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

Grief Out Loud

Release Date: 04/17/2019

Ep. 133: Widowed Parenting - Jenny Lisk show art Ep. 133: Widowed Parenting - Jenny Lisk

Grief Out Loud

Just over four years ago, Jenny Lisk's husband Dennis died of glioblastoma - brain cancer. This loss propelled her into a new world of solo-parenting their two children who were just 9 and 11 at the time. Jenny went searching for a guidebook to help navigate this new reality, but when she couldn't find what she was looking for, she decided to create her own. Jenny is the host and creator of The Widowed Parent Podcast.

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Ep. 132: Finding Meaning - David Kessler show art Ep. 132: Finding Meaning - David Kessler

Grief Out Loud

David Kessler is a renowned author, speaker, and retreat leader. He co-authored two books, On Grief and Grieving and Life Lessons, with another grief and loss icon, Elisabeth Kübler-Ross. At 13 David witnessed a mass shooting while his mother was dying in the ICU. In 2016 he became a grieving parent when his younger son, David, died at 21. David's newest book, Finding Meaning - the Sixth Stage of Grief, was inspired by his search to continue finding meaning in his own life and work.

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Ep. 131: Permission To Grieve - Shelby Forsythia show art Ep. 131: Permission To Grieve - Shelby Forsythia

Grief Out Loud

In 2013, Shelby Forsythia was barely into her twenties when her mom died of cancer. This loss propelled her into a search for information, understanding, and community. In that search Shelby wrote Permission to Grieve, created a podcast, Coming Back: Conversations on Life After Loss, and started a grief coaching practice. We talk about grief as rebellion, stolen wallets, and queer identity and grief.

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Encore Ep. 11: Who Am I Now?  show art Encore Ep. 11: Who Am I Now?

Grief Out Loud

When we grieve, we miss the person and who they were in our lives. We miss who we were with them. Often we miss who we were in general before the death. As we think towards the future, we grieve for the events and occasions that we won’t share with the person. Over time, people in grief may start to see themselves differently. What they value, prioritize, and want in life can change radically.

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Ep. 130: Grief & PTSD - Megan Hillukka show art Ep. 130: Grief & PTSD - Megan Hillukka

Grief Out Loud

"How many children do you have?" This simple question turns treacherous for grieving parents. Megan Hillukka's daughter, Aria, died of Sudden Unexplained Death in Childhood (SUDC) when she was 15 months old. This devastating loss jettisoned Megan into a new world filled with grief, shock, and panic which eventually led to a diagnosis of PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder). Needing support, Megan turned to therapy, writing, and connecting with other grieving parents. 

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Ep. 98: Under Pressure - Grief & December Holidays show art Ep. 98: Under Pressure - Grief & December Holidays

Grief Out Loud

This episode first aired in December, 2018. Nothing says end of the calendar year holiday stress like grief. Dougy Center staff member Rebecca Hobbs-Lawrence is back with more suggestions around planning for and making your way through the December holidays when you and your family are in the midst of grief. We recognize too that for families who don't observe the December holidays, daily life can become very stressful in the midst of the frenzy that gets created by those who do.  

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Ep. 129: After The Dam Breaks - Pushing Grief Aside show art Ep. 129: After The Dam Breaks - Pushing Grief Aside

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Naomi and Chad had a whirlwind start to their relationship. They were both in their 20's and got engaged less than a year after they met. Then, a few months before their wedding, Chad died in a skateboarding accident. Naomi tried her best to push the grief aside, but 8 months later it came rushing out. Everywhere. This forced her to change up her life and reach out to friends and family for support.

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Ep. 128: When The Thought Doesn't Count  show art Ep. 128: When The Thought Doesn't Count

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Leslie Barber is the founder of Grief Warrior, a series of gift boxes designed for those in grief. The items in the boxes are informed and inspired by what Leslie most needed when her husband Steve died. We talk about grieving a spouse vs. grieving the parent of your child, effective and compassionate employer grief policies, and how to show up for the people in your life who are grieving.  

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Ep. 127: What God Is Honored Here? Shannon Gibney & Kao Kalia Yang show art Ep. 127: What God Is Honored Here? Shannon Gibney & Kao Kalia Yang

Grief Out Loud

Kao Kalia Yang and Shannon Gibney are writers, friends, and grieving mothers. Shannon's daughter Sianneh died at forty-one and a half weeks. Kalia's son, Baby Jules, died at nineteen weeks. As writers, they decided to create what they most needed to read and hear in their own grief. Their new book, What God is Honored Here? Writings on Miscarriage and Infant Loss by and for Native Women and Women of Color, is a collection of deeply personal essays about grief.

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Ep. 126: When A Child Dies Of Suicide - Anne Moss Rogers show art Ep. 126: When A Child Dies Of Suicide - Anne Moss Rogers

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Grief is intensely personal and sometimes it’s intensely private. When Anne Moss Roger's son Charles died of suicide, she decided to go public with her grief and the story of his life. Inspired by her son’s innate skill for connecting with others, she’s now dedicated to helping people who are struggling with grief, suicidal thoughts, and substance use.   To learn more, visit Emotionally Naked, Anne Moss's blog. Her website includes links to her new book, Diary of a Broken Mind, and her TEDx Talk - Can A Blog Save Lives? If you or someone you know is struggling, please reach...

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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