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Grieving Voices is a podcast started by a lifelong griever for grievers. The mission of Grieving Voices is to change the conversation around grief, and how we address our own and that of others and give grievers a platform for sharing what grief has taught them. Through education and personal story, listeners will learn more effective ways to help themselves and others. The Grieving Voices podcast is part of The Unleashed Heart, LLC. Grief resources and additional support are available at www.theunleashedheart.com

Grieving Voices Victoria Volk, The Unleashed Heart, LLC

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    • 4.8 • 29 Ratings

Grieving Voices is a podcast started by a lifelong griever for grievers. The mission of Grieving Voices is to change the conversation around grief, and how we address our own and that of others and give grievers a platform for sharing what grief has taught them. Through education and personal story, listeners will learn more effective ways to help themselves and others. The Grieving Voices podcast is part of The Unleashed Heart, LLC. Grief resources and additional support are available at www.theunleashedheart.com

    Q&A | Feeling Ghosted in My Grief

    Q&A | Feeling Ghosted in My Grief

    When grappling with profound loss; it's  during these times that we look to our friends for comfort, only to realize that some may have taken a step back just when we needed them most.

    If you've ever felt let down by the people you expected to be there for you during tough times, this discussion is for you.

    In this episode, we explore:
    The complexity of grief and how it can affect relationships. How friends may struggle with their own emotions or uncertainty on how to support us.The importance of clear communication about what support looks like for YOU. Finding additional sources of comfort beyond your immediate circle.Grief is tough. It tests bonds and bends emotions. But it also teaches us about resilience, compassion, and the true strength of our connections.
    It's crucial then to communicate openly—expressing what form of support you're seeking can bridge gaps and foster understanding. Yet it’s equally important to temper those expectations because not all friendships are built for stormy weather.

    Remember: Your worth isn't measured by others' capacity to stay beside you in your darkest hours. As you wade through grief's currents, know that it’s okay if some relationships drift away—it opens space for growth and new connections.

    As for those who do stand by you? Cherish them—they are your lighthouses in life’s storms.


    RESOURCES:
    Early episodes that may interest you...
    Ep. 3 | Why Grief Keeps Us StuckEp. 4 | The Six Myths of GriefEp. 5 | Academy Award RecoveryEp. 6 | The Manifestation of GriefEp. 10 | Apologies & Forgiveness_______

    NEED HELP?
    National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255Crisis Text Line provides free, 24/7 support via text message. Text HOME to 741741 to connect with a trained Crisis CounselorIf you are struggling with grief due to any of the 40+ losses, free resources are available HERE.

    CONNECT WITH VICTORIA: 
    InstagramWebsiteLinkedInFacebookSupport the showThis episode is sponsored by Do Grief Differently™️, my twelve-week, one-on-one, in-person/online program for grievers who have suffered any type of loss to feel better. Click here to learn new tools, grief education, and the only evidence-based method for moving beyond the pain of grief.

    Would you like to join the mission of Grieving Voices in normalizing grief and supporting hurting hearts everywhere? Become a supporter of the show HERE.

    • 7 min
    The Guilt and Blame Game

    The Guilt and Blame Game

    How often have we heard or even played 'the guilt and blame game' in relationships? This emotional turmoil hinders healing and obscures the path to genuine connection.

    In today's episode, we dive deep into the complex themes of self-love, self-acceptance, and navigating loss. Healing isn't just about moving past grief; it involves embracing responsibility for our emotions, navigating forgiveness, and making peace internally—sometimes without confronting another soul. As a grief counselor, I've witnessed how loss challenges faith and spirituality but also offers profound lessons in nurturing them.

    Regret may whisper tales of what could have been, yet authentic care means addressing those echoes within us rather than seeking external resolutions. Grief is personal—it carves unique paths for each wanderer—and advice must be sifted like grains through fingers until only what serves remains.

    Today reminds us that life is transient—"you are dust, and to dust you will return." This sentiment urges us to contemplate our aspirations before time writes its final word on our chapter.

    An oracle card left me contemplating as it spoke of new chapters filled with uncertainty—an inevitable companion in growth. Embrace this dance with change as your story unfolds into awakening.

    Here’s to new beginnings built on foundations of love—for oneself first—that ripple outward.


    RESOURCES:
    Do Grief Differently™️_______

    NEED HELP?
    National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255Crisis Text Line provides free, 24/7 support via text message. Text HOME to 741741 to connect with a trained Crisis CounselorIf you are struggling with grief due to any of the 40+ losses, free resources are available HERE.

    CONNECT WITH VICTORIA: 
    InstagramWebsiteLinkedInFacebookSupport the showThis episode is sponsored by Do Grief Differently™️, my twelve-week, one-on-one, in-person/online program for grievers who have suffered any type of loss to feel better. Click here to learn new tools, grief education, and the only evidence-based method for moving beyond the pain of grief.

    Would you like to join the mission of Grieving Voices in normalizing grief and supporting hurting hearts everywhere? Become a supporter of the show HERE.

    • 26 min
    Supporting Yourself When It's a Less Than Happy Valentine's Day

    Supporting Yourself When It's a Less Than Happy Valentine's Day

    In the quiet moments of early morning, as the world stirs awake and you're left with your thoughts, do you ever reflect on what self-love truly means? How often do we pause to consider that perhaps the most enduring relationship we'll ever have is with ourselves?

    As Valentine's Day approaches, hearts and flowers flood our surroundings, reminding us all about love. But amidst this celebration of affection, a deeper connection often goes unnoticed – the love we give ourselves.

    This week on Grieving Voices, I'm peeling back the layers of what it means to cherish and prioritize yourself truly. As Valentine's Day approaches, let's shift our focus from external expressions of affection to cultivating an inner sanctuary of self-compassion and care.

    The key takeaways from this episode include:
    The significance of daily self-love practices such as affirmations, gratitude journaling, self-care rituals, mindful movements like yoga or walking, engaging in creative endeavors, eating healthily, taking breaks from digital devices, and honoring one's emotions.How these practices create joyous avenues toward hope and emotional liberation.The importance of establishing healthy boundaries for overall well-being.Conditional or self-sacrificial love isn't sustainable. True empowerment comes when choices are made free from the weight of others' expectations—when they spring from a well of genuine self-regard.

    How do we cultivate this kind of self-love? Daily affirmations remind us of our worthiness. A gratitude practice opens our eyes to life’s blessings amidst pain. Self-care days aren’t indulgent—they're necessary retreats for rejuvenation. Mindful movement brings us back into harmony with our bodies, while creative expression unlocks inner worlds waiting to be explored.

    Proper nutrition fuels not just the body but also the spirit—and sometimes, what we need most is simply disconnecting from digital noise through detoxes that allow quiet reflection and growth.

    This Valentine’s Day, let's shift the focus inward. Celebrate by embracing your internal reservoirs of love so that every other day is enriched by your own heart’s abundance.
    RESOURCES:
    Do Grief Differently™️_______

    NEED HELP?
    National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255Crisis Text Line provides free, 24/7 support via text message. Text HOME to 741741 to connect with a trained Crisis CounselorIf you are struggling with grief due to any of the 40+ losses, free resources are available HERE.

    CONNECT WITH VICTORIA: 
    InstagramWebsiteLinkedInSupport the showThis episode is sponsored by Do Grief Differently™️, my twelve-week, one-on-one, in-person/online program for grievers who have suffered any type of loss to feel better. Click here to learn new tools, grief education, and the only evidence-based method for moving beyond the pain of grief.

    Would you like to join the mission of Grieving Voices in normalizing grief and supporting hurting hearts everywhere? Become a supporter of the show HERE.

    • 13 min
    What Is Your Grief Story? | An Excerpt From My Book

    What Is Your Grief Story? | An Excerpt From My Book

    In the quiet moments of reflection, we often find ourselves face-to-face with our deepest losses. Join me today as I embark on a unique episode of "Grieving Voices," where I read an excerpt from my  self-published book, "The Guided Heart: Moving Through Grief and Finding Spiritual Solace." Let's discover how my own experiences with loss from a young age have unknowingly mirrored the language of grief recovery even before I formally encountered it.

    In this heartfelt session, I explore:
    The personal impact of losing my father at eight years old.How grief manifested in different aspects of my life.The therapeutic power of journaling during my high school years.Insights into emotional unavailability and its effects on family dynamics.
    In this episode, I also draw connections between the content in my book written before learning about grief recovery methods and the concepts found within them. I share thoughts on letting go, acknowledging pain points, and coping mechanisms that can span decades.

    Grief isn't selective; it touches all corners of life, including relationships, careers, finances, and more. The way we cope can either mend or strain our emotional health. My story is not unique – it echoes many others’ struggles with life after loss.

    Reflect on your path by following along in an exercise I propose—writing down your feelings to confront the emotional weight you carry. It’s not just cathartic; it’s a step toward understanding and clarity.

    As we continue exploring various dimensions of grief throughout future episodes of "Grieving Voices," remember that each person’s path toward healing is unique. Whether through reconnecting with faith or finding solace within oneself after experiencing profound losses—as I did—the goal remains constant: acknowledging our pain so that we may embrace life more fully and presently.

    RESOURCES:
    My Book, The Guided Heart: Moving Through Grief & Finding Spiritual SolaceBook | The Grief Recovery HandbookDo Grief Differently™️Episode Sponsor: Magic Mind | Use the code "GRIEVINGVOICES" to receive 20% off
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    NEED HELP?


    National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255Crisis Text Line provides free, 24/7 support via text message. Text HOME to 741741 to connect with a trSupport the showThis episode is sponsored by Do Grief Differently™️, my twelve-week, one-on-one, in-person/online program for grievers who have suffered any type of loss to feel better. Click here to learn new tools, grief education, and the only evidence-based method for moving beyond the pain of grief.

    Would you like to join the mission of Grieving Voices in normalizing grief and supporting hurting hearts everywhere? Become a supporter of the show HERE.

    • 26 min
    How Do I Deal With the Anger I Feel?

    How Do I Deal With the Anger I Feel?

    Today's episode of GrievingVoices takes a deep dive into the complex emotion of anger, especially for us Human Design Manifestor-types navigating loss and trauma. I open up about my battle with anger following life's curveballs and how it can be misunderstood or mishandled.

    As someone who has walked through the fire of personal loss and trauma, I've learned firsthand how anger can be both destructive and transformative. It's not just an outburst; it’s a signal calling us to introspection.

    Why does this affect me so deeply?

    What boundaries have been crossed?

    Many turn to short-term fixes or STERBs (short-term energy-relieving behaviors) like anger to cope with grief. But these are merely band-aids on deeper emotional wounds. The key lies in processing anger constructively. This isn't about suppressing emotions but rather understanding them—identifying what needs protection or restoration within ourselves before we react impulsively.

    Key Takeaways:
    -Anger should prompt introspection rather than projection onto others.
    -Short-term coping mechanisms like STERBs provide temporary relief but do not address underlying emotional pain.
    - Constructive processing of anger involves self-protection and restoration efforts.
    - Emotional intelligence grows through understanding our reactions and setting healthy boundaries.

    Establishing clear boundaries emerged as another critical theme. The absence of boundary-setting skills during childhood can lead to adult challenges such as unchecked anger. To navigate this complex terrain, the book "Boundaries" is recommended for those seeking guidance on creating and implementing boundaries.

    Engagement with our emotions in real-time fosters balance and wellness. Tools like visualization and mindful breathing are practical strategies for dissipating anger without confrontation. We pave the way toward transformative life changes by embracing self-awareness and actively managing our emotions.

    Join me in embracing self-awareness and mastering emotional management as pathways toward transforming our lives after loss.

    RESOURCES:
    Human DesignBook | Boundaries Updated and Expanded Edition: When to Say Yes, How to Say No To Take Control of Your LifeYouMapGrief RecoveryEpisode Sponsor: Magic Mind | Use the code "GRIEVINGVOICES" to receive one month free with a 3-month subscription. This special promotion is only for January!
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    NEED HELP?


    National Suicide PSupport the showThis episode is sponsored by Do Grief Differently™️, my twelve-week, one-on-one, in-person/online program for grievers who have suffered any type of loss to feel better. Click here to learn new tools, grief education, and the only evidence-based method for moving beyond the pain of grief.

    Would you like to join the mission of Grieving Voices in normalizing grief and supporting hurting hearts everywhere? Become a supporter of the show HERE.

    • 28 min
    Mandy Capehart | The Integration of Grief and Restoration of Self

    Mandy Capehart | The Integration of Grief and Restoration of Self

    In this week's heartfelt episode, we dive into the complexities of grief with my special guest, Mandy Capehart – a trauma-informed certified grief educator and somatic embodiment life coach.

    Mandy shares her journey through grief, which led her to establish the Restorative Grief Project, an online community dedicated to supporting grievers and those who stand by them. Her book, "Restorative Grief: Embracing Our Losses Without Losing Ourselves," is a blend of memoir and practical guidebook that offers insight into managing loss.

    We touch on topics like:
    The universality of experiencing lossMoving beyond minimizing painNavigating uncertainty in times of sorrowHow our upbringing shapes our understanding of griefMandy also delves into how COVID-19 has highlighted the need for greater 'grief literacy' – acknowledging that you don't need death as a reason to grieve. She emphasizes validating experiences rather than dismissing them and discusses how she uses storytelling as a tool for connection and healing.

    Moreover, Mandy opens up about personal losses such as miscarriages, providing raw insights into the emotional turmoil they entail while calling out common misconceptions surrounding them.

    This episode is not just about dealing with grief but learning from it, embracing vulnerability, and engaging in deeper conversations instead of hiding behind social niceties or sugarcoated interactions.

    This conversation provides solace and guidance for anyone grappling with loss or seeking ways to support others in their grieving process.

    Key Takeaway:
    Grief isn't solely triggered by death; it encompasses various forms of personal loss and change. The conversation challenges us to confront cultural tendencies that often minimize these experiences or avoid deep discussions.

    Mandy’s insights remind us that grieving is not just an emotional process but one that touches every fiber of our being - physically, mentally, and spiritually.

    Your story matters. Your pain deserves recognition. And together, we can find pathways toward restoration.

    RESOURCES:
    Restorative Grief Project on FacebookMichelle Obama's BookEnneagram E-Book | Pop-Up Opt-In on WebsiteCONNECT:
    WebsiteInstagramLinkedInEpisode Sponsor: Magic Mind | Use the code "GRIEVINGVOICES" to receive one month free with a 3-month subscription. This special promotion is only for January!
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    NEED HELP?


    National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255Crisis TSupport the showThis episode is sponsored by Do Grief Differently™️, my twelve-week, one-on-one, in-person/online program for grievers who have suffered any type of loss to feel better. Click here to learn new tools, grief education, and the only evidence-based method for moving beyond the pain of grief.

    Would you like to join the mission of Grieving Voices in normalizing grief and supporting hurting hearts everywhere? Become a supporter of the show HERE.

    • 1 hr 3 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
29 Ratings

29 Ratings

JenWk0001 ,

Thanks Victoria

Your podcast and sharing of this subject has helped me with my grief. Much appreciated friend.

Luna Peak Foundation ,

Love the stories

I love the stories and wide variety of topics covered on the show. Victoria is a wonderful host. I am very thankful for this important resource for grievers.

Dg9393 ,

Awesome Podcast to Help Anyone Grieving

This show dives deep into all things grief. Victoria makes space for her guests and creates an environment where the guest has the chance to really open up about their loss. What I love about this show is that the focus of the episode is around how the guest moves forward after their loss. Great show and awesome interviews!

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