This unique podcast explores the intersection of food and grief. Mother-daughter cohosts Bobbie Comforto and Zahra Tangorra are joined by a special guest who shares their personal experience with loss, grief, and heartbreak, and how food factored into their journey. Bobbie has worked as a psychotherapist specializing in bereavement and trauma for over 30 years, but before entering the world of grief counseling Bobbie was a culinary entrepreneur. Zahra Tangorra is a Brooklyn-based chef and restaurant consultant. They share a deep love of food and a personal understanding of its connection to grief.
Change and loss are inevitable in all our lives. The relationships that we as humans have surrounding food and loss are universal and relatable across different cultures, beliefs, and lifestyles. It is our individual adaptation to the things we cannot control that makes us unique. Processing exposes and digests these commonalities and differences in each episode.
Change and loss are inevitable in all our lives. The relationships that we as humans have surrounding food and loss are universal and relatable across different cultures, beliefs, and lifestyles. It is our individual adaptation to the things we cannot control that makes us unique. Processing will expose and digest these commonalities and differences in each episode.
Laura Davis- "Brisket"
Hello friends! We are back with a very special episode! This week we welcome Laura Davis. Laura the author of seven non-fiction books, including The Courage to Heal, Becoming the Parent You Want to Be, and I Thought We'd Never Speak Again. Her groundbreaking books have been translated into 11 languages and have sold more than 1.8 million copies.
In her new book, The Burning Light of Two Star, Laura examines the endurance of mother-daughter love, how memory protects and betrays us, and the determination it takes to fulfill a promise when ghosts from the past come knocking.
Laura teaches writing online, in person, and in domestic and international retreats, and you can find information on how to be a part of these on her website, www.lauradavis.net
Laura is a beautiful writer who has helped so many people with her work, and it was an absolute honor to have her on our show! Thank you Laura
Alexis Arvidson-Needham- “Inheritance Potatoes”
This week we have the distinct pleasure of speaking with Zahra’s long time best friend, Alexis Arvidson-Needham. Alexis is an Acupuncturist and practitioner of Eastern and Western Herbal Medicine. She joins us to talk about a very complicated and very common type of grief: ambiguous grief. Alexis shares about her strained relationship with her father, and how though he is alive, she deeply feels the grief of a life with him being largely absent from her life. This was a really deep and touching conversation, and something that many of us can relate to, and a new way to recognize grief in our own lives and those we love. Thank you to Alexis for her time and vulnerability ❤️
Erica Hill- “Apple Slices & Cheese”
On this week's show we have the absolute pleasure of speaking with Erica Hill. Erica is the owner of Sparrow Funeral Home in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. She joins us to discuss her vision and goals with Sparrow, as well as her own personal and profound experiences with grief. We loved our time with Erica, and we hope you enjoy this very special conversation.
Luka Romonova- "Pelmeni"
On this week's very special episode we welcome Artist, Bartender, and Pay It Forward Charleston grant recipient, Luka Romonova. Pay It Forward Charleston provides relief in the form of grants to Charleston's food and beverage community. Luka shares their experience with Pay It Forward, as well as their experiences with the intersection of food and grief. Their story is so touching and inspiring, and we were deeply honored to have them join us for this beautiful episode.
Please check out Pay It Forward Charleston, and help support this amazing cause.
Pay It Forward Charleston began as a collaboration between farmers, restaurants, and community members who united in an effort to feed food and beverage workers during the COVID-19 crisis.
With every $10 donated, a Charleston community member received a grocery bag ﬁlled with goods purchased at a discounted rate from local farms. The donations created income for farmers who were impacted by restaurant closures in the wake of COVID-19 and provided fresh produce to community members who were out of work.
In all, Pay It Forward raised $100,000 and delivered over 11,000 bags of groceries to the food and beverage community from March - September of 2020, working in collaboration with Feed the Need Charleston. Riding a wave of community support, the program was expanded to serve three area shelters before it was wrapped up that fall.
This week we read a beautiful listener letter from Lori, who shares with us some complicated feelings regarding travel and celebration after the passing of her husband, Lou. Thank you, Lori, for sharing this letter with us ❤️
Let’s Talk About Life
Hello sweet friends. We have missed you so! This week we are back to talk about the goings on in the world, what we’ve been up to, and how we’ve been handling it all. And we want to hear from you and how you’ve been handing it all too. Please drop us a line at email@example.com , or on our IG @processing_podcast if you want to share your story with us ❤️
Filled up my cup for the day
Processing created a beautiful space for vulnerable and honest conversation, and nonetheless about grief. Don’t miss it
I can’t get enough of these episodes
Warmth, depth, kindness, wisdom, laughter, tears - this podcast brings it all.
I so appreciate listening to this Podcast and it’s an important subject for sure. I feel it’s as vital to celebrate one’s end of life just like we celebrate when a baby is born. We all have a beginning and an end. Food is our nourishment in between. I enjoy Zahra’s frankness & 30 something point of view and I enjoy Bobbie’s “bittersweet” knowledge! Luv you two, Bridget