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Finding Hope When Hope Seems Lost

Grief from the Other Side: Stories of Hope and Resilience

Release Date: 03/09/2021

Monica's Story: Finding the Space to Create Joy show art Monica's Story: Finding the Space to Create Joy

Grief from the Other Side: Stories of Hope and Resilience

As a hospice nurse and now a clinical manager, Monica understands first-hand the importance of finding space to create joy at the end of life. She shares her own journey with her most profound loss, describes her definition of a "good death", shares about the challenges with COVID-19, and explains how hospice is more than just caring for a person who is dying.

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Charles' Story: How Limited Personal Loss Creates A Unique Perspective show art Charles' Story: How Limited Personal Loss Creates A Unique Perspective

Grief from the Other Side: Stories of Hope and Resilience

Trained as a mental health professional, Charles didn't grow up knowing he wanted to work in hospice care. But having a limited amount of personal loss has enabled him to have a unique perspective on dying and an ability to meet people where they are.

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Perry's Story: Hospice, Loss, and What It Means to Have a Good Death show art Perry's Story: Hospice, Loss, and What It Means to Have a Good Death

Grief from the Other Side: Stories of Hope and Resilience

With a background as a respiratory therapist, Perry came to his leadership role as Director of Strategic Partnerships in an interesting way. He shares his professional and personal journey with hospice, loss, and explains what it means to have a "good death".

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Karen's Story:  It's an honor to be there at the end show art Karen's Story: It's an honor to be there at the end

Grief from the Other Side: Stories of Hope and Resilience

As a hospice nurse for over 25 years, Karen has experienced a great deal of death. But she doesn't find that sad. "When I'm with somebody that is dying, it is a complete honor. And I feel like it's the same thing as when labor and delivery nurses are with a birth. To be there at that time is just incredible." She shares stories about being  there at the end of life and what lessons that has taught her. 

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Stewart's Story: Can We Talk? show art Stewart's Story: Can We Talk?

Grief from the Other Side: Stories of Hope and Resilience

As a chaplain, Stewart is very comfortable being with individuals during challenging times. He credits his mother with how he grew up understanding death, loss, and grief. Stewart shares how his own personal struggles inspired his journey to become a hospice chaplain. He talks about the role of a chaplain, shares his definition of spirituality, and discusses the power of meeting people where they are.

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Avis' Story: Over 20 Years of Empowering Patients and Families show art Avis' Story: Over 20 Years of Empowering Patients and Families

Grief from the Other Side: Stories of Hope and Resilience

With over 20 years at Hospice of the Chesapeake, Avis has seen it all. She has held multiple roles at the organization and is passionate about helping individuals with life-limiting health conditions understand the benefits of supportive care and hospice. Avis shares how she started working for the nonprofit and how her own journey with grief and loss inspires her work.

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From the Inside Out show art From the Inside Out

Grief from the Other Side: Stories of Hope and Resilience

In the second season of Grief from the Other Side, we share conversations about loss and purpose with Avis, Stewart and Karen, members of the Hospice of the Chesapeake Clinical Team. This preview features Amy Stapleton, Manager for Bereavement Services, and Tammy Turner, Community Education Manager, discussing the next series of interviews. You'll get an introduction about the work each team member does and a bit of background on how they approach their roles.

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It Doesn't Get Easier, It Just Gets Less Hard show art It Doesn't Get Easier, It Just Gets Less Hard

Grief from the Other Side: Stories of Hope and Resilience

Paris was just 16 years old when her mom died suddenly. In that moment, her life was never the same. She and her sister had to move in with her godparents and start a new school, all while navigating the trauma of their mom's unexpected death. Paris shares her story of loss and how family, friends, and music have helped her. She also shares what wasn't as helpful and how she is continuing to move forward. 

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Finding Hope When Hope Seems Lost show art Finding Hope When Hope Seems Lost

Grief from the Other Side: Stories of Hope and Resilience

Eric is a mom, a nationally certified school psychologist, and an aunt. In this episode, Erica shares her journey of losing her nephew Hunter to overdose. As a mental health professional who works with young adults, she was very involved in trying to help Hunter with his substance use disorder. Erica openly shares about her grief process and what she did as a parent, a professional, and family member to find hope when hope seemed lost.

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It's Ok to Not be Ok show art It's Ok to Not be Ok

Grief from the Other Side: Stories of Hope and Resilience

In this episode, Parker shares her story of the loss of her close friend by suicide. She discusses the impact of her loss and ways that she found hope through her grief.

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Erica is a mom, a nationally certified school psychologist, and an aunt. In this episode, Erica shares her journey of losing her nephew Hunter to overdose. As a mental health professional who works with young adults, she was very involved in trying to help Hunter with his substance use disorder. Erica openly shares about her grief process and what she did as a parent, a professional, and family member to find hope when hope seemed lost.

Erica shares that several books were helpful in talking with her young daughter about loss. These included: "Invisible String", "The Goodbye Book" by Todd Parr, "The Fall of Freddie the Leaf", and "Chester Racoon and the Acorn Full of Memories".