130 episodes

The Widowed Parent Podcast is your guide to “only-parenting” after the loss of a spouse. Host Jenny Lisk, who lost her own husband to brain cancer when her kids were 9 & 11, sets out each week in search of the best information, advice, and experts, and brings them straight to you. Whether you listen at the gym, on your commute, or walking the dog, we hope you’ll join us for inspiration, empowerment, and connection.

The Widowed Parent Podcast Jenny Lisk

    • Kids & Family
    • 4.9 • 43 Ratings

The Widowed Parent Podcast is your guide to “only-parenting” after the loss of a spouse. Host Jenny Lisk, who lost her own husband to brain cancer when her kids were 9 & 11, sets out each week in search of the best information, advice, and experts, and brings them straight to you. Whether you listen at the gym, on your commute, or walking the dog, we hope you’ll join us for inspiration, empowerment, and connection.

    Meghan Riordan Jarvis on Trauma & Grief [WPP122]

    Meghan Riordan Jarvis on Trauma & Grief [WPP122]

    I had such a great discussion with Meghan Riordan Jarvis for this episode. Meghan is a trauma therapist, and what she had to say about trauma and grief kind of blew my mind. This discussion is one of a special pair of episodes: Meghan and I talked twice in the same week — once for her show, once for mine — so do be sure to listen to both discussions. You can find my interview on Meghan’s Grief is My Side Hustle podcast here.
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    Thank you sponsors & partners:
    Grief Coach - Grief support text messaging service. Tips and support delivered all year long, personalized based on your loss. Listeners get $10 off: https://grief.coach/jennylisk/
    BetterHelp - Talk with a licensed, professional therapist online. Get 10% off your first month: betterhelp.com/widowedparent
    Support the show - Buy Me a Coffee
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    • 57 min
    Adam Carter on the role of social media in teen grief [WPP121]

    Adam Carter on the role of social media in teen grief [WPP121]

    I had such a great discussion with Adam Carter of the National Alliance for Children’s Grief for this episode. We talked all about how social media can be a helpful tool, plus tips and suggestions for parents when it comes to teen social media use as it relates to grief and grieving.
    Check out the word cloud, and then listen to the full episode on your favorite podcast app!
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    Thank you sponsors & partners:
    Grief Coach - Grief support text messaging service. Tips and support delivered all year long, personalized based on your loss. Listeners get $10 off: https://grief.coach/jennylisk/
    BetterHelp - Talk with a licensed, professional therapist online. Get 10% off your first month: betterhelp.com/widowedparent
    Support the show - Buy Me a Coffee
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    • 44 min
    Joseph James reflects on being a widowed dad of three young children [WPP120]

    Joseph James reflects on being a widowed dad of three young children [WPP120]

    I had a great discussion with Joseph James for this episode. I’m really glad that Joseph reached out to me about coming on the show, because this show is not just for moms. It’s is very definitely for all widowed parents. And I think it’s useful to hear a variety of perspectives, and a variety of styles of grieving, and parenting. And as Joseph tells us, he didn’t feel like parenting came naturally to him, and he felt like he needed to learn how to be a better dad. Check out the word cloud, and then listen to the full episode on your favorite podcast app!
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    Thank you sponsors & partners:
    Grief Coach - Grief support text messaging service. Tips and support delivered all year long, personalized based on your loss. Listeners get $10 off: https://grief.coach/jennylisk/
    BetterHelp - Talk with a licensed, professional therapist online. Get 10% off your first month: betterhelp.com/widowedparent
    Support the show - Buy Me a Coffee
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    • 50 min
    Paula Harris on navigating your financial life as a widowed parent [WPP119]

    Paula Harris on navigating your financial life as a widowed parent [WPP119]

    I had such a great discussion with Paula Harris for this episode. Paula’s financial planning firm specializes in working with widowed people, and she’s also the author of Rise Up: A Widow’s Journal. Check out the word cloud for this episode, and then listen to our full discussion!
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    Thank you sponsors & partners:
    Grief Coach - Grief support text messaging service. Tips and support delivered all year long, personalized based on your loss. Listeners get $10 off: https://grief.coach/jennylisk/
    BetterHelp - Talk with a licensed, professional therapist online. Get 10% off your first month: betterhelp.com/widowedparent
    Support the show - Buy Me a Coffee
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    • 47 min
    Lisa Valentine Clark reflects on widowed parenting and losing her husband to ALS [WPP118]

    Lisa Valentine Clark reflects on widowed parenting and losing her husband to ALS [WPP118]

    I had such a great discussion with Lisa Valentine Clark for this episode. Lisa is a widowed mom of 5, and she lost her husband two years ago to ALS. Check out the word cloud for this episode, and then listen to our full discussion.
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    Thank you sponsors & partners:
    Grief Coach - Grief support text messaging service. Tips and support delivered all year long, personalized based on your loss. Listeners get $10 off: https://grief.coach/jennylisk/
    BetterHelp - Talk with a licensed, professional therapist online. Get 10% off your first month: betterhelp.com/widowedparent
    Support the show - Buy Me a Coffee
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    • 49 min
    Zibby Owens Talks Grief & Books [WPP117]

    Zibby Owens Talks Grief & Books [WPP117]

    I had such a great discussion with Zibby Owens for this episode. Zibby has a delightful podcast all about books & authors, and a thoughtful new memoir, Bookends, which dives deep into grief.
    Some topics Zibby and I discuss include:
    Zibby’s podcast, Moms Don’t Have Time to Read Books, and some of her favorite grief memoirs; Her own brand-new memoir, Bookends; Losing her best friend on 9/11, and the trauma and impact that had on her; The ‘grief brain’ and brain fog she experienced; Losing people close to her who left behind young kids; Her family’s experience with losing loved ones to covid; All about her grief platform & podcast, Moms Don’t Have Time to Grieve; Her thoughts on writing a memoir, including feeling vulnerable and having newfound compassion for memoir authors; Zibby’s tips for aspiring memoir writers; and Her summer reading pick in case you’d like to distract yourself with a good book. I hope you enjoy my discussion with Zibby Owens.
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    Thank you sponsors & partners:
    Grief Coach - Grief support text messaging service. Tips and support delivered all year long, personalized based on your loss. Listeners get $10 off: https://grief.coach/jennylisk/
    BetterHelp - Talk with a licensed, professional therapist online. Get 10% off your first month: betterhelp.com/widowedparent
    Support the show - Buy Me a Coffee
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    • 38 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
43 Ratings

43 Ratings

JulsMar1973 ,

Incredible Resource

I’m so very grateful for this podcast! When my husband was diagnosed with ALL I searched high and low for support and could not find. Now as a widowed mom of 3 I find every episode to be so incredibly relevant and have very specific advice and information that I need. Thank you for making us realize we are not alone!

KellyChaCha ,

Helpful resource for grieving

I cannot say enough about how much I love this podcast. As a recent widow, every episode is full of helpful resources for grieving, parenting and more!

Diane90999 ,

Wonderful resource

Jenny's approach is always genuine and supportive to widowed parents, children and other loved ones. I have gained several take aways from each of her podcasts. Thank you for all that you do!

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