I Took A Year Off To Grieve - Rebecca Feinglos & GrieveLeave

May 25th, 2023 | Episode 256

What happens when you take a year away from your income generating work to focus completely on grief? This is the question Rebecca Feinglos faced at the end of 2021. Grief wasn't new to Rebecca. She was a teenager when her mother died of brain cancer. On the same day her state shut down due to the COVID pandemic, she got a call that her father had died suddenly. In the ensuing months, she ended her marriage. So, by the time she got to the end of 2021, she was exhausted and empty and unwell. It's common to wish the world would stop and give us a break when someone dies, but we usually dream of escaping from it all. Rebecca did something different - she took a year to delve fully into her grief and along the way she wrote about it on her blog. This experience inspired her to start her organization, GrieveLeave, a community to support others in learning to grieve all of their losses.

We discuss:

  • Growing up in the shadow of her mother's brain cancer
  • How Rebecca responded to grief as a teen and young adult
  • The sudden death of her father the same day the COVID-19 shutdown began
  • Rebecca's realization that she needed to do something different
  • What she discovered during her GrieveLeave about how to grieve
  • The daily practices Rebecca still does to stay connected to her grief
  • What she hopes to accomplish with GrieveLeave

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