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The Broken Pack™: Stories of Adult Sibling Loss

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On this podcast, surviving sibling, psychologist, and thanatologist, Dr. Angela Dean, helps other grieving siblings share their sibling loss stories. This podcast aims to provide an authentic space for surviving siblings to express their grief and help others navigate the complex emotions associated with this profound, often misunderstood loss. The Broken Pack: Stories of Adult Sibling Loss delves into the profound and often overlooked topic of sibling loss, offering a platform for surviving siblings to share their personal grief stories. In each episode, listeners are immersed in the real-life experiences of those who have endured the unimaginable loss of a sibling. Through inspiring narratives, honest accounts, and stories of resilience, surviving siblings recount their journeys and offer glimpses of hope in the face of profound grief. By connecting through shared experiences, listeners will find solace and support, discovering a community that understands the unique challenges of sibling loss. The Broken Pack™: Stories of Adult Sibling Loss is a podcast focused on giving bereaved adult survivors of sibling loss a platform to share their stories and be heard, something many sibling loss survivors state they never or rarely have had. This podcast is sponsored by The Broken Pack™, an organization supporting and educating others on adult sibling loss and grief as well as connecting survivors in community. If you would like more information or to share your own adult sibling loss story, please contact me, Dr. Angela Dean, at dr.dean@thebrokenpack.com or go to our website, thebrokenpack.com. Please like, subscribe, and share! Please follow us on social media: Facebook: @BrokenPack Instagram: @thebrokenpack TikTok: @the_broken_pack YouTube: @thebrokenpack Sign-up for Wild Grief™, our newsletter: https://thebrokenpack.com/newsletter Thank you! Angela M. Dean, PsyD, FT Credits: The Broken Pack™ Podcast is produced by 27 Elephants Media "If Tomorrow Starts Without Me" © ℗ 2023, 2024 Written by Joe Mylward and Brian Dean Performed by Fuji Sounds (feat. MYLWD.) Licensed for use by The Broken Pack™ Now available on all streaming platforms including Apple Music & Spotify: https://tinyurl.com/3vx3kk46

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On this podcast, surviving sibling, psychologist, and thanatologist, Dr. Angela Dean, helps other grieving siblings share their sibling loss stories. This podcast aims to provide an authentic space for surviving siblings to express their grief and help others navigate the complex emotions associated with this profound, often misunderstood loss. The Broken Pack: Stories of Adult Sibling Loss delves into the profound and often overlooked topic of sibling loss, offering a platform for surviving siblings to share their personal grief stories. In each episode, listeners are immersed in the real-life experiences of those who have endured the unimaginable loss of a sibling. Through inspiring narratives, honest accounts, and stories of resilience, surviving siblings recount their journeys and offer glimpses of hope in the face of profound grief. By connecting through shared experiences, listeners will find solace and support, discovering a community that understands the unique challenges of sibling loss. The Broken Pack™: Stories of Adult Sibling Loss is a podcast focused on giving bereaved adult survivors of sibling loss a platform to share their stories and be heard, something many sibling loss survivors state they never or rarely have had. This podcast is sponsored by The Broken Pack™, an organization supporting and educating others on adult sibling loss and grief as well as connecting survivors in community. If you would like more information or to share your own adult sibling loss story, please contact me, Dr. Angela Dean, at dr.dean@thebrokenpack.com or go to our website, thebrokenpack.com. Please like, subscribe, and share! Please follow us on social media: Facebook: @BrokenPack Instagram: @thebrokenpack TikTok: @the_broken_pack YouTube: @thebrokenpack Sign-up for Wild Grief™, our newsletter: https://thebrokenpack.com/newsletter Thank you! Angela M. Dean, PsyD, FT Credits: The Broken Pack™ Podcast is produced by 27 Elephants Media "If Tomorrow Starts Without Me" © ℗ 2023, 2024 Written by Joe Mylward and Brian Dean Performed by Fuji Sounds (feat. MYLWD.) Licensed for use by The Broken Pack™ Now available on all streaming platforms including Apple Music & Spotify: https://tinyurl.com/3vx3kk46

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Episodes
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Life Interrupted: A Journey of Sibling Loss, Legacy, and Oral Cancer Awareness: Parul / Manu

4/17/2024
Life Interrupted: Finding Purpose Through Grief In a deeply moving episode of "The Broken Pack™", Dentist Dr. Parul Dua Makkar shares her sibling loss story of losing her younger brother, Dentist Dr. Manu Dua, to oral cancer. With Dr. Dean, she explores her special sibling special bond, the harrowing experience of Manu's illness, and how this profound loss has transformed her life. Dr. Makkar describes how the writing of her brother's previously unfinished book, Life Interrupted: A Young Dentist's Journey with Cancer, Legacy, and the Lessons Left Behind, became a powerful act of processing her grief and connecting to Manu. Her dedication to finishing his story led her down the path of advocacy, raising awareness about not only sibling loss but also the importance of early detection and treatment of oral cancer. About Dr. Makkar & Links Mentioned in the Show: Instagram: www.instagram.com/duagoodjob Linked in: Dr. Parul Dua Makkar Website (including information on the Dua Good Job Symposium): https://www.duagoodjob.com/ Book: Life Interrupted: Dr. Dua’s Survival Guide An additional Oral Cancer Awareness / resource: The Oral Cancer foundation: https://oralcancerfoundation.org/ Young Adult Cancer Resource: https://yasurvivors.org/about/ Support the show If you would like more information or to share your own adult sibling loss story, please contact me, Dr. Angela Dean, at contact@thebrokenpack.com or go to our website, thebrokenpack.com. Please like, subscribe, and share! Please follow us on social media: Facebook: @BrokenPack Instagram: @thebrokenpack TikTok: @the_broken_pack YouTube: @thebrokenpack Sign-up for Wild Grief™, our newsletter: https://thebrokenpack.com/newsletter Thank you! Angela M. Dean, PsyD, FT Credits: The Broken Pack™ Podcast is produced by 27 Elephants Media "If Tomorrow Starts Without Me" © ℗ 2023, 2024 Written by Joe Mylward and Brian Dean Performed by Fuji Sounds (feat. MYLWD.) Licensed for use by The Broken Pack™ Now available on all streaming platforms including Apple Music & Spotify: https://tinyurl.com/3vx3kk46

Duration:00:53:47

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Navigating Medical Aid In Dying as a Surviving Sibling: Steven/ Julie

4/9/2024
In this episode of The Broken Pack™: Stories of Adult Sibling Loss , journalist and author Steven Petrow joins Dr. Dean to discuss various aspects of sibling loss, grief, and medical aid in dying. He shares his personal experiences with losing his sister, Julie, to a six-year ovarian cancer experience, navigating his responses to her choice, and their perspectives on end-of-life choices. The conversation highlights the importance of privacy, listening, and respecting the wishes of cancer patients and etiquette in both grief and cancer. Steven Petrow also shares Julie’s voice and hopes for expanding access to medical aid in dying for terminally ill individuals. This episode also sheds light on the unique dynamics of sibling relationships and their influence on individuals' identity and well-being. Content warning: This episode discusses Medical Aid in Dying. Links Mention and Other Related Links: Clearity Foundation - https://www.clearityfoundation.org - An organization that Julie, Steven, and their family found support from. Clearity supports people with ovarian cancer and their families. Empathy Cards (some may be snarky, others are not, sibling loss ones support The Broken Pack™)- https://tinyurl.com/34ab2js8 FAQ on MAiD- https://www.compassionandchoices.org/resource/frequently-asked-questions/ Steven’s articles on Julie & on MAiD https://www.nytimes.com/2023/12/28/opinion/medical-aid-death-choice.html NPR Article on Steven learning to understand Julie's choice- https://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2024/02/25/1233668101/medical-aid-in-dying-cancer-pain Steven's website: https://stevenpetrow.com Steven's article on cancer etiquette - https://www.mariashriversundaypaper.com/steven-petrow-cancer-etiquette/ Support the show If you would like more information or to share your own adult sibling loss story, please contact me, Dr. Angela Dean, at contact@thebrokenpack.com or go to our website, thebrokenpack.com. Please like, subscribe, and share! Please follow us on social media: Facebook: @BrokenPack Instagram: @thebrokenpack TikTok: @the_broken_pack YouTube: @thebrokenpack Sign-up for Wild Grief™, our newsletter: https://thebrokenpack.com/newsletter Thank you! Angela M. Dean, PsyD, FT Credits: The Broken Pack™ Podcast is produced by 27 Elephants Media "If Tomorrow Starts Without Me" © ℗ 2023, 2024 Written by Joe Mylward and Brian Dean Performed by Fuji Sounds (feat. MYLWD.) Licensed for use by The Broken Pack™ Now available on all streaming platforms including Apple Music & Spotify: https://tinyurl.com/3vx3kk46

Duration:00:51:53

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Sibling Loss, Secondary Losses, & Ambiguous Grief: Heather / Melissa

4/3/2024
Grieving the Unexpected: A Sister's Loss and Big Changes after Surviving Sibling Loss Unexpectedly In this episode, Dr. Angela Dean speaks with Heather Mercer about the sudden loss of her sister, Melissa, to a heart attack shortly after giving birth. Heather shares her journey of navigating profound grief, complex custody battles, and the ripple effects of unexpected loss. They explore how Melissa's passing left a void, affecting family dynamics and resulting in additional secondary and ambiguous loss. Heather's story highlights the unique challenges of sibling loss and the importance of finding support and ways to honor her sister's memory amidst life's ongoing changes. Related Links: Camp Ho Mita Koda, diabetes camp located in Newbury Ohio- https://camphomitakoda.org/ Support the show If you would like more information or to share your own adult sibling loss story, please contact me, Dr. Angela Dean, at contact@thebrokenpack.com or go to our website, thebrokenpack.com. Please like, subscribe, and share! Please follow us on social media: Facebook: @BrokenPack Instagram: @thebrokenpack TikTok: @the_broken_pack YouTube: @thebrokenpack Sign-up for Wild Grief™, our newsletter: https://thebrokenpack.com/newsletter Thank you! Angela M. Dean, PsyD, FT Credits: The Broken Pack™ Podcast is produced by 27 Elephants Media "If Tomorrow Starts Without Me" © ℗ 2023, 2024 Written by Joe Mylward and Brian Dean Performed by Fuji Sounds (feat. MYLWD.) Licensed for use by The Broken Pack™ Now available on all streaming platforms including Apple Music & Spotify: https://tinyurl.com/3vx3kk46

Duration:00:44:50

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Surviving Sibling Loss & Stigma: Sara / Dan

3/27/2024
Surviving Sibling Loss & Stigma: Sara / Dan The Broken Pack: Stories of Adult Sibling Loss features Dr. Dean interviewing Sara McCann, who recounts losing her brother Dan to substance use disorder. In this conversation, Sara unpacks the unique challenges faced by surviving siblings and the stigma surrounding addiction. Prepare to be moved by Sara's raw account and Dr. Dean's expertise as they shed light on sibling loss. Sara's experience underscores the profound grief of surviving siblings and the need for greater support after sibling loss. By amplifying voices like hers, we can create a more understanding world where grieving siblings receive the support they need and validate the misunderstood, disenfranchised loss of a sibling. Related Links: -Daniel Snel Memorial Scholarship & 5K- http://www.danthemanrun.com/ - Sara's Mighty article she wrote shortly after losing Dan- https://themighty.com/2018/03/help-brother-heroin-addiction-overdose/ Content Warning: This episode discusses the loss of a loved one due to substance use disorder and may be upsetting for listeners who have experienced similar losses or have experienced substance use disorder firsthand or in loved ones. -If you believe you are witnessing an overdose, call 911 or your country’s emergency number immediately even if you are administering Narcan. -If you are in the US and would like support for yourself or someone else with substance use, mental health issues, or other topics discussed in this episode, please call SAMHSA’s National Helpline at 1-800-662-HELP (4357) or Text your 5-digit ZIP Code to 435748 (HELP4U) or call a warmline. -For more immediate crisis call 911, 988, or go to the nearest emergency room. - In the UK, a list of related resources can be found at https://tinyurl.com/3fknb36c -In the USA an updated directory of warmlines by state can be found at https://warmline.org/warmdir.html -A warmline directory for trained peer supports in over 20 countries can be found at Support the show If you would like more information or to share your own adult sibling loss story, please contact me, Dr. Angela Dean, at contact@thebrokenpack.com or go to our website, thebrokenpack.com. Please like, subscribe, and share! Please follow us on social media: Facebook: @BrokenPack Instagram: @thebrokenpack TikTok: @the_broken_pack YouTube: @thebrokenpack Sign-up for Wild Grief™, our newsletter: https://thebrokenpack.com/newsletter Thank you! Angela M. Dean, PsyD, FT Credits: The Broken Pack™ Podcast is produced by 27 Elephants Media "If Tomorrow Starts Without Me" © ℗ 2023, 2024 Written by Joe Mylward and Brian Dean Performed by Fuji Sounds (feat. MYLWD.) Licensed for use by The Broken Pack™ Now available on all streaming platforms including Apple Music & Spotify: https://tinyurl.com/3vx3kk46

Duration:00:38:27

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An Oncology Nurse's Sibling Loss Story: Cally/Sarah

2/1/2024
An Oncology Nurse's Journey of Grief and Loss: Navigating Sibling Loss , Knowledge, and Devastation In this episode, of The Broken Pack: Stories of Adult Sibling Loss, surviving sibling Cally Marzolf-Adams, an oncology nurse shares her difficult sibling loss story of losing her sister, Sarah, to metastatic pancreatic cancer. Through her conversation with Dr. Dean, Cally shares her profound story of love, loss, and heartbreas, highlighting the challenges and coping mechanisms involved. Her knowledge as an oncology nurse both prepared her and haunted her as she watched her sister decline, eventually dying from the illness. Together with our host and fellow sibling loss survivor, Dr. Angela Dean, they discuss out-of-order loss, Cally's relationship with Sarah who she described as a kind, calming, soul, memories, seeking help in grief, and so much more. Also mentioned in this episode was Young Adult Survivors United, an organization whose mission is to help young adult cancer survivors and caregivers/co-survivors cope and thrive by providing emotional, social, and financial support. For more information on this organization please see https://yasurvivors.org/about/. Support the show If you would like more information or to share your own adult sibling loss story, please contact me, Dr. Angela Dean, at contact@thebrokenpack.com or go to our website, thebrokenpack.com. Please like, subscribe, and share! Please follow us on social media: Facebook: @BrokenPack Instagram: @thebrokenpack TikTok: @the_broken_pack YouTube: @thebrokenpack Sign-up for Wild Grief™, our newsletter: https://thebrokenpack.com/newsletter Thank you! Angela M. Dean, PsyD, FT Credits: The Broken Pack™ Podcast is produced by 27 Elephants Media "If Tomorrow Starts Without Me" © ℗ 2023, 2024 Written by Joe Mylward and Brian Dean Performed by Fuji Sounds (feat. MYLWD.) Licensed for use by The Broken Pack™ Now available on all streaming platforms including Apple Music & Spotify: https://tinyurl.com/3vx3kk46

Duration:00:55:17

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Your Heart's Voice: Sibling Love, & Loss: Renée / Robert

1/24/2024
Your Heart’s Voice: A conversation about Sibling Loss , Intuition, and Living with Loss In this episode, of The Broken Pack: Stories of Adult Sibling Loss, host Dr. Angela Dean talks to Renée Green Murphy, author and surviving sibling, about losing her brother Robert in a tragic automobile accident. Your Heart's Voice.bartending videosIn the interview, through her work, and in the ongoing promotion of his work as The Crazy Bartender, Renée's love for and continuing bond with Robert is just as palpable as the pain of the loss. Links mentioned in the show & How to connect with Renée: Renée’s website: http://reneegreenemurphy.com Renée’s Author Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/authorreneegreenemurphy?igsh=cHNlb3dsM216ZTA1 Her book, Your Heart’s Voice, on Amazon: https://a.co/d/isR17Un Robert’s Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/robgreeneofficial?igsh=MWRvaDVpMTZ0bzZzMA== The Crazy Bartender YouTube: https://youtube.com/@crazybartenderofficial?si=jusoGH1CwIgnqT0M Robert’s website: https://www.robgreene.com Support the show If you would like more information or to share your own adult sibling loss story, please contact me, Dr. Angela Dean, at contact@thebrokenpack.com or go to our website, thebrokenpack.com. Please like, subscribe, and share! Please follow us on social media: Facebook: @BrokenPack Instagram: @thebrokenpack TikTok: @the_broken_pack YouTube: @thebrokenpack Sign-up for Wild Grief™, our newsletter: https://thebrokenpack.com/newsletter Thank you! Angela M. Dean, PsyD, FT Credits: The Broken Pack™ Podcast is produced by 27 Elephants Media "If Tomorrow Starts Without Me" © ℗ 2023, 2024 Written by Joe Mylward and Brian Dean Performed by Fuji Sounds (feat. MYLWD.) Licensed for use by The Broken Pack™ Now available on all streaming platforms including Apple Music & Spotify: https://tinyurl.com/3vx3kk46

Duration:00:52:20

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The Echo of Sibling Grief: Decades Later: Eric/ Kyle

1/17/2024
Sibling Loss Decades Later : A Heartfelt Conversation with Eric Grace Surviving sibling Eric Grace shares his sibling loss experience of losing his brother, Kyle, in a tragic car accident over 25 years ago. Through his story, Dr. Dean and Eric explore the complexities of sibling loss, grief, and the lasting impact on surviving siblings. Eric and Dr. Dean explore the impact his sibling loss has had on his life, views about death and living, his work in helping others , and his purpose in living. To learn more about Eric, see the following: Website: https://www.eric-grace.com Instagram: @soulfulrelationships and @ericfgrace Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ericfgrace Clubhouse: The Wholly Human House at https://www.clubhouse.com/house/the-wholly-human-house-rrgxbbn5 Support the show If you would like more information or to share your own adult sibling loss story, please contact me, Dr. Angela Dean, at contact@thebrokenpack.com or go to our website, thebrokenpack.com. Please like, subscribe, and share! Please follow us on social media: Facebook: @BrokenPack Instagram: @thebrokenpack TikTok: @the_broken_pack YouTube: @thebrokenpack Sign-up for Wild Grief™, our newsletter: https://thebrokenpack.com/newsletter Thank you! Angela M. Dean, PsyD, FT Credits: The Broken Pack™ Podcast is produced by 27 Elephants Media "If Tomorrow Starts Without Me" © ℗ 2023, 2024 Written by Joe Mylward and Brian Dean Performed by Fuji Sounds (feat. MYLWD.) Licensed for use by The Broken Pack™ Now available on all streaming platforms including Apple Music & Spotify: https://tinyurl.com/3vx3kk46

Duration:00:53:20

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Sibling Loss, Organ Donation, & a Sister's Grief: Kelly / Josh

12/6/2023
Sibling Loss and Organ Donation: A Conversation with Kelly Stiffler In this episode, Dr. Dean speaks with Kelly Stiffler about losing her younger brother, Josh, from a seizure. Josh was an organ donor and Kelly shares how this loss has affected her and the family. We also explore how different roles and relationships mean grieving the same person differently, including how she is grieving differently from her sister, Kate who we heard from in the first episode of this season. Dr. Dean and Kelly discuss how therapy can be a valuable resource to process sibling loss and a safe and supportive space to talk about her grief. They also discuss the physical symptoms of grief, emotional exhaustion, and brain fog. To learn more about organ and tissue donation and to become a donor, please see: In the US: 1. Donate Life America: https://donatelife.net 2. United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS) - https://unos.org/transplant/facts/ For a list of organ donation organizations and informationby regions in the world, please see https://tts.org/isodp-resources/isodp-organ-donation-societies Support the show If you would like more information or to share your own adult sibling loss story, please contact me, Dr. Angela Dean, at contact@thebrokenpack.com or go to our website, thebrokenpack.com. Please like, subscribe, and share! Please follow us on social media: Facebook: @BrokenPack Instagram: @thebrokenpack TikTok: @the_broken_pack YouTube: @thebrokenpack Sign-up for Wild Grief™, our newsletter: https://thebrokenpack.com/newsletter Thank you! Angela M. Dean, PsyD, FT Credits: The Broken Pack™ Podcast is produced by 27 Elephants Media "If Tomorrow Starts Without Me" © ℗ 2023, 2024 Written by Joe Mylward and Brian Dean Performed by Fuji Sounds (feat. MYLWD.) Licensed for use by The Broken Pack™ Now available on all streaming platforms including Apple Music & Spotify: https://tinyurl.com/3vx3kk46

Duration:00:54:44

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Sibling Loss, Writing, & Loving in a Pandemic: Linzi / Stuart

11/29/2023
Sibling Loss survivor and author, Linzi Meaden, shares What Suicide Left Behind Linzi shares her story of losing her only sibling, her brother, Stuart, to suicide during the pandemic. What Suicide Left Behind: Navigating Your Own Grief Journey, Content Warning: Information presented in this episode may be upsetting to some people. It contains talk of suicide. If you are in the US and would like support for yourself or someone else with substance use, suicidal thoughts, or other topics discussed in this episode, please call SAMHSA’s National Helpline at 1-800-662-HELP (4357) or Text your 5-digit ZIP Code to 435748 (HELP4U) or call a warmline. For more immediate crisis call 911, 988, or go to the nearest emergency room. If you believe you are witnessing an overdose, call 911 or your country’s emergency number immediately even if you are administering Narcan. In the USA an updated directory of warmlines by state can be found at https://warmline.org/warmdir.html A warmline directory for trained peer supports in over 20 countries can be found at https://www.supportiv.com/tools/international-resources-crisis-and-warmlines (some of these may be hotlines). Support our guest, Linzi Meaden: https://www.facebook.com/whatsuicideleftbehindhttps://a.co/d/2ZphdZ1https://linzimeaden.com/suicide-loss-support/ Links men Support the showIf you would like more information or to share your own adult sibling loss story, please contact me, Dr. Angela Dean, at contact@thebrokenpack.com or go to our website, thebrokenpack.com. Please like, subscribe, and share! Please follow us on social media: Facebook: @BrokenPack Instagram: @thebrokenpack TikTok: @the_broken_pack YouTube: @thebrokenpack Sign-up for Wild Grief™, our newsletter: https://thebrokenpack.com/newsletter Thank you! Angela M. Dean, PsyD, FT Credits: The Broken Pack™ Podcast is produced by 27 Elephants Media "If Tomorrow Starts Without Me" © ℗ 2023, 2024 Written by Joe Mylward and Brian Dean Performed by Fuji Sounds (feat. MYLWD.) Licensed for use by The Broken Pack™ Now available on all streaming platforms including Apple Music & Spotify: https://tinyurl.com/3vx3kk46

Duration:00:57:34

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Unresolved Issues & Surviving Sudden Sibling Loss: Jillian / Brandon

11/22/2023
Jillian’s Sibling Loss Story: Unresolved Issues, Family Conflict, and the Loss of a Sibling to Suicide In this episode, of The Broken Pack: Stories of Adult Sibling Loss, surviving sibling Jillian Prouse, a mother and a teacher, shared her personal journey of grief and loss, highlighting the weight of unspoken words, the impact of suicide, and the need for support. Jillian discusses losing her brother, Brandon to suicide less than a year ago. Her heartbreak and grief have been complicated by challenging family situations and her own pregnancy loss. Content Warning: Information presented in this episode may be upsetting to some people. It contains talk of suicide. If you are in the US and would like support for yourself or someone else with substance use, suicidal thoughts, or other topics discussed in this episode, please call SAMHSA’s National Helpline at 1-800-662-HELP (4357) or Text your 5-digit ZIP Code to 435748 (HELP4U) or call a warmline. For more immediate crisis call 911, 988, or go to the nearest emergency room. If you believe you are witnessing an overdose, call 911 or your country’s emergency number immediately even if you are administering Narcan. In the USA an updated directory of warmlines by state can be found at https://warmline.org/warmdir.html A warmline directory for trained peer supports in over 20 countries can be found at https://www.supportiv.com/tools/international-resources-crisis-and-warmlines (some of these may be hotlines). Support the showIf you would like more information or to share your own adult sibling loss story, please contact me, Dr. Angela Dean, at contact@thebrokenpack.com or go to our website, thebrokenpack.com. Please like, subscribe, and share! Please follow us on social media: Facebook: @BrokenPack Instagram: @thebrokenpack TikTok: @the_broken_pack YouTube: @thebrokenpack Sign-up for Wild Grief™, our newsletter: https://thebrokenpack.com/newsletter Thank you! Angela M. Dean, PsyD, FT Credits: The Broken Pack™ Podcast is produced by 27 Elephants Media "If Tomorrow Starts Without Me" © ℗ 2023, 2024 Written by Joe Mylward and Brian Dean Performed by Fuji Sounds (feat. MYLWD.) Licensed for use by The Broken Pack™ Now available on all streaming platforms including Apple Music & Spotify: https://tinyurl.com/3vx3kk46

Duration:00:33:52

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Medical Complications & Unexpected Sibling Loss Grief: Kassy / Rheanna

11/15/2023
Kassy’s Sibling Loss Story: Untimely, Unexpected, and Heartbreaking Circumstances In this episode, Dr. Dean speaks with Kassy Bowes about losing her younger sister, Rheanna, due to abdominal sepsis as a complication from a medical intervention. Listen as Kassy shares how losing her 19-year-old sister , Rheanna, shattered her world, challenged her beliefs in the afterlife, and how finding connection with Rheanna has helped her move with her grief. Content Warning: Information presented in this episode may be upsetting to some people. It contains talk of substance use, mental health stigma, and abortion. If you believe you are witnessing an overdose, call 911 or your country’s emergency number immediately even if you are administering Narcan. If you are in the US and would like support for yourself or someone else with substance use, suicidal thoughts, or other topics discussed in this episode, please call SAMHSA’s National Helpline at 1-800-662-HELP (4357) or Text your 5-digit ZIP Code to 435748 (HELP4U) or call a warmline. For more immediate crisis call 911, 988, or go to the nearest emergency room. In the USA an updated directory of warmlines by state can be found at https://warmline.org/warmdir.html A warmline directory for trained peer supports in over 20 countries can be found at https://www.supportiv.com/tools/international-resources-crisis-and-warmlines (some of these may be hotlines) DISCLAIMER FOR THIS EPISODE The Broken Pack exists to provide a platform for adult survivors of sibling loss to share their stories and to be heard. The views expressed by guest are those of the guest speaker and do not necessarily reflect the views of the podcast host or the Broken Pack organization. The Broken Pack acknowledges that the topic of abortion is polarizing and understands that different individuals hold varying viewpoints on the issue. The podcast host does emphasizes that the purpose of the episode is to focus on the guest speaker's experience as a sibling loss survivor. Support the show If you would like more information or to share your own adult sibling loss story, please contact me, Dr. Angela Dean, at contact@thebrokenpack.com or go to our website, thebrokenpack.com. Please like, subscribe, and share! Please follow us on social media: Facebook: @BrokenPack Instagram: @thebrokenpack TikTok: @the_broken_pack YouTube: @thebrokenpack Sign-up for Wild Grief™, our newsletter: https://thebrokenpack.com/newsletter Thank you! Angela M. Dean, PsyD, FT Credits: The Broken Pack™ Podcast is produced by 27 Elephants Media "If Tomorrow Starts Without Me" © ℗ 2023, 2024 Written by Joe Mylward and Brian Dean Performed by Fuji Sounds (feat. MYLWD.) Licensed for use by The Broken Pack™ Now available on all streaming platforms including Apple Music & Spotify: https://tinyurl.com/3vx3kk46

Duration:00:52:18

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Brotherly Bonds, Brain Cancer, & Sibling Grief: Chris / Michael

11/8/2023
Sibling Loss Due to Brain Cancer: Chris's Anticipatory Grief, Continuing Bonds, and Legacy-Building In this episode, of The Broken Pack: Stories of Adult Sibling Loss, Dr. Dean speaks with surviving sibling Dr. Chris Ban, an oral surgeon and Jeopardy champion, who opens up about the anticipatory grief of and profound grief after losing his brother Michael to astrocytoma. Listen as Chris shares how learning to grieve his brother for the duration of his illness and after his death has affected him and how Chris maintains continuing bonds with Michael from music, sports, the arts, and even on Jeopardy. Drs. Ban and Dean discuss how sibling loss survivors in general and men, in particular, may find it difficult to talk about their grief, but that it is important to overcome this stigma and disenfranchisement and reach out for support. For more information on: Chris's Jeopardy appearance, honoring his brother: https://www.tvinsider.com/1097578/jeopardy-champion-chris-ban-brother-cancer/ Michael McNaughton Ban Memorial Fund - https://pittsburghfoundation.org/michaelmcnaughtonban The Michael McNaughton Ban Memorial Boathouse- https://www.zeffy.com/en-US/fundraising/51b65f93-0d02-48bc-8377-728a8ffd25a2 For a book for children about being in the hospital, written by Chris's brother Michael, please see https://www.amazon.com/Adventures-at-Hospital-Michael-Ban/dp/1645438910 Support the show If you would like more information or to share your own adult sibling loss story, please contact me, Dr. Angela Dean, at contact@thebrokenpack.com or go to our website, thebrokenpack.com. Please like, subscribe, and share! Please follow us on social media: Facebook: @BrokenPack Instagram: @thebrokenpack TikTok: @the_broken_pack YouTube: @thebrokenpack Sign-up for Wild Grief™, our newsletter: https://thebrokenpack.com/newsletter Thank you! Angela M. Dean, PsyD, FT Credits: The Broken Pack™ Podcast is produced by 27 Elephants Media "If Tomorrow Starts Without Me" © ℗ 2023, 2024 Written by Joe Mylward and Brian Dean Performed by Fuji Sounds (feat. MYLWD.) Licensed for use by The Broken Pack™ Now available on all streaming platforms including Apple Music & Spotify: https://tinyurl.com/3vx3kk46

Duration:00:41:58

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Sibling Loss and Organ Donation: Katie / Josh

11/1/2023
Sibling Loss and Organ Donation: A Conversation with Katie Kuehn In this episode, Dr. Angela Dean explores sibling loss and organ donation with Katie Kuehn, who lost her brother Josh to a seizure. Josh was an organ donor, and Katie shares how his decision to give life to others has impacted her family and the importance of organ donation. She also vulnerably shares the impact that his gift of life to others has made upon her. Katie and Dr. Dean also delve into the challenges and opportunities of being a surviving sibling, how the unique role that siblings play in each other's lives, how their absence can create a void that is difficult to fill, and how different roles and relationships mean grieving the same person differently, including her sister, Kelly, who is interviewed in episode 6 of this season. To learn more about organ and tissue donation and to become a donor, please see: In the US: 1. Donate Life America: https://donatelife.net 2. United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS) - https://unos.org/transplant/facts/ For a list of organ donation organizations and information by regions in the world, please see https://tts.org/isodp-resources/isodp-organ-donation-societies Support the showIf you would like more information or to share your own adult sibling loss story, please contact me, Dr. Angela Dean, at contact@thebrokenpack.com or go to our website, thebrokenpack.com. Please like, subscribe, and share! Please follow us on social media: Facebook: @BrokenPack Instagram: @thebrokenpack TikTok: @the_broken_pack YouTube: @thebrokenpack Sign-up for Wild Grief™, our newsletter: https://thebrokenpack.com/newsletter Thank you! Angela M. Dean, PsyD, FT Credits: The Broken Pack™ Podcast is produced by 27 Elephants Media "If Tomorrow Starts Without Me" © ℗ 2023, 2024 Written by Joe Mylward and Brian Dean Performed by Fuji Sounds (feat. MYLWD.) Licensed for use by The Broken Pack™ Now available on all streaming platforms including Apple Music & Spotify: https://tinyurl.com/3vx3kk46

Duration:01:02:16

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Moving With Sister Grief: The Somatic Work in Coping: Stefanie / Jen

7/26/2023
Coping with Sibling Loss: A Journey of Grief and Transformation with Stefanie Joseph In this episode of The Broken Pack: Stories of Adult Sibling Loss, surviving sibling, Stefanie Joseph, shares her sibling loss experience of losing her sister Jen to bacterial meningitis during the pandemic. She shares how difficult losing her sister was and how her grief has influenced her work as a business coach and grief support specialist as well as changes in family dynamics, her somatic work, and her podcast (previously called and referenced to in the show as Moving Grief podcast). Key points: Throughout the episode, Stefanie also discusses: To learn more about Stefanie, please visit: Her website: https://stefaniejoseph.com Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/StefanieJosephBrand/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/_stefaniejoseph/ Her podcast ( previously called Moving Grief): Stefanie Joseph Podcast - surrendering to life's journey Support the show If you would like more information or to share your own adult sibling loss story, please contact me, Dr. Angela Dean, at contact@thebrokenpack.com or go to our website, thebrokenpack.com. Please like, subscribe, and share! Please follow us on social media: Facebook: @BrokenPack Instagram: @thebrokenpack TikTok: @the_broken_pack YouTube: @thebrokenpack Sign-up for Wild Grief™, our newsletter: https://thebrokenpack.com/newsletter Thank you! Angela M. Dean, PsyD, FT Credits: The Broken Pack™ Podcast is produced by 27 Elephants Media "If Tomorrow Starts Without Me" © ℗ 2023, 2024 Written by Joe Mylward and Brian Dean Performed by Fuji Sounds (feat. MYLWD.) Licensed for use by The Broken Pack™ Now available on all streaming platforms including Apple Music & Spotify: https://tinyurl.com/3vx3kk46

Duration:00:50:24

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The Invisible Threads of Sibling Loss and Surviving Siblings: Dr. Dawn DiRaimondo / Michael

7/19/2023
The Invisible Threads of Sibling Loss and Surviving Siblings: A Conversation with Dr. Dawn DiRaimondo In this episode of The Broken Pack: Stories of Adult Sibling Loss, a podcast, psychologist Dr. DiRaimondo shares her personal experience with sibling loss with our host, psychologist and thanatologist, Dr. Angela Dean. Together the psychologists, both sibling loss survivors explore and share insights for surviving siblings to cope with their grief. Surviving Sibling Loss, the Invisible Thread that Connects us Through Life and Death To learn more about Dr. DiRaimondo please see: Her Website: https://drdawndiraimondo.com Her Book: https://a.co/d/7Qervml (the kindle version includes some updates!) Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100065513888713 For resources mentioned in the show: When looking for a psychologist, therapist, or grief counselor, please ask them what their experience is with grief and loss when you schedule the appointment. To find a psychologist in the US: https://www.findapsychologist.org/ To find a therapist on Psychology Today: https://www.psychologytoday.com/ To find a psychologist in the UK: https://www.bps.org.uk/find-psychologist To find a psychologist in the AUS: https://psychology.org.au/find-a-psychologist Support the showIf you would like more information or to share your own adult sibling loss story, please contact me, Dr. Angela Dean, at contact@thebrokenpack.com or go to our website, thebrokenpack.com. Please like, subscribe, and share! Please follow us on social media: Facebook: @BrokenPack Instagram: @thebrokenpack TikTok: @the_broken_pack YouTube: @thebrokenpack Sign-up for Wild Grief™, our newsletter: https://thebrokenpack.com/newsletter Thank you! Angela M. Dean, PsyD, FT Credits: The Broken Pack™ Podcast is produced by 27 Elephants Media "If Tomorrow Starts Without Me" © ℗ 2023, 2024 Written by Joe Mylward and Brian Dean Performed by Fuji Sounds (feat. MYLWD.) Licensed for use by The Broken Pack™ Now available on all streaming platforms including Apple Music & Spotify: https://tinyurl.com/3vx3kk46

Duration:01:09:07

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A Sibling Loss Marathon, Running with Grief: Jen / Teddy

7/12/2023
Sibling Loss and Running with Grief: Jen's Grief Marathon In this episode, surviving sibling, Jen, shares her transformative journey of grief and advocacy following the suicide loss of her brother and her inspiring process to run marathons to honor his memory and others who have died by suicide. She is a mental health advocate, marathoner, and writer. Jen also is currently serving on the Massachusetts chapter of the board member of American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP). Content Warning: Information presented in this episode may be upsetting to some people. It contains talk of suicide. https://warmline.org/warmdir.htmlhttps://www.supportiv.com/tools/international-resources-crisis-and-warmlineshttps://afsp.org/More information on Jen is available at: Her Website: http://www.jenniferhoye.com Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/jen.and.pen/ Support the show If you would like more information or to share your own adult sibling loss story, please contact me, Dr. Angela Dean, at contact@thebrokenpack.com or go to our website, thebrokenpack.com. Please like, subscribe, and share! Please follow us on social media: Facebook: @BrokenPack Instagram: @thebrokenpack TikTok: @the_broken_pack YouTube: @thebrokenpack Sign-up for Wild Grief™, our newsletter: https://thebrokenpack.com/newsletter Thank you! Angela M. Dean, PsyD, FT Credits: The Broken Pack™ Podcast is produced by 27 Elephants Media "If Tomorrow Starts Without Me" © ℗ 2023, 2024 Written by Joe Mylward and Brian Dean Performed by Fuji Sounds (feat. MYLWD.) Licensed for use by The Broken Pack™ Now available on all streaming platforms including Apple Music & Spotify: https://tinyurl.com/3vx3kk46

Duration:00:42:05

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Delayed Sibling Grief and Celebration of Sisters: Judy / Jane & Margie

7/5/2023
Judy’sTwice Experienced Sibling Loss: Her Delayed Grief and Celebration of Sisters In this episode our guest, author & two time sibling loss survivor, Judy Lipson recounts her journey of delayed grieving after losing both of her sisters at young ages. Jane has been a surviving sibling since young adulthood losing both of her siblings, her sisters, Jane and Margie. Jane died in a motor vehicle accident and Marge died nine years later from an eating disorder. Judy experienced decades before she allowed herself to grieve. “Celebration of Sisters: It’s Never Too Late to Grieve”Additional key points: https://www.facebook.com/JudyLipsonAuthor https://www.instagram.com/celebofsisters/ https://a.co/d/5kMdHyO https://www.judylipson.org/ Content Warning: https://www.nationaleatingdisorders.org/ Support the show If you would like more information or to share your own adult sibling loss story, please contact me, Dr. Angela Dean, at contact@thebrokenpack.com or go to our website, thebrokenpack.com. Please like, subscribe, and share! Please follow us on social media: Facebook: @BrokenPack Instagram: @thebrokenpack TikTok: @the_broken_pack YouTube: @thebrokenpack Sign-up for Wild Grief™, our newsletter: https://thebrokenpack.com/newsletter Thank you! Angela M. Dean, PsyD, FT Credits: The Broken Pack™ Podcast is produced by 27 Elephants Media "If Tomorrow Starts Without Me" © ℗ 2023, 2024 Written by Joe Mylward and Brian Dean Performed by Fuji Sounds (feat. MYLWD.) Licensed for use by The Broken Pack™ Now available on all streaming platforms including Apple Music & Spotify: https://tinyurl.com/3vx3kk46

Duration:00:39:11

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Surviving Sibling Loss and the Impact on Identity: Elly / Laura

6/28/2023
Surviving Sibling Loss and the Impact on Identity In this episode our guest, surviving sibling, Elly shares with Dr. Dean about losing her life person, her sister, Laura, a talented musician. They explore how Laura’s death impacted her, setting boundaries and navigating therapy in the UK. Elly shares the changes in dynamics within the circles of family, friends and workplace as well as how misunderstood sibling loss continues to be for her. Elly shares how she believed she wasn’t allowed to live life fully because of her sister’s death and the process of beginning to change that. She also describes the painful, yet rewarding, process of learning to cope with her grief. Support the show If you would like more information or to share your own adult sibling loss story, please contact me, Dr. Angela Dean, at contact@thebrokenpack.com or go to our website, thebrokenpack.com. Please like, subscribe, and share! Please follow us on social media: Facebook: @BrokenPack Instagram: @thebrokenpack TikTok: @the_broken_pack YouTube: @thebrokenpack Sign-up for Wild Grief™, our newsletter: https://thebrokenpack.com/newsletter Thank you! Angela M. Dean, PsyD, FT Credits: The Broken Pack™ Podcast is produced by 27 Elephants Media "If Tomorrow Starts Without Me" © ℗ 2023, 2024 Written by Joe Mylward and Brian Dean Performed by Fuji Sounds (feat. MYLWD.) Licensed for use by The Broken Pack™ Now available on all streaming platforms including Apple Music & Spotify: https://tinyurl.com/3vx3kk46

Duration:01:08:07

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Surviving Sibling Loss and A Stranger's Kindness: Julie / Anne

6/21/2023
Julie’s Experience of Surviving Sibling Loss and Continuing Bonds with Anne In this episode, Julie shares the story of losing her sister, Anne, to suicide and how she is learning to live after such a devastating loss. Julie also shares a story of how meeting a stranger at the right time helped move her forward and a heartwarming story about how she felt connected to Anne after her death. Additional key points: Content Warning: Information presented in this episode may be upsetting to some people. It contains talk of suicide, substance use, and addiction. 435748https://warmline.org/warmdir.htmlhttps://www.supportiv.com/tools/international-resources-crisis-and-warmlinesSupport the show If you would like more information or to share your own adult sibling loss story, please contact me, Dr. Angela Dean, at contact@thebrokenpack.com or go to our website, thebrokenpack.com. Please like, subscribe, and share! Please follow us on social media: Facebook: @BrokenPack Instagram: @thebrokenpack TikTok: @the_broken_pack YouTube: @thebrokenpack Sign-up for Wild Grief™, our newsletter: https://thebrokenpack.com/newsletter Thank you! Angela M. Dean, PsyD, FT Credits: The Broken Pack™ Podcast is produced by 27 Elephants Media "If Tomorrow Starts Without Me" © ℗ 2023, 2024 Written by Joe Mylward and Brian Dean Performed by Fuji Sounds (feat. MYLWD.) Licensed for use by The Broken Pack™ Now available on all streaming platforms including Apple Music & Spotify: https://tinyurl.com/3vx3kk46

Duration:00:39:56

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Unexpected Heartbreak of Sibling Loss: Eddie / Richard

6/14/2023
Unexpected Heartbreak: Eddie's Journey of Sibling Loss and Grieving In this episode of The Broken Pack: Stories of Adult Sibling Loss, a podcast, two mental health practitioners, Eddie Cruz and Dr. Angela Dean explore sibling loss, mental health approaches to grief, and challenges in grieving when family dynamics and opinions collide. Eddie shares his personal experience of losing his brother, Richard, to a sudden heart attack and the challenges of navigating grief in a culture that often dismisses or stigmatizes open expression of emotions. Eddie Cruz shares the emotional toll of his brother, their relationship, what it meant to lose him, as well as how that impacted his work, his life, and so much more. Dr. Dean and Eddie explore how differing views on funeral customs and ceremonies within the family impacted his initial mourning, ongoing grieving, and certain relationships within the family as well as how he has been able to find and provide support. Support the show If you would like more information or to share your own adult sibling loss story, please contact me, Dr. Angela Dean, at contact@thebrokenpack.com or go to our website, thebrokenpack.com. Please like, subscribe, and share! Please follow us on social media: Facebook: @BrokenPack Instagram: @thebrokenpack TikTok: @the_broken_pack YouTube: @thebrokenpack Sign-up for Wild Grief™, our newsletter: https://thebrokenpack.com/newsletter Thank you! Angela M. Dean, PsyD, FT Credits: The Broken Pack™ Podcast is produced by 27 Elephants Media "If Tomorrow Starts Without Me" © ℗ 2023, 2024 Written by Joe Mylward and Brian Dean Performed by Fuji Sounds (feat. MYLWD.) Licensed for use by The Broken Pack™ Now available on all streaming platforms including Apple Music & Spotify: https://tinyurl.com/3vx3kk46

Duration:00:39:55