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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

E135: Everything Is Spiritual (Including Grief!) with Rob Bell show art E135: Everything Is Spiritual (Including Grief!) with Rob Bell

Coming Back: Conversations on life after loss

What if death is not a thing we’re all waiting for, bu instead is an integral part of every second of every day? This week, Rob Bell and I are discussing grief through the lens of his new book Everything Is Spiritual. We’re talking about how two total opposites can be true at the same time, why some losses feel like graduations and others feel like divorces, and how to reframe the phrase, “Now what?” from a question of despair to a call for curiosity.

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E134: Shaping the Story of Grief with Diane Zinna show art E134: Shaping the Story of Grief with Diane Zinna

Coming Back: Conversations on life after loss

Diane Zinna became an adult orphan at 23 after losing her father at 15 and her mother the day she graduated from a master’s program in creative writing. Diane's new novel, The All-Night Sun, tells the story of a grieving teacher whose losses follow her to a Midsommar’s Eve celebration, where things take a dark turn. Today, we’re talking about how we decide when to share our grief stories with others, and how common it is for our grief stories to be disjointed, unpredictable, and non-linear.

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E133: Techology That Leaves a Legacy with Art Shaikh show art E133: Techology That Leaves a Legacy with Art Shaikh

Coming Back: Conversations on life after loss

When Art Shaikh’s father died, he left Art letters and flowers to deliver to relatives that were still living. Inspired by the human desire to leave a legacy after death and continue to be there for loved ones who are living on, Art created CircleIt, a free app that helps you send letters, flowers, photos, videos, and gifts to people you love after you die. This week we’re talking about why people long to be remembered and all of the different ways people are preparing to leave a legacy through CircleIt

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E132: Coming Home to Yourself with Mona Luna show art E132: Coming Home to Yourself with Mona Luna

Coming Back: Conversations on life after loss

Within the course of a year, Mona Luna acknowledged two major griefs in her life: the grief of growing up with a father struggling with alcoholism and the grief of enduring emotional abuse in a long-term romantic relationship. Yoga, therapy, and working with life coaches helped her return her to herself after years of never truly feeling “at home". We’re talking about creating boundaries, honoring why it’s not selfish to work on yourself, and sharing a helpful re-defining of trauma: “too much; too f

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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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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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