angela was lucky enough to take part in one of her healing sound baths at the conference, which uses Tibetan Bowls and other sound makers, along with meditation to help people heal.
    In this episode, Beth shares where she gets her strength and how she believes her son continues to guide her. 
    Next week, Angela will be bringing you another interview from the Bereaved Parents Conference.

    Grieving Out Loud with Angela Kennecke
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    • 28 min
    Author Peggy Green on surviving your child's suicide

    Author Peggy Green on surviving your child's suicide

    Your host, Angela Kennecke, is bringing you conversations she had with different speakers and authors at the Bereaved Parents USA Conference in St. Louis in July. She recorded podcasts with women who have dealt with grief and transformed it into helping others cope.
    Peggy Green sadly lost her baby girl at daycare, then suffered child loss again when her adult son completed suicide. As a grief coach and author, Peggy is now helping others move through their grief to healing. Her new book, “Survive Your Child’s Suicide,” is now being released.
    Next week, Angela will be bringing you another interview from the Bereaved Parents Conference.

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    • 20 min
    A mother's grief journey and how it changed her life

    A mother's grief journey and how it changed her life

    For the next five weeks, your host, Angela Kennecke, will be bringing you conversations that she had with different speakers and authors at the Bereaved Parents USA Conference in St. Louis in July. She recorded podcasts with women who have dealt with their own grief and have transformed it into helping others cope.
    We are kicking off this series with Diane Bergeron and coping with grief. One of her identical twins died shortly after birth, and this loss changed the trajectory of her life and that of her entire family. As a Ph.D. researcher, she is now focusing on how businesses and organizations can support bereaved employees.
    Read Diane Bergeron’s blog on leaving everything behind to live on a sailboat with her family for two years here: https://sailingunchartedwaters.com/
    Next week, Angela will be bringing you another interview from the Bereaved Parents Conference.

    www.emilyshope.foundation
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    • 29 min
    17-year-old makes a fatal mistake via Snapchat

    17-year-old makes a fatal mistake via Snapchat

    It’s becoming an all-too-common story; a young person buys a pill via social media that turns out to be 100 percent fentanyl. Laura Didier’s 17-year-old son, Zach, was experimenting with a couple of pills when he made this fatal mistake. Now Laura is turning her heartbreak into action through advocacy work and helping other parents who’ve lost children to fentanyl poisoning through the organization Song for Charlie.
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    • 39 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
79 Ratings

79 Ratings

Ax00xE ,

One of my favorite listens

Angela Kennecke is addressing all aspects of addiction, stigma, overdose, loss and grief in this podcast! Anyone who has suffered a loss will find comfort and hope by listening.

Courtney_1 ,

Episode 56 with Dr. Mo is amazing and inspirational!

What a storied life: I can hear her drive and passion in every word. Listening to her past and how she overcame addiction and then accomplished a Ph.D in addiction studies to further drug and alcohol prevention is truly inspiring. Both Angela and Dr. Mo are making an incredible difference in individuals’ lives and I wish them all the success in the world!

Diane Eide ,

Episode 45

Thank you for letting me tell Trace’s story. I feel the work Emily’s hope does and this podcast is so very important. I am grateful to be a part of it.

Episode 49
Thank you Tiffany for sharing your story. The parallels to Trace’s story are there. He grew up in a house where he had the latest games, clothes, family support. He always felt judged snd worthless once he started using. Like he didn’t matter enough. I am so thankful for you and what you are doing. Again thank you so much you are a brave lady!

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