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You can't go through life without experiencing loss and trauma the question is how do we deal and live with the grief and pain? Join Nathalie Himmelrich, grief expert and author, talking to people who have experienced grief and trauma first-hand. If you want to be inspired by others who traveled through their grief and trauma, found that healing is possible, and came out the other end knowing they can survive and thrive in life after loss. For more info: www.nathaliehimmelrich.com

How To Deal With Grief and Trauma Nathalie Himmelrich

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You can't go through life without experiencing loss and trauma the question is how do we deal and live with the grief and pain? Join Nathalie Himmelrich, grief expert and author, talking to people who have experienced grief and trauma first-hand. If you want to be inspired by others who traveled through their grief and trauma, found that healing is possible, and came out the other end knowing they can survive and thrive in life after loss. For more info: www.nathaliehimmelrich.com

    Nathalie with Jessica Zucker on Saying it Loudly: I Had a Miscarriage | Episode 24

    Nathalie with Jessica Zucker on Saying it Loudly: I Had a Miscarriage | Episode 24

    Today on the podcast I’m speaking with Jessica Zucker who is widely known on social media due to the movement she started in response to her miscarriage. She openly talks about her 16-week miscarriage and the more recent trauma of her journey with breast cancer.
    Similarly to Jessica’s intent with her #IHadaMiscarriage movement, this podcast is encouraging people to speak about the trauma they have endured and the grief they are dealing with. 
    Having chosen that path herself, Jessica says:
    ‘Without truth and candidness around these life experiences, then what? It's almost like then the onus is on us to sort of feel ashamed or silenced or embarrassed or like a failure. Culture wouldn't mind us feeling like that because then it would be easier if we just kind of curl up in a ball and keep it to ourselves, but I have clearly chosen not to do that.’ 
    About this week’s guest Dr Jessica Zucker is a psychologist specializing in reproductive health and the author of I had a Miscarriage: A Memoir, a Movement. She’s the creator of the #IHadaMiscarriage campaign. Her writing has appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Guardian, New York Magazine, and Vogue, among others. Jessica’s second book is in the works.
    Jessica’s links:
    Jessica Zucker’s Website
    Instagram: @ihadamiscarriage
    Topics discussed in this episode16-week miscarriage Unmedicated dilation and curettage (D&C)The long journey with breast cancerDealing with the physical trauma of multiple operations and people’s reactionsResources mentioned in this episodeSaying it Loudly: I Had a Miscarriage (New York Times article)Links--> For more information, please visit Nathalie’s website. 
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    • 45 min
    Nathalie with Rachelle Spencer on Being Proud on Who You’ve Become | Episode 23

    Nathalie with Rachelle Spencer on Being Proud on Who You’ve Become | Episode 23

    Today on the podcast I have the honour to dive deep into loss and trauma with Rachelle Spencer, who I’ve known since 2016. She has experienced multiple miscarriages and an abusive, toxic relationship. Rachelle is proud of who she has become not because but despite of her grief and trauma. 

    Rachelle found the support of a therapist instrumental in her healing and in making healthy decisions:
    ‘I know you mentioned therapist, but that was hugely instrumental for me to have a safe place, a sounding board. I don’t want to underestimate how big that was because I was figuring things out and learning to make decisions on my own. There was one person that completely supported whatever decision I made and trusted me to figure it out.’ 
    About this week’s guest Rachelle Spencer is an entrepreneur and mom in Baltimore, Maryland (USA). She started her handmade jewellery business after she lost 4 children to early miscarriage. She now has a son, daughter, and another little one on the way. She spends most of her time doing photography, reading children's books, or trying her hand out at a new creative outlet.
    Rachelle’s links:
    Website: www.rachelle-isms.com
    Instagram: @rachelle.isms 
    Topics discussed in this episodeMultiple miscarriages Toxic relationship leading to divorceEducating children, helping them understand how to deal with emotions, consent, trauma etcCo-parenting and parenting as a blended family The value of therapeutic supportSecondary lossesResources mentioned in this episodeMay We All Heal peer support groupLinks--> For more information, please visit Nathalie’s website. 
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    • 41 min
    Nathalie with Brooke Carlock on If This Wasn’t Enough Already | Episode 22

    Nathalie with Brooke Carlock on If This Wasn’t Enough Already | Episode 22

    Today on the podcast I’m speaking with Brooke whose story could be one that movies are made of. She has experienced loss after loss culminating in a series of devastating and traumatic losses within the past 12 months. 


    Listening to Brooke telling her life story is both devastating and shocking, at the same time as hope-inspiring in the way she’s living her life after loss with fierce resilience at the same time as grieving. 


    She speaks candidly about the dark places she went through while grieving and how she got help when she was suicidal. 


    The truth is that there are people like Brooke who have no choice but to live with multiple traumatic losses. The question is: how do we meet them? How do we enable ourselves to hold space for someone and their situation? 


    Regarding the people who helped Brooke the most, she says:


    ‘I want to be strong, and I want to keep going and find meaning in things. I'm just like a go-go-go person and the most helpful thing for me was people saying: ‘Slow down and breathe. You need to feel this and not rush through it, not ignore it, not medicate it.’ 


    About this week’s guest Brooke Carlock has experienced more grief and loss in her lifetime than most...
    Read Brooke's bio here.
    Topics discussed in this episodeLoss of her favourite grandfather when Brooke was 10-year-old Loss of her sister leaving behind young children, and multiple losses in the close familyDivorceMost recently her father (heart attack), closely followed by her stepmom (overdose) and dealing with both funeral arrangementNews of the terminal illness of her motherLoss of her daughter Libby through a car accidentDealing with the dark places in early grief and suicidal thoughtsResources mentioned in this episodeAutonomous sensory meridian response (ASMR), here is an example https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OhRrXuBU8-QLinks--> For more information, please visit Nathalie’s website. 


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    Remember to keep breathing, I promise, it will get easier. 


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    • 45 min
    Nathalie with Sharna Southan on the Changes Needed in Pregnancy Loss Support | Episode 21

    Nathalie with Sharna Southan on the Changes Needed in Pregnancy Loss Support | Episode 21

    Today on the podcast I’m speaking with Sharna who I’ve come to appreciate as a force for change in regard to the support offered to women in dealing with their pregnancy loss, a passion we have in common. 
    Talking about her missed miscarriage Sharna shares:
    ‘…never experienced contractions before so I didn’t know that's what I was experiencing until I got to the hospital until they told me then what was going on. They also told me that one in four pregnancies ends in loss and I was like: “Well, then why do I feel like I'm the only one? Why is there not enough information? Why does no one talk about this?” I felt like I was living under a rock, like where have I been my whole life to not know about this?’ 
    About this week’s guest Sharna Southan is an ICF-certified coach, a mum to her rainbow baby, a business owner and a wife. She followed her heart and soul into business after her own pregnancy loss in 2017. Sharna firmly believes that our adversity gives us an opportunity to grow. 
    She founded The Institute of Healing through Pregnancy Loss supporting loss parents with her transformative Pregnancy Loss recovery method and teaching her signature Pregnancy Loss Practitioner™️ Certification Program. 
    Topics discussed in this episodeDealing with the loss of her father at the age of nineteen, led to depression, anxiety, panic attacksMissed miscarriage and the trauma of miscarrying Feeling isolated in not knowing that 1 in 4 pregnancies ends in lossLack of information and support on what miscarriage means emotionally, and physically and what it may require in careFinding help through professional supportResources mentioned in this episodeGrieving Parents Support NetworkMay We All Heal peer support groupLinks--> For more information, please visit Nathalie’s website. 
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    • 38 min
    Nathalie with Katja Faber on Continuing Living While Grieving After Homicide Loss Part 2 | Episode 20

    Nathalie with Katja Faber on Continuing Living While Grieving After Homicide Loss Part 2 | Episode 20

    Today on the podcast I have the pleasure to delve deeper with Katja Faber, who has been a guest on the Podcast in Season 1. If you haven’t already, go check out her episode which has been one of most downloaded and listener showed a clear interest to know more. 
    Among other things, today Katja and I speak about the important topic of victim blaming and defamation, the changes in personality due to dealing with such a traumatic loss and the loss of innocence. 
    Katja shares:
    ‘I cannot image that however much I have come to accept the reality, that I’m a loss mother I will ever accept that Alex is dead. These are just two things that I can know for myself that this is something I am now. That my son does not live anymore, I still struggle with. And I always will.’
    About this week’s guest Katja Faber is the mother of three children. Following her 23-year-old son's murder in Switzerland, she used her legal training to work closely with lawyers and the State Prosecutor to secure justice for her dead son. Through her writing at Still Standing Magazine and other grief-related publications she hopes to break the taboo of homicide loss and child loss. She runs her own fruit farm and is an advocate of ecotherapy as a means of finding healing following traumatic loss. Katja is a certified Compassionate Bereavement Care® counselor through the Center for Loss and Trauma in partnership with the MISS Foundation and the Elisabeth Kubler-Ross Family Trust.
    Make sure to listen to the podcast to the very end as there are some gems to be found there. I am sure you will enjoy and learn from today’s episode.
    Katja’s Links: 
    Website Articles on Still Standing MagazineFacebook pageInstagramTopics discussed in this episodeThe challenges of being in court, both as a grieving mother and as a plaintiffThe invaluable support of friends and familyVictim blaming and defamationThe changes in her personalityThe loss of innocenceLinks--> For more information, please visit Nathalie’s website. 
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    • 35 min
    Nathalie with Joy Bornstein on Using Art to Cope with Loss and Trauma | Episode 19

    Nathalie with Joy Bornstein on Using Art to Cope with Loss and Trauma | Episode 19

    Today on the podcast I’m speaking with Joy, who I've known since 2015 as part of the May We All Heal community. This community was born out of a group of women from the Grieving Parents Support Network. They came together year after year during the month of May to focus on dealing with their grief using creativity. 
    Joy has used a unique approach with her artwork, which can be seen on her Instagram channel. 
    Joy describes how she moved from feeling ashamed for disassociating from her pain, which was her coping mechanism to understanding and appreciating it as her survival strategy at the time. 
    Joy says:
    ‘You deal with it when you can. That is how you are surviving. That is how your brain is keeping you safe in a situation that is not safe so now it's like ‘oh yeah just disassociating, it's okay, I’ll deal with it later.’ I mean it doesn't mean it's easy to deal with but just knowing that yeah that's an ok thing to do for my brain to survive.’
    About this week’s guest Joy Bornstein uses art as a way to process everyday emotions and the long-term scars left by trauma. She is the mother of 3 living children, the mother of a stillborn son, Bennet, and a former victim of domestic abuse. Joy uses colour, line, and shape to explore emotions in a way that can't be expressed in words in an attempt to turn pain into beauty.
    Joy’s Instagram: @fire_fly_joy
    Topics discussed in this episodeStillbirth and physical traumaShame around the coping strategy of disassociating Dissolving a marriage, domestic abuse, divorce, custody battles, and dealing with the children’s traumaMay We All Heal – using art to cope with loss and trauma Resources mentioned in this episodeMay We All Heal: Creative Healing After LossMay We All Heal BookLinks--> For more information, please visit Nathalie’s website. 
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    • 36 min

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An Important Resource

Nathalie has created such an important resource, suitable for anyone. As she states, in life we will all encounter grief or trauma and it is an important healing tool to know that while our grief is individualized, we are not alone. Here, we hear from many different people about many different experiences of hurt and healing and this gives me hope that the human spirit is resilient and capable of a good life despite our hardships, even the hardest of hard experiences.

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