This ain't your average grief! Two things are inevitable in life: birth and death. Yet, the "how's your new baby" conversations are much more palatable than the "do you still think about your dead dad?" ones. And that's no surprise. Death is a strange topic. But it shouldn't be.
This storytelling podcast about grief and loss, and the intriguing ways you grow from it, takes a look at how the conversation can go much deeper than just the societal band-aid of "so sorry for your loss."
The host, Gianna DeMedio, shares stories of her own grief after losing her father suddenly at 27 and talks with guests about their encounters with death, grief, and loss.
Funeral, But Make It Fashion: Interview with Michelle Chikaonda
Think planning a funeral is tough, imagine doing it trans-continentally! Michelle Chikaonda discusses the cultural implications involved in her fashion choices for her father's funeral in Malawi, an event in which the guest of honor was actually fashionably late! We also talk about eulogy writing and the strange, but kind of endearing, trend of theme funerals.
Why We All Feel the Loss of Kobe Bryant
The sudden death of Kobe Bryant, his daughter Gianna "Gigi" Bryant, and seven others sent shock waves across the world. I'm at a loss for words, really, but being a podcast about grief, I felt compelled to speak out. It's interesting that we can feel such grief for a person we've never met, right? Many of you may be feeling a sincere grief for the first time, or your existing grief could be exacerbated by this loss (like me). I'll discuss all of this and what you can do to move on from this emotional news.
Suicide, Grieving in Youth & How Writing Can Help: Interview with Jamie-Lee Josselyn
Creative writing instructor from the University of Pennsylvania, Jamie-Lee Josselyn, shares with me how writing can help you process your grief. We covered a lot of other important topics, too, like the stigmas of suicide, how she strived to continue a normal life as a pre-teen after her loss and how she coped when she reached the age her mom died by suicide.
I Saw The Sign: Interview with Jessica Hersh
Do you ever hear a song or see a butterfly and think of your loved one on "the other side?" Do you see it as them sending you a sign, or pure coincidence? Jessica Hersh explains key points of the book "Signs: The Secret Language of the Universe" by Laura Lynne Jackson that might help you make a decision on that. She shares her grief journey and lessons she's learned after the death of her mother Sarajane from cancer in 2016. Plus, I tell my own story of signs as well as a few from SSFYL followers.
Saying Goodbye To Inanimate Objects
It's so hard to say goodbye...to inanimate objects! When your loved one has died, you begin to put an irrational amount of emotional value on the physical items they left behind. In this episode, I talk about a recent experience of cleaning out my closet and boxes full of items from my dad and grandmother. It can be tough, but so therapeutic! I'll tell you why and give you tips on how to make your day full of organization a successful one.
Planning a Wedding Through Grief: Interview with My Husband!
We did it! We are 6 weeks out from our wedding and we are happy to report that it was an amazing time and we got through it without our grief taking over. In this episode, you'll hear us break down the toughest parts of planning a wedding while grieving and what you need to know to make it to the altar unscathed.
Real. Raw. Relatable.
An incredible podcast that hits home for so many. The host, Gianna, is so relatable and raw in her stories and delivery. She really connects with her guests by asking questions regarding grief that some of us may not even think to delve into.
This podcast is not just for people who have lost a loved one, but it’s also for those who are trying to support and understand what others are going through when they experience a loss.
Looking forward to hearing so much more from this bright young woman!
Made me laugh....made me cry
This podcast brought me up and then down and back up again. It was a wonderful three course meal of emotions that I devoured. I’m excited for more episodes to come.....
For those of you not listening or subscribing......so sorry for your loss