58 episodes

At Love & Loss we aim to shed light on pregnancy and infant loss. We talk with parents and specialists in the loss community as they give us insight to their experiences and expertise. Love & Loss is not a substitute for clinical therapy. We encourage all grieving families to seek council from a specialist.

Love & Loss Joy Van Staalduinen

    • Kids & Family
    • 5.0 • 10 Ratings

At Love & Loss we aim to shed light on pregnancy and infant loss. We talk with parents and specialists in the loss community as they give us insight to their experiences and expertise. Love & Loss is not a substitute for clinical therapy. We encourage all grieving families to seek council from a specialist.

    Mary Toland Shaw: Michael John's Story

    Mary Toland Shaw: Michael John's Story

    Mary Toland Shaw is a certified Spiritual Life Coach, a HeartMath Resilience Mentor, a Healing Touch Practitioner, a Life-Cycle Celebrant, and soon to be ordained Interfaith Minister. Her second son, Michael John, transitioned from life, 38 weeks in the womb in July of 1991. Mary also experienced 3 miscarriages at between 3-4 months in the womb. Mary has 3 wonderful adult living children, and a stepdaughter. No stranger to the pain experienced by infant losses, Mary’s passion is to help others find comfort and healing through compassionate, personalized ceremonies and meaningful rituals that honor their beloved child(ren). Mary also helps women who are experiencing any kind of inner turmoil, owing to relationship heartache, to recapture their sense of joy, meaning and connection to the Divine (her website is www.sacred relationship.com). She resides in Chattanooga, TN with her husband Mike and their maltipoo, Gracie. @marytolandshaw

    • 42 min
    Melinda Peterson: Oak's Story

    Melinda Peterson: Oak's Story

    Melinda is an Intuitive Health Practitioner, bereaved mother, maternal death survivor, registered nurse (RN), adoptive mother, and entrepreneur. She is the founder of Scarlit Coaching, a integrative health movement for women to find joy and true healing through reconnecting to the wisdom of our bodies. Despite adequate prenatal care, Melinda lost her son Oak and almost her life in 2014 at 25 weeks due to a missed ectopic pregnancy. Through her journey of regaining strength and channeling grief, Melinda was called to nursing, volunteering, and publicly sharing what she experienced in her near-death experience. She was Board Chair of RTZ: HOPE, a nonprofit for bereaved families, and is still an active volunteer with the organization. Prior to becoming a nurse, she worked as an environmental scientist. Melinda lives in Fort Collins, Colorado with her husband, toddler daughter, and poodle.

    • 45 min
    Kirsten Hopfensperger: Theo's Story

    Kirsten Hopfensperger: Theo's Story

    Growing up in a family that had a passion for writing and drawing, Kirsten was influenced by generation after generation of writers and artists. She has shared these passions since childhood, but did not self-publish her first book, rearranged, until her late twenties. She was moved to share her work after going through loss, grief and healing. In writing, she experienced light after loss. Her first book, rearranged, encompasses her journey to healing and was the winner of the Indies Today’s 2022 Best Poetry Award. Her second book, I Love You From Heaven, is a children’s book about angel babies and children in Heaven. When not writing, Kirsten can be found spending time with her husband and two children. She is active in the pursuit to find wholeness and soaking up as much family time as she can, whether that be at their family cabins or snuggled up with a blanket and a good book at home with her kids. She believes in sharing hope for others who may be struggling, and has a captivating vulnerability to her work.

    https://kirstenhopfensperger.com/

    • 34 min
    RTZ Hope

    RTZ Hope

    RTZ HOPE is a national non-profit organization that provides holistic support, resources, and community for all people who have experienced unimaginable loss during the journey to parenthood.

    No matter if your loss is recent or in the past, RTZ HOPE is dedicated to empowering parents to seek whatever paths to healing are right for you.

    We come alongside anyone who would otherwise suffer in silence. As impossible as it may feel right now, we want you to know there is hope. You will never forget your baby, but you will find meaning and experience joy again.

    https://rtzhope.org/

    • 35 min
    Natasha de Sousa: Leo's Story

    Natasha de Sousa: Leo's Story

    Natasha de Sousa is a mother, wife, avid reader, and aspiring author. In 2013, she lost her son Leo at 23 weeks of gestation. Since Leo's passing, she has been actively involved in the pregnancy and infant loss community by volunteering for various organizations. She is currently the Board Chair for RTZ Hope (@rtzhope), a national non-profit organization that provides holistic support, resources, and community for all people who have experienced a loss during the journey to parenthood. Originally born in Brazil to Indian parents, Natasha grew up in Canada and currently lives in Seattle, Washington with her husband and 3 living children.

    • 49 min
    Hadeer El-Hinddawi: Bereavement Doula

    Hadeer El-Hinddawi: Bereavement Doula

    Hadeer is a certified doula in infertility and infant and pregnancy loss. She has helped many people pass through the grief. She herself experienced 6 losses back-to-back. After her Termination for Medical Reason (TFMR), she couldn't navigate the grief alone. She took up the doula course to help her understand what she's experiencing. She has had multiple miscarriages and a late-term missed miscarriage at 38 weeks when she delivered a stillborn boy. With her wealth of knowledge and empathy, she is here to assist you on your journey. She can be reached on Instagram @snowflakesonroses

    • 28 min

Customer Reviews

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NeighborLove ,

Third episode: wow!

The interview with Erin Roesch was so vivid, heartbreaking, and somehow uplifting. Really appreciate the theological reflections and the brutal honesty. Thank you, Joy, for helping those of us in the “loss family”! 🙏🏽

cadarad ,

Amazing story

Joy has such an amazing story that she is sharing to help others. She is authentic in her story telling and it is uplifting to know she has turned her grief into a beautiful thing. I’m looking forward to future stories!

little.dasha ,

Love and Loss

Excellent First podcast! So helpful to hear you describe your reality!I am so glad Sweet-pea was loved, lived, and is remembered with honor. I love you Joy! May the Lord use sweet-peas life to bring healing to many!

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