Grieving Voices

Victoria Volk, The Unleashed Heart, LLC

Grieving Voices is a podcast started by a lifelong griever for grievers. The mission of Grieving Voices is to change the conversation around grief, and 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. The Grieving Voices podcast is part of The Unleashed Heart, LLC. Grief resources and additional support are available at www.theunleashedheart.com read less
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Managing Overwhelming Grief On Significant Dates & Milestones
3d ago
Managing Overwhelming Grief On Significant Dates & Milestones
Today's episode is about navigating significant dates and other reminders after a loss. Anniversaries, birthdays, holidays—these milestones can be poignant reminders that reopen the chapters of our grief, not to mention the special places that flood the heart with memories, and then the waves of emotion follow.But here's what I've learned: While it may seem like these days are there to test our resolve, they also offer us an opportunity for reflection and honoring memories. Consider this—what if you could transform your pain on these dates into acts of remembrance? Lighting a candle or playing their favorite song isn't just about ritual; it's about keeping a part of them alive within us.Key Points Discussed:Acknowledging the Weight of MemoriesPermitting Yourself to FeelCreating New TraditionsThe Silence Around GriefFinding Support That Moves You ForwardPlanning Ahead for Tough DaysSelf-Care & Communication During GriefWhen my father passed away, my family chose silence as our coping mechanism—a choice that left little room for healing. It taught me an invaluable lesson: acknowledgment is not only necessary but vital, especially when young eyes are looking up at us to learn how to navigate their own emotional landscapes.The power of community in times like these cannot be overstated. Surrounding yourself with people who understand your journey is more than comforting; it’s healing. But remember—finding spaces where growth is nurtured over stagnation is crucial. As you approach those tough calendar days, plan ahead. Honor your feelings by allowing yourself to say no when needed and yes to self-care and tenderness towards your heartache.To everyone walking through seasons of grief: know that every step taken is progress made toward healing—even on those dates marked by absence rather than celebration.RESOURCES:Do 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 are struggling with grief due to any of the 40+ losses, free resources are available HERE.CONNECT WITH VICTORIA: InstagramWebsiteLinkedInFacebookSupport the showThis episode is sponsored by Do Grief Differently™️, my twelve-week, one-on-one, in-person/online program for grievers who have suffered any type of loss to feel better. Click here to learn new tools, grief education, and the only evidence-based method for moving beyond the pain of grief. Would you like to join the mission of Grieving Voices in normalizing grief and supporting hurting hearts everywhere? Become a supporter of the show HERE.
Stepping Back To Move Forward: Lessons From Spirit
09-04-2024
Stepping Back To Move Forward: Lessons From Spirit
For this week's episode, I drew inspiration from an oracle deck by creator Colette Baron-Reid called Postcards from Spirit. Its message to you, my audience, and myself was the importance of stepping back to observe our thoughts and behaviors. This card pull reading inspired me to share my personal experience in decision-making as it relates to my business and how stepping away helped me gain clarity. The episode touches on human design, emotional authority, and the traps of fear-based decisions while offering encouragement.Key Points Discussed:  Oracle Card Inspiration: Victoria begins by sharing an Oracle card reading meant to provide guidance for herself and listeners.Observation as a Tool: Emphasizes the value of being an observer of life's situations rather than reacting impulsively or emotionally.Personal Anecdote on Decision Making: I share a recent, behind-the-scene experience in making a business decision. Human Design Insights: This is a brief introduction to Human Design elements, such as 'emotional authority,' that impact decision-making processes.Growth Through Challenges: Encourages embracing opportunities that push us beyond our comfort zones for personal growth.Grief Reflections: The observation theme is connected to grieving, urging listeners to examine their beliefs about suffering and healing.Taking Action Toward Peaceful Living: Inspires listeners to take small steps towards observing their inner selves for peace.I invite anyone who wants to further the discussion or would like additional support to reach out for a free consultation.RESOURCES:Colette Baron-Reid's Postcards from Spirit Oracle Deck Human Design_______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 are struggling with grief due to any of the 40+ losses, free resources are available HERE.CONNECT WITH VICTORIA: InstagramWebsiteSupport the showThis episode is sponsored by Do Grief Differently™️, my twelve-week, one-on-one, in-person/online program for grievers who have suffered any type of loss to feel better. Click here to learn new tools, grief education, and the only evidence-based method for moving beyond the pain of grief. Would you like to join the mission of Grieving Voices in normalizing grief and supporting hurting hearts everywhere? Become a supporter of the show HERE.
Denise Schonwald | Critical Care Nurse to Holistic Healing: Empowering Emotional Wellness
02-04-2024
Denise Schonwald | Critical Care Nurse to Holistic Healing: Empowering Emotional Wellness
Welcome to another profound episode of Grieving Voices, where we explore the emotional intricacies of dealing with loss and healing.Today's guest is Denise Schonwald, a registered nurse turned nationally licensed therapist. With her holistic approach to care that encompasses mental, physical, and spiritual well-being, she offers insights into nurturing both body and mind.In this episode:Discover how Denise transitioned from critical care nursing into mental health support.Understand why honoring commitments is crucial for personal trust and self-care.Learn about the high burnout rates in nursing - especially post-COVID - and how self-care can prevent it.Explore the importance of emotional intelligence in recognizing when you're inflicting suffering on yourself through poor self-care choices.Gain strategies for managing anger effectively without damaging relationships or your own well-being.Delve into people pleasing: why we do it, its impacts on our lives, and how to establish healthier boundaries.Hear about grief's "waiting room" – what keeps us there and how to move forward.Denise's journey from a nurse fascinated by the intricacies of human anatomy to a spiritual teacher and family mediator is nothing short of inspiring. She has woven her experiences into a tapestry that offers comfort and guidance to those navigating emotional turmoil.Through her narrative, Denise uncovers an essential truth: honoring personal commitments is pivotal. When we falter on these promises to ourselves, trust erodes, leaving us vulnerable to self-inflicted suffering. Self-care isn't just about indulgence; it's preventative maintenance for our souls—something Denise has embraced through meditation and mindful practices like Reiki. These practices have been instrumental in managing stress levels after witnessing patients' crises firsthand as a critical care nurse and mental health professional.Denise sheds light on how emotions like frustration are precursors to anger—an emotion many grapple with yet struggle to manage effectively. RESOURCES:Book | Insightful Self-Therapy - Increasing Your Awareness about Mental Health and How to Live a Happier LifeBook | The Four AgreementsSNL Skit | People Pleaser's Support GroupSupport the showThis episode is sponsored by Do Grief Differently™️, my twelve-week, one-on-one, in-person/online program for grievers who have suffered any type of loss to feel better. Click here to learn new tools, grief education, and the only evidence-based method for moving beyond the pain of grief. Would you like to join the mission of Grieving Voices in normalizing grief and supporting hurting hearts everywhere? Become a supporter of the show HERE.
Sabrina Fletcher | Clara Was Wanted: My TFMR Loss Story
26-03-2024
Sabrina Fletcher | Clara Was Wanted: My TFMR Loss Story
In a world where discussions about loss are often shrouded in silence, there's a particular kind of grief that remains even more hidden—termination for medical reasons (TFMR).Today on Grieving Voices, I had the honor of speaking with Sabrina Fletcher, a compassionate pregnancy loss doula who brings solace to parents facing the heart-wrenching decision of terminating a wanted pregnancy for medical reasons. Sabrina bravely shared her personal journey and how she's turned her pain into purpose by supporting others through similar grief.Key Points Discussed:The surprising prevalence of TFMR compared to stillbirths and the taboo surrounding it.The emotional turmoil and quick decisions forced upon parents facing unfavorable prenatal diagnoses.The grief journey taken by both Sabrina and her family following their loss, including how they each processed their emotions differently.Challenges within the healthcare system that fail to provide adequate support for those undergoing TFMR.Suggestions on improving medical care experiences during such sensitive times, including specialized bereavement care similar to practices in England.TFMR is often shrouded in silence and taboo, but it's more common than many realize. Sabrina advocates for open conversation and emotional support that upholds the dignity of those making these tough choices out of deep love for their children.Our discussion also highlighted how even young children experience loss deeply and need acknowledgment in their grieving process—a powerful reminder not to underestimate our little ones' emotional worlds.Sabrina emphasizes breaking generational patterns by openly discussing grief rather than suppressing feelings – an approach shaped in contrast to what she experienced growing up, where losses were dealt with privately behind closed doors.Remember: Transforming your grief doesn't require grand gestures; small steps are just as significant. RESOURCES:TFMR Support Circle FB GroupEndingawantedpregnancy.comDeath with DignityCONNECT: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 are struggling with grief due to any of the 40+ losses, free resources are available HERE.CONNECT WITH VICTORIA: Support the showThis episode is sponsored by Do Grief Differently™️, my twelve-week, one-on-one, in-person/online program for grievers who have suffered any type of loss to feel better. Click here to learn new tools, grief education, and the only evidence-based method for moving beyond the pain of grief. Would you like to join the mission of Grieving Voices in normalizing grief and supporting hurting hearts everywhere? Become a supporter of the show HERE.
Kris Carr | Mourning the Darkness of Loss To Fully Embrace the Light
19-03-2024
Kris Carr | Mourning the Darkness of Loss To Fully Embrace the Light
In this heartfelt episode of Grieving Voices, I'm joined by the remarkable Kris Carr, a multiple New York Times bestselling author, wellness activist, and cancer thriver. Known as a force of nature and recognized as one of Oprah's Super Soul 100 influential thought leaders, Kris shares insights from her latest book "I'm Not a Morning Person," which delves into the raw emotions that surface when life falls apart unexpectedly.Kris discusses navigating through loss and grief with humor and hope while providing readers with strategies to move forward. She opens up about her personal journey living with stage 4 cancer for over two decades and how it has shaped her approach to health advocacy.The conversation touches on profound topics such as:The unexpected grief journey sparked by the death of her father.How old wounds resurfaced during this period.The importance of emotional literacy in healing.Tools she developed to manage anxiety related to ongoing cancer scans.Her transition from trying to cure herself to focusing on healing.Listeners will learn how Kris transformed fear into proactive self-care measures that millions now embrace. She also emphasizes the power of naming our emotions as a step toward understanding them better.Kris's story isn't just about survival; it's an inspiring testament to thriving amid adversity by harnessing love, acceptance, and resilience. Join us for an episode that promises deep reflection and practical wisdom for anyone grappling with their own grieving process or supporting others through theirs.RESOURCES:Book | I'm Not a Mourning Person: Braving Loss, Grief, and the Big Messy Emotions That Happen When Life Falls ApartThe Work of Julia SamuelCONNECT: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 are struggling with grief due to any of the 40+ losses, free resources are available HERE.CONNECT WITH VICTORIA: InstagramWebsiteLinkedInFacebookSupport the showThis episode is sponsored by Do Grief Differently™️, my twelve-week, one-on-one, in-person/online program for grievers who have suffered any type of loss to feel better. Click here to learn new tools, grief education, and the only evidence-based method for moving beyond the pain of grief. Would you like to join the mission of Grieving Voices in normalizing grief and supporting hurting hearts everywhere? Become a supporter of the show HERE.
Greg Barnsdale | A Mortician & Financial Planner on Waking Up To Mortality
12-03-2024
Greg Barnsdale | A Mortician & Financial Planner on Waking Up To Mortality
Are you truly living if you're ignoring the inevitable end? This question might feel heavy, but Greg Barnsdale doesn't shy away from it; he has built a movement around it. Greg is not your typical undertaker. With his diverse background as a Certified Financial Planner, Certified Executor Advisor, and death doula - topped with personal experiences that have tested his own mortality - he brings an unparalleled perspective to life’s final chapter.In this episode:Uncover the life-changing benefits of adopting a 'mortality mindset.'Learn how planning for the end can actually enhance your present.Hear about Greg's transformative journey from near-death to advocacy.Explore why families must break the silence on this taboo topic before time runs out.Did You Know?Despite being an expert in end-of-life matters himself, even Greg faced procrastination regarding his arrangements. His candid story will challenge you to think differently about tomorrow.After penning a book on end-of-life preparation and facing his brain tumor diagnosis, Greg has become a vocal proponent of what he calls the "mortality mindset movement." He shares his insights into why embracing our inevitable end can lead to profound benefits like stress reduction, family harmony, and emotional resilience.Greg's diverse background, from directing funerals to advising on estates, gives him a unique perspective on why having those tough conversations about death now is critical rather than in times of crisis. His own brush with mortality served as a stark reminder that life is unpredictable and planning ahead is key.We also delve into how societal views on funerals are shifting towards more personal and intimate commemorations. Plus, Greg offers practical advice for both simple DIY estate planning and when to seek professional help for more complex scenarios.His message? Don't wait until it's too late - start talking about your end-of-life wishes today. It's not just about ensuring peace of mind; it’s about living fully right up until the last moment.RESOURCES:Book | Do Not Ignore Your Mortality - Practical Advice From a Funeral & Financial InsiderCONNECT:WebsiteFacebookInstagramLinkedInTikTok_______NEED HELP?National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255Crisis Text LSupport the showThis episode is sponsored by Do Grief Differently™️, my twelve-week, one-on-one, in-person/online program for grievers who have suffered any type of loss to feel better. Click here to learn new tools, grief education, and the only evidence-based method for moving beyond the pain of grief. Would you like to join the mission of Grieving Voices in normalizing grief and supporting hurting hearts everywhere? Become a supporter of the show HERE.
Alexandra Cole | Coping with Grief: Self-Care, Parenting, and Life with Human Design
05-03-2024
Alexandra Cole | Coping with Grief: Self-Care, Parenting, and Life with Human Design
Are you ready to embark on a journey that could transform your understanding of purpose, parenting, and personal healing?This week on Grieving Voices, I welcomed Alexandra Cole, a former corporate consultant turned human design coach. After a decade in the Fortune 500 sector, Alexandra pivoted to guiding individuals and families in finding their purpose through human design—a system that combines astrology, I Ching, Kabbalah, and the chakras.Born in London and raised in Amsterdam with an education from Princeton University, she now resides in Santa Barbara with her husband and young son. Her journey into motherhood inspired "Thriving by Design," a toolkit designed for parents to understand their child's unique traits.Alexandra shares her personal story of loss—losing her mother at age ten—and how it shaped her emotional world. She explains how understanding one’s own human design can be instrumental during grief and aiding parents to align better with their children's innate designs.She discusses the five energy types within human design: Manifestors (initiators), Projectors (guides), Generators, & Manifesting Generators (consistent workers who need joy-based work). Each type has different ways of investing energy for fulfillment and purpose. The conversation also delves into parenting aligned with your child's energy type—such important information and particularly helpful when parenting grieving children.This insightful discussion highlights how embracing our inherent nature according to our human design can lead us toward more authentic and aligned lives. If you're curious about how your unique blueprint can shape your way forward—in joyous times or challenging ones—I encourage you to learn your human design and listen to this episode because sometimes the most authentic path is the one that is tailor-made just for us.RESOURCES:Well By Design/Raised By Design/Free Offerings1:1 Sessions🔥Just for Grieving Voices Listeners!! Use the code GRIEVINGXTBD15 for 15% off the Well by Design and Raised by Design reports! Valid until May 31, 2024!CONNECT:IG _______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 are struggling with grief due to any of the 40+ losses, free resources are available HERE.CONNECT WITH VICTORIA: InstagramWebsiteSupport the showThis episode is sponsored by Do Grief Differently™️, my twelve-week, one-on-one, in-person/online program for grievers who have suffered any type of loss to feel better. Click here to learn new tools, grief education, and the only evidence-based method for moving beyond the pain of grief. Would you like to join the mission of Grieving Voices in normalizing grief and supporting hurting hearts everywhere? Become a supporter of the show HERE.
Q&A | Feeling Ghosted in My Grief
27-02-2024
Q&A | Feeling Ghosted in My Grief
When grappling with profound loss; it's  during these times that we look to our friends for comfort, only to realize that some may have taken a step back just when we needed them most.If you've ever felt let down by the people you expected to be there for you during tough times, this discussion is for you.In this episode, we explore:The complexity of grief and how it can affect relationships. How friends may struggle with their own emotions or uncertainty on how to support us.The importance of clear communication about what support looks like for YOU. Finding additional sources of comfort beyond your immediate circle.Grief is tough. It tests bonds and bends emotions. But it also teaches us about resilience, compassion, and the true strength of our connections.It's crucial then to communicate openly—expressing what form of support you're seeking can bridge gaps and foster understanding. Yet it’s equally important to temper those expectations because not all friendships are built for stormy weather.Remember: Your worth isn't measured by others' capacity to stay beside you in your darkest hours. As you wade through grief's currents, know that it’s okay if some relationships drift away—it opens space for growth and new connections.As for those who do stand by you? Cherish them—they are your lighthouses in life’s storms.RESOURCES:Early episodes that may interest you...Ep. 3 | Why Grief Keeps Us StuckEp. 4 | The Six Myths of GriefEp. 5 | Academy Award RecoveryEp. 6 | The Manifestation of GriefEp. 10 | Apologies & Forgiveness_______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 are struggling with grief due to any of the 40+ losses, free resources are available HERE.CONNECT WITH VICTORIA: InstagramWebsiteLinkedInFacebookSupport the showThis episode is sponsored by Do Grief Differently™️, my twelve-week, one-on-one, in-person/online program for grievers who have suffered any type of loss to feel better. Click here to learn new tools, grief education, and the only evidence-based method for moving beyond the pain of grief. Would you like to join the mission of Grieving Voices in normalizing grief and supporting hurting hearts everywhere? Become a supporter of the show HERE.
The Guilt and Blame Game
20-02-2024
The Guilt and Blame Game
How often have we heard or even played 'the guilt and blame game' in relationships? This emotional turmoil hinders healing and obscures the path to genuine connection.In today's episode, we dive deep into the complex themes of self-love, self-acceptance, and navigating loss. Healing isn't just about moving past grief; it involves embracing responsibility for our emotions, navigating forgiveness, and making peace internally—sometimes without confronting another soul. As a grief counselor, I've witnessed how loss challenges faith and spirituality but also offers profound lessons in nurturing them.Regret may whisper tales of what could have been, yet authentic care means addressing those echoes within us rather than seeking external resolutions. Grief is personal—it carves unique paths for each wanderer—and advice must be sifted like grains through fingers until only what serves remains.Today reminds us that life is transient—"you are dust, and to dust you will return." This sentiment urges us to contemplate our aspirations before time writes its final word on our chapter. An oracle card left me contemplating as it spoke of new chapters filled with uncertainty—an inevitable companion in growth. Embrace this dance with change as your story unfolds into awakening.Here’s to new beginnings built on foundations of love—for oneself first—that ripple outward.RESOURCES:Do 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 are struggling with grief due to any of the 40+ losses, free resources are available HERE.CONNECT WITH VICTORIA: InstagramWebsiteLinkedInFacebookSupport the showThis episode is sponsored by Do Grief Differently™️, my twelve-week, one-on-one, in-person/online program for grievers who have suffered any type of loss to feel better. Click here to learn new tools, grief education, and the only evidence-based method for moving beyond the pain of grief. Would you like to join the mission of Grieving Voices in normalizing grief and supporting hurting hearts everywhere? Become a supporter of the show HERE.
Supporting Yourself When It's a Less Than Happy Valentine's Day
13-02-2024
Supporting Yourself When It's a Less Than Happy Valentine's Day
In the quiet moments of early morning, as the world stirs awake and you're left with your thoughts, do you ever reflect on what self-love truly means? How often do we pause to consider that perhaps the most enduring relationship we'll ever have is with ourselves?As Valentine's Day approaches, hearts and flowers flood our surroundings, reminding us all about love. But amidst this celebration of affection, a deeper connection often goes unnoticed – the love we give ourselves.This week on Grieving Voices, I'm peeling back the layers of what it means to cherish and prioritize yourself truly. As Valentine's Day approaches, let's shift our focus from external expressions of affection to cultivating an inner sanctuary of self-compassion and care.The key takeaways from this episode include:The significance of daily self-love practices such as affirmations, gratitude journaling, self-care rituals, mindful movements like yoga or walking, engaging in creative endeavors, eating healthily, taking breaks from digital devices, and honoring one's emotions.How these practices create joyous avenues toward hope and emotional liberation.The importance of establishing healthy boundaries for overall well-being.Conditional or self-sacrificial love isn't sustainable. True empowerment comes when choices are made free from the weight of others' expectations—when they spring from a well of genuine self-regard.How do we cultivate this kind of self-love? Daily affirmations remind us of our worthiness. A gratitude practice opens our eyes to life’s blessings amidst pain. Self-care days aren’t indulgent—they're necessary retreats for rejuvenation. Mindful movement brings us back into harmony with our bodies, while creative expression unlocks inner worlds waiting to be explored.Proper nutrition fuels not just the body but also the spirit—and sometimes, what we need most is simply disconnecting from digital noise through detoxes that allow quiet reflection and growth.This Valentine’s Day, let's shift the focus inward. Celebrate by embracing your internal reservoirs of love so that every other day is enriched by your own heart’s abundance.RESOURCES:Do 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 are struggling with grief due to any of the 40+ losses, free resources are available HERE.CONNECT WITH VICTORIA: InstagramWebsiteLinkedInSupport the showThis episode is sponsored by Do Grief Differently™️, my twelve-week, one-on-one, in-person/online program for grievers who have suffered any type of loss to feel better. Click here to learn new tools, grief education, and the only evidence-based method for moving beyond the pain of grief. Would you like to join the mission of Grieving Voices in normalizing grief and supporting hurting hearts everywhere? Become a supporter of the show HERE.
What Is Your Grief Story? | An Excerpt From My Book
06-02-2024
What Is Your Grief Story? | An Excerpt From My Book
In the quiet moments of reflection, we often find ourselves face-to-face with our deepest losses. Join me today as I embark on a unique episode of "Grieving Voices," where I read an excerpt from my  self-published book, "The Guided Heart: Moving Through Grief and Finding Spiritual Solace." Let's discover how my own experiences with loss from a young age have unknowingly mirrored the language of grief recovery even before I formally encountered it.In this heartfelt session, I explore:The personal impact of losing my father at eight years old.How grief manifested in different aspects of my life.The therapeutic power of journaling during my high school years.Insights into emotional unavailability and its effects on family dynamics.In this episode, I also draw connections between the content in my book written before learning about grief recovery methods and the concepts found within them. I share thoughts on letting go, acknowledging pain points, and coping mechanisms that can span decades.Grief isn't selective; it touches all corners of life, including relationships, careers, finances, and more. The way we cope can either mend or strain our emotional health. My story is not unique – it echoes many others’ struggles with life after loss.Reflect on your path by following along in an exercise I propose—writing down your feelings to confront the emotional weight you carry. It’s not just cathartic; it’s a step toward understanding and clarity.As we continue exploring various dimensions of grief throughout future episodes of "Grieving Voices," remember that each person’s path toward healing is unique. Whether through reconnecting with faith or finding solace within oneself after experiencing profound losses—as I did—the goal remains constant: acknowledging our pain so that we may embrace life more fully and presently.RESOURCES:My Book, The Guided Heart: Moving Through Grief & Finding Spiritual SolaceBook | The Grief Recovery HandbookDo Grief Differently™️Episode Sponsor: Magic Mind | Use the code "GRIEVINGVOICES" to receive 20% off_______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 wiSupport the showThis episode is sponsored by Do Grief Differently™️, my twelve-week, one-on-one, in-person/online program for grievers who have suffered any type of loss to feel better. Click here to learn new tools, grief education, and the only evidence-based method for moving beyond the pain of grief. Would you like to join the mission of Grieving Voices in normalizing grief and supporting hurting hearts everywhere? Become a supporter of the show HERE.
How Do I Deal With the Anger I Feel?
30-01-2024
How Do I Deal With the Anger I Feel?
Today's episode of GrievingVoices takes a deep dive into the complex emotion of anger, especially for us Human Design Manifestor-types navigating loss and trauma. I open up about my battle with anger following life's curveballs and how it can be misunderstood or mishandled.As someone who has walked through the fire of personal loss and trauma, I've learned firsthand how anger can be both destructive and transformative. It's not just an outburst; it’s a signal calling us to introspection. Why does this affect me so deeply? What boundaries have been crossed?Many turn to short-term fixes or STERBs (short-term energy-relieving behaviors) like anger to cope with grief. But these are merely band-aids on deeper emotional wounds. The key lies in processing anger constructively. This isn't about suppressing emotions but rather understanding them—identifying what needs protection or restoration within ourselves before we react impulsively.Key Takeaways:-Anger should prompt introspection rather than projection onto others.-Short-term coping mechanisms like STERBs provide temporary relief but do not address underlying emotional pain.- Constructive processing of anger involves self-protection and restoration efforts.- Emotional intelligence grows through understanding our reactions and setting healthy boundaries.Establishing clear boundaries emerged as another critical theme. The absence of boundary-setting skills during childhood can lead to adult challenges such as unchecked anger. To navigate this complex terrain, the book "Boundaries" is recommended for those seeking guidance on creating and implementing boundaries.Engagement with our emotions in real-time fosters balance and wellness. Tools like visualization and mindful breathing are practical strategies for dissipating anger without confrontation. We pave the way toward transformative life changes by embracing self-awareness and actively managing our emotions.Join me in embracing self-awareness and mastering emotional management as pathways toward transforming our lives after loss.RESOURCES:Human DesignBook | Boundaries Updated and Expanded Edition: When to Say Yes, How to Say No To Take Control of Your LifeYouMapGrief RecoveryEpisode Sponsor: Magic Mind | Use the code "GRIEVINGVOICES" to receive one month free with a 3-month subscription. This special promotion is only for January!_______NEED HELP?National SuSupport the showThis episode is sponsored by Do Grief Differently™️, my twelve-week, one-on-one, in-person/online program for grievers who have suffered any type of loss to feel better. Click here to learn new tools, grief education, and the only evidence-based method for moving beyond the pain of grief. Would you like to join the mission of Grieving Voices in normalizing grief and supporting hurting hearts everywhere? Become a supporter of the show HERE.
Mandy Capehart | The Integration of Grief and Restoration of Self
23-01-2024
Mandy Capehart | The Integration of Grief and Restoration of Self
In this week's heartfelt episode, we dive into the complexities of grief with my special guest, Mandy Capehart – a trauma-informed certified grief educator and somatic embodiment life coach.Mandy shares her journey through grief, which led her to establish the Restorative Grief Project, an online community dedicated to supporting grievers and those who stand by them. Her book, "Restorative Grief: Embracing Our Losses Without Losing Ourselves," is a blend of memoir and practical guidebook that offers insight into managing loss.We touch on topics like:The universality of experiencing lossMoving beyond minimizing painNavigating uncertainty in times of sorrowHow our upbringing shapes our understanding of griefMandy also delves into how COVID-19 has highlighted the need for greater 'grief literacy' – acknowledging that you don't need death as a reason to grieve. She emphasizes validating experiences rather than dismissing them and discusses how she uses storytelling as a tool for connection and healing.Moreover, Mandy opens up about personal losses such as miscarriages, providing raw insights into the emotional turmoil they entail while calling out common misconceptions surrounding them.This episode is not just about dealing with grief but learning from it, embracing vulnerability, and engaging in deeper conversations instead of hiding behind social niceties or sugarcoated interactions.This conversation provides solace and guidance for anyone grappling with loss or seeking ways to support others in their grieving process.Key Takeaway:Grief isn't solely triggered by death; it encompasses various forms of personal loss and change. The conversation challenges us to confront cultural tendencies that often minimize these experiences or avoid deep discussions. Mandy’s insights remind us that grieving is not just an emotional process but one that touches every fiber of our being - physically, mentally, and spiritually. Your story matters. Your pain deserves recognition. And together, we can find pathways toward restoration.RESOURCES:Restorative Grief Project on FacebookMichelle Obama's BookEnneagram E-Book | Pop-Up Opt-In on WebsiteCONNECT:WebsiteInstagramLinkedInEpisode Sponsor: Magic Mind | Use the code "GRIEVINGVOICES" to receive one month free with a 3-month subscription. This special promotion is only for January!_______NEED HELP?National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255Crisis Support the showThis episode is sponsored by Do Grief Differently™️, my twelve-week, one-on-one, in-person/online program for grievers who have suffered any type of loss to feel better. Click here to learn new tools, grief education, and the only evidence-based method for moving beyond the pain of grief. Would you like to join the mission of Grieving Voices in normalizing grief and supporting hurting hearts everywhere? Become a supporter of the show HERE.
Searching for Alignment
16-01-2024
Searching for Alignment
Have you ever felt like a ship adrift, disconnected from your true north? In this profound journey we call life, alignment with our authentic selves is often clouded by the fog of grief and loss. But what if I told you there's a compass waiting to guide you back to yourself?Tune in to this week's episode of "Grieving Voices,"  where I unveil the transformative potential of the Youmap framework.In this heartfelt session:- Explore what it means to live in alignment with our authentic selves and how misalignment can lead to grief.- Discover the four pillars - strengths, values, skills, personality - that form the foundation of living an aligned life in the Youmap framework.- Learn about the various forms of grief that arise when we stray from our true path.- Emphasize the importance of self-understanding as a tool for unlocking one's potential.Who Can Benefit From Youmap?- The newly widowed seeking new beginnings- Those who've experienced job loss-  New divorcees aiming for self-discoveryIt also holds value for college-bound students navigating their future paths.Whether facing significant life transitions or seeking deeper self-understanding, Youmap offers clarity and direction. And for those supporting others through loss? It’s essential knowledge.Special Anniversary Giveaway Announcement:The Unleashed Heart is turning 5! 🥳 In Celebrating five years of transforming lives and supporting grievers, I'm giving a special giveaway. Get a chance to win 2 prizes: a 60-minute Distance Energy Healing Session and a 60-minute Distance Heart with Ears Session 🎉 The giveaway starts this January 11, 2024, and ends on January 23, 2024. The winners will be announced on the 5th-anniversary date, January 23.  I encouraged listeners to join and participate. For more details on entering the giveaway, check the resources below.Dive deep into who you are and discover what makes you tick; it's time to live a life aligned with your purpose!Key Takeaway: Misalignment with our authentic selves can manifest as various forms of grief – from career dissatisfaction to deep personal regret. But there's hope!Remember: “You always had the power, my dear. You just had to learn it for yourself.”RESOURCES:YouMapEpisode Sponsor: Magic Mind | Use the code "GRIEVINGVOICES" to receive one month free with a 3-month subscription. This special promotion is only for January!5th Anniversary Giveaway! Register before 1/23/2024 at 11 AM CST to win a 60-minute Distance Energy Healing Session OR a 60-minute Distance Heart with Ears Session! ✨_______NEED HELP?National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255Crisis Text Line provides free, 24/7 support viaSupport the showThis episode is sponsored by Do Grief Differently™️, my twelve-week, one-on-one, in-person/online program for grievers who have suffered any type of loss to feel better. Click here to learn new tools, grief education, and the only evidence-based method for moving beyond the pain of grief. Would you like to join the mission of Grieving Voices in normalizing grief and supporting hurting hearts everywhere? Become a supporter of the show HERE.
Kiki Tyler | Best Friend Loss & A Midlife Awakening
09-01-2024
Kiki Tyler | Best Friend Loss & A Midlife Awakening
In the symphony of life, each person's journey hits a unique set of notes, creating a melody that resonates with their experiences.Welcome to another episode of Grieving Voices, where we explore the therapeutic and transformative power of sound healing. Today's guest is the incredibly talented sound healer, Kiki Tyler, who takes us on a journey through her personal story of grief and how it led her to discover her purpose in helping others heal.Kiki Tyler is a renowned sound healer known for creating immersive sonic landscapes that promote healing and self-discovery. She harmonizes body, mind, and spirit using various instruments through resonating frequencies. Her intuitive approach and extensive knowledge allow her to facilitate deeply restorative experiences.In This Episode:Learn about Kiki’s transition from experiencing deep personal loss to finding solace in sound therapy.Hear the poignant tale of how losing her best friend inspired her to become a healer.Understand the importance of allowing oneself to grieve openly without societal pressure.Discover how grief evolves from sharp pain to fond memories that inspire growth.Gain insights into navigating friendship dynamics after loss and honoring those connections moving forward.Learn tips on how you can help loved ones cope with their losses based on real-life experience.How encountering multiple losses prompted significant lifestyle changes, including setting boundaries for better work-life balance.An overview of distance Reiki sessions and virtual sound baths – demystifying quantum healing across physical spaces.Takeaways:Kiki’s story encourages us to reflect on how we handle loss within our networks — supporting colleagues during their times of need fosters deeper connections and community strength. It also poses a question worth pondering: How do we honor ourselves and others amidst adversity?Remember — It’s okay to feel and express emotions; vulnerability isn't weakness—it's human strength unveiled amidst adversity.RESOURCES:ReikiBiofield TuningEpisode Sponsor: Magic Mind | Use the code "GRIEVINGVOICES" to receive one month free with a 3-month subscription. This special promotion is only for January!CONNECT:WebsiteSpotify - The RealmInstagramLinks To Learn More_______NEED HELP?National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255Crisis Text Line provides free, 24/7 support via text message. Text HSupport the showThis episode is sponsored by Do Grief Differently™️, my twelve-week, one-on-one, in-person/online program for grievers who have suffered any type of loss to feel better. Click here to learn new tools, grief education, and the only evidence-based method for moving beyond the pain of grief. Would you like to join the mission of Grieving Voices in normalizing grief and supporting hurting hearts everywhere? Become a supporter of the show HERE.
Seven Takeaways From 2023
02-01-2024
Seven Takeaways From 2023
In a world constantly throwing curveballs our way, it's easy to feel overwhelmed. But what if we could find wisdom in unexpected places? In this week's episode, I share some personal key takeaways from my 2023 life experience that might just inspire you to view your daily challenges through a new lens.From never underestimating the power of saving pennies to your future feeling like it could come down to a coin toss, there are lessons weaved through all of our life's experiences - including parenting!Children have this remarkable ability to bounce back from setbacks with an enviable positivity—something adults often struggle with. They can also be some of our best teachers, too! A couple of my favorite life takeaways come from my parenting experiences. Additionally, through this week's episode, you will learn how persistence can pay off, not just in terms of goals or ambitions but also in terms of advocating for your health.  And that embracing authenticity, self-awareness, and looking at relationships as mirrors are all unexpected places we can gain wisdom. It is my hope, that by the end of this week's episode, you'll feel inspired to learn more deeply about yourself, perhaps look at situations in your life with a renewed or fresh perspective, and be open to the learning that is always available to us. Whether the teachings happen through parenting, other relationships, courses, programs, mentors, or just plain old crappy situations, the opportunities to grow are boundless. In 2024, may you discover more of what makes you amazing, the shadow parts that may need some healing and love, and what matters most to you. Remember: self-knowledge empowers us beyond others’ perceptions.  RESOURCES:Episode Sponsor: Magic Mind | Use the code "GRIEVINGVOICES" to receive one month free with a 3-month subscription. This special promotion is only for January!Previous Grieving Voices Guest’s | Breast Cancer Go FundMe: Lindsay Joy and Maha Bodhi Learn Your Human DesignYouMap_______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 are struggling with grief due to any of the 40+ losses, free resources are available HERE.CONNECT WITH VICTORIA: InstagramSupport the showThis episode is sponsored by Do Grief Differently™️, my twelve-week, one-on-one, in-person/online program for grievers who have suffered any type of loss to feel better. Click here to learn new tools, grief education, and the only evidence-based method for moving beyond the pain of grief. Would you like to join the mission of Grieving Voices in normalizing grief and supporting hurting hearts everywhere? Become a supporter of the show HERE.
Debbie R. Weiss | Finding Strength in Struggle: Weight Loss, Widowhood, & Wisdom
26-12-2023
Debbie R. Weiss | Finding Strength in Struggle: Weight Loss, Widowhood, & Wisdom
In this episode of Grieving Voices, we welcome the remarkable Debbie Weiss, a life strategist who has spent over five decades helping others while overcoming her own daunting life challenges. As an author and podcaster, she offers hope and motivation to many through her memoir "On Second Thought, Maybe I Can" and as a contributing author in "Heart Whispers."Key Points:- At age 50, Debbie experienced what she describes as midlife awareness rather than a crisis.- She reflects on becoming the primary caregiver for her father after his stroke at just 46 years old — a role that lasted thirty years.- The pivotal moment came during a girls' trip when she was 50, where she realized how much of herself was lost in caregiving roles.- Her journey involved tackling weight loss by changing her mindset about food and diets to embrace it as part of a sustainable lifestyle change. - Secrets have a way of holding us back, as Debbie encountered and later moved through. - Being a caregiver for most of one's life and in different roles has taught Debbie the importance of not caring for others except all else, including self-care. As a caregiving daughter, then as a wife to her terminally ill husband, Garrett, and mother of a son who struggles with mental health challenges, she now advocates for those who've given their lives to caregiving or otherwise and are ready to empower themselves.  Takeaways:Debbie underscores the importance of self-care amidst responsibilities. She emphasizes that mindset is key — changing habits and reframing thoughts towards oneself and one’s goals.Tune into this powerful conversation full of raw emotion, resilience, insights into mental health struggles within families, and navigating grief after losing loved ones.RESOURCES:Book | On second thought...maybe i can!Collaborative Book | Heart Whispers: Stories of Women Listening to Their Innate Wisdom and Designing a Life They Love Kelly Clarkson AppearanceA Sprinkle of Hearts Online ShopEpisode Sponsor: Magic Mind | Use the code "GRIEVINGVOICES" to receive 20% offCONNECT:WebsiteInstagramSupport the showThis episode is sponsored by Do Grief Differently™️, my twelve-week, one-on-one, in-person/online program for grievers who have suffered any type of loss to feel better. Click here to learn new tools, grief education, and the only evidence-based method for moving beyond the pain of grief. Would you like to join the mission of Grieving Voices in normalizing grief and supporting hurting hearts everywhere? Become a supporter of the show HERE.
Zane Landin | Empowerment Over Stigma and Keeping My Mom's Legacy Alive
19-12-2023
Zane Landin | Empowerment Over Stigma and Keeping My Mom's Legacy Alive
Zane Landon, a mental health and disability advocate and founder of Positive Vibes magazine, actively promotes mental health awareness, wellness, and inclusion. Despite battling his own mental health, Zane showed up to the Mental Health Youth Action Forum in Washington, D.C., to advocate for youth mental health policies and confront the stigma surrounding mental illness, particularly the misconception that it leads to violent behavior. In this episode, he shares his journey with major depressive disorder, emphasizing the empowerment he found in diagnosis and connection with others, as well as the healing power of helping those in similar situations. Alongside these topics, Zane addresses his struggles with weight and overeating and the recognition of the complex relationship between mental health and eating habits. He stresses the importance of body positivity, self-acceptance, and maintaining health objectives.Reflecting on the universal impact of mental health, Zane discusses the importance of recognizing individual worth and the value everyone brings to the world. His narrative includes the profound effects of early life experiences, personal achievements, and investing in oneself. In light of COVID-19 and the loss of his mother, Zane expresses gratitude for her influence in his life and explores his belief in an afterlife and continued connections with those who have passed.The conversation also delves into processing grief. Zane emphasizes the need to change one’s internal narrative. He candidly discusses his spiritual yearning and the lack of definitive answers in coping with the absence of loved ones. He finds solace in the hope that his mom is in a safe place or some form of afterlife, and he seeks to honor her memory by channeling his love and energy into positive actions, such as a newfound love of cooking (which his mom loved to do). Grateful for the ability to discuss grief, mental health, and suicide openly, Zane advocates for improved societal approaches to these issues and uses social media and his digital platform to promote accessibility and encourage positive change.RESOURCES:Positive Vibes MagazineNAMIActiveMindsThe Grief Recovery HandbookMental Health Youth Action ForumAfterCloudEpisode Sponsor: Magic Mind | Use the code "GRIEVINGVOICES" to receive 20% offCONSupport the showThis episode is sponsored by Do Grief Differently™️, my twelve-week, one-on-one, in-person/online program for grievers who have suffered any type of loss to feel better. Click here to learn new tools, grief education, and the only evidence-based method for moving beyond the pain of grief. Would you like to join the mission of Grieving Voices in normalizing grief and supporting hurting hearts everywhere? Become a supporter of the show HERE.
National Grief Awareness Week | 10 Tips for Grieving Hearts to Nurture Hope During the Holidays
12-12-2023
National Grief Awareness Week | 10 Tips for Grieving Hearts to Nurture Hope During the Holidays
In this episode, we're continuing the grief education in honor of National Grief Awareness Week on December 2nd-8th. Last week, I shared facts, staggering statistics, and insights about grief, many of which surprised me!So many people will be going into this Christmas missing a loved one or wishing a relationship would be different, better, or more. The holidays often bring up a lot of emotions. And sitting with all of the big feelings without self-awareness, tools, and support only exacerbates those emotions. Today, I share ten tips for grieving hearts to nurture hope during the holidays—many of which I've shared in the past. However, sometimes you need to hear it differently or another time when you're ready to really hear it. Maybe today will be when the information will land differently in your heart. RESOURCES:Ep. 171 | Facts, Stats, and Grief in the WorkplaceGrief Recovery Online Group ProgramEpisode Sponsor: Magic Mind | Use the code "GRIEVINGVOICES" to receive 20% offEp. 32 Sandy Derby | Child Satanic Sexual Abuse, Meth Addiction, and MiraclesDo 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 are struggling with grief due to any of the 40+ losses, free resources are available HERE.CONNECT WITH VICTORIA: InstagramWebsiteLinkedInFacebookSupport the showThis episode is sponsored by Do Grief Differently™️, my twelve-week, one-on-one, in-person/online program for grievers who have suffered any type of loss to feel better. Click here to learn new tools, grief education, and the only evidence-based method for moving beyond the pain of grief. Would you like to join the mission of Grieving Voices in normalizing grief and supporting hurting hearts everywhere? Become a supporter of the show HERE.
National Grief Awareness Week | Facts, Stats, and Grief in the Workplace
05-12-2023
National Grief Awareness Week | Facts, Stats, and Grief in the Workplace
December 2nd-8th is National Grief Awareness Week. So, I thought I would do what I do best, and that is to bring attention to grief education. The better prepared and educated we are about grief, the more connected, empathetic, and patient we become. In this week's episode, I will share facts, statistics, and insights about grief. Some of what you'll hear has never been shared on the podcast. You'll learn staggering statistics that even caught me by surprise!Additionally, workplace grief is a common challenge within companies, and if you are a business owner with employees, a CEO, or an employee, this is an episode for you! And it's also an episode I hope you share with your manager, HR, or griever you know. With someone dying in the United States every 11.14 seconds, there are a lot of grieving people out there, and my phone should be ringing off the hook. However, it's not, and I share my theory on why in this episode. Please tune in next week, where I'll keep the National Grief Awareness Week education coming with a podcast about Grief and the Holidays. RESOURCES:Ep. 68 | Ken Ross: Rolling the Dice & Preserving the Legacy of Elisabeth Kubler-RossEp. 6 | The Manifestation of GriefUnited States Deaths ClockGrief Recovery | Do 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 are struggling with grief due to any of the 40+ losses, free resources are available HERE.CONNECT WITH VICTORIA: InstagramWebsiteLinkedInFacebookSupport the showThis episode is sponsored by Do Grief Differently™️, my twelve-week, one-on-one, in-person/online program for grievers who have suffered any type of loss to feel better. Click here to learn new tools, grief education, and the only evidence-based method for moving beyond the pain of grief. Would you like to join the mission of Grieving Voices in normalizing grief and supporting hurting hearts everywhere? Become a supporter of the show HERE.