29 episodes

If you’re reading this, chances are that you’ve experienced at least one painful loss that continues to limit your life and leave an ache in your soul. The Heart of Grief exposes why the normal ways we respond to loss typically fail to help. Lorri Penner RSW, and Brian Magee are recovering grievers and active Certified Grief Recovery Specialists® You’ll hear bits of their personal grief journeys, but more, you’ll learn about practical actions you can take to move toward healing. Contact us: -email: feedback@theheartofgrief.com. -Mail: Martin Brothers Funeral Chapels Ltd. 610 4 St S Lethbridge AB Canada T1J 4P3 -www.mbfunerals.com-The Grief Recovery Institute: www.griefrecoverymethod.com

The Heart of Grief Cover Art: "Big" Jim Miller; Program Music: Georgia Sound "Something New"

    • Health & Fitness

If you’re reading this, chances are that you’ve experienced at least one painful loss that continues to limit your life and leave an ache in your soul. The Heart of Grief exposes why the normal ways we respond to loss typically fail to help. Lorri Penner RSW, and Brian Magee are recovering grievers and active Certified Grief Recovery Specialists® You’ll hear bits of their personal grief journeys, but more, you’ll learn about practical actions you can take to move toward healing. Contact us: -email: feedback@theheartofgrief.com. -Mail: Martin Brothers Funeral Chapels Ltd. 610 4 St S Lethbridge AB Canada T1J 4P3 -www.mbfunerals.com-The Grief Recovery Institute: www.griefrecoverymethod.com

    Season 2, Episode 1, STAGES? REALLY?

    Season 2, Episode 1, STAGES? REALLY?

    This is the first episode of our Second Season for the Heart of Grief.
    Most people have heard something about grief as being experienced in a predictable series of stages. At least there is a  theory that this is the case.
    Anyone who  has been through an introductory psychology course either in High School or college will be familiar with the acronym  DABDA. This comes from the research work of Dr. Elisabeth Kubler-Ross into our human responses to death and dying. Over a period of time, the suggested stages of Denial, Anger, Bargaining, Depression and Acceptance came to be applied to the experience of grief as well. But is that a fair and accurate understanding? Is it a helpful idea for us when dealing with a difficult loss? In spite of the wide popularity of the idea,  we believe the answer is "no, it is not."  This episode is our explanation of why we and many others, hold that conviction, and why it holds such importance for grieving people.
    -Website: theheartofgrief.com
    -paper mail: The Heart of Grief C/O Martin Brother Funeral Chapels 610 4 St S Lethbridge AB Canada T1J 4P3. Ph 403-328-2361
    -The Grief Recovery Institute
    -Debunking-stages-grief
    -Stages of Grief, Time for a New Model

    • 18 min
    Season 2, Episode 2, Nobody died, Why am I feeling so bad?

    Season 2, Episode 2, Nobody died, Why am I feeling so bad?

    When someone close to us dies, we grieve. We all understand that. However, we all encounter many other loss events that leave us feeling sad in ways that are like a death. It’s important to acknowledge these losses as bereavement events and to respond to them in accurate, helpful ways. Lorri and Brian discuss some of the more than 40 losses that can come our way and explain why addressing these appropriately is a great gift to ourselves and those we love.

    Allison James Blog: Over 40 life events that cause heartache.
    Stephen Moeller Blog: With video featuring Cole James and Russell Friedman.
    -Website: theheartofgrief.com
    -paper mail: The Heart of Grief C/O Martin Brother Funeral Chapels 610 4 St S Lethbridge AB Canada T1J 4P3. Ph 403-328-2361
    -The Grief Recovery Institute

    • 14 min
    Season 2, Episode 3, What do you say when you don't know what to say?

    Season 2, Episode 3, What do you say when you don't know what to say?

    Someone you care about has experienced a difficult loss. You know you’re going to be seeing them at the funeral or work or church and you don’t have a clue what you’re going to say. We’ve all been faced with situations like this. It can be very stressful. In spite of our perhaps secret wishes to the contrary, we will eventually see them, and we want to act and speak in a way that will be helpful. Brian shares from his own personal struggles with this and suggests that there are ways to approach our bereaved friends in ways that are more likely to be appropriate and express our caring in ways that help.
    -Blog: Knowing what to say and what not to say
    -The Compassion Code - Laura Jack
    -Website: theheartofgrief.com
    -paper mail: The Heart of Grief C/O Martin Brother Funeral Chapels 610 4 St S Lethbridge AB Canada T1J 4P3. Ph 403-328-2361
    -The Grief Recovery Institute

    • 16 min
    Season 2, Episode 4, The G Word. Why "guilty" may not be the best word.

    Season 2, Episode 4, The G Word. Why "guilty" may not be the best word.

    Sometimes circumstances surrounding a loss can leave us feeling guilty. At least that is the word that comes to mind to describe our feelings. Brian and Lorri talk about why guilt is often not an accurate term for describing our feelings and not a helpful concept for our grief journey. Lorri and Brian explain why this is, and offer alternate language for successful navigation through loss. Lorri illustrates this with a very personal and painful story.
    When we identify the correct language for our feelings, we have the basis for bringing resolution to the painful emotions of grief.
    -Website: theheartofgrief.com
    -paper mail: The Heart of Grief C/O Martin Brother Funeral Chapels 610 4 St S Lethbridge AB Canada T1J 4P3. Ph 403-328-2361
    -The Grief Recovery Institute

    • 14 min
    Zero (Introductions)

    Zero (Introductions)

    Episode Zero is an introduction to our new podcast, The Heart of Grief. Lorri Penner and I, Brian Magee, are recovering grievers and active Certified Grief Recovery Specialists®  We are educators, not therapists or psychologists. We are journeyed guides who walk the path of recovery through a method that truly makes a difference to hurting hearts. We invite you to  join us. We will endeavor to publish new episodes on the 1st, 11th and 21st of each month and on the 31st of months that have them. We welcome listener feedback to:
    -email: feedback@theheartofgrief.com
    -paper mail: The Heart of Grief C/O Martin Brother Funeral Chapels 610 4 St S Lethbridge AB Canada T1J 4P3.
    -The Grief Recovery Institute: 

    • 8 min
    Episode 1, The Grief of Change

    Episode 1, The Grief of Change

    In this, our first, full episode, we will discuss the grief that results from changes and endings of various kinds. The covid-19 restrictions, concerns and uncertainties have created many losses in our lives that we would do well to recognize as grief events. Normal, grief responses should be expected. We examine how many of the typical ways we respond to loss and common messages we receive, are not helpful. We underscore the importance of acknowledging change both as a compounding factor in a bereavement, and a cause of additional grief experiences. Working Defn. “Grief is the wide ranging and often conflicting feelings that result from a change in or end of a familiar pattern of behavior.”
    -email: feedback@theheartofgrief.com
    -paper mail: The Heart of Grief C/O Martin Brother Funeral Chapels 610 4 St S Lethbridge AB Canada T1J 4P3. https://www.mbfunerals.com
    -The Grief Recovery Institute: https://www.griefrecoverymethod.com/

    • 13 min

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