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Real Talk with Life After Grief Chris

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"Helping those in grief (and the advisors who support them) navigate financial matters."In 2008, at the peak of the recession, I lost my mother to cancer in August and my father to a broken heart in November. In 2010, my grandmother passed away after a stroke. Then a heart wrenching experience in 2012 of losing my oldest child.I became a financial planner in 2003 during the process of helping my parents in their declining health. In 2011, three years after my parents passed, I became a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ to better help families in need. In 2021, I became a Certified Financial Transitionist® to complete my personal and professional experience with formal education and scientific theory. My personal experiences and knowledge of grief and loss of loved ones helps me to understand and assist families enduring similar situations. I’ve helped over 400 families navigate many financial issues and life circumstances such as grieving loss of loved ones.

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"Helping those in grief (and the advisors who support them) navigate financial matters."In 2008, at the peak of the recession, I lost my mother to cancer in August and my father to a broken heart in November. In 2010, my grandmother passed away after a stroke. Then a heart wrenching experience in 2012 of losing my oldest child.I became a financial planner in 2003 during the process of helping my parents in their declining health. In 2011, three years after my parents passed, I became a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ to better help families in need. In 2021, I became a Certified Financial Transitionist® to complete my personal and professional experience with formal education and scientific theory. My personal experiences and knowledge of grief and loss of loved ones helps me to understand and assist families enduring similar situations. I’ve helped over 400 families navigate many financial issues and life circumstances such as grieving loss of loved ones.

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English

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Episodes
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I am Grateful

5/27/2024
In the final episode of Season 6, I bring a life of trauma full circle. I talk about being grateful in spite of all that life has thrown my way. The people in my life have carried me to the promise land of Life After Grief. Honorable mention includes: my wife, my sons, Fr. Leo and my family and friends. We will return in the fall. Have a great summer! Cheers and Be Well!! Support the Show. Did you know you can now Help Us Continue Making Awesome Content for Listeners Affected by Grief! Thanks for listening! Follow us on twitter or follow us on Facebook. You can also find us on LinkedIn.

Duration:00:10:06

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Relatable & Remarkable Guest, Caroline Schafer

5/21/2024
In this week's episode, I have someone who knows all of my podcasts very intimately. Meet Caroline Schafer. She is a friend and also happens to be my podcast editor. Caroline is very similar to many of my podcast listeners through our shared experiences. We share experience with childhood trauma. We also share experiences through the lens of parental caretaker. Her stories really resonate as she exemplifies the shared experience of so many listeners. Her relatable experiences make her very easy to listen and talk to. I would also highly recommend Caroline for the great work she does. Here is how to contact Caroline: theworldofmotherchristmas.com/ ckschafer99@gmail.com Cheers & see you on the next episode! Support the Show. Did you know you can now Help Us Continue Making Awesome Content for Listeners Affected by Grief! Thanks for listening! Follow us on twitter or follow us on Facebook. You can also find us on LinkedIn.

Duration:00:27:26

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Trauma Response

5/6/2024
In this week's episode I go into detail about Trauma Response. More specifically, the six trauma responses. I talk about the details of each response and provide personal examples. I was asked to somewhat normalize the explanation, to help others feel at ease when understanding their trauma responses. I hope you like this week's episode. See on next week's episode. Cheers!!! Support the Show. Did you know you can now Help Us Continue Making Awesome Content for Listeners Affected by Grief! Thanks for listening! Follow us on twitter or follow us on Facebook. You can also find us on LinkedIn.

Duration:00:11:39

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What is Your Bliss List?

4/29/2024
In this week's episode I talk about the idea of a Bliss List. I did not create the idea or resource, but I do use it in practice for myself and with clients. Basically, a Bliss List is an idea list of things you would like to do or accomplish if time or money were no object. I like to keep things simplistic and remove barriers to happiness in life. I am happy to say that I have accomplished many things on my Bliss List as well as helped many others accomplish theirs. The Bliss List was created as a tool through my experience as a Certified Financial Transitionist® Cheers & see you on the next episode! Support the Show. Did you know you can now Help Us Continue Making Awesome Content for Listeners Affected by Grief! Thanks for listening! Follow us on twitter or follow us on Facebook. You can also find us on LinkedIn.

Duration:00:13:43

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How Do I Self Care?

4/23/2024
In this week's episode, I talk all about Self Care. I have spoken loosely about self care over the last few seasons. I was recently asked, "How Do I Self Care?" I go into detail about the self care wheel I use. I also provide a ton of examples with regard to each part of the self care wheel. I hope you enjoy this week's episode. Cheers & see you on the next episode! Support the Show. Did you know you can now Help Us Continue Making Awesome Content for Listeners Affected by Grief! Thanks for listening! Follow us on twitter or follow us on Facebook. You can also find us on LinkedIn.

Duration:00:14:12

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Certified Divorce Coach-Debra Doak, CDC®, CDFA®

3/25/2024
Have you ever heard of a Certified Divorce Coach? I recently met and had the pleasure of interviewing Debra Doak. Debbie is a Certified Divorce Coach. She helps with those hard decisions concerning marriage, divorce, money and life. My initial exposure to Debbie was based on a presentation she did about Financial Abuse. And boy, was I blown away with her expertise. I was simply amazed with her wealth of knowledge in regard to helping anyone making difficult decisions in terms of marriage. I am including a link to her website. https://debradoak.com/ Debbie can also be located on Facebook and Instagram Debbie has published a book helping women with coping strategies considering divorce: https://www.amazon.com/High-Conflict-Divorce-Women-Coping-Strategies/dp/1641528192/ Cheers & see you on the next episode! Support the Show. Did you know you can now Help Us Continue Making Awesome Content for Listeners Affected by Grief! Thanks for listening! Follow us on twitter or follow us on Facebook. You can also find us on LinkedIn.

Duration:00:35:37

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Listener Feedback- EMDR

3/25/2024
In this week's episode, I share some listener feedback. I was simply wowed at the folks who reached out to me to share their trauma experiences. I was equally amazed how certain therapies, including EMDR really helped them. Some of the listeners I spoke to talked about the gravity of their trauma such as: abuse, molestation, death, addiction, racial trauma and many other forms of trauma. I took solace in the fact that my experience and willingness to share about my trauma normalized experience for others. As this is a financial podcast, I would like to bring the aspect of finance full circle. A certification I obtained (Certified Financial Transitionist®-CeFT®) a few years ago has really allowed me to hone my personal and professional experience for that of my clients. In case you are not familiar with CeFT®. A Certified Financial Transitionist® is trained to help clients through major life events and the financial transitions that accompany them. Basically, I am trained to incorporate the emotional side of money with the technical side and guide clients accordingly. Often times emotions conflict with very literal functions of money. Hope you enjoy the episode. Cheers and be well! #trauma #traumatherpy #grief Support the Show. Did you know you can now Help Us Continue Making Awesome Content for Listeners Affected by Grief! Thanks for listening! Follow us on twitter or follow us on Facebook. You can also find us on LinkedIn.

Duration:00:05:43

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Trauma Therapy-EMDR

3/4/2024
In today's episode I want to talk about trauma therapy. Specifically, one that I have experienced called EMDR. EMDR is short for Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing. Let me describe EMDR in layman’s terms. Imagine walking past a grassy area and have no emotional response. Imagine, I walk by that same grassy area and my heart begins to race, I get anxious, I start to get very nervous, my mind starts racing and I start sweating. To further extend this example - imagine I was traumatized in a grassy area, assaulted, overt act of racism, accident, act of war, catastrophe, death, etc. Now you can begin to understand why I (anyone) would be triggered by walking by a grassy area. The effects of trauma evoke an uncontrolled emotional response unless there is a system in which to process those memories safely, with an outside perspective and desensitized. I am not a therapist and cannot recommend any type of therapy. I can tell you about my experience and how I have been enriched. I can tell you that seeking a professional helps for any traumatic life experience. Here is the link mentioned in the podcast Cleveland Clinic EMDR I am an an open book at this juncture and realize that I open the door to talk about the things that may be holding others back from progressing. I hope you enjoy this episode. Cheers!! #traumatherapy #EMDR #traumahelp #trauma Support the Show. Did you know you can now Help Us Continue Making Awesome Content for Listeners Affected by Grief! Thanks for listening! Follow us on twitter or follow us on Facebook. You can also find us on LinkedIn.

Duration:00:19:45

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Depression Sucks; You Deserve Happiness!

3/4/2024
Depression is a subject not often talked about by men. In this episode, I will talk about my experience with depression. I also talk about how I identified periods in my life where I experienced depression. With a ton of support and resources at my fingertips, I have a steady flow of positivity that helps me deal with extreme hardship and trauma. You will hear ongoing habits that I have instilled to help me avoid emotional pitfalls that can lead to depression. Here are a few of the resources I mentioned on the show: National Institute of Mental Health -- https://www.nimh.nih.gov/ Self Care Wheel -- https://olgaphoenix.com/self-care-wheel/ I hope you like this episode. Please feel free to pass this, and any previous episode, on to your friends and family members. Cheers and be well! Support the Show. Did you know you can now Help Us Continue Making Awesome Content for Listeners Affected by Grief! Thanks for listening! Follow us on twitter or follow us on Facebook. You can also find us on LinkedIn.

Duration:00:16:36

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Emotional Effects of Racism and Discrimination

3/4/2024
Greetings and welcome to episode 4 of Season 6-Racism and Discrimination I decided to reboot a previous episode on the subject. As I have gotten older, and maybe wiser, I understand the traumatic effects of dealing with years of unsolicited biases due to the color of my skin. In this episode, I describe some horrible experiences I have had with racism and discrimination. These experiences have been both emotional and physically exhausting. The trauma is constant as situations continue to manifest themselves. I also realize my emotions heighten now that my sons have experienced some of the same slights I have faced. I am gracious to have the right support systems in place to help me through many of these experiences. As this is a podcast with a foundation of finance, I will also talk about the financial impacts of racism and discrimination. As an ironic twist of fate, I have been recognized and requested as a speaker on the subject of racism and discrimination. "There's a crack in everything, that's how the light gets in." ----Leonard Cohen Cheers and Be Well!!!! See you on the next episode. Please feel free to send me ideas on what you would like to listen to in terms of grief. Thanks for listening and see you on the next episode. Support the Show. Did you know you can now Help Us Continue Making Awesome Content for Listeners Affected by Grief! Thanks for listening! Follow us on twitter or follow us on Facebook. You can also find us on LinkedIn.

Duration:00:32:47

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Emotional Effects of Trauma Through a Personal Example

3/4/2024
Greetings and welcome to Episode 3. In this week's episode, I use a personal example of a traumatic event to demonstrate its emotional effects. I share the many emotional and physical effects of trauma. I share what trauma looks and feels like. My hope is to normalize trauma and shed light on the subject. I hope you like this week's episode. Cheers and see you next week. Support the Show. Did you know you can now Help Us Continue Making Awesome Content for Listeners Affected by Grief! Thanks for listening! Follow us on twitter or follow us on Facebook. You can also find us on LinkedIn.

Duration:00:10:30

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Daunting Effects of Trauma

3/4/2024
Welcome back to Real Talk with Life After Grief Chris episode 2. In this episode, I go into further detail about trauma. Listen in as I provide a personal example as well as the emotional and physical effects. Trauma is not something we create, but something from which we recover. I also provide a link, which details the dramatic effects on both the mind and body. themind.org.uk See you on the next episode. Cheers and be well. Support the Show. Did you know you can now Help Us Continue Making Awesome Content for Listeners Affected by Grief! Thanks for listening! Follow us on twitter or follow us on Facebook. You can also find us on LinkedIn.

Duration:00:11:10

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Trauma is Personal

3/4/2024
Welcome back to Real Talk with Life After Grief Chris. We have made it to Season 6 with a tremendous amount of support. This season is all about Trauma. On the heels of releasing a lot of information at the tail end of Season 5, I thought a natural extension would be a deep dive into trauma. As trauma can very emotional and triggering, I am going to be very thoughtful as to any potential guests as I do not want to place on unfair burden on their journey. I will share my own experiences and speak in generalities relating to the experience of others. My hope is that I lay a path for folks experiencing trauma to get the support they need. As always, I will relate these experiences back to finance. I mentioned the American Psychological Association in the podcast as a reference to exploring and understanding trauma. https://www.apa.org/topics/trauma Here is a direct quoted explaining trauma in detail. "Trauma is an emotional response to a terrible event like an accident, rape, or natural disaster. Immediately after the event, shock and denial are typical. Longer term reactions include unpredictable emotions, flashbacks, strained relationships, and even physical symptoms like headaches or nausea. While these feelings are normal, some people have difficulty moving on with their lives. Psychologists can help them find constructive ways of managing their emotions." This quote sums up my personal experience with trauma. I also find this to be a relatable explanation for many others. See you on the next episode. Cheers and be well. #traumarecovery #traumahealing #SuperSurvivor #childabuse #therapy #healingjourney #healingtrauma #FinancialPlanning #FinancialAdvisor Support the Show. Did you know you can now Help Us Continue Making Awesome Content for Listeners Affected by Grief! Thanks for listening! Follow us on twitter or follow us on Facebook. You can also find us on LinkedIn.

Duration:00:09:56

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Allow Me to RE-Introduce Myself-- Real Talk with Life After Grief Chris

9/1/2023
Allow me to Re-Introduce myself..... I have been leading up to some very traumatic stuff that has happened in life. I thought that I should lead up to the next podcast (where I fully disclose) with my initial introduction before I could no longer hide what transpired. Below is what I used to introduce myself on my inaugural podcast. I am both a financial planner to clients and consultant to other financial planners. I help clients and advisors navigate grief by providing deep insight into what grief is and how to navigate financial matters after the death of a loved one. In 2008, at the peak of the recession, I lost my mother to cancer in August and my father to a broken heart in November. In 2010, my grandmother passed away after a stroke. Then a heart wrenching experience in 2012 of losing my oldest child. I became a financial planner in 2003 during the process of helping my parents in their declining health. In 2011, three years after my parents passed, I became a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ to better help families in need. Shortly after starting my own financial planning firm, Life After Grief Financial Planning® I was compelled to start Life After Grief Consulting®. Through my consulting practice I teach advisors how to navigate client grief to help them move through financial and emotional grief without damaging their professional relationships. In 2021, I became a Certified Financial Transitionist® to complete my personal and professional experience with formal education and scientific theory. My personal experiences and knowledge of grief and loss of loved ones helps me to understand and assist families enduring similar situations. I’ve helped over 400 families navigate many financial issues and life circumstances such as grieving loss of loved ones. If you are griever or anyone at all looking for help with your personal situation go to lifeaftergrieffp.com. If you are an advisor looking looking to support your client in grief go to lifeaftergriefconsulting.com. Support the show Did you know you can now Help Us Continue Making Awesome Content for Listeners Affected by Grief! Thanks for listening! Follow us on twitter or follow us on Facebook. You can also find us on LinkedIn. Support the Show. Did you know you can now Help Us Continue Making Awesome Content for Listeners Affected by Grief! Thanks for listening! Follow us on twitter or follow us on Facebook. You can also find us on LinkedIn.

Duration:00:19:33

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Child Abuse & Infidelity: My Story, Pt. 2

8/31/2023
Coming on the heels of the first of a 3 part mini-series. In last week's episode, I shared a surprise that would lead me down a dark path of discovery, highlighting significant traumas early in my life. I've been told that my willingness to share will help others. If you are wondering if I received help dealing with these traumas----the answer is yes. As I advise anyone of my grieving clients to seek the guidance of a trained professional, I did the same. In the spirit of the Super Survivor theme of this season, I have managed to change the trajectory of my life and those who come after me. Cheers and be well. #traumarecovery #traumahealing #SuperSurvivor #ChildAbusePreventionMonth #childabuse #therapy #healingjourney #healingtrauma #FinancialPlanning #FinancialAdvisor Support the Show. Did you know you can now Help Us Continue Making Awesome Content for Listeners Affected by Grief! Thanks for listening! Follow us on twitter or follow us on Facebook. You can also find us on LinkedIn.

Duration:00:24:33

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Child Abuse & Infidelity: My Story, Pt. 1

8/31/2023
I have been leading up to some heavy stuff this season. I have also been told that my willingness to share my experiences with trauma could ultimately help others with theirs. I am opening up about some of the traumas of my past. Infidelity and Child Abuse are often taboo topics. Unfortunately, I have trauma from both as they overlapped most of my life. Take listen to my story. If it resonates, I hope it helps you. If you know someone that experiences any part of my story, please share. This type of trauma is often bottled up and not dealt with and can have lasting effects on someone's life as well as the intimate relationships they attempt to foster. If you like this podcast, please feel free to pass this on to your friends, family members and colleagues. Cheers! See you on the next episode. #traumarecovery #traumahealing #SuperSurvivor #ChildAbusePreventionMonth #childabuse #therapy #healingjourney #healingtrauma #FinancialPlanning #FinancialAdvisor Support the Show. Did you know you can now Help Us Continue Making Awesome Content for Listeners Affected by Grief! Thanks for listening! Follow us on twitter or follow us on Facebook. You can also find us on LinkedIn.

Duration:00:21:25

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Super Survivor Megan Kopka

8/28/2023
Today I had the extreme pleasure of interviewing and learning from Megan Kopka, CFP®, CRPC®. Megan is wonderful financial planner with a ton of experience in both life and career. Megan is also a widow who had the daunting experience of being a caregiver for her husband, while raising two children. Her ability to not only make it through the experience, but to help others in their journey, is truly remarkable. I am honored to learn from her. Megan mentions a wonderful organization on the program, Inheritance of Hope Inheritance of hope seeks to bring a community of support to families facing ALS, cancer, or other life-threatening illness of a parent who would normally feel alone in their journey. This organization was instrumental in helping Megan and her family through their journey. Through our conversation you will understand why Megan is a Super Survivor as she used her experience with tragedy to help others. Megan can be reached through her website Kopkafinancial.com. If you like this podcast, please feel free to pass this on to your friends, family members and colleagues. Cheers! See you on the next episode. Support the Show. Did you know you can now Help Us Continue Making Awesome Content for Listeners Affected by Grief! Thanks for listening! Follow us on twitter or follow us on Facebook. You can also find us on LinkedIn.

Duration:00:47:10

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Grief Reminder vs. Grief Trigger

8/17/2023
In today's episode I talk about grief reminders. I want to be clear that grief reminders are different than grief triggers. I explore the technical definition by the Mayo Clinic. I also use a personal example of a grief reminder that I recently experienced. I also mention free resources for Grief Trigger support. If you like this episode, please free to pass this along to any friends, family members & colleagues. Cheers! See you on the next episode. Support the Show. Did you know you can now Help Us Continue Making Awesome Content for Listeners Affected by Grief! Thanks for listening! Follow us on twitter or follow us on Facebook. You can also find us on LinkedIn.

Duration:00:06:28

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Super Survivor Carolyn Moor

8/16/2023
In today's episode I have the distinct pleasure of RE-Introducing Carolyn Moor. Although she needs no introduction, Carolyn was the first to introduce me to the idea of Super Survivors. She is well known as the founder and director of the Modern Widows Club. Today, I have the honor of picking Carolyn's brain in terms of what made her a Super Survivor. We focus on 4 main areas: Choose Life: live for the future, not in the past Reach out: connect with other survivors—or in Carolyn's case create a forum of your own connections Get Moving: set goals and take action Give Back: service and acts of kindness empower the survivor to be an asset rather than a victim Carolyn and I speak a lot about a book I referenced earlier in the season. -Resilience: The Science of Mastering Life’s Greatest Challenges by Steven M. Southwick & Dennis S. Charney. I would be remiss if I did not mention Carolyn's book, Legendary windows Stories of Legacy by Carolyn Moor and the Modern Widows Club. Please note all proceeds benefit the Modern Widows Club. If you like this podcast, please feel free to pass this on to your friends, family members or colleagues. Cheers! See you on the next episode. Support the Show. Did you know you can now Help Us Continue Making Awesome Content for Listeners Affected by Grief! Thanks for listening! Follow us on twitter or follow us on Facebook. You can also find us on LinkedIn.

Duration:00:25:05

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Super Survivors Volunteer

8/15/2023
Super Survivors Volunteer! Super Survivors Volunteer!! Super Survivors Volunteer!!! I have spoken in previous podcasts about the power of volunteering. In this podcast I talk about 10 definitive benefits of volunteering. Furthermore, Super Survivors embrace volunteering in the format of striving to help others. Here are the 10 benefits mentioned above: 1. Provides you with a sense of purpose You may be able to find your purpose through volunteering and becoming part of something greater than yourself. For instance, if you’re retired, unexpectedly unemployed or have lost a loved one, helping others can give your life new meaning and keep you mentally stimulated. 2. Provides a sense of community Volunteering can help you feel connected to those you are helping in the community. 3. Helps you meet new friends Volunteering is a great way to meet new friends as well as strengthen existing connections with friends, family or coworkers. 4. Increases your social skills Volunteering gives you a chance to talk to new people and sharpen your social skills. 5. Improves self-esteem Volunteering may boost your self-esteem and self-confidence. 6. Teaches you valuable skills The training and hands-on experience you gain while volunteering can help you learn new skills as well as build upon ones you already have. 7. Provides job prospects Along with acquiring valuable skills and experience, you may also meet people while volunteering who can become your mentors or at least a part of your professional social network. 8. Brings fun into your life Many people use volunteering as a way to pursue their hobbies while making a difference. 9. Can help you be happier It often feels good to contribute to projects and organizations that mean something to you. These good feelings can help lessen the effects of stress, anger or anxiety in your life. 10. Gets you out of your comfort zone Through volunteer work, you may overcome the personal challenges of leaving your comfort zone and doing something new with people you may not know. You may be faced with various problems to solve as a volunteer that require you to exercise critical thinking skills that aid your own personal development. I found the information on the aforementioned steps above from the indeed.com website. For more information, please see the link below. https://www.indeed.com/career-advice/career-development/ If you like this podcast, please feel free to pass this on to your friends, family members or colleagues. Cheers! See you on the next episode. Support the Show. Did you know you can now Help Us Continue Making Awesome Content for Listeners Affected by Grief! Thanks for listening! Follow us on twitter or follow us on Facebook. You can also find us on LinkedIn.

Duration:00:11:05