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Remember the last time you tried to talk about grief and suddenly everyone left the room? Hosted by Jana DeCristofaro and produced by Dougy Center, Grief Out Loud is opening up this often avoided conversation because grief is hard enough without having to go through it alone. We bring you a mix of personal stories, tips for supporting children, teens, and yourself, and interviews with professionals. Platitude and cliché-free, we promise!
December 1st, 2023
It's our fifth annual holidays & grief episode! This time of year can be grueling for anyone, but particularly for those who are grieving. So, each year we put out an episode to help you feel less alone and hopefully more equipped to traverse the next few weeks. Today's guest, Melissa Peede Thompson, M.S., is a Grief Services Coordinator at Dougy Center. While she has lots of professional knowledge in this realm, we asked her to talk about her personal experience of grieving during the holidays. Melissa was six when her sister died of gun violence. She was 13 when her father died in a motorcycle accident. And she was a young adult when her grandparents died. Each loss shaped - and continues to shape - how Melissa and her family approach this time of year.Go To Episode
What it's like for teens when a best friend dies? The best friend connection is unique, particularly in adolescence. It's the person a teen feels closest to in the world, the person who knows everythi read more...Go to Episode
Jodie Brauer, founder of the annual Celebrate Silas Memorial 5K, talks about the everyday rituals and routines that can be helpful in grief. These routines can be as unique as the relationship we had read more...Go to Episode
What does it mean when grief becomes part of our dreams? Joshua Black, a Ph.D. student at Brock University, talks about his groundbreaking grief dream research. and findings on themes in grief dreams, read more...Go to Episode
A lot goes into talking about the people in our lives who have died. Who do we tell? What do we share, not only about the person and what they meant to us, but about how they died? The words we choose read more...Go to Episode
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Grief Out Loud is supported in part by the Chester Stephan Endowment Fund in loving memory by the estate of Theodore R. Stephan.