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

Grief Out Loud

Release Date: 04/17/2019

Ep. 123: Mini-Episode - Ruby & Jana show art Ep. 123: Mini-Episode - Ruby & Jana

Grief Out Loud

In 2018, The Dougy Center was selected as one of a handful of children’s bereavement programs to partner with StoryCorps and the New York Life Foundation on Road to Resilience: Memories that Move Us Forward. Road to Resilience was born out of a commitment to helping children cope with the death of a parent, sibling, or loved one.In this third mini-episode, Ruby and Jana talk about Ruby's amazing Grandma Riba who died when Ruby was a young teenager.

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Ep. 122: Meeting The Needs Of Grieving Children - New York Life Foundation show art Ep. 122: Meeting The Needs Of Grieving Children - New York Life Foundation

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Maria Collins, Vice President at the New York Life Foundation, and Brennan Wood, The Dougy Center's Executive Director join us to talk about the business of supporting grieving children and families. The Dougy Center recently received a $1 million dollar grant from the New York Life Foundation - the largest grant we've received in our 36-year history! In our conversation we discuss the projects this grant funded and also how both Brennan and Maria have been changed by this work.

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Ep. 121: The Goodbye Diaries - Marisa Bardach Ramel show art Ep. 121: The Goodbye Diaries - Marisa Bardach Ramel

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Marisa Bardach Ramel was 17 when her mother Sally, received a stage 4 pancreatic cancer diagnosis and given two months to live. While always close, Marisa retreated into school and friends, avoiding her mom and her attempts to connect. A year later, when Marisa was a freshman in college, her mom asked if she wanted to write a book together. Almost twenty years later, Marisa recently published their mother-daughter memoir, The Goodbye Diaries.

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Ep. 120: Mini-Episode - Megan, Michael, & Mason show art Ep. 120: Mini-Episode - Megan, Michael, & Mason

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Over the next few months, you'll hear short clips of these conversations in a series of mini-episodes. In this second mini-episode, Megan, Michael, and Mason talk about life after Michael and Mason's dad died.  

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Ep. 119: Grief & Parenting - Infancy & Toddlers show art Ep. 119: Grief & Parenting - Infancy & Toddlers

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In 2017, Brittany and Jonas were raising two young children and pregnant with their third. Then, after returning home from a business trip Jonas was diagnosed with aplastic anemia. Seven weeks later, after intensive treatment, Jonas died. Aria, their oldest was 3 ½. Her younger brother Loic had just turned 2, and baby Klyde was still in utero. Brittany talks about explaining Jonas's death to their children, helping Klyde to know his father, and learning to ask for help.

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Ep. 118: Grief & Parenting - Age 5 show art Ep. 118: Grief & Parenting - Age 5

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This episode kicks off a new series exploring the realm of parenting and grief. In this first episode of the series we talk with Josh about parenting his daughter Sylvia after his wife Kari died of suicide when Sylvia was just 5 1/2.

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Ep. 117: Mini-Episode - Josh & Sylvia show art Ep. 117: Mini-Episode - Josh & Sylvia

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In 2018 The Dougy Center was selected as one of a handful of children’s bereavement programs to partner with StoryCorps and the New York Life Foundation on Road to Resilience: Memories that Move Us Forward. This is the first in our series of short clips from these conversations. Josh and Sylvia talk about what it was like after Sylvia’s mom died of suicide when Sylvia was just 5 1/2. Music by Chad Crouch.

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Ep. 116: Who Died? Episode 6 - A Guest Podcast Hosted by Grief Out Loud show art Ep. 116: Who Died? Episode 6 - A Guest Podcast Hosted by Grief Out Loud

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Who Died? was created by Aimee Craig to give voice to the memories of those we carry with us. Each episode is about one person's life and death as told by a loved one. Episode 6 is a conversation with Melissa about her father Larry. More information at https://www.whodiedpodcast.com/

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Ep. 115: Comedy & Grief - Harry Jensen show art Ep. 115: Comedy & Grief - Harry Jensen

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What is it about dark humor and why are we particularly drawn to it when wrestling with painful life events? Laughter, especially the kind that wells up from a shared understanding of heartbreak, can be a surprising aspect of grief. Harry Jensen's father died of stage 4 colon cancer in January of 2017. Harry turned to stand-up comedy as a way to put his grief into words that often spark discomfort and uncertainty, but also serve as inspiration for people in the audience to open up about their own grief. 

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Ep. 114: What Does Better Mean? Neil Davis show art Ep. 114: What Does Better Mean? Neil Davis

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In 2017, pop singer-songwriter Neil Davis, was about to release his second album when his father died suddenly of cardiac arrest. In that moment, everything in Neil's world changed, including his album release plans. A few months ago in March of 2019, Neil released a new single, Not Better, which explores the questions we are left with when someone dies. Questions about gone-ness and what does the term better actually mean when it comes to grief? Music written and performed by Neil Davis.

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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