Grief Out Loud

117 EpisodesProduced by The Dougy Center

Remember the last time you tried to talk about grief and suddenly everyone left the room? Grief Out Loud is opening up this often avoided conversation because grief is hard enough without having to go through it alone. We bring you a mix of personal stories, tips for supporting children, teens, and … read more

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Ep. 116: Who Died? Episode 6 - A Guest Podcast Hosted by Grief Out Loud

June 24th, 2019


Who Died? was created by Aimee Craig to give voice to the memories of those we carry with us. Each episode is about one person's life and death as …

Ep. 115: Comedy & Grief - Harry Jensen

June 13th, 2019


What is it about dark humor and why are we drawn to it when wrestling with painful life events? Laughter, especially the kind that wells up from a …

Ep. 114: What Does Better Mean? Neil Davis

June 10th, 2019


In 2017, pop singer-songwriter Neil Davis, was about to release his second album when his father died suddenly of cardiac arrest. In that moment, everything in Neil's world changed, including his album release plans. A …

Ep. 113: Young Children & Grief: Mary Plouffe, Ph.D.

May 30th, 2019


What do you remember about being 3 1/2? If you’re anything like most of us, your memories are hazy. Maybe you have an image of the room you slept in or a vague sense of what it felt like to be hugged by a family member. …

Ep. 112: A Cinematic Love Story - John & Melissa

May 20th, 2019


In Episode 111 we talked with Marie, whose husband Jonathan died suddenly and very unexpectedly from a drug overdose. In this episode we’re talking …

Ep. 111: When The Love Of Your Life Dies Of An Overdose - Marie & Jonathan

May 1st, 2019


In the summer of 2016, Marie and Jonathan were newly married and living in Brooklyn, NYC. One day in August, Marie flew back from a trip, expecting to find Jonathan waiting for her at the airport. When he wasn't there, …

Ep. 110: Mindful Photography & Grief - Dr. Jessica Thomas, PhD, LMFT

April 17th, 2019


There’s nothing like grief to take us completely out of the moment. We get pulled into the past where we try to remember everything we can while also …

Ep. 109: Motherless Daughters, 25 Years Later - Hope Edelman & Brennan Wood

April 3rd, 2019


Back before you could ask Google anything from, “What’s the best way to clean shower grout?” to “How do I grieve my parent?” when it came to …

Ep: 108: What Does Forgiveness Feel Like? Judith Finneren

March 27th, 2019


Judith Finneren's husband Ralph, or Ralphie as she liked to call him, was hit and killed while riding his bike in the summer of 2011. Even when grief and anger are close companions, most of the time there isn't a …

Ep. 107: Remembrance Wardrobe - Nicole Leslie

March 22nd, 2019


Sweaters, shoes, a favorite coffee mug, the pen always angled a certain way - items, big and small, form the landscape left behind when someone dies. …

Ep. 106: Grief & Anxiety - Claire Bidwell Smith. LCPC

February 25th, 2019


When grief enters our world, many of us expect to cry and feel frustrated, but we aren’t as prepared for the intense fear and worry that can also be part of loss. Someone being 10 minutes late getting home sparks …

Ep. 105: Appetizers, Grief, Dessert - The Dinner Party

February 16th, 2019


When someone dies, many of the people left behind seek out formal sources of help like a therapist or traditional support group. What happens though when those avenues don’t feel like the right fit? This is what Carla …

Ep. 104: Grief & Work - Alica Forneret

February 6th, 2019


The list of things that are hard to do when you’re grieving is long - eating, sleeping, focusing, surface-level chit-chat, remembering where you left your phone, planning for the future, or forgiving yourself for the …

Ep. 103: Staying Connected In Grief - Allison Gilbert

January 24th, 2019


We hear about how powerful and important it can be to keep memories and connection alive with the people we are grieving, but how do we actually do …

Ep. 102: The Power Of Storytelling

January 17th, 2019


In grief, having the opportunity to tell your story can be vital. Grieving children and adults want the chance to talk about the people they are …

Ep. 101: Grief, Seven Decades Later

January 10th, 2019


What is it like to grieve for a father you know only from stories and photos? In August of 2018, Joy Wallace traveled to Tinian Island to see the place where her father, Kenneth, died when the plane he was flying as a …

Ep. 100: It's A Grief Party!

December 27th, 2018


Okay, so it’s not really a grief party, but it is Grief Out Loud’s 100th episode. When we started this show four years ago in January of 2015, we weren’t sure we’d do more than 10 episodes, never mind 100 and we have …

Ep. 99: It's So Much More Than What We Can See - Doreen Wiggins, MD

December 14th, 2018


In 2000 Doreen Wiggins, MD began having vivid dreams that her husband was going to die. These dreams, combined with a session with an intuitive healer who confirmed her fears, prompted Doreen, who was already an …

Ep. 98: Under Pressure - Holidays & Grief

December 6th, 2018


Nothing says end of the year holiday stress like grief. Dougy Center staff member Rebecca Hobbs-Lawrence is back with more great tips on planning for …

Ep. 97: An Unexpected Devastation

November 28th, 2018


For Camila, death came barreling into her world with zero warning. When she was 21 her world shifted on its axis on an average morning in September. She woke up in the house she shared with her mother in the Bay Area …

Ep. 96: Dear Me, A Mini-Episode

November 20th, 2018


November is National Children's Grief Awareness Month and as part of the effort to raise awareness about children's grief, the National Alliance for Grieving Children (NAGC) invited people to write a letter to their …

Ep. 95: Witnessing A Stranger's Death

October 30th, 2018


On a random Monday morning in the Bay Area of California, Beth Duckles realized too late that she was in the wrong lane of the highway. A lane that …

Ep. 94: Conflicted Grief - Jan Canty, PhD

October 22nd, 2018


When someone dies, we often discover things about them we didn’t know before. Those discoveries can range from mundane preferences like realizing …

Ep. 93: Grief & Transformation - Phelica Glass, LSCSW

October 16th, 2018


What does transformation mean and how does it connect (or not) to grief? How can people make their way into everything that comes with this kind of loss and still keep track of themselves?

Phelica Glass is a Licensed …

Ep. 92: Grief At School

October 1st, 2018


As much as schools are places of learning, students don’t leave their lives at the door when they enter the building. They bring their whole selves …

Ep. 91: What's Changed For Grieving Children? The 1950's

September 20th, 2018


In 1955 Jack was ten and living with his mother, who was raising him alone. She and Jack’s father adopted him when he was a tiny infant, which meant she was the only mother he knew. Jack’s mother and father got divorced …

Ep. 90: What I Needed - Tips From A Grieving Teen

September 7th, 2018


Halfway through her junior year of high school, Lily's father died suddenly of a heart attack. In shock and angry about everything that would be …

Ep. 89: When Someone You Love Has An Illness - A Sibling's Story

August 28th, 2018


Ryan's favorite person in the world is his older sister. Seven years ago he got one of those phone calls - the kind that changes your life forever. …

Ep. 88: What's Changed For Grieving Children? the 1960's

August 16th, 2018


Jana's dad's dad, Antonio DeCristofaro, died in 1963. She talks with her dad, Tony, about how his dad's death when he was 14 drastically changed the course of his life.

This is the third in our series looking at how the …

Ep. 87: What's Changed For Grieving Children? The 1970's

August 10th, 2018


This episode is part of a series looking at how the approach to supporting grieving children has or hasn’t changed over time. We’ll be talking to people who had parents die in different decades, starting in the 1940’s. …

Ep. 86: What's Changed For Grieving Children? The 1940's

July 26th, 2018


This is the first in a series on how the approach to supporting grieving children has or hasn’t changed over time. We’ll be talking to people who had parents die in different decades, starting in the 1940’s. We’re …

Ep. 85: Parenting & Grief

July 20th, 2018


Is it grief or typical child or teen behavior? Most parents and caregivers will have this questions at some point in their grieving child's life. Dr. Kitty Huffstutter, LCSW joins us to talk about ways parents and …

Ep. 84: The Worst News - Living With Cancer As A Young Adult

July 10th, 2018

In December of 2014, Eidan was a young professional moving up in her career as an engineer. In the last year and a half she’d gotten married, started a new job, and she and her wife Michelle were busy doing what they …

Ep. 83: Emotional Hot Spots - Grief & Significant Days

June 25th, 2018


When we are grieving there can be emotional hot spot days throughout the year. Some of these might be known quantities like a birthday or the anniversary of the death or diagnosis. Others are unexpected - random moments …

Ep. 82: The Before & After Worlds - Grieving A Sudden Death

June 8th, 2018


Five years ago Sarah was 23, doing what a lot of 23-year-olds do - working, hanging out with friends, starting life as a "real" adult, and living at …

Ep. 81: Grief In Your 20's - Cynthia Whipple

May 17th, 2018


Over the course of 6 weeks when she was just 24, both of Cynthia Whipple's parents died, leaving her reeling and without a sense of home or family. We talk about what it's like to be grieving in your early 20's, the …

Ep. 80: We Can't Know Everything - Staying Curious In Grief (Kara Jones)

May 15th, 2018


Kara Jones is a practitioner working with grieving people and professionals supporting those in grief. She is also a heART maker, exploring creativity as an avenue for expanding our definitions of grief, meaning, and …

Ep. 79: Grief, 18 Years Later

April 27th, 2018


Heat Smith's mother, Jan, died of cancer almost 18 years ago. Heat, who was 25 at the time, became her mother's full-time caregiver. We talk about …

Ep. 78: The Big And - Licity Collins

April 25th, 2018


How do we hold intense joy and deep sorrow at the same time? This was the question facing singer-songwriter Licity Collins as she celebrated …

Ep. 77: Grief & Attachment - Pearl Waldorf

April 22nd, 2018


How do our early experiences with attachment and primary attachment figures inform and influence our grief? With her signature combination of humor and insight, Pearl Waldorf, MA, joins us to talk about the ways in …

Ep. 76: Who Died? Episode 5 - A Podcast Hosted By Grief Out Loud

April 12th, 2018


Who Died? was created by Aimee Craig to give voice to the memories of those we carry with us. Each episode is about one person's life and death as …

Ep. 75: Fully Embodied Grief - Suzanne Anderson

March 14th, 2018


Just as she was on the verge of publishing her first book, Suzanne Anderson's husband died of suicide, tossing her into a very dark and difficult …

Ep. 74: Grieving A Miscarriage - Leslie Browning

February 22nd, 2018


Leslie Browning is a poet, publisher, novelist, and soon to be memoirist with the publication of her newest book, To Lose the Madness - Field Notes on Trauma, Loss and Radical Authenticity. Leslie is also a grieving …

Ep. 73: Who Died? Episode 4 - A Podcast Hosted By Grief Out Loud

February 8th, 2018


In Episode 4 of Who Died? host Aimee Craig talks with Brandi Maxell about her mother. 

Music written and performed by Lida Husik.

Ep. 72: Inviting Grief Out Of The Whisper Corner - Megan Devine

February 1st, 2018


Megan Devine, writer, speaker, and grief advocate discusses her work to bring grief out of the whisper corner. We talk about how to talk about grief, the death positivity movement, Megan's book, It's OK That You're Not …

Ep. 71: How Schools Can Help When Someone Dies Of Suicide - Donna Schuurman

January 24th, 2018


What do schools need to consider when someone in their community dies of suicide? There are many decisions to make that require compassion and care. …

Ep. 70: Peer Support vs. Therapy - How Do I Choose Which Is Right For Me?

January 19th, 2018


When it comes to finding the right avenue of support in grief, it can be hard to sort through the options. How do you decide between a peer support group or individual, family, or group therapy? Our guest, Matt Modrcin, …

Ep. 69: Who Died? Episode 3 - A Guest Podcast Hosted By Grief Out Loud

January 5th, 2018


Who Died? was created by Aimee Craig to give voice to the memories of those we carry with us. Each episode is about one person's life and death as …

Ep. 68: Grief & Art In Public Spaces - Max Collins

December 21st, 2017


Some people are private in their grief, some are more public, and some put their grief onto large public murals. Artist Max Collins joins us to talk …

Ep. 67: Creating Legacies In The Face Of A Terminal Illness

November 30th, 2017

Rebecca Hobbs-Lawrence, Pathways Program Coordinator at The Dougy Center, joins us to talk about creating legacies when someone is dying. What is a legacy? What memories do children and teens value most? What prevents …

Ep. 66: Who Died? Episode 2 - A Guest Podcast Hosted By Grief Out Loud

November 23rd, 2017


Who Died? was created by Aimee Craig to give voice to the memories of those we carry with us. Each episode is about one person's life and death as …

Ep. 65: A Mother's Story - Sue Klebold

November 20th, 2017


Sue Klebold is the mother of Dylan Klebold, one of the two shooters at Columbine High School who, in 1999, killed twelve students and a teacher, and …

Ep. 64: The Pull Of DNA - Grieving A Father You Never Met

November 11th, 2017


Kimberly Warner's father died in a car accident just before she graduated from high school. Two decades later, a DNA test revealed he wasn't her …

Ep. 63: Losing Someone Twice

October 24th, 2017


One aspect of grief that rarely gets mentioned is losing someone twice- once in a life-altering circumstance and again when they die. This feeling can arise from a variety of circumstances including substance abuse, …

Ep. 62: Who Died? Episode 1 - A Guest Podcast Hosted By Grief Out Loud

October 20th, 2017


After someone dies, we rarely get the chance to talk about how they lived because any conversation about them tends to focus on how they died or on how we are doing in our grief. The lack of opportunity to talk about …

Ep. 61: Is It Grief Or Anger? Does It Matter?

October 6th, 2017

What do big behaviors look like when a child is grieving? How do we best support them in these big behaviors and the corresponding big feelings? Heather Dorfman, Dougy Center staff member, joins us to talk about …

Ep. 60: Online Grief Support For Teens - Asher Liu Of SLAP'D (Surviving Life After a Parent Dies)

August 23rd, 2017


When it comes to grief support for teens, SLAP'D (Surviving Life After a Parent Dies) is a unique online community where teens get support and ideas. directly from other teens, about how to cope with the death of a …

Ep. 59: When Grief Gets Awkward

July 21st, 2017


Interacting with others while grieving can be wildly confusing and tricky. You’ve probably been there. You run into someone you haven’t seen in a long time, likely in a public spot, and this someone doesn’t know the …

Ep. 58: Culturally Aware Grief Support in the Latino Community

June 22nd, 2017

What does it mean to provide culturally aware grief support for families in the Latino community? We explore this question with Cristina Flores, …

Ep. 57: Fine But Not Okay- Mindfulness In Grief - Joe DiNardo

June 13th, 2017


In March of 2015 Joe DiNardo's wife, Marcia, died of pancreatic cancer. Before her death, he started writing a letter to her which would eventually …

Ep. 56: Grief In The Present Tense

June 2nd, 2017


John Mayer first encountered grief when his older brother Stephen suddenly died at age 29 in 2007. Nine years later, John's second daughter, River, …

Ep. 55: Looking Back At Grief - Darwyn Dave

May 16th, 2017


Our guest is Darwyn Dave, creator and host of the Dealing With My Grief podcast. In 1978, when Darwyn was ten years old, his father was killed. 38 …

Ep. 54: Self-Compassion As Self-Care In Grief - Heather Stang

April 28th, 2017


Heather Stang, thanatologist, mindfulness speaker, and author of Mindfulness & Grief: With Guided Meditations To Calm Your Mind & Restore …

Ep. 53: When Someone You Love Is Dying - Supporting Children & Families

April 6th, 2017


What do you tell children when someone in their life is diagnosed with an advanced serious illness? How do you support them and everyone else who is affected by this devastating turn of events? Mia Nyschens joins us to …

Ep. 52: Grieving The Death Of A Partner As A Young Adult

March 27th, 2017


What happens when the term widow or widower doesn’t fit because you weren’t officially married to the person who died? This is often the case for …

Ep. 51: Anger & Grief - Megan Devine

March 15th, 2017


Megan Devine joins us again, this time talking about another shadow aspect of grief - anger. Anger shows up in many ways, including being angry at …

Ep. 50: Grieving The Death Of A Best Friend As A Teen

February 16th, 2017


While we usually focus on the death of a parent or sibling, this episode explores what it's like for teens when a best friend dies. The best friend …

Ep. 49: Everyday Grief Rituals & Routines - Jodie Brauer

February 10th, 2017


Jodie Brauer, founder of the annual Celebrate Silas Memorial 5K, joins us again as a guest to talk about the everyday rituals and routines that can …

Ep. 48: Grief Dreams - Joshua Black

January 20th, 2017


What does it mean when grief becomes part of our dreams? In this episode, we talk with Joshua Black, a Ph.D. student at Brock University, about his groundbreaking grief dream research. Joshua shares his findings on …

Ep. 47: What We Talk About When We Talk About Death

January 6th, 2017


A lot goes into talking about the people in our lives who have died. Who do we tell? What do we share, not only about the person and what they meant to us, but about how they died? The words we choose - passed, lost, …

Ep. 46: Children And Memorial Services - Holly Pruett

December 19th, 2016


Holly Pruett, a certified Life-Cycle Celebrant who helps families to design individualized rituals for the end of life shares the wisdom she's …

Ep. 45: Supporting Grieving Kids With Mindfulness - Tips For Teachers & Parents

November 18th, 2016


Jill, a longtime educator, incorporates mindfulness and other strategies for emotional regulation in classroom settings. We discuss how grief, …

Ep. 44: Redefining Comfort Food - Dr. Drew Ramsey

November 11th, 2016


The term comfort food usually brings to mind mac and cheese, lasagna, brownies, and other combinations of sugar and simple carbohydrates. When …

Ep. 43: An Only Child, Grieving Her Only Parent - Rachel Ricketts

November 4th, 2016


What does it mean to be a child, grieving the death of a parent, when you're technically not a child? Rachel Ricketts, author of the site loss&found, shares what it's like to grieve her mother, who died after a long …

Ep. 42: Secrets & Grief

October 28th, 2016


When someone dies, many of us are left with if onlys. Some are interwoven with thoughts that we could have somehow prevented the death, "If only I …

Ep. 41: Grieving An Overdose (Part 3 of 3) - A Teen's Perspective

October 21st, 2016


In this episode, the last in our 3 part series on grief after an overdose death, we talk with Liam who was just starting middle school when his …

Ep. 40: Grieving An Overdose Death (Part 2 of 3) - The Loss Of A Child

October 16th, 2016


In part two of our three-part series on grief after an overdose death, we talk with Samina, whose son Ayaz died of a heroin overdose. The episode starts with Samina reading a poem that came to her while sitting on an …

Ep. 39: Grieving An Overdose (Part 1 of 3) - The Death Of A Brother

October 10th, 2016


Based on numbers from the National Institute on Drug Abuse, heroin overdose deaths increased by six times from 2001 to 2014. In one state it is estimated that heroin overdose deaths jumped by 85% in the last two years. …

Ep. 38: What Helps When You're Grieving - Ideas For Body, Mind, and Spirit

August 2nd, 2016


Jana is joined by Dougy Center staff member, Heather Dorfman, to talk about what helps (or might help) in grief, outside the realm of more formal …

Ep. 37: How To Help Children And Teens Grieving A Violent Death

July 5th, 2016


Whether it is a murder, murder-suicide, or a being killed by a driver under the influence, violent death adds multiple layers of complexity to grief. …

Ep. 36: Grieving My Dad - A Son's Story

May 26th, 2016


In the two years since his dad died, Mike bought a house, got married, and is expecting his first child. This episode explores what it means to …

Ep. 35: After A Death - 5 Tips For Schools

April 25th, 2016


Dougy Center staff member, Joan Schweizer Hoff, joins Jana to talk about the top 5 things school administrators will want to consider when a student, …

Ep. 34: The Thing I Never Thought I'd Do Again

March 23rd, 2016


There is a lot that goes unsaid in grief, particularly when it comes to dating after the death of a partner. Jana talks with Megan Devine, grief …

Ep. 33: The Importance Of Honesty - Talking With Children About Death

March 11th, 2016


As a child Rachel Stephenson learned first hand the pain of not knowing the truth about her mother's death. The secrecy in her family led to a disconnection with her remaining parent and added layers of confusion and …

Ep. 32: The Youngest Grievers

February 10th, 2016


How do we talk with the youngest children about death? What words should we use? Can they even understand? In this episode Jana talks with Joan …

Ep. 31: Birthdays & Anniversaries - Grief And Significant Days

January 25th, 2016


For those who are grieving, birthdays and anniversaries of a loved one's death can loom large. What we do to mark these days is as individual and unique as our grief and the relationship we shared with the person who …

Ep. 30: The Private Grief Of A Public Death

January 20th, 2016


The public and often sensationalized nature of a murder-suicide can overshadow the heartbreak and grief of those left behind. In this episode, Stephanie, a grieving mother and wife, joins Jana to talk about the deaths …

Ep. 29: When Grief Catches Up With You

December 30th, 2015


V was six when her father died from cancer, but it wasn't until two decades later that she consciously engaged with her grief. A seeming random encounter at a local craft store cracked open emotions she wasn't able to …

Ep. 28: Supporting Children Grieving A Suicide Death

December 14th, 2015


"How do I tell my children?" When someone dies of suicide, parents and caregivers want to know how to talk with their children about the death. Jana and Joan Schweizer Hoff explain why it's so important to tell children …

Ep. 27: Grief And The Holidays

November 19th, 2015


Under the best of circumstances, the November & December holidays can be stressful. Add in grieving a loss and they can feel completely …

Ep. 26: Grief And Complex Relationships (Part 3) - The Death Of A Parent

November 16th, 2015


The last in a three-part series talking with those grieving the death of someone when the relationship was complex, difficult, or challenging. Jana …

Ep. 25: Grief And Complex Relationships (Part 2) - The Death Of A Sibling

November 7th, 2015


This is the second episode in a three-part series about grieving when the relationship with the person who died was difficult or challenging. Jana …

Ep. 24: Grief And Complex Relationships (Part 1) - The Death Of An Ex-Husband

November 4th, 2015

This is the first in a three-part series about grieving when the relationship with the person who died was complex or conflicted. In this episode, Jana is joined by Jenny, a mother of three who experienced the loss of …

Ep. 23: Language, Suicide, And Stigma (Part 3)

September 24th, 2015


Why do people die of suicide? Join Jana and Donna Schuurman for a discussion about this complex question. 

Two prominent theories mentioned by Donna:

Edwin Shneidman

“Suicide is caused by psychache. Psychache refers to …

Ep. 22: Grief And Becoming a Parent - An Interview With What's Your Grief

September 14th, 2015


Eleanor and Litsa from What’s Your Grief join us as special guests to talk about becoming a parent when you’re grieving the death of your own parent or sibling. Listen in for suggestions on how to help your children …

Ep. 21: Turning Points In Grief

September 8th, 2015


Have you ever struggled with the idea of finding closure in grief? Given grief’s ongoing and evolving nature, the search for final closure can be a …

Ep. 20: Grief And Developmental Disabilities

August 7th, 2015


When someone dies, it creates upheaval in the support system, leading to unfamiliar territory in terms of how to help those with different perceptions and expressions of grief such as language, repetitive gestures or …

Ep. 19: Advanced Serious Illness

July 24th, 2015


How do we help children when a family member is dying? The diagnosis of a terminal illness brings uncertainty, fear, and heartbreak into their …

Ep. 18: Grieving The Death Of A Sibling - Tips For Supporting Children

July 10th, 2015


Jana talks with Rebecca Hobbs-Lawrence, a staff member at The Dougy Center, about ways to support children who experience the death of a brother or …

Ep. 17: Grieving A Suicide Death

June 26th, 2015


Jana talks with Erin Shuster about the death of her brother from suicide. A former young adult group participant and volunteer, Erin talks openly …

Ep. 16: Grief And Father's Day

June 12th, 2015


Jana and Joan Schweizer Hoff talk about navigating Father’s Day while grieving. Joan, a long-time staff member at The Dougy Center, shares both personal and professional experiences in constructing new ways to approach …

Ep. 15: Language, Suicide, And Stigma (Part 2)

May 29th, 2015


Jana and Donna Schuurman discuss terms to avoid, and what to say instead, when talking about suicide. Here is a link to download our Tip Sheet on how to support children and teens who have had someone die of suicide.

Ep. 14: The Death Of Both Parents: Grieving As A Young Adult

May 18th, 2015


Jana talks with Jenna, a participant in The Dougy Center's group for young adults, about the experience of losing her mom when she was a child and …

Ep. 13: Grieving Through Mother's Day

May 1st, 2015


Tips for grieving through Mother’s Day

  • Whether you want to acknowledge the day or want to ignore it, know that the lead up, for many people, is the …

Ep. 12: Helping Children And Teens Cope With Fear After A Death

April 17th, 2015


After a death, it’s not unusual for children to have an increased sense of fear and anxiety. (It’s not unusual in adults, either.) When bad or sad …

Ep. 11: Who Am I Now?

April 3rd, 2015


Losing and finding yourself in grief.

Brendon and Jana delve into the many layers of loss that we grapple with when someone dies and how that loss can change us. When we grieve, we miss the person and who they were in …

Ep. 10: Seasons Change

March 19th, 2015


Seasons change, but what about my grief?

There can be a lot of emphasis on special occasions – anniversaries, birthdays, holidays, etc. when it comes …

Ep. 9: Language, Suicide, And Stigma (Part 1)

March 13th, 2015


"The language we use to describe events not only reflects our own attitudes but influences those attitudes as well as the attitudes of others."

--Sommer-Rotenberg, D.

Donna Schuurman, Senior Director of Advocacy and …

Ep. 8: Living In Dying, Dying In Living: Grieving Before Death

March 5th, 2015


Living with an advanced serious illness


All in all, even under the best circumstances where families have substantial financial resources and savings, great medical and life insurances, medical knowledge,  access …

Ep. 7: Somewhere In Between

February 26th, 2015


Understanding And Supporting The Grieving Teen

If you know a teen who is grieving a death, you may wonder what responses or behaviors you can expect …

Ep. 6: Where Did Everyone Go?

February 18th, 2015


Where did everyone go? How grief affects connections with family and friends. 

This episode grew out of a few questions from the community – 

  1. Why is …

Ep. 5: Grieving Through Valentine's Day

February 12th, 2015


Valentine's Day is one of the many holidays that shift and change while grieving. As with so many other holidays, the lead-up can be really hard. …

Ep. 4: No Apology Needed

February 6th, 2015


Alternatives to “I’m sorry for your loss.”


This episode delves into that moment when you find out about a death. Most of us don’t know what to say or do, so we go turn to what we’ve heard others say in a similar …

Ep. 3 Tips For Talking With Children About Death

January 29th, 2015


“How do I tell my child about the death?” This is the most common question we receive at The Dougy Center. Someone has died, leaving parents and …

Ep. 2: Ashes & Funerals

January 29th, 2015


In this episode, Jana and Brendon, answer two questions from the community. The first is from a mother of two young children who wonders what she can …

Ep. 1: The Myth Of The Grief Timeline

January 27th, 2015


In this episode of Grief Out Loud, Jana and Brendon discuss some of the current mythology surrounding grief timelines. We demystify the idea that …

Dear Dougy: Introductions

January 23rd, 2015


In this inaugural episode of the Grief Out Loud Podcast, Jana and Brendon introduce themselves, talk about the history of The Dougy Center, and our work with grieving children and their families. Jana and Brendon also …

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