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Grieving Voices is a podcast started by a lifelong griever for grievers. The mission of Grieving Voices is to change the conversation around grief, and how we address our own and that of others and give grievers a platform for sharing what grief has taught them. Through education and personal story, listeners will learn more effective ways to help themselves and others. The Grieving Voices podcast is part of The Unleashed Heart, LLC. Grief resources and additional support are available at www.theunleashedheart.com

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Grieving Voices is a podcast started by a lifelong griever for grievers. The mission of Grieving Voices is to change the conversation around grief, and how we address our own and that of others and give grievers a platform for sharing what grief has taught them. Through education and personal story, listeners will learn more effective ways to help themselves and others. The Grieving Voices podcast is part of The Unleashed Heart, LLC. Grief resources and additional support are available at www.theunleashedheart.com

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Episodes

The Guilt and Blame Game

2/20/2024
How often have we heard or even played 'the guilt and blame game' in relationships? This emotional turmoil hinders healing and obscures the path to genuine connection. In today's episode, we dive deep into the complex themes of self-love, self-acceptance, and navigating loss. Healing isn't just about moving past grief; it involves embracing responsibility for our emotions, navigating forgiveness, and making peace internally—sometimes without confronting another soul. As a grief counselor, I've witnessed how loss challenges faith and spirituality but also offers profound lessons in nurturing them. Regret may whisper tales of what could have been, yet authentic care means addressing those echoes within us rather than seeking external resolutions. Grief is personal—it carves unique paths for each wanderer—and advice must be sifted like grains through fingers until only what serves remains. Today reminds us that life is transient—"you are dust, and to dust you will return." This sentiment urges us to contemplate our aspirations before time writes its final word on our chapter. An oracle card left me contemplating as it spoke of new chapters filled with uncertainty—an inevitable companion in growth. Embrace this dance with change as your story unfolds into awakening. Here’s to new beginnings built on foundations of love—for oneself first—that ripple outward. RESOURCES: Do Grief Differently™️_______ NEED HELP? National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255TexttextText HOMEIf you are struggling with grief due to any of the 40+ losses, free resources are available HERE. CONNECT WITH VICTORIA: InstagramWebsiteLinkedInFacebookSupport the showThis episode is sponsored by Do Grief Differently™️, my twelve-week, one-on-one, in-person/online program for grievers who have suffered any type of loss to feel better. Click here to learn new tools, grief education, and the only evidence-based method for moving beyond the pain of grief. Would you like to join the mission of Grieving Voices in normalizing grief and supporting hurting hearts everywhere? Become a supporter of the show HERE.

Duration:00:26:29

Supporting Yourself When It's a Less Than Happy Valentine's Day

2/13/2024
In the quiet moments of early morning, as the world stirs awake and you're left with your thoughts, do you ever reflect on what self-love truly means? How often do we pause to consider that perhaps the most enduring relationship we'll ever have is with ourselves? As Valentine's Day approaches, hearts and flowers flood our surroundings, reminding us all about love. But amidst this celebration of affection, a deeper connection often goes unnoticed – the love we give ourselves. This week on Grieving Voices, I'm peeling back the layers of what it means to cherish and prioritize yourself truly. As Valentine's Day approaches, let's shift our focus from external expressions of affection to cultivating an inner sanctuary of self-compassion and care. The key takeaways from this episode include: Conditional or self-sacrificial love isn't sustainable. True empowerment comes when choices are made free from the weight of others' expectations—when they spring from a well of genuine self-regard. How do we cultivate this kind of self-love? Daily affirmations remind us of our worthiness. A gratitude practice opens our eyes to life’s blessings amidst pain. Self-care days aren’t indulgent—they're necessary retreats for rejuvenation. Mindful movement brings us back into harmony with our bodies, while creative expression unlocks inner worlds waiting to be explored. Proper nutrition fuels not just the body but also the spirit—and sometimes, what we need most is simply disconnecting from digital noise through detoxes that allow quiet reflection and growth. This Valentine’s Day, let's shift the focus inward. Celebrate by embracing your internal reservoirs of love so that every other day is enriched by your own heart’s abundance. RESOURCES: Do Grief Differently™️_______ NEED HELP? National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255TexttextText HOMEIf you are struggling with grief due to any of the 40+ losses, free resources are available HERE. CONNECT WITH VICTORIA: InstagramWebsiteLinkedInSupport the showThis episode is sponsored by Do Grief Differently™️, my twelve-week, one-on-one, in-person/online program for grievers who have suffered any type of loss to feel better. Click here to learn new tools, grief education, and the only evidence-based method for moving beyond the pain of grief. Would you like to join the mission of Grieving Voices in normalizing grief and supporting hurting hearts everywhere? Become a supporter of the show HERE.

Duration:00:13:29

What Is Your Grief Story? | An Excerpt From My Book

2/6/2024
In the quiet moments of reflection, we often find ourselves face-to-face with our deepest losses. Join me today as I embark on a unique episode of "Grieving Voices," where I read an excerpt from my self-published book, "The Guided Heart: Moving Through Grief and Finding Spiritual Solace." Let's discover how my own experiences with loss from a young age have unknowingly mirrored the language of grief recovery even before I formally encountered it. In this heartfelt session, I explore: In this episode, I also draw connections between the content in my book written before learning about grief recovery methods and the concepts found within them. I share thoughts on letting go, acknowledging pain points, and coping mechanisms that can span decades. Grief isn't selective; it touches all corners of life, including relationships, careers, finances, and more. The way we cope can either mend or strain our emotional health. My story is not unique – it echoes many others’ struggles with life after loss. Reflect on your path by following along in an exercise I propose—writing down your feelings to confront the emotional weight you carry. It’s not just cathartic; it’s a step toward understanding and clarity. As we continue exploring various dimensions of grief throughout future episodes of "Grieving Voices," remember that each person’s path toward healing is unique. Whether through reconnecting with faith or finding solace within oneself after experiencing profound losses—as I did—the goal remains constant: acknowledging our pain so that we may embrace life more fully and presently. RESOURCES: My Book, The Guided Heart: Moving Through Grief & Finding Spiritual SolaceBook | The Grief Recovery HandbookDo Grief Differently™️Episode Sponsor: Magic Mind | Use the code "GRIEVINGVOICES" to receive 20% off _______ NEED HELP? National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255TexttextText HOMESupport the showThis episode is sponsored by Do Grief Differently™️, my twelve-week, one-on-one, in-person/online program for grievers who have suffered any type of loss to feel better. Click here to learn new tools, grief education, and the only evidence-based method for moving beyond the pain of grief. Would you like to join the mission of Grieving Voices in normalizing grief and supporting hurting hearts everywhere? Become a supporter of the show HERE.

Duration:00:26:54

How Do I Deal With the Anger I Feel?

1/30/2024
Today's episode of GrievingVoices takes a deep dive into the complex emotion of anger, especially for us Human Design Manifestor-types navigating loss and trauma. I open up about my battle with anger following life's curveballs and how it can be misunderstood or mishandled. As someone who has walked through the fire of personal loss and trauma, I've learned firsthand how anger can be both destructive and transformative. It's not just an outburst; it’s a signal calling us to introspection. Why does this affect me so deeply? What boundaries have been crossed? Many turn to short-term fixes or STERBs (short-term energy-relieving behaviors) like anger to cope with grief. But these are merely band-aids on deeper emotional wounds. The key lies in processing anger constructively. This isn't about suppressing emotions but rather understanding them—identifying what needs protection or restoration within ourselves before we react impulsively. Key Takeaways: -Anger should prompt introspection rather than projection onto others. -Short-term coping mechanisms like STERBs provide temporary relief but do not address underlying emotional pain. - Constructive processing of anger involves self-protection and restoration efforts. - Emotional intelligence grows through understanding our reactions and setting healthy boundaries. Establishing clear boundaries emerged as another critical theme. The absence of boundary-setting skills during childhood can lead to adult challenges such as unchecked anger. To navigate this complex terrain, the book "Boundaries" is recommended for those seeking guidance on creating and implementing boundaries. Engagement with our emotions in real-time fosters balance and wellness. Tools like visualization and mindful breathing are practical strategies for dissipating anger without confrontation. We pave the way toward transformative life changes by embracing self-awareness and actively managing our emotions. Join me in embracing self-awareness and mastering emotional management as pathways toward transforming our lives after loss. RESOURCES: Human DesignBook | Boundaries Updated and Expanded Edition: When to Say Yes, How to Say No To Take Control of Your LifeYouMapGrief RecoveryEpisode Sponsor: Magic Mind | Use the code "GRIEVINGVOICES" to receive one month free with a 3-month subscription. This special promotion is only for January! _______ NEED HELP? National Suicide PSupport the showThis episode is sponsored by Do Grief Differently™️, my twelve-week, one-on-one, in-person/online program for grievers who have suffered any type of loss to feel better. Click here to learn new tools, grief education, and the only evidence-based method for moving beyond the pain of grief. Would you like to join the mission of Grieving Voices in normalizing grief and supporting hurting hearts everywhere? Become a supporter of the show HERE.

Duration:00:28:42

Mandy Capehart | The Integration of Grief and Restoration of Self

1/23/2024
In this week's heartfelt episode, we dive into the complexities of grief with my special guest, Mandy Capehart – a trauma-informed certified grief educator and somatic embodiment life coach. Mandy shares her journey through grief, which led her to establish the Restorative Grief Project, an online community dedicated to supporting grievers and those who stand by them. Her book, "Restorative Grief: Embracing Our Losses Without Losing Ourselves," is a blend of memoir and practical guidebook that offers insight into managing loss. We touch on topics like: Mandy also delves into how COVID-19 has highlighted the need for greater 'grief literacy' – acknowledging that you don't need death as a reason to grieve. She emphasizes validating experiences rather than dismissing them and discusses how she uses storytelling as a tool for connection and healing. Moreover, Mandy opens up about personal losses such as miscarriages, providing raw insights into the emotional turmoil they entail while calling out common misconceptions surrounding them. This episode is not just about dealing with grief but learning from it, embracing vulnerability, and engaging in deeper conversations instead of hiding behind social niceties or sugarcoated interactions. This conversation provides solace and guidance for anyone grappling with loss or seeking ways to support others in their grieving process. Key Takeaway: Grief isn't solely triggered by death; it encompasses various forms of personal loss and change. The conversation challenges us to confront cultural tendencies that often minimize these experiences or avoid deep discussions. Mandy’s insights remind us that grieving is not just an emotional process but one that touches every fiber of our being - physically, mentally, and spiritually. Your story matters. Your pain deserves recognition. And together, we can find pathways toward restoration. RESOURCES: Restorative Grief Project on FacebookMichelle Obama's BookEnneagram E-Book | Pop-Up Opt-In on WebsiteCONNECT: WebsiteInstagramLinkedInEpisode Sponsor: Magic Mind | Use the code "GRIEVINGVOICES" to receive one month free with a 3-month subscription. This special promotion is only for January! _______ NEED HELP? National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255TSupport the showThis episode is sponsored by Do Grief Differently™️, my twelve-week, one-on-one, in-person/online program for grievers who have suffered any type of loss to feel better. Click here to learn new tools, grief education, and the only evidence-based method for moving beyond the pain of grief. Would you like to join the mission of Grieving Voices in normalizing grief and supporting hurting hearts everywhere? Become a supporter of the show HERE.

Duration:01:03:37

Searching for Alignment

1/16/2024
Have you ever felt like a ship adrift, disconnected from your true north? In this profound journey we call life, alignment with our authentic selves is often clouded by the fog of grief and loss. But what if I told you there's a compass waiting to guide you back to yourself? Tune in to this week's episode of "Grieving Voices," where I unveil the transformative potential of the Youmap framework. In this heartfelt session: - Explore what it means to live in alignment with our authentic selves and how misalignment can lead to grief. - Discover the four pillars - strengths, values, skills, personality - that form the foundation of living an aligned life in the Youmap framework. - Learn about the various forms of grief that arise when we stray from our true path. - Emphasize the importance of self-understanding as a tool for unlocking one's potential. Who Can Benefit From Youmap? - The newly widowed seeking new beginnings - Those who've experienced job loss - New divorcees aiming for self-discovery It also holds value for college-bound students navigating their future paths. Whether facing significant life transitions or seeking deeper self-understanding, Youmap offers clarity and direction. And for those supporting others through loss? It’s essential knowledge. Special Anniversary Giveaway Announcement: The Unleashed Heart is turning 5! 🥳 In Celebrating five years of transforming lives and supporting grievers, I'm giving a special giveaway. Get a chance to win 2 prizes: a 60-minute Distance Energy Healing Session and a 60-minute Distance Heart with Ears Session 🎉 The giveaway starts this January 11, 2024, and ends on January 23, 2024. The winners will be announced on the 5th-anniversary date, January 23. I encouraged listeners to join and participate. For more details on entering the giveaway, check the resources below. Dive deep into who you are and discover what makes you tick; it's time to live a life aligned with your purpose! Key Takeaway: Misalignment with our authentic selves can manifest as various forms of grief – from career dissatisfaction to deep personal regret. But there's hope! Remember: “You always had the power, my dear. You just had to learn it for yourself.” RESOURCES: YouMapEpisode Sponsor: Magic Mind | GRIEVINGVOICES5th Anniversary Giveaway! Register before 1/23/2024 at 11 AM CST _______ NEED HELP? National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255TextSupport the showThis episode is sponsored by Do Grief Differently™️, my twelve-week, one-on-one, in-person/online program for grievers who have suffered any type of loss to feel better. Click here to learn new tools, grief education, and the only evidence-based method for moving beyond the pain of grief. Would you like to join the mission of Grieving Voices in normalizing grief and supporting hurting hearts everywhere? Become a supporter of the show HERE.

Duration:00:13:20

Kiki Tyler | Best Friend Loss & A Midlife Awakening

1/9/2024
In the symphony of life, each person's journey hits a unique set of notes, creating a melody that resonates with their experiences. Welcome to another episode of Grieving Voices, where we explore the therapeutic and transformative power of sound healing. Today's guest is the incredibly talented sound healer, Kiki Tyler, who takes us on a journey through her personal story of grief and how it led her to discover her purpose in helping others heal. Kiki Tyler is a renowned sound healer known for creating immersive sonic landscapes that promote healing and self-discovery. She harmonizes body, mind, and spirit using various instruments through resonating frequencies. Her intuitive approach and extensive knowledge allow her to facilitate deeply restorative experiences. In This Episode: Takeaways: Kiki’s story encourages us to reflect on how we handle loss within our networks — supporting colleagues during their times of need fosters deeper connections and community strength. It also poses a question worth pondering: How do we honor ourselves and others amidst adversity? Remember — It’s okay to feel and express emotions; vulnerability isn't weakness—it's human strength unveiled amidst adversity. RESOURCES: ReikiBiofield TuningEpisode Sponsor: Magic Mind | GRIEVINGVOICESCONNECT: WebsiteSpotify - The RealmInstagramLinks To Learn More_______ NEED HELP? National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255TexttextText HOMESupport the showThis episode is sponsored by Do Grief Differently™️, my twelve-week, one-on-one, in-person/online program for grievers who have suffered any type of loss to feel better. Click here to learn new tools, grief education, and the only evidence-based method for moving beyond the pain of grief. Would you like to join the mission of Grieving Voices in normalizing grief and supporting hurting hearts everywhere? Become a supporter of the show HERE.

Duration:01:07:38

Seven Takeaways From 2023

1/2/2024
In a world constantly throwing curveballs our way, it's easy to feel overwhelmed. But what if we could find wisdom in unexpected places? In this week's episode, I share some personal key takeaways from my 2023 life experience that might just inspire you to view your daily challenges through a new lens. From never underestimating the power of saving pennies to your future feeling like it could come down to a coin toss, there are lessons weaved through all of our life's experiences - including parenting! Children have this remarkable ability to bounce back from setbacks with an enviable positivity—something adults often struggle with. They can also be some of our best teachers, too! A couple of my favorite life takeaways come from my parenting experiences. Additionally, through this week's episode, you will learn how persistence can pay off, not just in terms of goals or ambitions but also in terms of advocating for your health. And that embracing authenticity, self-awareness, and looking at relationships as mirrors are all unexpected places we can gain wisdom. It is my hope, that by the end of this week's episode, you'll feel inspired to learn more deeply about yourself, perhaps look at situations in your life with a renewed or fresh perspective, and be open to the learning that is always available to us. Whether the teachings happen through parenting, other relationships, courses, programs, mentors, or just plain old crappy situations, the opportunities to grow are boundless. In 2024, may you discover more of what makes you amazing, the shadow parts that may need some healing and love, and what matters most to you. Remember: self-knowledge empowers us beyond others’ perceptions. RESOURCES: Episode Sponsor: Magic Mind | GRIEVINGVOICESPrevious Grieving Voices Guest’s | Lindsay Joy Maha Bodhi Learn Your Human DesignYouMap_______ NEED HELP? National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255TexttextText HOMEIf you are struggling with grief due to any of the 40+ losses, free resources are available HERE. CONNECT WITH VICTORIA: InstagramSupport the showThis episode is sponsored by Do Grief Differently™️, my twelve-week, one-on-one, in-person/online program for grievers who have suffered any type of loss to feel better. Click here to learn new tools, grief education, and the only evidence-based method for moving beyond the pain of grief. Would you like to join the mission of Grieving Voices in normalizing grief and supporting hurting hearts everywhere? Become a supporter of the show HERE.

Duration:00:24:09

Debbie R. Weiss | Finding Strength in Struggle: Weight Loss, Widowhood, & Wisdom

12/26/2023
In this episode of Grieving Voices, we welcome the remarkable Debbie Weiss, a life strategist who has spent over five decades helping others while overcoming her own daunting life challenges. As an author and podcaster, she offers hope and motivation to many through her memoir "On Second Thought, Maybe I Can" and as a contributing author in "Heart Whispers." Key Points: - At age 50, Debbie experienced what she describes as midlife awareness rather than a crisis. - She reflects on becoming the primary caregiver for her father after his stroke at just 46 years old — a role that lasted thirty years. - The pivotal moment came during a girls' trip when she was 50, where she realized how much of herself was lost in caregiving roles. - Her journey involved tackling weight loss by changing her mindset about food and diets to embrace it as part of a sustainable lifestyle change. - Secrets have a way of holding us back, as Debbie encountered and later moved through. - Being a caregiver for most of one's life and in different roles has taught Debbie the importance of not caring for others except all else, including self-care. As a caregiving daughter, then as a wife to her terminally ill husband, Garrett, and mother of a son who struggles with mental health challenges, she now advocates for those who've given their lives to caregiving or otherwise and are ready to empower themselves. Takeaways: Debbie underscores the importance of self-care amidst responsibilities. She emphasizes that mindset is key — changing habits and reframing thoughts towards oneself and one’s goals. Tune into this powerful conversation full of raw emotion, resilience, insights into mental health struggles within families, and navigating grief after losing loved ones. RESOURCES: On second thought...maybe i can!Heart Whispers: Stories of Women Listening to Their Innate Wisdom and Designing a Life They LoveKelly Clarkson AppearanceA Sprinkle of Hearts Online ShopEpisode Sponsor:Magic MindUsethe code "GRIEVINGVOICES20% offCONNECT: WebsiteInstagramSupport the showThis episode is sponsored by Do Grief Differently™️, my twelve-week, one-on-one, in-person/online program for grievers who have suffered any type of loss to feel better. Click here to learn new tools, grief education, and the only evidence-based method for moving beyond the pain of grief. Would you like to join the mission of Grieving Voices in normalizing grief and supporting hurting hearts everywhere? Become a supporter of the show HERE.

Duration:01:29:49

Zane Landin | Empowerment Over Stigma and Keeping My Mom's Legacy Alive

12/19/2023
Zane Landon, a mental health and disability advocate and founder of Positive Vibes magazine, actively promotes mental health awareness, wellness, and inclusion. Despite battling his own mental health, Zane showed up to the Mental Health Youth Action Forum in Washington, D.C., to advocate for youth mental health policies and confront the stigma surrounding mental illness, particularly the misconception that it leads to violent behavior. In this episode, he shares his journey with major depressive disorder, emphasizing the empowerment he found in diagnosis and connection with others, as well as the healing power of helping those in similar situations. Alongside these topics, Zane addresses his struggles with weight and overeating and the recognition of the complex relationship between mental health and eating habits. He stresses the importance of body positivity, self-acceptance, and maintaining health objectives. Reflecting on the universal impact of mental health, Zane discusses the importance of recognizing individual worth and the value everyone brings to the world. His narrative includes the profound effects of early life experiences, personal achievements, and investing in oneself. In light of COVID-19 and the loss of his mother, Zane expresses gratitude for her influence in his life and explores his belief in an afterlife and continued connections with those who have passed. The conversation also delves into processing grief. Zane emphasizes the need to change one’s internal narrative. He candidly discusses his spiritual yearning and the lack of definitive answers in coping with the absence of loved ones. He finds solace in the hope that his mom is in a safe place or some form of afterlife, and he seeks to honor her memory by channeling his love and energy into positive actions, such as a newfound love of cooking (which his mom loved to do). Grateful for the ability to discuss grief, mental health, and suicide openly, Zane advocates for improved societal approaches to these issues and uses social media and his digital platform to promote accessibility and encourage positive change. RESOURCES: Positive Vibes MagazineNAMIActiveMindsThe Grief Recovery HandbookMental Health Youth Action ForumAfterCloudEpisode Sponsor:Magic MindUsethe code "GRIEVINGVOICES20% offCONNECT: Support the showThis episode is sponsored by Do Grief Differently™️, my twelve-week, one-on-one, in-person/online program for grievers who have suffered any type of loss to feel better. Click here to learn new tools, grief education, and the only evidence-based method for moving beyond the pain of grief. Would you like to join the mission of Grieving Voices in normalizing grief and supporting hurting hearts everywhere? Become a supporter of the show HERE.

Duration:01:28:42

National Grief Awareness Week | 10 Tips for Grieving Hearts to Nurture Hope During the Holidays

12/12/2023
In this episode, we're continuing the grief education in honor of National Grief Awareness Week on December 2nd-8th. Last week, I shared facts, staggering statistics, and insights about grief, many of which surprised me! So many people will be going into this Christmas missing a loved one or wishing a relationship would be different, better, or more. The holidays often bring up a lot of emotions. And sitting with all of the big feelings without self-awareness, tools, and support only exacerbates those emotions. Today, I share ten tips for grieving hearts to nurture hope during the holidays—many of which I've shared in the past. However, sometimes you need to hear it differently or another time when you're ready to really hear it. Maybe today will be when the information will land differently in your heart. RESOURCES: Ep. 171 | Facts, Stats, and Grief in the WorkplaceGrief Recovery Online Group ProgramEpisode Sponsor:Magic MindUsethe code "GRIEVINGVOICES20% offEp. 32 Sandy Derby | Child Satanic Sexual Abuse, Meth Addiction, and MiraclesDo Grief Differently™️_______ NEED HELP? National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255TexttextText HOMEIf you are struggling with grief due to any of the 40+ losses, free resources are available HERE. CONNECT WITH VICTORIA: InstagramWebsiteLinkedInFacebookSupport the showThis episode is sponsored by Do Grief Differently™️, my twelve-week, one-on-one, in-person/online program for grievers who have suffered any type of loss to feel better. Click here to learn new tools, grief education, and the only evidence-based method for moving beyond the pain of grief. Would you like to join the mission of Grieving Voices in normalizing grief and supporting hurting hearts everywhere? Become a supporter of the show HERE.

Duration:00:26:59

National Grief Awareness Week | Facts, Stats, and Grief in the Workplace

12/5/2023
December 2nd-8th is National Grief Awareness Week. So, I thought I would do what I do best, and that is to bring attention to grief education. The better prepared and educated we are about grief, the more connected, empathetic, and patient we become. In this week's episode, I will share facts, statistics, and insights about grief. Some of what you'll hear has never been shared on the podcast. You'll learn staggering statistics that even caught me by surprise! Additionally, workplace grief is a common challenge within companies, and if you are a business owner with employees, a CEO, or an employee, this is an episode for you! And it's also an episode I hope you share with your manager, HR, or griever you know. With someone dying in the United States every 11.14 seconds, there are a lot of grieving people out there, and my phone should be ringing off the hook. However, it's not, and I share my theory on why in this episode. Please tune in next week, where I'll keep the National Grief Awareness Week education coming with a podcast about Grief and the Holidays. RESOURCES: Ep. 68 | Ken Ross: Rolling the Dice & Preserving the Legacy of Elisabeth Kubler-RossEp. 6 | The Manifestation of GriefUnited States Deaths ClockGrief Recovery | Do Grief Differently™️_______ NEED HELP? National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255TexttextText HOMEIf you are struggling with grief due to any of the 40+ losses, free resources are available HERE. CONNECT WITH VICTORIA: InstagramWebsiteLinkedInFacebookSupport the showThis episode is sponsored by Do Grief Differently™️, my twelve-week, one-on-one, in-person/online program for grievers who have suffered any type of loss to feel better. Click here to learn new tools, grief education, and the only evidence-based method for moving beyond the pain of grief. Would you like to join the mission of Grieving Voices in normalizing grief and supporting hurting hearts everywhere? Become a supporter of the show HERE.

Duration:00:23:14

Karla Helbert | My Son, Theo, Is Always With Me

11/28/2023
Society will often say to bereaved parents (or guardians), "I cannot imagine your loss..." when expressing their sympathy. However, these words can feel like a thousand paper cuts to the bereaved because, if they're anything like my guest, Karla, they want you to imagine, even briefly. As Karla shares in this week's episode, we are all capable of using our imagination; however, when it comes to child loss, no one wants to imagine it. Karla herself never imagined she would experience such a loss in her life. And today, her beloved Theo would be 18 and off to college. Theo means "God," and Karla never imagined how much her spiritual life would suffer when Theo was diagnosed at three months old with a brain tumor and died six months later. She needed God and her spiritual practice more than ever during that time, and yet all of the tools and teachings in her toolbox through her therapy practice, yoga, aromatherapy, and more were of no interest to her; she wanted nothing to do with any of it. That is until she was ready to face the one unimaginable loss she could not change. Through this episode and Karla's story, you'll learn two important lessons her grief taught her, as well as her insights around balancing the fear of the world and something bad happening with living, and in particular, the challenges parents with other living children face after already burying one child. We also talk about how her practice evolved with her grief and how it's also enabled her to sit with other grievers, including other bereaved parents and guardians, in their pain. When unimaginable loss happens, every aspect of our lives takes a hit. But when our spiritual life is bruised, finding meaning, which Karla explains is very personal, can be the fuel needed to get up in the morning and keep moving. Karla lives her life with one thought: to live a life that would make Theo proud. May we all strive to live our lives to honor our departed loved ones - in even the smallest of ways. 💛 RESOURCES: Free Virtual Event Dec. 5th | Coping Strategies for Grief and Loss: Lessen your suffering after your child diesKarla's Author Profile and Books on AmazonNon-Profit for Bereaved ParentsCONNECT: WebsiteInstagram_______ NEED HELP? National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255TextSupport the showThis episode is sponsored by Do Grief Differently™️, my twelve-week, one-on-one, in-person/online program for grievers who have suffered any type of loss to feel better. Click here to learn new tools, grief education, and the only evidence-based method for moving beyond the pain of grief. Would you like to join the mission of Grieving Voices in normalizing grief and supporting hurting hearts everywhere? Become a supporter of the show HERE.

Duration:01:04:55

Part II | Supporting Children Through Divorce and The Holidays

11/21/2023
This episode is a follow-up to the last one to bring awareness to Children's Grief Awareness Day on November 16th, 2023. In this episode, I dive into supporting children through divorce and their challenges during the holidays. We must recognize that children experience various forms of grief and that parents play a crucial role in helping them cope with loss. Parents who receive early education on loss are better prepared to support their children effectively. The impact of divorce on children is explored, highlighting the multiple losses they experience and the difficulties they face in understanding love and commitment. It can't be stated enough that parents face many challenges in being present and acknowledging their children's feelings during a challenging time, such as navigating all of the changes that occur as a result of a divorce (or separation), particularly when the parents are grieving themselves. This episode implores all adults to empathize with children struggling, particularly during holidays and challenging family situations. As a society, we must break the cycle of inadequate support by providing better guidance to the next generation. I encourage all listeners to engage with the episode and provide feedback to help shape future discussions on supporting children through divorce and the holidays. We adults must raise awareness about children's grief, advocate for improved support systems, and empower all parents to navigate challenging situations with sensitivity and understanding. Future generations depend on what we adults choose to do or not do in response to children's grief. RESOURCES: Ep 168: Part I | Children's Grief AwarenessBook, When Children GrieveProgram, Helping Children with Loss (for the adults of child grievers)I love speaking on the topic of grief! Schools, Mental Health Events, Women's Groups, Church Groups, Podcasts, Retreats, etc._______ NEED HELP? National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255TexttextText HOMEIf you are struggling with grief due to any of the 40+ losses, free resources are available HERE. CONNECT WITH VICTORIA: InstagramWebsiteSupport the showThis episode is sponsored by Do Grief Differently™️, my twelve-week, one-on-one, in-person/online program for grievers who have suffered any type of loss to feel better. Click here to learn new tools, grief education, and the only evidence-based method for moving beyond the pain of grief. Would you like to join the mission of Grieving Voices in normalizing grief and supporting hurting hearts everywhere? Become a supporter of the show HERE.

Duration:00:27:12

Part I | Children's Grief Awareness

11/14/2023
In light of November 16th being Children's Grief Awareness Day, I recount my experience as a child griever in today's episode. Back in the '80s, and still very much today, the topic of grief was uncomfortable and not something people openly shared their feelings about. Not to mention, the resources that exist today did not exist back then, leaving society to fend for itself and perpetuate the myths of grief I so often talk about: Don't Feel Bad, Replace the Loss, Grieve Alone, Be Strong, Keep Busy, and Time Heals. Growing up with grief poses many challenges for children, particularly with the loss of parents, safety, and security. The myths of grief have been ingrained in our society, and grieving children of the past, like myself, grow up passing those same myths down to their children. Hence, the cycle of grief misinformation continues. This is why I am so passionate about talking about grief because the cycle must be broken. The more people who recognize they're not forever broken or destined for a life of grief and instead learn new information and tools, the better off future generations will be - the better off our world will be. I encourage all listeners to empathize with grieving children during this Children's Grief Awareness Day. Reflect on the role you play in the life of a grieving child you know. If you want a child to feel safe in sharing, as an adult, you often have to go first in sharing. Through this episode, you will also learn children's common reactions to grief and more. In Part II, I will focus on an experience many children have today - divorced parents and navigating the holidays, especially if this is the first holiday without a loved one. RESOURCES: Book, When Children GrieveProgram, Helping Children with Loss (for the adults of child grievers)I love speaking on the topic of grief! Schools, Mental Health Events, Women's Groups, Church Groups, Podcasts, Retreats, etc._______ NEED HELP? National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255TexttextText HOMEIf you are struggling with grief due to any of the 40+ losses, free resources are available HERE. CONNECT WITH VICTORIA: InstagramWebsiteLinkedInFacebookSupport the showThis episode is sponsored by Do Grief Differently™️, my twelve-week, one-on-one, in-person/online program for grievers who have suffered any type of loss to feel better. Click here to learn new tools, grief education, and the only evidence-based method for moving beyond the pain of grief. Would you like to join the mission of Grieving Voices in normalizing grief and supporting hurting hearts everywhere? Become a supporter of the show HERE.

Duration:00:14:29

Amy Douglas | The Manifestation of Grief Through Our Human Design

11/7/2023
Amy joins me for a second recording, and this time, we're digging into the energy centers of the Human Design tool. According to MyHumanDesign.com, where you can discover your Human Design, it's a roadmap for living your life. It can teach you to recognize that not all advice is the best advice for you. Additionally, Human Design can help you realize your innate gifts and traits to embrace who you came into this life to be. Like all tools, it's information, and what you do with it, if anything, is entirely up to you. Information is just knowledge. However, applied knowledge is wisdom. Human Design has personally helped bring to my awareness my blind spots, areas of relationships, and my being that I couldn't see from an outside perspective because I wasn't aware of them until Human Design helped me realize them. Do you see how this tool can be the mirror you've been looking for? Or perhaps your spleen is running the show, and you're too afraid to look? In today's episode, you will learn, head to root, about the 9 Human Design Energy Centers and how grief often manifests and shows up in these energy centers, whether you have been defined (colored in) or undefined (white). Before listening, and only if this resonates or you're curious (listen to your HD authority on that), go to www.mybodygraph.com first to get your Human Design body graph, then hit play and prepare yourself for some a-ha moments, friends! RESOURCES: Get Your Human Design Body Graphreceive a generous 25% off of a Human Design reading with AmyGRIEVINGVOICESHEREPodcast | Love Human. Be Spirit. CONNECT: Website_______ NEED HELP? National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255TexttextText HOMEIf you are struggling with grief due to any of the 40+ losses, free resources are available HERE. CONNECT WITH VICTORIA: InstagramWebsiteLinkedInFacebookSupport the showThis episode is sponsored by Do Grief Differently™️, my twelve-week, one-on-one, in-person/online program for grievers who have suffered any type of loss to feel better. Click here to learn new tools, grief education, and the only evidence-based method for moving beyond the pain of grief. Would you like to join the mission of Grieving Voices in normalizing grief and supporting hurting hearts everywhere? Become a supporter of the show HERE.

Duration:01:01:19

Grieving the Loss of a Pet

10/31/2023
The global pet market is worth $261B. Additionally, U.S. pet owners will spend nearly $110B on their pets this year, with $490M on Halloween costumes alone. These stats (and more) are shared on this week's episode and are provided by PetKeen.com. More importantly, there are an estimated 14 million pet deaths each year in the U.S., which, when combined with the other 40+ losses, creates a lot of grievers annually. It's commonplace to replace the death of a pet with a new one. And as a society, we don't view the death of a beloved pet in the same way we view the death of the humans in our lives. However, all the same, the death of a pet can be a tremendous loss for someone. Considering how much we love our pets and how many of us are pet owners, you would think we would be more compassionate toward those who must surrender or say goodbye to a companion who held a pivotal role in their daily lives. And yet, there is still so much education to be done in grief - even when grieving a four-legged fur baby, bird, snake, or whatever creature has captured your heart. RESOURCES: Pet Loss Program InquiryGrief Recovery Handbook for Pet LossBiofield Tuning | not mentioned in the episode but may be supportive of a pet transitioning or with health/behavior concernsPet Keepsake MemorialU.S. Made Titan Caskets/Urns + More for Pets_______ NEED HELP? National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255TexttextText HOMEIf you are struggling with grief due to any of the 40+ losses, free resources are available HERE. CONNECT WITH VICTORIA: InstagramWebsiteLinkedInFacebookSupport the showThis episode is sponsored by Do Grief Differently™️, my twelve-week, one-on-one, in-person/online program for grievers who have suffered any type of loss to feel better. Click here to learn new tools, grief education, and the only evidence-based method for moving beyond the pain of grief. Would you like to join the mission of Grieving Voices in normalizing grief and supporting hurting hearts everywhere? Become a supporter of the show HERE.

Duration:00:27:18

Maha Bodhi | Part II: The Pet Loss & The Surrender That Cracked Me Open

10/24/2023
This week's guest, Maha Bodhi, who previously appeared on the podcast in season 3, shares her experience of saying goodbye to her dog and the grief she experienced as a result. Having to choose what she felt was right for her pet versus hoping nature would take its course is a struggle many pet owners face when their pet reaches the end of their life. Pet loss is one of the most minimized losses. Those who don't experience pet loss, and many grievers, often see pets as being replaceable. Although Maha did attempt to replace Blake's loss with another dog a month after his passing, she quickly realized it wasn't the best decision for herself or the other dog. In the following months, Maha was reminded of what she had learned through several Heart with Ears sessions with me, Victoria, while her dog, Blake, was preparing to transition. And that was that grief needs to be honored, felt, and addressed. One of the ways we can do that, which I had shared with Maha, is through the Grief Recovery Method, as described in The Grief Recovery Handbook. Maha took herself through the method in the book and found tremendous value and relief. Although going it alone is not recommended for reasons explained in this episode, Maha gained new knowledge and tools that help her better support herself and others during times of challenge. "The degree of your surrender is the degree of your success." - Maha Bodhi RESOURCES: Ep 109 | A Quest for Inner Peace & FreedomThe Grief Recovery HandbookHeart with Ears SessionDayOne Journal App CONNECT: WebsiteYoga Alliance Teacher TrainingThe Mindry | [On Demand ] Yoga, Meditation + More HERE or HERE ***The first 100 subscribers get 10% off an annual subscription***InstagramFacebook______ NEED HELP? National SuicidSupport the showThis episode is sponsored by Do Grief Differently™️, my twelve-week, one-on-one, in-person/online program for grievers who have suffered any type of loss to feel better. Click here to learn new tools, grief education, and the only evidence-based method for moving beyond the pain of grief. Would you like to join the mission of Grieving Voices in normalizing grief and supporting hurting hearts everywhere? Become a supporter of the show HERE.

Duration:00:55:43

Amy Douglas | From Betrayal and Loss To Manifesting Joy

10/17/2023
How much betrayal and loss can the heart take within less than two years? Today's guest shares how betrayal, loss, unsurmountable grief, and a decline in health catalyzed her personal growth. Amy chose to empower herself by getting a life coach and learning new tools that enabled her to recalibrate her life and move forward beyond the hurt, pain, and emotional hurricane she felt stuck in for too long. In this episode, we dabble into Amy's experience with Human Design, what she's learned about herself, and how Human Design became the permission slip to radically change things, including leaving her corporate job. We have all experienced something that challenges our beliefs and who we thought others were. We may question who we are and our role in the mess, and often, fear and expectations play a role and serve a purpose in making sense of our experiences. Listen to today's episode to hear Amy's perspective on fear, how learning her Human Design helped her change her approach and point of view of expectations, and so much more! RESOURCES: Get Your Human Design Body Graphreceive a generous 25% off of a Human Design reading with AmyGRIEVINGVOICESHEREPodcast | Love Human. Be Spirit. CONNECT: Website_______ NEED HELP? National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255TexttextText HOMEIf you are struggling with grief due to any of the 40+ losses, free resources are available HERE. CONNECT WITH VICTORIA: InstagramWebsiteLinkedInFacebookSupport the showThis episode is sponsored by Do Grief Differently™️, my twelve-week, one-on-one, in-person/online program for grievers who have suffered any type of loss to feel better. Click here to learn new tools, grief education, and the only evidence-based method for moving beyond the pain of grief. Would you like to join the mission of Grieving Voices in normalizing grief and supporting hurting hearts everywhere? Become a supporter of the show HERE.

Duration:00:52:29

Biofield Tuning: Raising Voltage & Harmonizing the Body

10/10/2023
Biofield Tuning is a type of sound healing that helps to relieve emotional and physical stress. It is a holistic wellness modality that uses the vibration from tuning forks to induce targeted relaxation and to recalibrate our vibrational rhythms from stressors that deplete us. Your biofield or aura is the electromagnetic energy field that surrounds your body, which extends 5-6' in all directions from your body. It is connected with your conscious and subconscious mind, including all your memories. Because we are electrical beings, what affects one part affects the whole. What happens within the body is expressed in the body’s magnetic field (or Biofield). And what is stuck, perturbed, or tangled in the magnetic field informs the body - they are connected. Through Biofield Tuning, we can use electromagnetism within (and around) the body to rewire, recharge, and raise the body’s voltage. In his book, A New Earth, Eckhart Tolle describes the “pain body” as “the remains of pain left behind by every strong negative emotion that is not fully faced, accepted, and then let go of, join together to form an energy field that lives in the very cells of your body.” In Biofield Tuning, we work within the energy field to bring harmony so the body can operate at its fullest energetic potential and expression. This harmony brought to the body can be incredibly supportive to those grieving. ***SURPRISE! Through October, I'm offering ✨10 discount codes ✨ for NEW Energy Healing Clients. Use the code grievingvoices10 to receive 10% off any energy healing session. You don't have to schedule in October to receive the discount. If the code does not work, all ten codes have been redeemed. *** RESOURCES: Eckhart Tolle's Book | A New EarthEileen McKusick's Book |Tuning the Human Biofield: Healing with Vibrational Sound TherapyNEW Client: Energy Healinggrievingvoices10 _______ NEED HELP? National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255TexttextText HOMEIf you are struggling with grief due to any of the 40+ losses, free resources are available HERE. CONNECT WITH VICTORIA: InstagramSupport the showThis episode is sponsored by Do Grief Differently™️, my twelve-week, one-on-one, in-person/online program for grievers who have suffered any type of loss to feel better. Click here to learn new tools, grief education, and the only evidence-based method for moving beyond the pain of grief. Would you like to join the mission of Grieving Voices in normalizing grief and supporting hurting hearts everywhere? Become a supporter of the show HERE.

Duration:00:25:49