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Grieving Voices is a podcast started by a lifelong griever for grievers. The mission of Grieving Voices is to change the conversation around grief; how we address our own and that of others and give grievers a platform for sharing what grief has taught them. Through education and personal story, listeners will learn more effective ways to help themselves and others. Continue Reading >>
Grieving Voices is a podcast started by a lifelong griever for grievers. The mission of Grieving Voices is to change the conversation around grief; how we address our own and that of others and give grievers a platform for sharing what grief has taught them. Through education and personal story, listeners will learn more effective ways to help themselves and others. << Show Less
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Stephanie Cerins | Paving a Path to Happiness After Childhood Loss We all have intuition. And we all have the power to tap into the intuition within us, too. However, sometimes our intuition doesn&apos;t feel good to us. As was the case the day that Stephanie&apos;s father wasn&apos;t coming home as was expected. She looked out the window, saw his car but didn&apos;t see him and instinctively knew something wasn&apos;t right. At the age of 15, Stephanie found her father dead. The reminder was constantly there from that day forward, not only of his absence in her life but also the trauma of that day so close to home. Life was a rollercoaster from then on, a life of partying, drinking, and working hard at burying that day in her psyche altogether. But as grief does, it spills out into all areas of our lives. Such was the case with her first two marriages, where she would see patterns repeating in her life and ultimately found the courage to seek help through Alcoholics Anonymous and get out of an abusive marriage. After getting sober at the age of 24, her past began to resurface - and so did the memories she had long-buried.  You don&apos;t get a course in life when you are born. - Stephanie CerinsIsn&apos;t that the truth? We are all learning as we go. Through the trials, tribulations, and grief packed into it all - it is through life experience we grow in wisdom. And it is through the wisdom we glean from our lives that we can be of service to others. That is exactly what Stephanie has done in her life. One of Stephanie&apos;s greatest lessons in A.A. was that no matter how big of a mess you are, you can still help someone. RESOURCES:Book, Healing My Heart, After A Loss: Affirmations That Encourage Me To Feel & Heal My GriefHeartMath.orgCONNECT:WebsiteInstagramFacebook______NEED HELP?National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255Crisis Text Line provides free, 24/7 support via text message. Text HOME to 741741 to connect with a trained Crisis CounselorIf you or anyone you know is struggling with grief due to any of the 40+ losses, free resources are available HERE.Enjoying the podcast? You may also enjoy my bi-weekly newsletter, The Unleashed Letters.💛 Would you like to Learn Your Energy Type? Free Quiz ➡️ HERE! ⬅️SUPPORT THE SHOW:Rate & Review: Apple PodcastsPurchase my published book about my grief journey.CONNECT WITH VICTORIA: InstagramWebsiteFacebookSupport the show
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Stephanie Cerins | Paving a Path to Happiness After Childhood Loss We all have intuition. And we all have the power to tap into the intuition within us, too. However, sometimes our intuition doesn&apos;t feel good to us. As was the case the day that Stephanie&apos;s father wasn&apos;t coming home as was expected. She looked out the window, saw his car but didn&apos;t see him and instinctively knew something wasn&apos;t right. At the age of 15, Stephanie found her father dead. The reminder was constantly there from that day forward, not only of his absence in her life but also the trauma of that day so close to home. Life was a rollercoaster from then on, a life of partying, drinking, and working hard at burying that day in her psyche altogether. But as grief does, it spills out into all areas of our lives. Such was the case with her first two marriages, where she would see patterns repeating in her life and ultimately found the courage to seek help through Alcoholics Anonymous and get out of an abusive marriage. After getting sober at the age of 24, her past began to resurface - and so did the memories she had long-buried.  You don&apos;t get a course in life when you are born. - Stephanie CerinsIsn&apos;t that the truth? We are all learning as we go. Through the trials, tribulations, and grief packed into it all - it is through life experience we grow in wisdom. And it is through the wisdom we glean from our lives that we can be of service to others. That is exactly what Stephanie has done in her life. One of Stephanie&apos;s greatest lessons in A.A. was that no matter how big of a mess you are, you can still help someone. RESOURCES:Book, Healing My Heart, After A Loss: Affirmations That Encourage Me To Feel & Heal My GriefHeartMath.orgCONNECT:WebsiteInstagramFacebook______NEED HELP?National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255Crisis Text Line provides free, 24/7 support via text message. Text HOME to 741741 to connect with a trained Crisis CounselorIf you or anyone you know is struggling with grief due to any of the 40+ losses, free resources are available HERE.Enjoying the podcast? You may also enjoy my bi-weekly newsletter, The Unleashed Letters.💛 Would you like to Learn Your Energy Type? Free Quiz ➡️ HERE! ⬅️SUPPORT THE SHOW:Rate & Review: Apple PodcastsPurchase my published book about my grief journey.CONNECT WITH VICTORIA: InstagramWebsiteFacebookSupport the show
Takeaways & Reflections | Mothering Yourself Through Grief This week&apos;s episode is an invitation to look at how you had been mothered and nurtured by your mother (or mother figure) as a child and how that has influenced you today.I also bring Mother Nature into the conversation because what Mother Nature gives us is a great analogy, in general, for the topic of experiencing mothering and nurturing. When was the last time you gave yourself, as an adult, what you never received as a child? This conversation is less about self-care and more about something deeper - an experience of loving unconditionally and receiving wholeheartedly, so much so that it is transformative. A mother&apos;s love, or motherly love, has the potential to be transformative. Listen to this week&apos;s episode, and then sit with what comes up for you. Then contemplate how you can utilize mothering and nurturing energy to transform your life and the inner child in you that craves it. RESOURCES:Ep. 106 Elizabeth CatignaniEp. 107 Michele Neff HernandezEp. 108 Rachael BurnsEp. 109 Maha Bodhi______NEED HELP?National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255Crisis Text Line provides free, 24/7 support via text message. Text HOME to 741741 to connect with a trained Crisis CounselorIf you or anyone you know is struggling with grief due to any of the 40+ losses, free resources are available HERE.Enjoying the podcast? You may also enjoy my bi-weekly newsletter, The Unleashed Letters.💛 Would you like to Learn Your Energy Type? Free Quiz ➡️ HERE! ⬅️SUPPORT THE SHOW:Rate & Review: Apple PodcastsPurchase my published book about my grief journey.CONNECT WITH VICTORIA: InstagramWebsiteLinkedInFacebookSupport the show
Maha Bodhi | A Quest for Inner-Peace & Freedom Were you born and raised in the land of the free and home of the brave, the United States of America? This week&apos;s episode reminds me that oppression and enslavement are not only in Yemen, where this week&apos;s guest was born but also in the free world. It just looks different from what Maha experienced.Ironically, Maha fled Yemen, where she experienced oppression, enslavement, arranged marriage twice that included violence and rape, and two civil wars in search of a better (more free) life in America. A life where she could purchase a dress for the first time and make everyday decisions for herself without her father&apos;s dictatorship and abuse from her mother. This episode begs the question: Where is freedom truly found; is it a state of mind? Or is it simply where your feet touch the ground? It depends on who you ask. Holocaust survivor Viktor Frankl said: &quot;It is not freedom from conditions, but it is the freedom to take a stand toward the conditions.&quot; Maha took a stand against her conditions. And we all have that power to do so, particularly within the confines of our minds. Follow Maha&apos;s journey from oppression to freedom when she became a U.S. citizen in 2018. Today, she truly is an unleashed heart, sharing her gifts, wisdom, and experience with all who are open to receiving her message. There&apos;s a story behind her name. Listen to learn the depth of her name and, more importantly, what it has meant to her as she&apos;s reinvented herself as a free Maha. The degree of your surrender is the degree of your success. - Maha BodhiRESOURCES:Docu-Series: Scars UnseenHigh Performance Mind MasterclassYogiMaha | Insight TimerWebsiteCONNECT:YogiMaha | InstagramWomen in Leadership Space | InstagramFacebookLinkedInYouTube______NEED HELP?National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255Crisis Text Line provides free, 24/7 support via text message. Text HOME to 741741 to connect with a trained Crisis CounselorIf you or anyone you know is struggling with grief, free resources are available HERE.Enjoying the podcast? You may also enjoy my bi-weekly newsletter, The Unleashed Letters.💛 Would you like to Learn Your Energy Type? Free Quiz ➡️ HERE! ⬅️SUPPORT THE SHOW:Rate & Review: Apple PodcastsPurchase my published book about my grief journey.CONNECT WITH VICTORIA: InstagramWebsiteSupport the show
Rachael Burns | The Space Inbetween How would you live your life if a ticking time bomb was woven into the very fabric of your everyday life? Would you carry on business as usual? Would you live like tomorrow is not guaranteed and chip away at your bucket list? Rachael&apos;s story isn&apos;t about a ticking time bomb that is in her body. Rather, it is about the ticking time bomb of grief that lies in wait due to the one her beloved has in his body. However, that is only part of Rachael&apos;s story. What if, newly married, you found out you were pregnant, but not only with one baby, but two! What are the odds?! But what if, a day later, your spouse has a seizure; soon after you find out he has brain cancer? And, not just any cancer - this kind is aggressive, it can never be completely surgically removed, and most people die within 18 months of diagnosis? The ripples of grief are felt deep and wide. And, when the love of your life, and the father of your children, are living with these odds, how do you truly live? Rachael&apos;s story doesn&apos;t stop there. She would find herself in her own health crisis after having the twins. Her kidneys were failing, her husband had to forego his chemo because she was in the hospital, and they were both faced with the question of what if something happened to them both? Who would take care of the babies? After the dust settled, processing all that had transpired has been a process all on its own as well. Grief isn&apos;t only about death. As Rachael&apos;s story illustrates, it&apos;s near-death experiences or living while death hangs around waiting to take you out, that cause grief, too. RESOURCES:FREE 30-Min Strategy SessionFREE E-Book Guide for Newly Single Women About Protecting Their Finances found on Rachael&apos;s WebsiteCONNECT:WebsiteInstagramFacebook______NEED HELP?National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255Crisis Text Line provides free, 24/7 support via text message. Text HOME to 741741 to connect with a trained Crisis CounselorIf you or anyone you know is struggling with grief, free resources are available HERE.Enjoying the podcast? You may also enjoy my bi-weekly newsletter, The Unleashed Letters.💛 Would you like to Learn Your Energy Type? Free Quiz ➡️ HERE! ⬅️SUPPORT THE SHOW:Rate & Review: Apple PodcastsPurchase my published book about my grief journey.CONNECT WITH VICTORIA: InstagramWebsiteLinkedInFacebookSupport the show
Michele Neff Hernandez | The Soaring Spirit of a Widow and Fatherless Daughter In this week&apos;s episode, Michele of @soaringspiritsintl and a 2021 Top 10 CNN Hero, shares her story about the challenges of blending a family, but then enduring a devastating loss and grieving as a blended family. But because grief is cumulative and cumulatively negative, a previous divorce, followed by the sudden death of her spouse, then the death of her father, taught her so much more about what it means to grieve well. It&apos;s hard enough to be a widow and raise your own children, but few talk about the challenges of grieving with the children you raised as your own with a spouse who is no longer living. By the time her father&apos;s health was declining and he was put into hospice care, Michele had been around the grief block and was able to support her mother in a way she had never anticipated. And, the loss of her father, starkly different than the recent loss of her spouse before his passing, opened her up to have meaningful conversations at the end of his life that she still treasures today.   Grief has been the catalyst for what was initially going to be a book but later morphed into a movement in what is called Soaring Spirits Camp Widow which takes place in several locations around the United States and now in Australia, too. What is your grief trying to open you up to receiving? Michele allowed her heart to soar in the wake of her devastating losses. Let this episode inspire hope and instill the understanding that grief is what we make of it. We can allow grief to destroy our spirit, or we can allow it to aid us to transform our suffering and soar.  RESOURCES:Soaring Spirits Camp WidowBook, Different after You: Rediscovering Yourself and Healing after Grief and TraumaCONNECT:WebsiteFacebook@soaringspiritsintl / @micheleneffher______NEED HELP?National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255Crisis Text Line provides free, 24/7 support via text message. Text HOME to 741741 to connect with a trained Crisis CounselorIf you or anyone you know is struggling with grief due to any of the 40+ losses, free resources are available HERE.Enjoying the podcast? You may also enjoy my bi-weekly newsletter, The Unleashed Letters.💛 Would you like to Learn Your Energy Type? Free Quiz ➡️ HERE! ⬅️SUPPORT THE SHOW:Rate & Review: Apple PodcastsPurchase my published book about my grief journey.CONNECT WITH VICTORIA: InstagramWebsiteLinkedInFacSupport the show
Elizabeth Catignani | My Shattered Heart: Experiencing Stillbirth & Being a Widow at 27 As a mother, carrying and growing another human in the womb for nine months, it is expected that a healthy child will be born. However, for Elizabeth, that is not what happened. Her world was shattered when she realized that she wouldn&apos;t be a new mom overflowing with joy. Rather, she would become a mother with grieving empty arms.  After her firstborn died, Elizabeth and her husband were fortunate to have a healthy daughter. Yet again, her joy was cut short when their daughter was only about 5 months old when her husband was deployed in the Special Forces in the Army. Her husband owed the military one last deployment and within six weeks of that deployment to Afghanistan,  Elizabeth received a call that no military spouse ever wants to receive.  Her husband was in Germany with injuries sustained while on deployment. She flew to Germany to be with him, which would turn out to be for his final breaths.  All of that loss within an 18-month period would be the catalyst for her to look for and ultimately create a space for herself and other grieving young widows. Through a lot of ongoing healing and inner work, Elizabeth did find love again and has a family with so much love to give to. But, it wasn&apos;t a quick, bounce-right-back process either, and being a young widow, who was also still grieving a son, would pose its own challenges, too.  There&apos;s truly no way to skirt around grief. You have to feel it.RESOURCES:Website, Her Creative WellnessResources, Her Creative Wellness Book, Creative Grieving: A Hip Chick&apos;s Path from Loss to Hope Art Therapy for Veterans (Behind the Mask)CONNECT:Her Creative Wellness InstagramHer Creative Wellness Facebook Page______NEED HELP?National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255Crisis Text Line provides free, 24/7 support via text message. Text HOME to 741741 to connect with a trained Crisis CounselorIf you or anyone you know is struggling with grief, free resources are available HERE.Enjoying the podcast? You may also enjoy my bi-weekly newsletter, The Unleashed Letters.💛 Would you like to Learn Your Energy Type? Free Quiz ➡️ HERE! ⬅️SUPPORT THE SHOW:Rate & Review: Apple PodcastsPurchase my published book about my grief journey.CONNECT WITH VICTORIA: InstagramWebsiteLinkedInFacebookSupport the show
Takeaways & Reflections | Leaning Into Trust While Having a Broken Heart When you&apos;re pulled between the feelings of what you wish would be different, better, or more, and faced with a moment where a decision has to be made, it can be challenging to cut through all of the emotion and lean into trust. In this week&apos;s Takeaways & Reflections episode, I use Kasey and Michelle&apos;s stories to illustrate the challenges we can have with trust, not only in our own inner guidance but also that there potentially is something better waiting for us on the other side of leaning into trust. Could you use a little more trust, and maybe surrendering, in your life? I hope you go back and listen to Kasey and Michelle&apos;s inspiring stories of trusting themselves; what they know to be right and true in the present moment, because that&apos;s all we&apos;re all really guaranteed, anyway.RESOURCES:Ep 103 Kasey Carmona Ep 104 Michelle MarshDo Grief Differently™️______NEED HELP?National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255Crisis Text Line provides free, 24/7 support via text message. Text HOME to 741741 to connect with a trained Crisis CounselorIf you or anyone you know is struggling with grief due to any of the 40+ losses, free resources are available HERE.Enjoying the podcast? You may also enjoy my bi-weekly newsletter, The Unleashed Letters.💛 Would you like to Learn Your Energy Type? Free Quiz ➡️ HERE! ⬅️SUPPORT THE SHOW:Rate & Review: Apple PodcastsPurchase my published book about my grief journey.CONNECT WITH VICTORIA: InstagramWebsiteLinkedInFacebookSupport the show
Michelle Marsh | Flipping the Script on Loss During Covid In the grief recovery programs, one way we describe grief is that it is the loss of hopes, dreams, and expectations. This description of grief, in this way, has not been better understood by society as a whole more than it has since 2020 with the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic. As society begins to emerge from the darkness Covid brought to so many lives, we start to see ourselves and others in a new light. We have started to see the impact of the past two years on the psyche of millions, its global economic impact, and deeply feel the ripples in our individual lives. In this week&apos;s episode, my guest, Michelle Marsh of Western Australia and @aromanosis, shares the ripples Covid-19 created in her life. Burying a loved one is never easy. Burying a loved one during a pandemic, well, it can be downright traumatic, elevating the emotions of everyone involved and leaving a lasting imprint. Additionally, and not often talked about, are the secondary losses during Covid-19 due to government mandates, which Michelle also experienced in regard to hopes and dreams she had before the pandemic. Michelle shares a few lessons she&apos;s learned from her Covid-19 experience. And, how she&apos;s managed to get to the other side of the darkness that was Covid-19 (and still is creating ripples in some ways). For a long time, I have shared the expression &quot;Covid Ruins Everything.&quot; Well, one thing I believe it hasn&apos;t ruined and perhaps has maybe strengthened, is the human spirit in the lives of millions. May we all carry the lessons we&apos;ve individually learned from Covid-19 into our future selves and be better for it.RESOURCES:YouMap™️Ep 6 about S.T.E.R.B.S. (short-term energy relieving behaviors)CONNECT:Aromanosis InstagramFacebook______NEED HELP?National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255Crisis Text Line provides free, 24/7 support via text message. Text HOME to 741741 to connect with a trained Crisis CounselorIf you or anyone you know is struggling with grief due to any of the 40+ losses, free resources are available HERE or click HERE for mental health resources.Enjoying the podcast? You may also enjoy my bi-weekly newsletter, The Unleashed Letters.💛 Would you like to Learn Your Energy Type? Free Quiz ➡️ HERE! ⬅️SUPPORT THE SHOW:Rate & Review: Apple PodcastsPurchase my published book about my grief journey.CONNECT WITH VICTORIA: InstagramWebsiteLinkedInSupport the show
Kasey Carmona | 6 Days of Dying and a Masterpiece of Life Warning: This episode contains a mother&apos;s account of her son, CJ&apos;s, final days of life. This may be difficult for some listeners to hear, particularly those who have lost a child. 99 Days. How much life can you squeeze out of 99 precious newborn days? Especially when 84 of those are spent in the hospital? Kabuki, a major theatrical form in Japan for four centuries, became less of a theatrical experience and more of a grieving one. Kabuki Syndrome (a rare genetic syndrome), named in part after facial art depicted in Kabuki theatre, expresses itself with distinct facial features including large eyes and long lashes. CJ would not only fight to stay alive with Kabuki, but due to Kabuki, he was also born with half a heart (hypoplastic left heart syndrome), 3 kidneys, and a cleft palate. The odds were stacked against CJ and his family. Kasey and her husband did whatever they could for their son. However, when it became clear that they were going to have to have procedures done to CJ, that was their sign that they weren&apos;t honoring CJ&apos;s spirit or his life. They came to accept the truth of their son&apos;s young life and decided to take him home with oxygen support only. Kasey could have never anticipated that the day they took CJ home on hospice care would be the first day he would truly be living. For six days, they loved as they had never loved. And, they found peace in their sorrow; believing that the gift of CJ&apos;s life was to highlight the abundance in the present moment. We often torture ourselves with questions we will never know the answer to. And, with odds of .032% of this diagnosis, &quot;Why?&quot; is a question with no answer. Scientifically, it comes down to one tiny missing gene. In the contrast, we can recognize the fragility of life and its magnificence, too. &quot;Part of living the abundance of life is experiencing loss.&quot; - Kasey Carmona in a Valentine&apos;s letter to CJRESOURCES:Kabuki SyndromeHypoplastic Left Heart SyndromeBook, The Invisible StringEp 40 Dr. Chris KerrNOT MENTIONED BUT HELPFUL:Book, When Children GrieveBook, The Grief Recovery HandbookCONNECT WITH KASEY:InstagramAdditional Links ______NEED HELP?If you or anyone you know is struggling with grief, substance use disorders, or a mental health challenge, free resources are available HERE and HERE.Enjoying the podcast? You may also enjoy my bi-weekly newsletter, The Unleashed Letters.CONNECT WITH VICTORIA: InstagramFacebookLinkedInSupport the show
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