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Ep. 110: Mindful Photography & Grief - Dr. Jessica Thomas, PhD, LMFT

Grief Out Loud

Release Date: 04/17/2019

Ep. 172: Living After Your Child's Life Ends - Margo Fowkes show art Ep. 172: Living After Your Child's Life Ends - Margo Fowkes

Grief Out Loud

How do you go on living after your child's life ends? How do you continue to find connection, beauty, and meaning when someone we can't imagine living without dies? This is the question Margo Fowkes faced when her son Jimmy died of brain cancer at the age of 21. Margo barely had a moment to grapple with this devastating loss when just year later, her mother also died. Out of these two losses, Margo created her website, Salt Water. 

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Ep. 171: Reckoning With Grief At The End Of Life - BJ Miller show art Ep. 171: Reckoning With Grief At The End Of Life - BJ Miller

Grief Out Loud

BJ Miller is a Hospice & Palliative Care Medicine physician who works with patients facing the end of their lives. When BJ's sister Lisa died of suicide over twenty years ago, he did what so many of us do, he pushed his pain aside. It was his work, supporting patients with advanced serious illnesses, that helped him realize the importance of reckoning with his own grief. 

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Ep. 170: Grief & Identity - Alica Forneret show art Ep. 170: Grief & Identity - Alica Forneret

Grief Out Loud

We can't separate grief from our identity. Grief is interwoven with our race, gender, sexual orientation, physical ability, access to economic resources, and every other part of who we are. Alica Forneret, whose mother died in 2016, is working to ensure that people have access to grief resources that are specific to different aspects of their identity.

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Ep. 169: When It Comes To Grief, What Counts? - Shelby Forsythia show art Ep. 169: When It Comes To Grief, What Counts? - Shelby Forsythia

Grief Out Loud

Shelby Forsythia returns to Grief Out Loud to talk about her new book, Your Grief, Your Way, a secular daily devotional for anyone dealing with grief. She pairs quotes with routines and practices that people can do in any order. We talk Your Grief, Your Way, what grief means during this time of COVID and a reckoning with police brutality and racism, the effects of cumulative grief, and what’s currently helping her (spoiler alert: cue the dance party playlist).  

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Ep. 168: Giving Forward - Grief & The Foster Care System (Derrick Kirk) show art Ep. 168: Giving Forward - Grief & The Foster Care System (Derrick Kirk)

Grief Out Loud

When Derrick Kirk was six years old, he and his two sisters were removed from their home and placed in the foster care system. For Derrick, growing up in the orphanage gave him a window into a different way of life. Now a successful entrepreneur, Derrick started the Derrick Kirk Foundation and his podcast, My Thoughts With Derrick Kirk, to help other youth growing up in the foster care system. 

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Ep. 167: (Trying To) Understand Suicide - Paula Fontenelle show art Ep. 167: (Trying To) Understand Suicide - Paula Fontenelle

Grief Out Loud

Paula Fontenelle is a journalist turned therapist who specializes in suicide prevention and supporting those who have had someone die of suicide. Paula's professional interest in this work is rooted in personal experience. Her father died of suicide just over 15 years ago and his death set her on two parallel trajectories: studying everything she could about suicide and spending hours interviewing friends and family, uncovering stories and details about her father's life and the pain he carried. 

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Ep. 166: Emotions Aren't Problems - Krista St-Germain show art Ep. 166: Emotions Aren't Problems - Krista St-Germain

Grief Out Loud

Many of us grew up believing that some emotions are good, some emotions are better, and some (most) emotions are bad. When it comes to grief the list of emotions we'd like to not have can be long: guilt, anger, shame, regret, etc. What would happen though if we stopped thinking of them as problems that need to be fixed? It was this shift that changed things for Krista St. Germain after her husband was killed by a drunk driver. Krista is a life coach who hosts the Widowed Mom Podcast. 

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Ep. 165: As The Shock Wore Off - Grief's Second Year (Mira Simone) show art Ep. 165: As The Shock Wore Off - Grief's Second Year (Mira Simone)

Grief Out Loud

Mira Simone is a writer, mother, and grieving wife. Her husband Brian died of cancer in the winter of 2019, just seven weeks after a diagnosis of stage IV melanoma. When Brian died, their daughter Davida was about to turn three. Brian's death created a huge crater in their lives - leaving Mira to figure out how to live without Brian, who was the biggest love she'd ever known, while also supporting Davida in her grief.

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Ep. 164: Supporting Children & Teens In Grief - Kevin R. Carter, LCSW show art Ep. 164: Supporting Children & Teens In Grief - Kevin R. Carter, LCSW

Grief Out Loud

For the past three decades, Kevin Carter, LCSW, has worked as a clinician, administrator, and educator. He currently serves as the Clinical Director at the Uplift Center for Grieving Children in Philadelphia, PA. Kevin's work focuses on how grief and trauma affect youth, and particularly the African American children and families he works with.

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Ep. 163: Capital L Love - Caring For A Parent With Alzheimer's (Brianne Grebil) show art Ep. 163: Capital L Love - Caring For A Parent With Alzheimer's (Brianne Grebil)

Grief Out Loud

When Brianne Grebil’s mother was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s at the age of 62, Brianne packed up and moved from LA back to northern Idaho to help care for her. Many of the moments Brianne dreaded the most ended up shifting her understanding of love and what remains when we lose everything. We talk about Brianne’s book, Love Doesn’t Care if You Forget: Lessons of Love From Alzheimer’s and Dementia and the complexities of planning a memorial during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

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There’s nothing like grief to take us completely out of the moment. We get pulled into the past where we try to remember everything we can while also ruminating over what we wish we had said or done differently. At the same time, we leap to the future, anticipating what events will be like without the person we are grieving.

Dr. Jessica Thomas, PhD, LMFT, who focused her dissertation research on using mindful photography with anticipatory grief, now helps people in grief explore this process of creating images as a way to ground themselves in the actual moment. Dr. Thomas is the president of the board of the NW Association for Death Education and Bereavement Support. She is also a professor at Lewis & Clark College and has a private psychotherapy practice supporting clients in grief, life transitions, and other challenges.

Join the Mindful Photography Facebook Group and find Jessica on Instagram @drjessicathomas