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E115: Grieving When a Pet Dies with Kevin Ringstaff

Coming Back: Conversations on life after loss

Release Date: 05/21/2020

E131: Moving the Body Through Loss with Avni Trivedi show art E131: Moving the Body Through Loss with Avni Trivedi

Coming Back: Conversations on life after loss

Osteopath, doula, and zero-balancer Avni Trivedi marries Eastern and Western practices to treat grief in the body. After a myriad of losses including being present during her grandmother’s stroke, she studied the body, which—intuitively—became a doorway to studying grief. Today, we’ll talk bout how the body responds to grief, even years after a loss, how to cope in a world of six feet apart during COVID-19, and how to deal with feeling stuck by moving the body.

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E130: Embodying the Practice of Grief with Sara Chizek show art E130: Embodying the Practice of Grief with Sara Chizek

Coming Back: Conversations on life after loss

What does it mean to make love to grief? This week, I’m speaking to Sara Chizek about the sensuality and creativity that arrives when we practice the art of grief embodiment. After shutting herself off to the four-year-old girl who lost a father, her exploration of grief in her body opened her up to feeling whole and at home. What would it look like if we tried to practice grieving as much as we practiced resisting grief? Listen in for a powerful conversation.

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E129: Transmitting Unspoken Gratitudes with Mana Bhatt Sanghvi show art E129: Transmitting Unspoken Gratitudes with Mana Bhatt Sanghvi

Coming Back: Conversations on life after loss

After her father’s death in 2016, Mana Bhatt Sanghvi committed to living a live with no regrets. Her business, Treasure Texts, helps people communicate unspoken gratitudes to the people they love while they are still alive to receive them. This week, we’re talking about the different between anticipatory grief and the permanent grief that comes with loss and how Mana’s Hindu background gave her comfort when it was time to release her father’s spirit.

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E128: Grief in the Language of the Heart with Cristina Chipriano show art E128: Grief in the Language of the Heart with Cristina Chipriano

Coming Back: Conversations on life after loss

After becoming a social worker, Cristina Chipriano helped create grief support programs in Spanish at Bo’s Place in Houston, where much of the community is Latino. Today, Cristina and I are talking about how death can take families farther apart AND closer together, how the cultural value family pride prompts Latino grievers to get grief support, and why it’s so important for grievers to be able to express their grief in their first language, what Cristina calls the language of the heart.

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E127: Experiencing Grief in the Body with Victoria Albina show art E127: Experiencing Grief in the Body with Victoria Albina

Coming Back: Conversations on life after loss

Have you ever felt grief in your body? This week, Victoria Albina is teaching all of us how to use the body as a method to move from resistance to acceptance, release people-pleasing and perfectionism, and harness the oh-so powerful vagus nerve to pay close attention to grief. This conversation is full of tips and tools to reclaim ourselves and our bodies after devastating loss.

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E126: Honoring Kids, the Forgotten Mourners with Gary Shockley show art E126: Honoring Kids, the Forgotten Mourners with Gary Shockley

Coming Back: Conversations on life after loss

A massive amount of family deaths plus his work as a Hospice chaplain enlightened Gary Shockley to the reality of kids as “forgotten mourners.” His children’s book, My Heart Sings a Sad Song is a non-denominational guide for children and their caregivers to sparking conversations about grief and emotions. Today we’re talking about how we can help kids get better acquainted with the human experience of loss and how we can hold a little more space for ourselves in our grief.

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E125: I Am My Mother's Daughter with Dara Kurtz show art E125: I Am My Mother's Daughter with Dara Kurtz

Coming Back: Conversations on life after loss

Dara Kurtz received decades of wisdom from her dead mother and grandmothers after stumbling across a Ziplock bag of letters. Her new book, I Am My Mother’s Daughter is an inside look at the intimate wisdom shared across maternal generations and a love letter to the power of preserving the written word. Today we’re talking about the four different types of letters you can write or receive and why you might consider writing a legacy letter to your loved ones.

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E124: SEASON 9 FINALE: Grief Is a State of Transition show art E124: SEASON 9 FINALE: Grief Is a State of Transition

Coming Back: Conversations on life after loss

It’s helpful to remember that grief is an experience, not an obstacle or a destination. Plus, enroll now in my best-selling online grief support course, Life After Loss Academy, beginning August 31. Now at a lower price due to COVID-19.

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E123: The Leftover Pieces with Melissa Bottorff-Arey show art E123: The Leftover Pieces with Melissa Bottorff-Arey

Coming Back: Conversations on life after loss

Melissa Bottorff-Arey’s life turned upside down when her son, Alex, took his own life during his junior year at college. Her new podcast, The Leftover Pieces, features conversations on living life after suicide. We’re discussing the rage that often follows learning more information about a loss, how our mental health is impacted when someone we love dies, the glaring holes in our school systems that fail kids at an emotional and mental level, and how the suicide of a child changes identity as a mother.

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E122: Getting Curious in the Midst of Grief with Dr. Jenn Hardy show art E122: Getting Curious in the Midst of Grief with Dr. Jenn Hardy

Coming Back: Conversations on life after loss

Instagram-famous therapist Dr. Jenn Hardy is known for her intuitive wisdom on boundaries, self-care, rest, and grief. Today, we’re talking about how most of us underestimate the weight of emotional labor (especially in COVID-19), and why it’s impossible to compare losses. Also, we touch on how to shop for a therapist in the aftermath of a loss and why you might consider swapping out your critical inner voice for one you love and admire.

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The death of his cat prompted Kevin Ringstaff to study pet loss and find ways to open up conversation on the devastation that comes with the loss of a pet. Today, we’re discussing why the loss of a pet is so devastating, how to cope with the guilt of euthanizing a pet, and how to navigate coming home to an empty house after a pet dies.

Find Kevin’s pet loss support resources here:
https://petcloud.pet/

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