Episode 8 – FROM SURVIVE TO THRIVE: A STORY OF HOPE

Grief is like an artichoke…layer upon layer of story, layer upon layer of hurt. Some people have more than their share of grief and each grief is a new layer, to be revisited every time another challenge is faced. But far beneath all those layers lies a heart…struggling to survive, struggling to thrive. Today you are going to meet someone who has battled more than her share of grief: life threatening injuries, illness, death, total despair. Yet, has found a way to walk THROUGH the valley of grief and greet the sun again every morning…with joy and with hope. It’s an impossible story and I can hardly wait to share it with you.
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Episode 7- SIGNS FOR A GRIEVING HEART

Your loved one collected pennies.  Have you ever found a penny on the street or in between the couch cushions and smiled, knowing you had just received a “message” from your loved one?  Have you ever suddenly “felt” your loved one’s presence?  Have you ever wondered if your loved one is OK and wished for some “sign” to let you know that it’s true? We want to believe yet it sometimes seems a little “weird” to be looking for pennies or rainbows or “signs” for a grieving heart.  Do signs really help or are they just figments of our wishful thinking? Join me as we talk with Mitch Carmody, an author, artist and inspirational speaker. Mitch is known for his research about signs from our loved ones and also for his beautiful drawings of the emotions of grief.   You can find Mitch’s books and resources at http://www.heartlightstudios.net. Please send your thoughts, comments, or suggestions to us at radio@griefinc.com, or visit our website at www.griefinc.com.

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Episode 6 – A Visit with a Grief Pioneer: Earl Grollman

Grief is universal. It is the one language that all human beings understand. Yet, Americans are still one of the most death denying cultures in the world. It has only been within the past 50 years or so, that the United States has begun to publicly acknowledge this most human of emotions. Join me as we talk with Dr. Earl Grollman, one of the early pioneers in the world of grief and bereavement in this country. He is the author of twenty-seven books, with more than half a million in print. One of the most beloved world authorities on grief, Dr. Earl will share his thoughts and wisdom from more than 30 years of walking with the bereaved. You can find Dr. Earl’s books at www.beacon.org/grollman. Please send your thoughts, comments, or suggestions to us at radio@griefinc.com, or visit our website at www.griefinc.com.

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Episode 5: TALKING TO CHILDREN ABOUT DEATH AND GRIEF

NOW I LAY ME DOWN TO SLEEP

I PRAY THE LORD MY SOUL TO KEEP

IF I SHOULD DIE BEFORE I WAKE

I PRAY THE LORD MY SOUL TO TAKE

A universal child’s prayer, meant to give comfort, it may, instead, inspire FEAR. Although many parents refuse to give voice to a child’s fears and concerns about death, they sponsor the utterance of these few words each night. Is this our only introduction to Death? For many children, it is the sum total of a family’s communications about death, loss and grief. While adults have a difficult time talking about death and grief, talking with kids about this is even harder! Join us as we talk to Alicia S. Franklin, a bereaved sibling, nationally known authority on children and grief, and the author of the award winning book, Am I Still A Sister? We’ll explore ways children express their grief and some tips on how to talk with them about this tough topic.

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Episode 4–I’M SO MAD…EXPLORING THE ANGRY PART OF GRIEF

“I am so mad … I can feel this wave of anger just washing over me and I don’t even know why… and then I get sad and sometimes I’m mad and sad at the same time”… Have you ever felt that way…mad and sad at the same time? These are feelings that most of the grieving world have experienced, probably more than once. We’ll be talking about anger today and trying to understand what role anger plays in our journey through grief. Am I frustrated, helpless, sad, tired or just plain angry?

My guest is Dr. Gary Hankins, a psychologist and educator who is a nationally known expert on anger and anger management. Dr. Gary is the author of Prescription for Anger with his wife, Carol, and Understanding Anger During Bereavement with Bob Baugher.

We’ll be trying to figure out the ins and outs of the anger that often are a part of the grieving process and learn some ways to relieve those angry feelings. We’ll also be sharing a new feature of our show, “Dumb Things That People Have Said to the Bereaved” so we can moan and groan together. And then we’ll share some helpful words as well.

Visit me, Darcie D. Sims, your host, at radio@griefinc.com or www.griefinc.com or visit Good Mourning on Face Book. Stop by and explore the angry part of grief. Talk to you soon. Thanks for the little while.

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Episode 3–PHYSIOLOGY OF GRIEF

Have you had headaches, heart aches and tummy troubles ever since your loved one died? Then this week’s show, THE PHYSIOLOGY OF GRIEF is for you! We’re going to talk about the physiology of grief, what happens physically to us as we work our way through grief. My guest is Dr. Gloria Horsley, PhD. MFC and CNS who is the Founder and President of the Open to Hope Foundation, the world’s largest multi media web based resource for the bereaved. Gloria is an internationally known grief expert, psychotherapist, and bereaved parent. Visit Dr. Gloria on her web site www.Opentohope.com.

Gloria has spoken to thousands of bereaved people all over the country and she will be with us to help us understand what happens to us physically as we grieve. She’ll also have some tips on self-care and how to begin to heal ourselves physically. With Dr. Gloria’s sense of humor and easy way of making the complex seem simple, it’s bound to be a great show.

We’ll also be sharing a new feature of our show, “Dumb Things That People Have Said to the Bereaved” so we can moan and groan together. And then we’ll share some helpful words as well.

Visit me, Darcie D. Sims, your host, at radio@griefinc.com or www.griefinc.com or visit Good Mourning on Face Book. Stop by and travel with Dr. Gloria and me as we explore the physiology grief. Talk to you soon. Thanks for the little while.

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