How To Make New Memories

Sep 28th, 2023 | Episode 265

Katie Cosgrove experienced the death of someone close to her every year between the ages of 15 and 21. The first was her father, who died of brain encephalitis. For the next five years, Katie did what so many teens do - she didn’t talk about her grief. Until she did. Now, she's the founder of Grief is Good and the author of new children's book, "I'll see you in your dreams tonight," which invites children (and adults too) to find ways to make new memories with their person who died.

We discuss:

  1. What Katie needed when her dad died and how that changed over time

  1. Why she stopped talking about her dad and how she learned to start again

  1. The nonverbal ways she started to engage with grief

  1. How her dad’s death shaped who she is

  1. Living a death-centered life

  2. How she continues to make new memories with her dad

  3. What it will mean to make a hole in one on the golf course someday

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