The Widow Podcast promises to be a mix of honest conversations about all things widowhood alongside practical tips, tools and strategies to help you find a more positive way through your grief. Widowhood is tough and it can feel incredibly isolating, let's come together and shine some light in a very dark place. If you would like to learn more about how I can help you head over to www.karensutton.co.uk Fall in love with life again.
Feeling Stuck In Grief
We are back 💥
The first episode of The Widow Podcast of 2022 is here and i'm so excited🎙️
💛 In this week’s episode I talk about feeling stuck in grief .
I speak to so many people that say they feel stuck and can’t move forward, I felt it myself in my own grief, and its horrible.
However, on my journey, I have learnt a lot of the time, we feel this way because of the expectations we place on ourselves. The idea that we should be doing it better, or differently, or that we are not where we are 'supposed' to be.
When we start out on our grieving journey, I think we subconsciously cast a timeline in our minds of how long it is going to take to grieve, maybe there’s this silent notion that after the first year it’ll get easier, and when it doesn’t, we feel stuck, because we aren’t where we think we should be . We are often so intent on looking ahead, that we forget to look at how far we’ve come
🌻 So, have a listen to this week’s podcast, as I share with you some of my thoughts and feelings around feeling stuck in grief and let me know what you think.
Healthy, Happy & Healed with Special Guest Julie New
This week I am talking to the wonderful Julie New.
Julie is an experienced personal recovery coach specialising in helping people after difficult and sometimes traumatic life change. Prior to starting her coaching Julie spent 20 years in the NHS as a senior nurse and midwife, she also worked on various pioneering NHS community projects.
Since becoming a professional coach in 2006 she has developed a unique New Chapter recovery program which has helped many people to reach new fulfilling phases in their lives, which they hadn’t thought possible.
Julie is an author of popular unique personal growth gift books including ‘The Grief Garden path and is a well-known inspirational and motivational wellbeing conference speaker.
In this episode Julie shares her own personal stories of loss, how she supported her two girls through grief towards health, healing and happiness and also shares her golden nuggets of wisdom.
We discuss anger, widowhood, rebuilding and finding glimmers of sunshine in a dark place.
Julie now supports others in their own journeys of grief and helps them to create something truly meaningful after loss.
‘Change is forever, but the pain doesn’t have to be…’
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Writing New Chapters With Stacey Macdonald
Writing New Chapters with Stacey Macdonald
In this week's episode I speak to an incredibly honest and inspiring lady, Stacey Macdonald. Stacey’s husband Chris died suddenly in December 2013 from a heart attack when their daughter was only 12 years old.
Stacey shares her journey of loss and how she navigated her way through her grief in her own unique way, a way in which we could all learn a lot from.
How Stacey and her daughter dealt with that first Christmas
The coping strategies Stacey used in her grief
The pivotal moment Stacey realised she had to make some changes
Supporting Children through their grief
Navigating new relationships
Deciding to live again after loss
The importance of leaning into your own intuition
Worrying about other people's judgements and assumptions
Finding joy in today and writing the new chapters in our books with love and peace in our hearts
This really is such a wonderful conversation and I know you’ll be able to draw so much from this.
We got unexpectedly cut off at the end (the joys of living on a small island), so there is an abrupt finish to the conversation. We contemplated arranging another time to record an ending but I actually felt that Staceys final words of wisdom were so beautiful, it felt like the perfect end to a wonderful conversation, so we left it at is was.
Rainbow Hunting With Emma Gray
In this episode I talk to Emma about the death of her husband Simon in July 2016 and how this impacted herself and their two young girls. We also discuss the learnings Emma has gained from Simon's death, the importance of being as prepared as we can for our own deaths and the deaths of those around us, and how we can find the support that’s right for us
Emma is a former end-of-life solicitor and Simon was in the military. Emma believed they had been very open about his death and prepared well for it, but there was still so much that they had not discussed
We talk about:
🟡 Wills and Power of Attorney
🟡 Funeral planning
🟡 How you want to die
🟡 Where you want to die
🟡 What you want to happen after your death
🟡 How lockdown actually helped Emma deal with her grief
🟡 Re-discovering parts you of you that had disappeared
🟡 Supporting grieving children
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Hearts of Hope with Judith Pedersen
Releasing Tension & Trauma In Grief
In this week’s episode I discuss TRE - Tension and trauma releasing exercises, with Sylvia Tillman, an alternative practitioner. Sylvia specialises in Jikiden Reiki, Laughter yoga, and of course, TRE.
TRE is a somatic self help tool to release deep muscular patterns of stress. The exercises assist the body in releasing deep muscular patterns of stress, tension and trauma, created and held in the body during a traumatic experience or through chronic stress.
When grieving, we are very focused on our mental wellbeing and seeking out therapy or counselling, but grieving has an effect on us mentally, physically, spiritually and emotionally and all areas need tending to as mind and body are intrinsically linked and they shouldn't be seen in isolation.
We discuss how TRE can very simply help us release this tension and trauma and the wonderful knock on effects this can have.
We have to learn to tune into our bodies more, to reconnect with our bodies, and allow it to lead us to our healing.
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This right here people….
Karen says almost every single thing I’m struggling with. Then she gives what only those that have lost loved ones, understand. She prepares you for what is coming and she lovingly tells you how beautifully you’ve done since the loss. Glued to her insight, her honestly, and her beautiful soul. This is my safe spot. Thank you.