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Graduating Grief- Finding Hope, Healing and JOY after Loss

72 EpisodesProduced by Sherrie DunlevyWebsite

If you are looking for ways to find HOPE, HEALING, and JOY in the midst of your grief journey, this is THE podcast for you.Best selling author, media influencer and grieving mom, Sherrie Dunlevy has created this podcast for women who want to "graduate" from their pain and step back into LIVING their… read more

72 Episodes | 2020 - 2023

Does Grief Ever Go Away?

January 24th, 2023


Does grief ever go away? That is a question just about every grieving person wants to know, that's because it's one of the most googled questions about grief out there.

When you have lost someone you love, you can be in …

Grief, Children and Schools

January 10th, 2023


Each year millions of children are dealing with the grief of losing a parent. In fact, by the time a child reaches the age of 18 it is estimated that 1 in 14 kids have had a parent who died. And when it comes to helping …

Holiday Meditation to Feel Closer to Your Loved One

December 19th, 2022


A short meditation that helps you connect to your loved one this holiday season. Return to it as often as you need when you feel the need to connect …

Guidelines that can help you as you grieve

December 12th, 2022


If only there were rules to how to get through this pain and suffering.

If only there was someone that could tell me how to do it the right way.

If …

Grief- My Greatest Teacher

November 8th, 2022


Host Sherrie Dunlevy talks about her recent personal journey with grief, as she concludes the year of "firsts". Some of the things she has learned are new, others are lessons she is relearning. All of the things are …

The courage to change the things I can

October 25th, 2022


Now that we know what we can't control, (episode 3 season 3) let's dive into what we can. 

That way, we at least have a way to start working on …

Accepting the things I cannot control

October 18th, 2022


The  first line in the Serenity Prayer: God Grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change. Maybe we need to pray for accept those things …

Grief support is just a text away

October 11th, 2022


While healing your grief is your own journey and personal responsibility, feeling loved and supported as you travel this path can make such a difference.

Problem is, many people are afraid of intruding and so therefore, …

SELF CARE is NOT selfish!!

October 3rd, 2022


This is for all the moms out there who find themselves overwhelmed, exhausted, AND grieving. The way you live your life in normal times is exhausting. Add to it what it took to live through a pandemic and then throw …

Grieving the death and the relationship you didn't have

March 1st, 2022


Grief can be so complicated and layered and that is what we are going to address in this episode. When my friend Kelly Cook recently lost her father she asked me if it was possible to also be grieving the relationship …

When the world seems to be watching you grieve Pt. 1

February 22nd, 2022


When it comes to death, dying and grieving, it seems that most people do their grieving in private. But what if you are in the public eye? How does grieving affect you then? It can be very complex and very challenging.

STOP saying this to your grieving friend.

February 15th, 2022


When you have a friend who is dealing with some heavy stuff. Do you know how to show up for them in a way that they really feel loved and supported?

If you have trouble finding the right words or doing something that …

A new way to keep your loved one's memories alive forever

February 8th, 2022


Have you ever gotten to a point in your grief journey where you can't remember your loved ones face or the sound of their voice and you suddenly worry that their memory will soon fade away? 

If so you are not alone. 

How I grieved and how I've GROWN after losing my wife to cancer

February 1st, 2022


Fifteen years ago, Daryl Powers was living what many would call the American Dream. He had a beautiful wife, a growing family, a great job and had …

When you are looking for signs from your loved one, start with nature

January 25th, 2022


Often when we are grieving the loss of someone we love, we are filled with anxiety that wherever they are, they are ok. We also want to look for signs that we will be ok. 

So when you are asking for a sign, you might …

Finding the will to live when you've lost just about everyone you love.

January 18th, 2022


How do you live when you've lost just about everyone you love?

When Martika Whylly lost her mom to suicide she didn't want to live. And then divine intervention prevented that from happening. But the anger still took …

Pet loss is REAL grief

January 11th, 2022


When a beloved pet dies, the grief you may be experiencing can be some of the most intense pain you have felt in your entire life.

And yet, much of the world won't seriously recognize that pain because what you lost was …

Grief and the mess that is left behind

January 4th, 2022


As if losing someone you love isn't bad enough, how do you handle the grief and the stress that is created when your loved one leaves a mess behind? …

Why Self Care is So Important During the Holidays

December 21st, 2021


Tis the season to get caught up in the hustle and bustle, stay up too late, over caffeinate and jeopardize your immune system.

The holiday season can …

How to Honor and Remember your Loved One During the Holidays

December 13th, 2021


If you've lost a family member this past year, chances are the way you spend the holidays is forever changed. Not only have you lost someone you …

How to Navigate the Holidays While Grieving

December 6th, 2021


It's the Happiest season of all!

Joy to the World!

Happy Holidays!

Tis the season to feel jolly, unless of course you are grieving the loss of …

Is Your Grief Support Community Helping or Hindering Your Grief Journey?

November 29th, 2021


Because of the current times we are living in, more and more people are turning to online grief support groups because they are open when most of the world has been in lockdown. While many are great places to go to find …

It's time to "deliver" the Graduating Grief Academy

November 15th, 2021


In the fall of 2020 I was given a dream to create something to help shine the light on hope and healing to those who were experiencing pain and suffering from their loss. 

As a bereaved  mom, I know how grief can feel …

Grief and the FEAR of losing others you love

October 12th, 2021


There's something about grief that can make you consumed with the fear of losing others you love too.

The grief associated with the death of someone …

Graduating Grief Briefs-PERSPECTIVE

October 5th, 2021


Graduating Grief Briefs are episodes that are 10 minutes or less. A bite sized bit of wisdom, a quick insight to a breaktrough, or even sharing a …

How to Keep Your Mind from Spiraling Out of Control-Graduating Grief Briefs

September 16th, 2021


One of the most challenging things to do when faced with a death, health scare, or trauma is to keep your mind from getting the best of you. 

It is something that can compound your stress and zap your energy. 

So how do …

Let's talk about Grief and Healing

September 7th, 2021


Let's talk about it! Yes, IT... Grief.

Let's talk about it so we can get comfortable and not fear it when it comes to you next time.

I can't think of a better person to talk about this subject than Anne DeButte. Anne is …

How to Talk to Your Boss About Your Grief

July 6th, 2021


What do you say to your boss when you are dealing with a loss in your personal life?

The conversation is not an easy one, but it is one that MUST take place. Open lines of communication make it easier on you, your …

How to Become Resilient After Loss

May 25th, 2021


"You are so strong." 

"I could never survive what you have."

Those are just a few of the many phrases grievers have heard as they travel their path …

Nurses and Grief

May 18th, 2021


Nurses and other medical professionals deal with death, dying and grieving as a part of their profession. For those working in Hospice, this is true every day they show up for work. So one might think they "KNOW" how …

How to Transform Your Grief by Serving Others

May 11th, 2021


Marcella Williams is no stranger to grief and loss, and death and dying. 

Her grief journey is one where she found herself being called to transform …

Child Loss x's 2

May 5th, 2021


If Peggy Green can find joy in living life, you can too!

That is one of the huge take aways I got after talking to this remarkable mother who didn't just lose one child. She lost two.

She not only lives a great life, …

Helping others grieve while you are grieving too

April 20th, 2021


Jerry Fenter is no stranger to death, dying, or grief. After all he is a chaplain and is the director of Spiritual Counselors for a Hospice Health Care System. He is used to working with the dying and their families …

Loss and Love and Laughter

April 14th, 2021


When it comes to losing someone you love, tears are almost a given, laughter, not so much. But Allen Klein doesn't agree with that. In fact he says they can co-exist and both can be used in healing. When he lost his …

Recovering from the pain of grieving

April 6th, 2021


If you had an accident and broke your leg, chances are likely you would see treatment immediately to help ease the pain and start the healing …

Graduating Grief doesn't mean you will never feel sad

March 31st, 2021


This weeks episode gets personal. Well for me anyway. This week marks the birthday of my son Brandon who was born 22 years ago. He lived for 29 days.

This year, on his birthday I felt sad. Really sad. And that might …

Let's Talk about DEATH & GRIEF & LIFE

March 23rd, 2021


Grief is coming to you! If the thought of this scares you, then this is episode is made especially for you.

We are all going to grieve the loss of someone we love, something we love or something we are forced to leave …

How to Ease Anxiety by Being MINDFUL

March 16th, 2021


Anytime you are going through a rough chapter in life, chances are you are feeling on edge and may be doing battle with anxiety. 

For some, anxiety can actually become a way of life with or without a major challenge.

How to Overcome your Physical Limitations and Bullying

March 9th, 2021


What do you do when you want to be like all the other kids, but you can't because of your physical limitations? And what do you do when the other …

How to Handle those Painful Triggers

March 2nd, 2021


Finally, you are managing your grief and feeling pretty good and then all of a sudden something out of the blue triggers your pain.

Sometimes it's so …

THRIVING after Divorce

February 23rd, 2021


Marriages end because a spouse dies OR because someone decides to end it. Either way, there can be tremendous grief. But for those that are divorced, this loss might linger a bit longer. With death, it is final. With …

Gratitude and Grief

February 16th, 2021


During the recent loss of my beloved sidekick and podcast co-host, my dog Ollie, I have been experiencing gut wrenching heartbreak and grief. 

A …

Grief Does NOT Last Forever-The Rebellious WIDOW

February 9th, 2021


"Grief does not last forever. It should not be allowed to."  When I read those words in her soon to be released book "the rebellious WIDOW",  I knew …

Pay Attention to those "NUDGES"

February 2nd, 2021


Ever get one of those thoughts or "nudges" that you should call someone or reach out to them in some manner?

I'm sure you have, as I get them all the …

Laughter IS the BEST medicine!

January 26th, 2021


When it comes to talking about laughter, there is no better go-to source than a comedian, right? 

Greg Kettner has spent a lot of time on stages …

Healing Breast Cancer/Healing Grief

January 19th, 2021


Not all grieving is associated with death. 

Katherine Knoploh knows this all to well, as her grieving began the moment she found out she had stage 3 breast cancer. Her grief began with her diagnosis, but was intensified …

How to Stop Your Negative Thought Patterns - Grief Toolbox

January 12th, 2021


When you are grieving there are many times your mind keeps thinking the same negative thoughts over and over and over again. And no matter what you try, they are still there. 

Can you stop these thoughts? Yes you can. 

Permission to THRIVE

January 5th, 2021


Permission to Thrive. 

Have you given yourself the permission to not just survive your loss but to THRIVE after your loss? 

It's not necessarily easy to do, but it can be done. 

Susan Angel Miller, knows this as her …

Using EFT or Tapping as a tool in your Graduating Grief Toolbox

December 29th, 2020


 Whether you are working to Graduate from the pain of your grief or if you are trying to lose weight safely and effectively, EFT is a great tool to …

Grief Yoga

December 22nd, 2020


Have you ever heard of Grief Yoga before? I hadn't until I saw a video on social media about a grief yoga practitioner and I knew immediately this is something I needed to know about, and thought you might need to know …

What I Learned about Living from the Dying

December 15th, 2020


In my opinion, hospice workers and volunteers are angels that walk the earth, and I am talking to one today in this episode of Graduating Grief.

Nina …

Why I MUST live after losing my husband and child.

December 8th, 2020


This one was a tough one, I have to admit. I am talking to Jennifer Francis. 

Today she is a global entrepreneur, an author of two books, a wife and mom. 

But back in 2011, the unthinkable happened. 

She survived a car …

LIVING and THRIVING as a Paraplegic

December 1st, 2020


Rob Oliver is a #1 best selling author, an in demand motivational speaker, and the host of a popular podcast called "Learning from Smart People."

He …

Finding a creative way to comfort a hurting friend

November 1st, 2020


Stepping up to support a friend who is suffering is not always an easy thing to do. So many of us want to help but just aren't sure what is proper.

Proper isn't really what it's about. Caring, kindness and support is. …

Sudden Traumatic Death-from the Other-Side

August 30th, 2020


When I was introduced to Father Nathan Castle, I was told he did some interesting work. 

He doesn't prepare people for the afterlife (well living …

Widowed Parenting

August 17th, 2020


Getting back to your regular life is next to impossible after the loss of someone you love because everything as we once knew it has changed. …

Eating Your Grief

August 3rd, 2020


2020 is the year of collective grieving.

Many of us have lost loved ones due to the pandemic. But there are many other kinds of losses people are …

Students Dealing with Grief Pt. 2

July 26th, 2020


So now that we know how to recognize a child who is grieving, what are some ways we can help support them in their grief journey.

Author, grief educator, and pastor Steve Sewell is back to offer advice.

Students dealing with Grief Pt 1

July 20th, 2020


When we think of a grieving person, we often think about a person who is depressed, sad and crying. But just seeing that picture of grief, could be …

Grief in the Workplace

June 24th, 2020


We all work with someone who has been dealing with grief. We just might not know it.

Grief isn't necessarily just about death. People can grieve over lost marriages, a diagnosis, a child who has a drug problem, and the …

Grief Dreams

June 14th, 2020


Have you ever had your loved one visit you in a dream? Did you ever wonder what it meant? 

Were you curious if you were the only person, having this happen?

Did it make you feel better when you woke up?

In this episode …

The Experience of Losing a Loved One During the Pandemic

June 8th, 2020


As if losing a loved one isn't painful enough, what do you do when you lose them during this pandemic? That's what happened to Barry Koch and his …

Pet Loss

May 19th, 2020


When it comes to losing a pet, the sadness and grief you experience can be just as devastating as losing a human to death. The connection between a person and their pet can be strong, intimate and filled with love.

The …

Sudden Loss Survival Guide

May 5th, 2020


Have you ever had someone you loved or cared about die suddenly? This kind of grief is complicated, because you didn't have time to prepare yourself. In this episode of the Grief Anonymous Podcast, Inspirationista and …

Grief and Guilt

April 30th, 2020


Grieving the loss of someone you love is so painful. And yet, even though we may want to feel better, often we feel guilty about it.

Do you feel …

Pandemic and Grief

April 26th, 2020


Feeling fearful, angry, depressed, anxious during as you quarantine during this COVID-19 Pandemic?

You are not alone.

But did you know what you are …

What Children want Adults to know about their Grief

April 14th, 2020


How do you help a child who is grieving? It's a questions adults ask all the time. We want to protect our children from the sadness and hurt in the …

Mens Grief

April 6th, 2020


Grieving is as individual as people. Each person is on their own journey. But when it comes to men and women, there are similarities among the sexes. Many women have common grief experiences, as do men. But when a child …

Miscarriage -Heaven's Gain Ministries

March 31st, 2020


So many women suffer from the loss of their child due to  miscarriage, stillbirth or early infant death, and yet, many never talk about it, let alone get support with their grief.

Today on the Grief Anonymous Podcast, …

Grief Anonymous Podcast- Why people don't show up for their grieving friends

March 23rd, 2020


It is not unusual for  a friend or family member abandon someone who is grieving  the death of their loved one.

In this episode of the Grief Anonymous Podcast, host and Inspirationista, Sherrie Dunlevy talks about three …

Grief Anonymous Podcast- Alliance of Hope for suicide loss survivors

March 15th, 2020


Have you lost a loved one to suicide? Are you feeling lost, angry, depressed, hopeless?

Help is available. In this episode of the Grief Anonymous Podcast, Sherrie Dunlevy talks with founder Ronnie Walker about the …

Grief Anonymous Podcast- What does Grief Look Like?

February 27th, 2020


When we picture someone grieving a lot of us see deep sadness, despair, and crying. Those are common signs for grievers, but they are not the only signs and emotions that people feel. In fact, you might see someone …

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