39 min

Ep.37 | Amanda Held Opelt: Experiencing and Accepting Grief Saving You a Seat

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Have you ever felt so overwhelmed by grief that the world seemed upside down? As if there was no path through to the other side? If so, then this episode is for you. And if not, join us anyway because all of us will know sorrow at some point.

This week, I chat with Amanda Held Opelt, speaker, songwriter and an author of A Hole in the World, sharing how stories, community, and faith soften and heal our sorrow.

Our modern day culture encourages us to “be strong” in the face of heartbreak when we just need to let it out, wail, and honor the pain.  Losing a loved one is an unspeakable experience. As Amanda and I unpack our own stories about loss,  we hold out a lantern to others showing them that there is a path through grief by weaving it into our lives and knitting it into our hearts. We share the importance of grief rituals and how to navigate the fierce landscape of loss. This conversation is one of hope:  the hope that comes from embracing  grief and how doing so deepens love, faith, and healing.

Amanda and I are no strangers to grief, and this conversation is a gift. We hope you join us at the table.

Here’s what we connect on:


Accepting grief as our lives begin to change and shift after experiencing loss (5:54)
Learning to let go of the things we love the most + I share one of my favorite stories of learning to let go (8:35)
How grief rituals from around the world influence grief journeys in modern western society in daily life (16:24)
How weeping and worshiping go hand in hand and how God encourages us to grieve (24:39)
The power of getting into nature and finding solace in rituals of sun-land-and-blueberry picking amid the most painful losses like miscarriage (29:10)

Thank you so much for saving a seat for us this week! Please rate this podcast and subscribe so you don’t miss the next episode!

To connect with Amanda, visit her at @amandaheldopelt on Instagram, amandaheldopelt.com and listen to her music under the name “Amanda Opelt” including the new song, There are No Words.

To connect with Karen, follow her on social media: @karenjhardwick and visit connectedleaderbook.com to order The Connected Leader today.

Have you ever felt so overwhelmed by grief that the world seemed upside down? As if there was no path through to the other side? If so, then this episode is for you. And if not, join us anyway because all of us will know sorrow at some point.

This week, I chat with Amanda Held Opelt, speaker, songwriter and an author of A Hole in the World, sharing how stories, community, and faith soften and heal our sorrow.

Our modern day culture encourages us to “be strong” in the face of heartbreak when we just need to let it out, wail, and honor the pain.  Losing a loved one is an unspeakable experience. As Amanda and I unpack our own stories about loss,  we hold out a lantern to others showing them that there is a path through grief by weaving it into our lives and knitting it into our hearts. We share the importance of grief rituals and how to navigate the fierce landscape of loss. This conversation is one of hope:  the hope that comes from embracing  grief and how doing so deepens love, faith, and healing.

Amanda and I are no strangers to grief, and this conversation is a gift. We hope you join us at the table.

Here’s what we connect on:


Accepting grief as our lives begin to change and shift after experiencing loss (5:54)
Learning to let go of the things we love the most + I share one of my favorite stories of learning to let go (8:35)
How grief rituals from around the world influence grief journeys in modern western society in daily life (16:24)
How weeping and worshiping go hand in hand and how God encourages us to grieve (24:39)
The power of getting into nature and finding solace in rituals of sun-land-and-blueberry picking amid the most painful losses like miscarriage (29:10)

Thank you so much for saving a seat for us this week! Please rate this podcast and subscribe so you don’t miss the next episode!

To connect with Amanda, visit her at @amandaheldopelt on Instagram, amandaheldopelt.com and listen to her music under the name “Amanda Opelt” including the new song, There are No Words.

To connect with Karen, follow her on social media: @karenjhardwick and visit connectedleaderbook.com to order The Connected Leader today.

39 min