Reflecting on my stepfather’s death, I am reminded that life and relationships are beautifully complex, akin to the mosaic of human existence. The man was a colorful contradiction, his good times echoing the rhythm of life’s rich melody and his struggles amplifying its dissonant undertones. Amidst sorrow and joy, his legacy continues, not just in
Even in his absence, your connection with your father deeply etches itself on your heart. Reflecting on his imprint isn’t just an act of nostalgia; it’s a testament of enduring love that transcends his physical presence. Embracing this imprint within your grief, you nurture your natural longing for closeness. In this act of remembering, you
Navigating through Father’s Day after a complex relationship can be a challenging and emotional process. It’s a day that can stir up a mix of emotions, especially if your relationship with your father was marked by mental illness, addiction, or any form of abuse. For me, my stepfather had bipolar disorder, a condition that brought an
Discover compassionate tips for coping with Mother’s Day grief when your mother is no longer with you, focusing on mindfulness, self-care, and creative expression to honor her memory and find solace. As Mother’s Day approaches, the absence of your mother may feel even more palpable – whether it has been days, months, or decades. It’s important
Beth Cavenaugh shares with us her personal experience as a nurse-turned-hospice worker at the request of her mom during her mom’s final stage of life. Beth talks about her love of her work with families and patients and what caregivers need to think about during such a difficult period of time.
In episode 50 of the Mindfulness & Grief Podcast, Reid Petersonshares his story of losing both father figures in his life and the grief that comes with living without those important people. Although he was not close to his biological father the way he hoped, Reid still grieves the relationship that he wished he had with him. After his loss, Reid found support through grief groups but wanted more consistent support. This led him to create a grief support app that offers daily audio messages for grief education.
What I learned as a neophyte orphan building a log cabin in the wilderness and living there alone is relearned as a middle-aged woman living alone in a newly built modern house during a rampant pandemic. Orphaned at age fourteen 14, widowed at 58, my best friend and colleague dying a year later reignited a disciplined
Rabbi Steve Leder is no stranger to grief. As a rabbi, he has consoled hundreds of families over the years during their most difficult times. In his new book, The Beauty of What Remains, he walks us through his experience of losing his father. He takes us on the journey of self-discovery of how he
Dreams and sleep are understandably impacted as we all try to navigate the COVID-19 pandemic. Those of us who are already grieving carry an extra load of anxiety in addition to an already aching heart. In this episode, returning guest Dr. Joshua Black shares helpful insights that will empower us to take care of our emotional
Shelby Forsythia, author of Permission to Grieve shares her experience and wisdom gained from being a young adult navigating the death of her mother from breast cancer.