Join the CWK community as Kelly Grosklags, LICSW and producer Jeffrey Cloninger share uplifting conversations, helping you transform grief and loss into channels for greater insight, healing and peace.
The Widowed Dancer: Experiencing All Emotions After Loss
In this episode, Kelly interviews Bryan Martin aka Sealionbryan on social media. Bryan became a widower several years ago after his partner Clayton died from liver failure. Bryan does a beautiful job of speaking from his perspective about grief. Men in this society need more space to allow their grief to breathe and be acknowledged. Bryan is the widowed dancer on social media and finds gratitude daily amongst the grief. Is love possible after loss? Tune in to hear his experience with this. He is a beautiful writer and recently published a heartfelt book of his daily blogs. You can find his book on Amazon Amazon.com: The Widowed Dancer: Growing Through Grief With Gratitude. Also find him on Instagram @sealionbryan Facebook: Bryan Martin. Thank you for listening. As always, I see your grief. Be Gentle.
Children and Grief
In this episode, sponsored by Brighter Days Family Grief Center, www.brighterdaysgriefcenter.org, Kelly interviews Dr. Donna Shuurman, Ed.D, F.T. from Dougy Center www.dougy.org. Dr. Shuurman shares beautiful ways to speak to children/teens about death and grief. She has a wonderful, soft approach to speaking with younger grieving hearts. We know children feel grief, regardless of age. Many concerned adults have asked us over the years how to help grieving children, we hope this episode helps! Thank you, Dr. Shuurman for the incredible work you and your colleagues do everyday at the center.
The Power of Vulnerability
In this Episode, Kelly talks with Bryan Piatt, Mental Health Advocate and Podcast Host of “Take What Serves, Leave The Rest.” They have a heartfelt and real discussion about being Vulnerable and the power it has to help us heal. Kelly and Bryan share ways to open up. Bryan beautifully discussing his newer relationship with allowing others in. As Bryan poignantly expressed, “When one person has the courage to say life is hard and things are intense-and is really honest about the human experience, It gives everyone around them an opportunity to exhale.” We hope this episode helps you feel less alone.
ALL Grief Matters
In this episode Kelly Grosklags, LICSW, your podcast host, introduces the new format for season 4 episode 1. Kelly talks about how all grief matters and that if you feel a reaction to a loss, no matter how big or small, it is valid. Society tries to lay down the rules for who can and how long one should grieve. Listen to this episode as Kelly validates us all on our own experiences. As always, your grief is seen and held.
When Grief Is Complicated
In this episode, Jeffrey and Kelly have a candid conversation about the grief that doesn’t often get talked about. What do we do if we are relieved the person no longer is living because they hurt us so much? Or if we are estranged? There are types of losses that have multiple layers of grief attached. It’s important to acknowledge and honor this unique and deep pain as well. As always, thank you for listening. Peace.
Sibling Loss: The Forgotten Grievers
In this episode Kelly and Jeffrey are joined by Jordan Kilber and Jess Paschke, who lost their sister Jenna suddenly to a brain tumor. It is beautiful how they talk so lovingly about Jenna. They give us helpful and practical suggestions on how to support someone who has lost a sibling.
We know that often this type of loss isn’t honored as it should be. We are releasing this episode in November as it is Sibling Grief Awareness Month. Jordan and Jess welcome listeners to email them if they'd like to talk about sibling loss and other resources available to help.
Thank you Jordan & Jess!
Whole hearted & genuinely useful
This podcast is nothing short of amazing. So many marvelous truth bombs on topics that so need open, real, inspiring language to help us navigate grief, loss & heart ache. The kindness & wisdom of this podcast is everything. I find myself passing so many of them on to folks in my life who could be blessed. And they invariably are! Thank you for doing this podcast for us! ♥️
Amazing range of topics and all are deeply needed at this time
These podcasts are direct in their content but delivered with so much kindness. Wonderful resource for anyone experiencing grief sadness and loss which is just about 99% of us. Thank you Kelly and Jeffrey