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Grievers and grief professionals share their personal stories and describe what was helpful for them or their clients in working through grief. This podcast will outline steps to have hope and build meaning into your life.

Tendrils of Grief Susan Ways

    • Education
    • 4.7 • 32 Ratings

Grievers and grief professionals share their personal stories and describe what was helpful for them or their clients in working through grief. This podcast will outline steps to have hope and build meaning into your life.

    Overcoming Survivors Guilt and Learning to Love Life

    Overcoming Survivors Guilt and Learning to Love Life

    Susan welcomes Ria Ray, who is an artist, a creator, and a spiritual teacher. Her life took a defining turn when she was in her late twenties and a horrible accident took the life of her immediate family. Her need to make sense of this tragedy propelled her to look within and try to make sense of the world and understand the meaning of life. Walking through her grief, she found a determination to embrace life and love, which at the time seemed rather irrational.
     
    Ria is fully committed to continuing to push her own boundaries, past her internal limits, so she can feel and experience more of herself. Her drive strengthens her ability to serve the consciousness of humanity in the most expansive way possible and it is contagious to be uplifted by this energy.  From workshops where she guides people to learn to be fearless and embrace uncertainty, she moves people to own the beacon that shines within, to bypass the judgment and pain on their road to discovery.
     
    Key Takeaways:
    Ria shares how a terrible tragedy changed her life and became a defining moment. You don’t know how other people are going to react to death. Ria was sued by her own extended family. Ria met a powerful inner strength that she had no idea that she had. Ria talks about how grieving became a glue that brought together past trauma and her experiences in a dysfunctional family, and how she learned to see through all those layers to progress personally and emotionally. Ria talks about how she experienced survival guilt and kept on blaming herself for not being there. The tragedy awakened a missing part of Ria, and that missing part was her soul. Ria speaks about the first time her heart opened. Painting allowed Ria to free her soul. Ria found her purpose in giving, sharing, and helping, she didn’t want anyone to feel as desperate and lonely as she did. Little steps are the only way to heal. Ria explains how she teaches other people to accept their vulnerability and connect to their souls. Ria found that she could be anything that she wanted.  
    Resources
    Tendrilsofgrief.com
    Email Susan: susan@tendrilsofgrief.com
     
    Meet Ria Ray:
    Learn more about Ria Ray

    • 41 min
    Let Me Grieve: Gratitude and Resentment Can Coexist

    Let Me Grieve: Gratitude and Resentment Can Coexist

    Susan welcomes Dr. Elizabeth Collins to today’s episode. She is the owner and director of The East West Company, an integrative wellness practice specializing in burnout recovery coaching, functional medicine, acupuncture, and more. She uses her combined backgrounds in both Eastern and biomedicines, along with her training in hypnosis to approach healing from a perspective that seeks to fully integrate the mind,  body, and spirit. After experiencing and recovering from burnout, she made it her mission to help others identify their values, explore boundaries and bring a sense of balance to both their body and brain.
     
    Key Takeaways:
    Dr. Elizabeth explains how she uses Tarot in her practice, shuffles the cards, and one is chosen for this episode. Dr. Elizabeth shares her grief and burnout stories which are very much intertwined. Grief is cumulative. Dr. Elizabeth shares how to process and feel Little G and Big G of grief. You can be grateful and disappointed at the same time, give yourself permission to feel your feelings. Take the word “but” out of your language and replace it with “and”. Boundaries and resentment are two huge parts of burnout recovery. In Chinese medicine, no emotions should go unprocessed: joy, worry, grief, fear, and anger. Journaling is a great way to start processing your emotions and elevate your mood. Nothing is off-limits, your experiences and feelings are ok. Susan talks about faith and hope. You can have faith in yourself or in anything you want (you don’t need anyone’s permission for it.) Dr. Elizabeth gives her advice: Do not forget the connection you have to yourself, to life, and sometimes even to grief, just breathe!   
    Resources
    Tendrilsofgrief.com
    Email Susan: susan@tendrilsofgrief.com
     
    Meet Dr. Elizabeth Collins:
    Learn more about Dr. Elizabeth Collins
    The East West Company
    Follow Elizabeth on Instagram and Facebook
     
    Elizabeth Collins is the owner and director of The East West Company, an integrative wellness practice specializing in burnout recovery coaching, functional medicine, acupuncture, and more.  She uses her combined backgrounds in both Eastern and biomedicines, as well as her training in hypnosis, to approach healing from a perspective that seeks to fully integrate the mind, body, and spirit.  After experiencing and recovering from burnout, she made it her mission to help others identify their values, explore their boundaries, and bring a sense of balance to both their body and brain.  When she’s not working with clients, she’s voraciously consuming all forms of music, reading, sharpening her tarot card skills, and crafting custom cocktails from random ingredients in her pantry.

    • 41 min
    Getting Out of the Darkness

    Getting Out of the Darkness

    Susan is accompanied by Leigh White, who is a Transformational Coach and Energy Healer based in Sydney Australia. Leigh has over two decades of experience in management and mentoring in the creative, publishing, entertainment, and community sectors, but her life was changed completely the day she received the news about the death of her brother who had committed suicide. She didn’t know what to do with her grief. Leigh reached out for the information and support needed to begin her healing process, became part of a community and went on to co-found a registered harm prevention charity called Wings of Hope. Later, she started seeing an Energy Healer which had a great impact on her, so she decided to pursue this as a career to help others on their healing journeys as well.
     
    In this episode, Leigh and Susan talk about loss, grief, respecting feelings and processes, and how giving back can be a great healing resource.
     
    Key Takeaways:
    Leigh shares her story and the details of the last call she had with her brother. Leigh talks about the shock of finding out that her brother had committed suicide. She realized she needed to seek help and joined a group. It doesn’t feel that we are going to be ok, even when we know it. What is not helpful to hear: “Time is your friend”, “They are in a better place”, “Hang in there”, “God called them back for a reason”. What is actually helpful: “I am going to be by your side”, “We’ll figure this out together”, “You are going to be ok, I promise you that”. Don’t feel rushed about grieving. Leigh and a group of people she met began a charity called Wings of Hope. Susan shares how she resented the fact that people wanted her to be strong and resilient while grieving. Therapy and medication do not work for everyone. Leigh talks about her transformation journey and how she started to turn grief into something more powerful. Sometimes doing less, staying in your grief, and being quiet is what works the best. Leigh shares the creation of the book Red Chocolate Elephant for children and families bereaved by suicide. You don’t have to do great things if you want to transform your grief, sometimes the smallest things can create a great impact. Leigh talks about the shame and guilt that are often felt by family members that lost a loved one by suicide. All your feelings are valid, owning them is the only way to go through them. Leigh shares her first visit with an energy healer — without knowing that later she would become a transformational coach and energy healer herself. Susan explains what energy work can look like. Leigh shares her suggestion for people coping with grief: Understand what is happening to your body, tell somebody how you feel, and remember that you will get through this and you will be different (but not in a bad way).  
    Resources
    Tendrilsofgrief.com
    Email Susan: susan@tendrilsofgrief.com
     
    Learn more about Leigh White:
    Visit Leigh White’s website
    Leigh White is a Transformational Coach and Master Energy Healer based in Sydney Australia. Leigh began her career in marketing in the book and high-tech publishing sectors, working with famous authors and many athletes and performers including actor Jack Thompson, surfers Layne Beachley, Kelly Slater, and Tom Carroll, and skater Tony Hawk. On the outside she appeared to have it all, married with two children and a great career as a media advisor, until a pivotal moment when Leigh lost her brother by suicide, on September 11th, 2006. Leigh’s world stopped overnight. Fortunately, she was able to get the support she needed and went on to author a book chapter, co-found a registered harm prevention charity, and pivot into being a Transformational Coach and Healer to others. 
    Leigh met four wonderful women who had also experienced loss and together co-founded a registered harm prevention charity, which still continues today. wings of hope.org.au W.I.N.G.S is an acronym for "We Inspir

    • 41 min
    Nothing Is Really Ours

    Nothing Is Really Ours

    Susan is accompanied to today’s episode by Kori Clausen, author of the book Paddle Out: Death Is Life-Changing. Kori does not consider herself a writer but instead claims that her husband Clint, who passed away, was the one writing it through her. Kori shares today about her grief journey and how she found peace in being present, allowing herself to feel, lowering the mean voices in her head, and experiencing gratitude for all the gifts life has granted her.
     
    Key Takeaways:
    Kori shares about her husband Clint and the amazing 15 years she was married to him. Kori and Susan talk about psychic intuition, stopping the constant motion to listen to the voice within, whispering the thing to do next. Kori found that she could write when she stopped thinking about writing and started feeling it. Kori realized the amazing value of being present and avoiding listening to that voice in her head. Kori thinks that Clint knew he was going to die, because of the decisions he took during the two last months of his life. Be careful about what you tell yourself because if you sustain the same message long enough you will create it. Honor your feelings all the time, accepting them is the only way of processing those feelings, and being able to come to a different place with them. Give yourself permission to grief in a way that is cathartic and healing for YOU, your way of grieving won’t follow a script, let it be, and love yourself in the process. Knowing that she wasn’t alone was the greatest comfort for Kori.  As humans, we tend to attach ourselves to anything, but really nothing is really even ours. Kori talks about her book Paddle Out. Kori shares her advice to start the journey of self-love and reinvention: Slow down, take a big breath, experience what it really looks like to be present, live instead of worrying all the time.  
    Resources
    Tendrilsofgrief.com
    Email Susan: susan@tendrilsofgrief.com
    Paddle Out: Death Is Life-Changing, Kori Clausen
     
    Meet Kori Clausen:
    Kori Clausen has never considered herself a writer. She still doesn’t. While she has accomplished a series of amazing things in her life, including an international dance career, running a restaurant, working as a renowned yoga instructor, organizing charity events and raising her four amazing daughters, she never thought “author” would be on that list. She blames her husband Clint, who passed a few years ago. In fact, she’s more than a little convinced that Clint is actually the one writing this book and she’s just serving as his vessel. And she’s okay with that; he always enjoyed the limelight a little more than she did. Just as with the years she got to spend married to him, she’s simply happy to be a part of the journey. 

    • 38 min
    Sometimes You Just Need to Clear the Deck

    Sometimes You Just Need to Clear the Deck

    Reverend Anne Presuel, a recurrent guest on the podcast, joins Susan in today’s episode. Both Reverend Anne and Susan are connected in their spiritual paths, a relationship that started as a coaching-client relationship to experiencing loss and turning that around into a spiritual friendship.
     
    Key Takeaways:
    Reverend Anne shares her grief story and how her life pivoted unexpectedly as a result of it. The same day Anne published her book A Divine Intuitive Awakening she got a call from Luisa, her assistant and right hand at her business, telling her she contracted COVID; five days later she passed away, leaving Anne in terrible sorrow. Anne has been through trauma, she knew this grief wouldn’t last forever, and that she needed to honor the process. Anne kept on asking herself what was next after Luisa died, and she granted herself the time to process and feel until she was ready. Sometimes what people think will be good for you is not what resonates with your grieving process. Sometimes you just need to “clear the deck” when you try to move forward and realize that there are some things in your life that are no longer working for you. Anne started asking herself if she should stop all the work she had been doing for ten years, was it time to let that business go because Luisa was not there?  Anne came to the conclusion that she could allow herself the freedom to stop trying to make her business work the way it did, and instead thinking of something different, new, and even possibly fun. Anne found treasures in Thrift Shops and found pleasure and fun in finding this stuff a new home. How did Anne realize this really was the right way to go? A sacred contract was laid between Luisa and Anne, the whole journey was actually completed and it had reached its ending. Anne needed to trust her intuition even though she was not sure about the reasons why things happened the way they did. Following the energy of the light is a very important piece especially when you are at your darkest times. Practicing gratitude lets you be present in this moment where you are.  
    Resources
    Tendrilsofgrief.com
    Email Susan: susan@tendrilsofgrief.com
     
    Listen to Allow Yourself to Let Life and Hope Back In with Reverend Anne Presuel
     
    A Divinely Intuitive Awakening: How Divine Connection Healed Unspeakable Trauma and Created a Life of Love, Magic and Miracles, Anne Presuel

    • 46 min
    A Horrific Death Followed By a Spiritual Healing and Awakening

    A Horrific Death Followed By a Spiritual Healing and Awakening

    In today’s episode, Susan is joined by Myree Morsi, a soul guide and transformational therapist who since 1999 has supported people who are navigating their awakening, healing, soul alignment, and spiritual journeys. After successfully healing her own PTSD from childhood abuse, Myree is dedicated to helping others heal their trauma, claim their spiritual gifts, elevate as soulful leaders, stabilize, and befriend their awakening experiences in the midst of modern pressurized lives. She has walked a deep and transformative journey with grief from the tragic and horrific death of her younger brother in 2013. The Path of grief led her to access priceless joy and it has remained with her ever since.
     
    Key Takeaways:
    Myree shares how she grieved her brother, who was her best friend. Myree’ss first experience of grief was when her father died when she was 7 years old. Myree shares the details of her brother’s exhausting mental illness journey. Healing is about integrating the science of healing and the spiritual aspect of it. After her brother died, Myree experienced fearlessness, she stopped being afraid of pain and experienced freedom. Myree imagined how it would feel to die in the way her brother did and that led her to explore her personal history, which led her to a spiritual liberation. Myree experienced being able to let go, surrender and reach the root of pain (which is not recommended if you are not properly supported). Therapy works as a result of the relationship that is established with the practitioner. Myree talks about her therapeutic approach with her clients. You can be your own healer. What is the difference between a spiritual and a therapeutic approach to healing? Miracles can just be a shift in perception. People tend to avoid their feelings, but in order to heal you need to face your feelings and deal with them. Gratitude can be a life savior. Susan shares a journaling technique that she loves and is called Rage on the Page. Myree explains what a seer is. Myree shares actionable suggestions for listeners who are grieving heavily to start to feel better.  
    Resources
    Tendrilsofgrief.com
    Email Susan: susan@tendrilsofgrief.com
    Learn more about Myree Morsi

    • 44 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
32 Ratings

32 Ratings

Grief_INSPIRED ,

Interesting and Insightful!!!

Susan does an amazing job finding experts to provide interesting and insightful stories of grief while providing practical tools anyone can use! I enjoy listening and can’t wait to hear what comes next!

Jbrow35 ,

Susan’s gift is for anyone grieving and that’s most of us!

I have listened to several of her podcasts and recently listened to her “Top Ten Things I’ve Learned About Grief”.

Susan carefully articulates her knowledge in a comforting and practical way that anyone can relate to. Even after 3 years since my husband died I still grieve and mourn his loss. But that’s not to say that I haven’t moved forward with a zest for living! I guarantee you will walk away feeling reassured and comforted knowing that you’re on a journey that’s unique and normal. And you can continue to grow and blossom just as your loved one would want for you.

Take a listen! You will be so thankful and feel full of hope!!

Peloponnesuan ,

A podcast that can benefit each of us

Susan has a gift. She takes an uncomfortable subject and shares ways to manage the turbulent waters of grieving. She does this in such a warm, beautiful and conversational way. Since we all experience grief in our lifetimes, this is one podcast that is a must listen for everyone.

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