Shapes Of Grief

24 EpisodesProduced by Liz Gleeson, MSc BereavementWebsite

Shapes of Grief is brought to you by Liz Gleeson, an Irish grief therapist. Liz hosts conversations with people about their experience of loss and grief in their lives. Through the recounting of our grief stories, integration can begin to happen, both for the teller and the listener. Everyone has a … read more

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Ep. 24 Siobhan Overson on being orphaned at 2yrs old and a life-long grief for the parents & brother she doesn't remember

September 2nd, 2019


When Siobhan was two years old, both her parents, her older brother who was seven and her aunt all died in a drowning tragedy on Carlingford Lough. …

Ep. 23 Siobhan Daffy on bereavement overload; when it seems like everyone is dying

August 24th, 2019


In 2000, a bus carrying 7 young tourists in Bolivia crashed into a ravine killing all of the 9 passengers on board; the driver had fallen asleep. …

Ep. 22 Bebhinn Ramsey on her search for a 'cure' for grief and how a spiritual path helped her to navigate her loss

August 7th, 2019


Author of "Love's last gift" Bebhinn Ramsey recounts the sudden death of her husband Alistair while on holidays in San Francisco, leaving her widowed …

Ep. 21 Helen Lambe on accompanying her husband through cancer and untimely widowhood

July 29th, 2019


Helen Lamb, owner and founder of the Dublin Wellness Centre, takes us on an intimate journey through her experience of grief following the death of …

Ep. 20 Cath Monaghan on sibling bereavement

July 9th, 2019


Catherine Monaghan talks to Liz about life after the sudden death of her brother, what the grief of losing a sibling was like for her and how Tony’s death affected every part of her life. To read Cath’s article in the …

Ep. 19 Beatrice Caffrey on multiple miscarriage and the death of her baby son Joshua

July 2nd, 2019


For those of you who listened to last week's episode with Justin Caffrey, this is your opportunity to now listen to Beatrice Caffrey's perspective on the life and death of their beloved baby son Joshua. Having endured …

Ep. 18 Justin Caffrey on how the death of his baby son forced him to reconstruct himself to survive his grief

June 25th, 2019


From high-flying banker to kangaroo parenting, Justin Caffrey takes us through a searingly honest account of his experience when his second son Joshua was born fifteen weeks early and life as they knew it stopped for …

Ep. 17 Dr. Ciara Kelly on the deaths of her parents & her journey with grief

June 19th, 2019


From twenty years in general practice to a full-blown transition to journalist and broadcaster, Dr. Ciara Kelly takes us through her experience of …

Ep. 16 Treacy O'Connor, Interfaith Minister, on continuous bonds and how grief is woven throughout our lives in every change we make

June 3rd, 2019


More like a conversation between friends, Liz and Interfaith minister Treacy O’Connor talk about a variety of topics related to loss, personal growth, separation, as well as the dance between spirituality and the …

Ep. 15 Kevin Toolis on 'My Father's Wake' - what we can learn from the Irish about Love, Life and Death

May 27th, 2019


Kevin Toolis is a BAFTA winning film maker and writer of the acclaimed death guide My Father’s Wake: How the Irish Teach Us to Live, Love and Die. …

Ep. 14 Donna Schuurman of the Dougy Centre on Children's Grief, a professional perspective

May 20th, 2019


Donna tells us about the work of the Dougy centre in Portland Oregon and gives us some insight into what support children may need to help them …

Ep. 13 Edy Nathan, Psychotherapist & Author, on cumulative grief, overcoming agoraphobia & sexual abuse

May 13th, 2019


Psychotherapist and author Edy Nathan joins me on Shapes Of Grief this week to talk about the grief she endured through sexual abuse and bullying at …

Ep. 12 Dr Kathryn Mannix demystifying the dying process & how to prepare for a good death

May 8th, 2019


This week I speak to Dr Kathryn Mannix, palliative care pioneer, about the dying process. Like birth, there are certain stages of death which Kathryn hopes to demystify in her book ‘With the End in Mind’. Kathryn does a …

Ep. 11 Hayley Manning, Advocate, on Miscarriage, Turner's Syndrome & living with Loss & Hope

May 6th, 2019


In this conversation with Liz, Hayley speaks about the multiple miscarriages that she experienced, the devastating decision that herself and husband …

Ep. 10 Dr Helen Greally on grief following diagnosis & grief theories

April 29th, 2019


Dr Helen Greally is a psycho-oncologist with Cancer Care West. Helen has over forty years experience working with people through grief and loss, …

Ep. 9 Jane Harris, psychotherapist, on parental bereavement & the powerful documentary A Love That Never Dies

April 9th, 2019


In 2011, Jane Harris and Jimmy Edmonds got the knock at the door that no parent ever wants; their 22 year old son Joshua had been killed in a road …

Ep. 8 Gary Andrews on Love, Widowhood & The Doodle Diaries

March 29th, 2019


When Gary’s wife Joy died suddenly in 2017 from sepsis, he turned to his daily practice of doodling to express his grief and help him to process the reality of widowhood and parenting two young, bereft children. The …

Ep. 7 Dr. Robert Neimeyer on Meaning Making after loss

March 20th, 2019


Robert A. Neimeyer, Ph.D., is a Professor of Psychology, at the University of Memphis, where he also maintains an active clinical practice. Bob is an …

Ep. 6 Madeleine Grant, Nurse & therapist, on bereavement overload, prolonged grief & how grief can make you sick

March 11th, 2019


In this episode, Madeleine talks to Liz about three successive family bereavements and how her inability to grieve resulted in significant illness …

Ep. 5 Dr Susan Delaney on the essence of grief, prolonged Grief, resilience and hope

March 4th, 2019


Shapes of Grief had a lovely conversation with Dr. Susan Delaney of the Irish Hospice Foundation. Susan is the bereavement services manager there and …

Ep. 4 Ruth Fitzmaurice, author of 'I Found My Tribe', on living with ongoing loss

February 26th, 2019


Ruth Fitzmaurice's life changed when her husband Simon was diagnosed with Motor Neurone Disease. In this candid conversation, Ruth shares how, as a mother of five, she coped with Simon's long illness and eventual death …

Ep. 3 Deirdre Ahern, Mindfulness teacher, on pet loss

February 11th, 2019


Deirdre takes us through a beautiful story of how her little dog Charlie came into her life, the connection they made and how his presence enhanced …

Ep. 2 Emily McCullough, Art Therapist, on prolonged, disenfranchised grief

January 31st, 2019


Art therapist Emily McCullough talks about the sudden, ambiguous death of her brother when she was sixteen, followed by her father's death a few …

Ep. 1 Jack Gleeson talks about grief following the suicide of his best friend

January 20th, 2019


Friends for over four decades, when Jack Gleeson's best friend died by suicide, the loss for Jack was huge. In this interview, Jack talks about friendship, love and loss.

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