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Episode 57: You're Worthy Because You're Alive (2 of 3)

My Spouse Died Too

Release Date: 06/15/2021

Episode 63: On Bended Knee (2 of 3) show art Episode 63: On Bended Knee (2 of 3)

My Spouse Died Too

Julie and the supernatural hummingbirds--can you find comfort in supernatural signs. Are they God sent, serendipity, or something else? Julie and her fiancé John courageously move into a new house together.  Fearing adult kid mutinous protest, can Julie and John figure out how to celebrate their first Thanksgiving and Christmas like one big happy family?  Or does it turn into a cluster-f? Julie reveals her biggest hang-up. Julie is the outsider in fiancé John's decades-old social circle. Will John's friends accept Julie? Does Julie compete with John's late spouse? John's late...

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Episode 62: On Bended Knee (1 of 3) show art Episode 62: On Bended Knee (1 of 3)

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Julie Metzger returns and pulls back the curtains for you to see the messiness and beauty in life. Exhausted from years of holding and lifting everybody else up, who’s holding Julie up? Who holds you up? Vibes about people—how Julie trusts her gut. Julie’s zero-calorie vampire tendencies. Julie the Olympic Hugger. Are adult kids sabotaging your new life? Netflix and Chillin'—Hmmm? Wait, is Julie getting married? God-winks, serendipity, reincarnation, and more! Bullets Vibes--A Woman's Intuition Vampire Diaries Best Hugger Gold Medal Maya Angelou Was I Running Away? What The Therapist...

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Episode 61: Widowed, Single, and Happy? (3 of 3) show art Episode 61: Widowed, Single, and Happy? (3 of 3)

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Does widowhood define you? A therapist told me that’s not so healthy. But when you first meet someone new, how do you introduce yourself? What are your biggest widow fears? Here’s ours. Quirky sleeping habits (when no one else shares your bed). What kind of pity might you have for couples with problems? Especially when they choose not to seek professional help? I reconcile with past issues I didn’t resolve with my spouse. Now, because I'm widowed, the best I can do is forgive, release and move on. But my friends still have a chance to fix their marital problems—why won’t they? The...

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Seven years ago, while on a phone call with his boss, Sherri’s husband Greg suddenly died. Sherri wants to call the boss and ask about that call. Can I convince Sherri to call Greg’s boss while we record? Sherri reveals why you won’t find a framed picture of her boyfriend in her new house. Facebook problems for the widowed—heed this warning before your pic is plastered or tagged on Facebook. Does Sherri have spies surveilling her boyfriend? Angry make-up sex. Have you ever had any? Definition and example. Is there a way out of love where both people are okay with it? And more…...

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Seven years ago Sherri’s husband Greg suddenly died. Today, Sherri lives alone. Can you be single, widowed, and happy? Consequences if you remarry before age 60 (if you are eligible for American social security retirement benefits). Is Sherri’s current relationship like high school—on-again-off-again-on-again-off-again? We unravel some complexities of Sherri’s current romantic life. Can you enjoy the moment, or do you dwell on the future? How do you measure love? Setting boundaries so no one gets pissy—at least not too pissy. And a whole lot more. Bulletsssss 3-2-1 Margarita...

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Episode 58: You’re Worthy Because You’re Alive (3 of 3) show art Episode 58: You’re Worthy Because You’re Alive (3 of 3)

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Barry bares his heart and shares his biggest fear. Might this be your fear too? How Barry thinks he comes across on first dates. In other words—why Barry really thinks his first dates don’t usually lead to second dates. The sting of rejection. This has nothing to do with transplants. But finding love again requires taking risks—and that means facing uncertainty—the fear of rejection. We talk about this in terms of unhappy vs. uncertain. Because according to my unreferenced research, most people choose unhappiness versus uncertainty. Do you choose certain muted contentment and suffering...

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Barry’s face glows with promise and hope when he explains what one thing he’s working on—building the rest of his life around—where he finds meaning and beauty. You’ll also hear about Barry’s ninety-day date-cycle. How Barry landed on the roof of a barn. The frustration of six first dates (and no 2nd dates), and what Barry thinks it reveals. How much should you share on a first date—like a liver transplant? Dark humor for coping. When to go dutch--this might surprise you. How Barry manages deep dark depression with this life or death trade-off. And plenty more. Bulletasos How...

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Widower poet Barry Johnson returns! I first met Barry when we recorded about a year ago. Just four months before we recorded, Barry was almost dead. Three months before that recording, Barry’s life was saved by a liver transplant. In this episode, Barry makes a confession—I urge you to listen with compassion and empathy. Barry bares his heart about his depression-where it comes from-rough stuff. Is Barry still pissed at God? How work helps Barry cope. Barry reads his poem. And Barry’s personal demon: being unworthy of love. And lots more. Bullets Feeling Good, Finally New Pony Tail...

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Episode 55: What I Learned (by doing the podcast) show art Episode 55: What I Learned (by doing the podcast)

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What I’ve learned by doing more than fifty My Spouse Died Too podcast episodes. Not all-inclusive, just a taste of what I’ve discovered by talking for hours and hours with courageous widowed guest co-hosts. You’ll hear my self-accusations, personality quirks, views on life and death. How I make deeper connections with just about anybody. How to find gold in a conversation. How to listen better. And I’ll suggest a resource, if you take simple action, quickly changes your life in a profound way.  And more. Bulletos What I Learned My Spouse's Death Seems So Long Ago People Die...

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Widowed at twenty-eight, Tawny Platis is the queen of dead husband jokes. Tawny is a comedian, voice actor, and host of the podcast Death Is Hilarious. Tawny’s podcast explores how comedians and creatives use comedy and dark humor to cope with grief and trauma through storytelling and jokes. In this episode, Tawny discusses her botched suicide plan.  Why laughter is like her heroin. PSDD--Post Spousal Death Disorder. Pennsylvania Serah (she’s a lifesaver). Covid isolation perils. Bumble and honest dating profile advice. Tawny thinks something is wrong with her because the same evening...

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More Episodes

Barry’s face glows with promise and hope when he explains what one thing he’s working on—building the rest of his life around—where he finds meaning and beauty.

You’ll also hear about Barry’s ninety-day date-cycle.

How Barry landed on the roof of a barn.

The frustration of six first dates (and no 2nd dates), and what Barry thinks it reveals.

How much should you share on a first date—like a liver transplant?

Dark humor for coping. When to go dutch--this might surprise you.

How Barry manages deep dark depression with this life or death trade-off.

And plenty more.

Bulletasos

  • How Much Do I Share?
  • Six First Dates
  • The Biggest Nut
  • Got Nothing In Common?
  • I Landed On The Roof Of A Barn!
  • The "Still" Word--Why I Don't Like It
  • Celibate By Choice
  • Dark Humor Helps Again
  • Who Pays?
  • Liver And Onions
  • You're Alive Again
  • A F&%$ing Ray Of Sunshine
  • What I'm Building My Life Around
  • Absence Of Love--What I Feel
  • Hope--There's Love Out There Again
  • Missing Emotional Intimacy

 

Barry's past episodes with his Once-Upon-A-Time story:

The Phoenix is a Poet - Parts 1,2, and 3.

https://myspousediedtoo.libsyn.com/episode-35-the-phoenix-is-a-poet

https://myspousediedtoo.libsyn.com/episode-36-the-phoenix-is-a-poet-2-of-3

https://myspousediedtoo.libsyn.com/episode-37-the-phoenix-is-a-poet-3-of-3

Listen to the first 90 seconds. Ted Talk: What a sex worker can teach us about human connection--Nicole Emma. 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r7xLfeTytns

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~ Emeric

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