How To Deal With Grief and Trauma

Nathalie Himmelrich

You can't go through life without experiencing loss and trauma the question is how do we deal and live with the grief and pain? Join Nathalie Himmelrich, grief expert and author, talking to people who have experienced grief and trauma first-hand. If you want to be inspired by others who traveled through their grief and trauma, found that healing is possible, and came out the other end knowing they can survive and thrive in life after loss. For more info: www.nathaliehimmelrich.com read less
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74 Diana Richardson | Intimacy and Sexuality Affected By Loss and Trauma
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74 Diana Richardson | Intimacy and Sexuality Affected By Loss and Trauma
HOW TO DEAL WITH GRIEF AND TRAUMA is completely self-funded, produced, and edited by me, Nathalie Himmelrich. Consider making a small donation to support the Podcast: bit.ly/SupportGTPodcast. Thank you! For more information, please visit Nathalie’s website, join the podcast’s Instagram page, and subscribe to the newsletter to receive updates on future episodes here.About this week’s episodeIf you've been drawn to this episode, it might be due to the title containing one of the most searched-for topics or due to the name of my guest. Diana Richardson is widely known due to her many books that span multiple pages if you look on Amazon which have been translated into various languages.  For me, however, the connection was made due to our common friend, Janet McGeever. I feel lucky to count Diana, also known as Puja, as a friend. I've known her personally for more than 10 years and I have had the chance to sit in her presence multiple times when she was teaching women’s and couples’ retreats as well as just the two of us over a cup of tea. She’s the embodiment of the wise woman Archetype: She possesses and has embraced feminine energy and is also in touch with masculine energy and its qualities, her life is spiritually centred, with her in full mastery of her body, heart, and spirit. In touch with her feelings, she allows herself to feel fully and experience life. And, most of all, she uses her life experience to teach in the area of life that is central: intimate relationships and sexuality.About this week's guest Diana Richardson (aka Puja) was born in KwaZulu, South Africa. She has a Law Degree from University of Natal, Durban, and been a teacher of therapeutic massage since 1978. In 1979 she became a disciple of the Indian mystic Osho. Soon after she began a personal enquiry into Tantra inspired by Osho and Barry Long. Diana Richardson is one of today’s leading authorities on human sexuality. She has been teaching couples her highly effective 'Love Keys' together with her partner Michael since 1993. She has written 8 books on Tantra, two with Michael as co-author. Diana deals with the essence of Tantra - the union of sex and meditation - and how in practical ways a person can experience a more fulfilling love life. Website: livinglove.comResources mentioned in this episode:Diana’s booksE42: Sexuality and Relationships in the Context of Grief, Loss and TraumaSupport the showSupport the show: Become a supporter of the show! Starting at $3/monthJoin Facebook Group - Grief and Trauma Support Network Download the FREE grief resource eBookBook a Discovery CallLeave a review Follow on socials: InstagramFacebookWebsite
73 Marc Hauser | How Adverse Childhood Experiences Shape Vulnerable Minds
Apr 15 2024
73 Marc Hauser | How Adverse Childhood Experiences Shape Vulnerable Minds
HOW TO DEAL WITH GRIEF AND TRAUMA is completely self-funded, produced, and edited by me, Nathalie Himmelrich. Consider making a small donation to support the Podcast: bit.ly/SupportGTPodcast. Thank you! For more information, please visit Nathalie’s website, join the podcast’s Instagram page, and subscribe to the newsletter to receive updates on future episodes here.About this week’s episodeIf you’ve been listening to the How to Deal with Grief and Trauma Podcast for a while you will have heard me or our guests speak about the term ACEs, short for Adverse Childhood Experiences before. Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) are traumatic experiences that children experience before the age of 18 that can have lasting impacts on their mental health, physical health, and general well-being. As a psychological therapist and grief and trauma expert, I am faced with people’s life experiences on a daily basis and can see the impact and effect Adverse Childhood Experiences have on a person’s life, both past and present. About this week’s guest Marc Hauser’s scientific research, including over 300 published papers and seven books, has focused on how the brain evolves, develops, and is altered by damage and neurodevelopmental disorders, with an emphasis on the processes of learning and decision-making, as well as the impact of traumatic experiences on development. His educational and consulting work has focused on the implementation of quantitative, brain-based methods for teachers, clinicians, and doctors working with children who have different disabilities, including especially those that result from a history of traumatic experiences. Marc has earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Bucknell University, a PhD from UCLA and Post-doctoral fellowships from the University of Michigan, Rockefeller University, and University of California-Davis. For almost 20 years he was a Professor at Harvard University. In 2013, he founded the company Risk-Eraser, dedicated to providing software and consulting to programs focusing on students in special education. Website: marcdhauser.comLI: @mdhauserFB: www.facebook.com/MarcDHauserResources mentioned in this episode:Marc’s book: Vulnerable Minds: The Harm of Childhood Trauma and the Hope of Resilience  Support the showSupport the show: Become a supporter of the show! Starting at $3/monthJoin Facebook Group - Grief and Trauma Support Network Download the FREE grief resource eBookBook a Discovery CallLeave a review Follow on socials: InstagramFacebookWebsite
72 Hope Edelman | Motherless Daughters, Motherless Mothers
Apr 8 2024
72 Hope Edelman | Motherless Daughters, Motherless Mothers
HOW TO DEAL WITH GRIEF AND TRAUMA is completely self-funded, produced, and edited by me, Nathalie Himmelrich. Consider making a small donation to support the Podcast: bit.ly/SupportGTPodcast. Thank you! For more information, please visit Nathalie’s website, join the podcast’s Instagram page, and subscribe to the newsletter to receive updates on future episodes here.About this week’s episodeMany motherless daughters or motherless mothers will have heard of Hope Edelman, who has written books to support bereaved women worldwide for many, many years. Her book Motherless Daughters was written almost 30 years ago and to this day it is being recommended to women, young or old, who are dealing with the loss of their mothers. More than that, I had the chance to meet Hope through mutual connections more than a year ago, and I've been touched by her gentleness and the passion with which she serves her community of bereaved women. 12 1/2 years ago I lost both my mother and my daughter in the time of 4 1/2 months. So, this upcoming conversation is very dear to my heart. About this week’s guest Hope Edelman is the author of eight nonfiction books, including the bestsellers Motherless Daughters and Motherless Mothers, and The AfterGrief: Finding Your Way Along the Long Arc of Loss. Her books have been published in 17 countries and 11 languages and have sold over 1 million copies. Hope speaks at venues and conferences worldwide and has taught nonfiction writing for more than 25 years. Her articles and essays have been published widely, including in The New York Times, The Washington Post, Psychology Today, Parade, Real Simple, and CNN.com. She is a certified life coach with additional training in narrative therapy and trauma support services. In 2020 she was the recipient of the prestigious ADEC Community Educator award. As the founder and CEO of MotherlessDaughters.com, she creates and leads online support groups, in-person retreats, webinars, and Mother's Day programs that reach thousands of women each year.Website: www.hopeedelman.comIG: @hope_edelmanFB: www.facebook.com/hopeedelmanauthor Resources mentioned in this episode:Hope’s book: Motherless Daughters: The Legacy of LossMother’s Day Luncheon and Conference – Check info on Hope’s website Support the showSupport the show: Become a supporter of the show! Starting at $3/monthJoin Facebook Group - Grief and Trauma Support Network Download the FREE grief resource eBookBook a Discovery CallLeave a review Follow on socials: InstagramFacebookWebsite
71 Emma Pearson | Still Living Open-Heartedly After Loss
Apr 1 2024
71 Emma Pearson | Still Living Open-Heartedly After Loss
HOW TO DEAL WITH GRIEF AND TRAUMA is completely self-funded, produced, and edited by me, Nathalie Himmelrich. Consider making a small donation to support the Podcast: bit.ly/SupportGTPodcast. Thank you! For more information, please visit Nathalie’s website, join the podcast’s Instagram page, and subscribe to the newsletter to receive updates on future episodes here.About this week’s episodeFor today’s episode, I speak with Emma who I’ve met through email as she reached out to me as a podcast listener, where she shared about her multiple significant losses. Something in her email touched me and interested me. I felt that her specific story – the combination of grieving a child at the same time as grieving her husband and the father of their child - would be very interesting to share in an episode in the hope of fostering a community of widowed parents grieving a child.  About this week’s guest Emma is a Brit who has been living in France, just outside Geneva, for the past 25 years. She grew up in Brussels in the 1970s and 1980s then headed to the UK for university studies, specialising in organisational psychology - a field she still loves and works in as an independent practitioner. Between 2015 and 2019 Emma had a series of four significant losses - starting with her best male friend, Don; then her youngest brother, Edward; then her husband, Mike; and then their youngest child, Julia. It's been a lot. Too much. And yet the world keeps spinning and somehow life carries on. There is much to live for and much to enjoy about life. Emma still has her two surviving children, now young adults. There is a lovely new man in her life who goes by the name of Medjool (dates!) And at the time of writing, still has both parents, now in their mid-80s.Website: kaleidoscopedevelopment.comWebsite: www.widowingemptynests.comLinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/emmapearson Resources mentioned in this episode:Episode 64 with Turiya: Grief, Trauma, Essence Connection and Safety Support the showSupport the show: Become a supporter of the show! Starting at $3/monthJoin Facebook Group - Grief and Trauma Support Network Download the FREE grief resource eBookBook a Discovery CallLeave a review Follow on socials: InstagramFacebookWebsite
70 Nathalie Himmelrich | Person-centred Grief Support
Mar 25 2024
70 Nathalie Himmelrich | Person-centred Grief Support
HOW TO DEAL WITH GRIEF AND TRAUMA is completely self-funded, produced, and edited by me, Nathalie Himmelrich. Consider making a small donation to support the Podcast: bit.ly/SupportGTPodcast. Thank you! For more information, please visit Nathalie’s website, join the podcast’s Instagram page, and subscribe to the newsletter to receive updates on future episodes here.About this week’s episodeToday’s episode is a profound journey into the world of person-centred grief and trauma support.To start you off right: I highly recommend downloading the 33-step guide from my website, a simple guide that will teach you to feel supported or give support while grieving. It contains the wisdom collection from my latest book Bridging the Grief Gap. If you want to find out more about it, check out my website. Grief and trauma are universal experiences, yet deeply personal. Each journey through them is unique, but one thing remains constant—the need for empathy, understanding, and support. Today, we'll explore the challenges faced by those navigating these tumultuous waters and the people beside them, offering insights and strategies for meaningful support.The following topics are being discussed:Understanding Grief and TraumaThe Challenges of Navigating Grief and Trauma Supporting Yourself Through Grief and Trauma The Challenges for Supporters Strategies for Effective SupportResources mentioned in this episode:A simple 33-step guide on giving or feeling supported while grieving. Episode overview pageResources for grieversResources for supporters   Support the showSupport the show: Become a supporter of the show! Starting at $3/monthJoin Facebook Group - Grief and Trauma Support Network Download the FREE grief resource eBookBook a Discovery CallLeave a review Follow on socials: InstagramFacebookWebsite
69 Mary-Frances O’Connor | The Grieving Brain
Mar 18 2024
69 Mary-Frances O’Connor | The Grieving Brain
HOW TO DEAL WITH GRIEF AND TRAUMA is completely self-funded, produced, and edited by me, Nathalie Himmelrich. Consider making a small donation to support the Podcast: bit.ly/SupportGTPodcast. Thank you! For more information, please visit Nathalie’s website, join the podcast’s Instagram page, and subscribe to the newsletter to receive updates on future episodes here.About this week’s episodeMary-Frances’s book The Grieving Brain has inspired me from the moment I started reading it. I recommend it to so many of my therapy clients who express a desire to understand grief – I’ve lost count. As a neuroscientist, she shares groundbreaking discoveries about what happens in our brain when we grieve, providing a new paradigm for understanding love, loss, and learning. So I’m very excited today to be speaking with Mary-Frances, neuroscientist and author of the book The Grieving Brain: The Surprising Science of How We Learn from Love and Loss, and to find out even more about the science behind grief and all that Mary-Frances and her colleagues have researched in their lab. I have been excitedly and patiently waiting for today’s episode to find out even more of my favourite topics: grief and trauma and to have Mary-Frances enlighten our brains on those topics in a language that we can all understand. About this week’s guestMary-Frances O’Connor, PhD is an Associate Professor of Psychology at the University of Arizona, where she directs the Grief, Loss and Social Stress (GLASS) Lab. Her research focuses on the physiological correlates of emotion, in particular, the wide range of physical and emotional responses during bereavement, including yearning and isolation. She believes that a clinical science approach toward the experience and mechanisms of grieving can improve interventions for prolonged grief disorder, newly included in the revised DSM-5. Website: maryfrancesoconnor.orgTwitter: @doctormfo Instagram: @doctormfoconnor Resources mentioned in this episode:Mary-Frances’ book: The Grieving Brain: The Surprising Science of How We Learn from Love and LossThank you for listening!HOW TO DEAL WITH GRIEF AND TRAUMA is produced and edited by me, Nathalie Himmelrich. Support the showSupport the show: Become a supporter of the show! Starting at $3/monthJoin Facebook Group - Grief and Trauma Support Network Download the FREE grief resource eBookBook a Discovery CallLeave a review Follow on socials: InstagramFacebookWebsite
68 Helen Morris | The Beautiful Side of Grief
Mar 11 2024
68 Helen Morris | The Beautiful Side of Grief
HOW TO DEAL WITH GRIEF AND TRAUMA is completely self-funded, produced, and edited by me, Nathalie Himmelrich. Consider making a small donation to support the Podcast: bit.ly/SupportGTPodcast. Thank you! For more information, please visit Nathalie’s website, join the podcast’s Instagram page, and subscribe to the newsletter to receive updates on future episodes here.About this week’s episodeI first met Helen when I was being a guest on her podcast called The Beautiful Side of Grief and in my opinion, we connected on a deeper level. As you can guess from the title of her podcast, Helen is also fluent in the language of grief and loss. After losing her 18-year-old daughter and only child, Helen has managed to create new meaning in a way that inspired me.  Not because of her loss but despite it.  So here we go: For today's episode, we've got two podcast hosts, two bereaved mothers who have made it their lives' mission to bring hope and meaning into life after loss. Not just their own, but also to those people they touch with their messages.About this week’s guestHelen Morris hosts a podcast called The Beautiful Side of Grief and is a certified Emotion Code and Body Code practitioner based out of Rotorua, New Zealand. She came across this healing modality after tragically losing her 18-year-old daughter, and only child, in a motor vehicle accident in 2017. Prior to this, she worked in the health sector in Health Intelligence, supporting general practices in Hawke’s Bay with national health initiatives and programs. In March of 2021, Helen launched a podcast called The Beautiful Side of Grief where she interviews guests who have moved through heart-wrenching loss or those who are at the coalface supporting this process. It is diverse, and heart-warming, though most of all it is positive and filled with go-tos for anyone experiencing to use. She is also about to launch an 8-week grief support resource called A Letter of Hope & Aroha.Website thebeautifulsideofgrief.comYouTube: www.youtube.com/@thebeautifulsideofgriefFacebook: facebook.com/thebeautifulsideofgriefInstagram: @thebeautifulsideofgriefThank you for listening!HOW TO DEAL WITH GRIEF AND TRAUMA is produced and edited by me, Nathalie Himmelrich. Support the showSupport the show: Become a supporter of the show! Starting at $3/monthJoin Facebook Group - Grief and Trauma Support Network Download the FREE grief resource eBookBook a Discovery CallLeave a review Follow on socials: InstagramFacebookWebsite
67 Hospice Nurse Julie McFadden | Nothing to Fear: Demystifying Death
Mar 4 2024
67 Hospice Nurse Julie McFadden | Nothing to Fear: Demystifying Death
HOW TO DEAL WITH GRIEF AND TRAUMA is completely self-funded, produced, and edited by me, Nathalie Himmelrich. Consider making a small donation to support the Podcast: bit.ly/SupportGTPodcast. Thank you! For more information, please visit Nathalie’s website, join the podcast’s Instagram page, and subscribe to the newsletter to receive updates on future episodes here.About this week’s episodeI’m very excited about this week’s guest: Hospice Nurse Julie. I found her on social media, like many of her followers do, where she shares openly about death and dying. In Julia, I found another friend who is friends with death.  In this episode, you will learn so much about what happens in the dying process and truly understand that there is nothing to fear, as it says in Julie's upcoming book. About this week’s guest Julie McFadden, BSN, RN has been a nurse for 15 years. Julie is an experienced ICU and is now a Hospice/Palliative Nurse. Julie has been featured in Newsweek, USA Today, The Atlantic, and several other articles worldwide. Julie has been passionate about normalizing death through education to the masses using social media. Her TikTok has 1.4M followers, and you can find her on all social media platforms (Instagram, Facebook, and YouTube) at Hospice Nurse Julie. Website www.hospicenursejulie.com YouTube: https://youtube.com/@hospicenursejulie?si=AwrIGHxEq-mA68Lc TikTok: @hospicenursejulie Instagram: @hopsicenursejulie Resources mentioned in this episode: Julie's upcoming book: Nothing to Fear: Demystifying Death to Live More FullyDavid Kessler: Visions, Trips and Crowded RoomsBarbara Karnes: The Final Act of LivingThank you for listening!HOW TO DEAL WITH GRIEF AND TRAUMA is produced and edited by me, Nathalie Himmelrich. Support the showSupport the show: Become a supporter of the show! Starting at $3/monthJoin Facebook Group - Grief and Trauma Support Network Download the FREE grief resource eBookBook a Discovery CallLeave a review Follow on socials: InstagramFacebookWebsite
66 Nathalie Himmelrich | Navigating the Shadows: Understanding Developmental Trauma
Feb 26 2024
66 Nathalie Himmelrich | Navigating the Shadows: Understanding Developmental Trauma
HOW TO DEAL WITH GRIEF AND TRAUMA is completely self-funded, produced, and edited by me, Nathalie Himmelrich. Consider making a small donation to support the Podcast: bit.ly/SupportGTPodcast. Thank you! For more information, please visit Nathalie’s website, join the podcast’s Instagram page, and subscribe to the newsletter to receive updates on future episodes here.About this week’s episodeAfter last week's conversation with Dr. Frank Anderson (S7 E65), where he shed light on his first-hand experience of the trauma he experienced throughout his childhood, I thought we could benefit from understanding the background of developmental trauma in more depth. So today, we're exploring this critical yet often misunderstood topic. We'll unravel what it is, its causes, how it manifests at different stages of life, and most importantly, how we can navigate through it, highlighting the resilience of the human spirit along the way.The following topics are being discussed: Defining Developmental TraumaThe Roots of Developmental TraumaSecure Attachment and the Impact of Insecure AttachmentManifestations of Developmental TraumaThe Lifelong Journey: Healing and ResilienceSupport the showSupport the show: Become a supporter of the show! Starting at $3/monthJoin Facebook Group - Grief and Trauma Support Network Download the FREE grief resource eBookBook a Discovery CallLeave a review Follow on socials: InstagramFacebookWebsite
65 Dr. Frank Anderson | Understanding Developmental Trauma and Its Lifelong Impact
Feb 20 2024
65 Dr. Frank Anderson | Understanding Developmental Trauma and Its Lifelong Impact
HOW TO DEAL WITH GRIEF AND TRAUMA is completely self-funded, produced, and edited by me, Nathalie Himmelrich. Consider making a small donation to support the Podcast: bit.ly/SupportGTPodcast. Thank you! For more information, please visit Nathalie’s website, join the podcast’s Instagram page, and subscribe to the newsletter to receive updates on future episodes here.About this week’s episodeI have been personally impressed by Dr. Frank Anderson’s work for quite some time due to our shared interest in trauma. I’ve seen him speak with many other specialists, such as David Kessler or Matthias Barker, and feel like I already know him – or at least from those details that he shared openly so I’m very excited to bring you this week’s episode and a conversation I have been looking forward to having for months. Frank speaks about Developmental Trauma from both his personal experience as well as through the eyes of a professional trauma expert. I hope you enjoy today’s episode as much as I do. About this week’s guest Dr. Frank Anderson is a Harvard-educated psychiatrist, trauma specialist, and author of the upcoming memoir To Be Loved: A Story of Truth, Trauma, and Transformation. He is the go-to “Trauma Expert” and knows firsthand what it’s like to endure the pain. Dr. Anderson has spent the past three decades studying neuroscience and trauma treatment, working to heal trauma and bring more love, compassion, and unity to the world.Website: frankandersonmd.com/IG: @frank_andersonmd Resources mentioned in this episode:Dr. Frank Anderson’s first book: Transcending Trauma: Healing Complex PTSD with Internal Family SystemsRick Hanson: Resilient: How to Grow an Unshakable Core of Calm, Strength, and HappinessAngela Duckworth: Grit: The Power of Passion and PerseveranceDesmond Tutu: The Book of Forgiving: The Fourfold Path for Healing Ourselves and Our WorldThank you for listening!HOW TO DEAL WITH GRIEF AND TRAUMA is produced and edited by me, Nathalie Himmelrich. Support the showSupport the show: Become a supporter of the show! Starting at $3/monthJoin Facebook Group - Grief and Trauma Support Network Download the FREE grief resource eBookBook a Discovery CallLeave a review Follow on socials: InstagramFacebookWebsite
64 Turiya Hanover | Grief, Trauma, Essence, Connection and Safety
Dec 25 2023
64 Turiya Hanover | Grief, Trauma, Essence, Connection and Safety
HOW TO DEAL WITH GRIEF AND TRAUMA is completely self-funded, produced, and edited by me, Nathalie Himmelrich. Consider making a small donation to support the Podcast: bit.ly/SupportGTPodcast. Thank you! For more information, please visit Nathalie’s website, join the podcast’s Instagram page, and subscribe to the newsletter to receive updates on future episodes here.About this week’s episodeTuriya has been one of the first guests on the podcast in season one, and her first episode has since then been the most listened to episode ever which has just reached over 1000 individual downloads over the last 18 months.I love speaking with Turiya because we share a passion for healing from trauma and grief and understanding the self in a deeper sense. This is also why this is not just the second, but actually the third episode. Today we are going to delve into the connection between trauma and grief.About this week’s guest Turiya is the co-founder of Path Retreats and the transformational process – Path of Love with Rafia Morgan. Together they also lead a one-year Holistic Counsellor training for therapists called Working with People – School of Counselling. She has been trained in many different modalities such as Gestalt, Bioenergetics, Psychodrama, Family Therapy (V. Satir), NLP, Hypnosis, Somatic Experiencing™ (Peter Levine), Ego Psychology, Family Constellation, Enneagram and Astrology, and Essence Work.Read more about Turiya's journey here on the website. The sudden, unexpected death of her husband and the death of her beloved friend marked a turning point in Turiya’s life. These profound experiences with death deeply influenced her own personal search and how she works with people today.Today Turiya has the joy of being a grandmother and spends her free time painting and is writing a book about the rising of the feminine and about Death as a friend and the realisation of Impermanence.Website: www.turiyahanover.net and pathretreats.comIG: @turiyahanoverIG: @pathretreatsResources mentioned in this episode:Turiya’s other episodes: S1E4 and S3E26 Thank you for listening!HOW TO DEAL WITH GRIEF AND TRAUMA is produced and edited by me, Nathalie Himmelrich. Support the showSupport the show: Become a supporter of the show! Starting at $3/monthJoin Facebook Group - Grief and Trauma Support Network Download the FREE grief resource eBookBook a Discovery CallLeave a review Follow on socials: InstagramFacebookWebsite
63 Stephen Berkley | Induced After-Death Communication
Dec 18 2023
63 Stephen Berkley | Induced After-Death Communication
HOW TO DEAL WITH GRIEF AND TRAUMA is completely self-funded, produced, and edited by me, Nathalie Himmelrich. Consider making a small donation to support the Podcast: bit.ly/SupportGTPodcast. Thank you! For more information, please visit Nathalie’s website, join the podcast’s Instagram page, and subscribe to the newsletter to receive updates on future episodes here.About this week’s episodeI came across Stephen and his film Life With Ghosts as part of a newsletter that a friend had forwarded me. I was so intrigued by the story behind the film that I decided to watch the film and listen to a panel discussion between key players in and around the documentary. You can go and watch it on the link provided in the show notes by offering your support in the form of a donation. Life With Ghosts has not yet officially been released.  It’s been selected to broadcast on PBS, and for that to happen, they need to make a 56-minute version, which is why they are raising money via private screenings. There is also a free short film version containing the basic information about the film’s featured therapy, Induced After-Death Communication. The film company believes it’s important to make this information available to everyone, regardless of their financial status.About this week’s guest Stephen Z. Berkley is a writer, director, and producer. Stephen has worked in multiple capacities in the entertainment/media industry for over 30 years. He’s done everything from writing promotional copy at MTV Channel to drafting talent agreements for television legend Aaron Spelling. His most recent endeavor is the production of a documentary film entitled Life With Ghosts, written and directed with Christopher Seward of Fahrenheit 911 fame. The idea for a ghost story came unexpectantly with the death of Stephen’s father when shortly afterwards, his mother began reporting interactions with whom she believed to be his father’s ghost — a real-life Mrs. Muir situation. The film won multiple awards in the film festival circuit including Best Documentary. The final product is a seven-year investigation into the nature of true love and the science behind after-death communication.·      Website: www.lifewithghosts.comResources mentioned in this episode:·      Ruth Montgomery: A Search for the TruthThank you for listening!HOW TO DEAL WITH GRIEF AND TRAUMA is produced and edited by me, Nathalie Himmelrich. Support the showSupport the show: Become a supporter of the show! Starting at $3/monthJoin Facebook Group - Grief and Trauma Support Network Download the FREE grief resource eBookBook a Discovery CallLeave a review Follow on socials: InstagramFacebookWebsite
62 Julia Samuel | Why Grief Works
Dec 11 2023
62 Julia Samuel | Why Grief Works
HOW TO DEAL WITH GRIEF AND TRAUMA is completely self-funded, produced, and edited by me, Nathalie Himmelrich. Consider making a small donation to support the Podcast: bit.ly/SupportGTPodcast. Thank you! For more information, please visit Nathalie’s website, join the podcast’s Instagram page, and subscribe to the newsletter to receive updates on future episodes here.About this week’s episodeJulia Samuel has such vast knowledge in the realm of grief that I feel incredibly lucky to have her as a guest on the podcast. The understanding she can share from her over 30 years of experience is exceptional. I’m sure that you will enjoy and learn a lot from today’s episode.About this week’s guest Julia was Psychotherapist for Paediatrics at St Mary's Hospital Paddington, the post she established in 1992, where her role for 25 years involved seeing families who have children or babies who die, and where she trained and supported the staff. In 1994 she worked to help launch and establish The Child Bereavement Charity, and as the Founder Patron was involved in many aspects of the charity's work, having a key role in fundraising, strategy, and training for 25 years.In 2016 Julia was awarded an MBE in recognition of her services to bereaved children and in 2017 Middlesex University awarded her an Honorary Doctorate. Later, Julia published her three books Grief Works, This Too Shall Pass, and Every Family Has a Story which all became Sunday Times bestsellers. Most recently, Julia produced the Grief Works app and released her new podcast Therapy Works. She also has a private practice where she sees families and individuals.I recommend you head over to the podcast website to find the gift for today’s episode filled with Julia’s wisdom and make sure to check out all the links in the show notes. Website: juliasamuel.co.ukGrief Works App: illumeapps.com/griefworksTherapy Works Podcast: juliasamuel.co.uk/podcasts/guest-appearances-2Resources mentioned in this episode:Julia’s book Grief Works:  Stories of Life, Death and SurvivingThank you for listening!HOW TO DEAL WITH GRIEF AND TRAUMA is produced and edited by me, Nathalie Himmelrich. Support the showSupport the show: Become a supporter of the show! Starting at $3/monthJoin Facebook Group - Grief and Trauma Support Network Download the FREE grief resource eBookBook a Discovery CallLeave a review Follow on socials: InstagramFacebookWebsite
61 Charlene Lam | Curating Grief After Mother Loss
Dec 4 2023
61 Charlene Lam | Curating Grief After Mother Loss
HOW TO DEAL WITH GRIEF AND TRAUMA is completely self-funded, produced, and edited by me, Nathalie Himmelrich. Consider making a small donation to support the Podcast: bit.ly/SupportGTPodcast. Thank you! For more information, please visit Nathalie’s website, join the podcast’s Instagram page, and subscribe to the newsletter to receive updates on future episodes here.About this week’s episodeCharlene impressed me through the creativity with which she dealt with the sudden loss of her mother. She used her professional background as a curator and brought it with her when she took the time to empty the dream house her mother spent the last years of her life. Charlene describes the process of carefully honoring and making decisions about physical objects holding memories and deciding how she wanted to remember her mother and supports others to do the same.      About this week’s guest Charlene Lam is a certified grief coach, speaker, and the founder of The Grief Gallery. After her mother died suddenly in 2013, Charlene leaned into her creativity and curatorial instincts to guide herself through grief. Since then, she’s curated and presented multiple exhibitions featuring the belongings of loved ones lost at international events in New York City, Los Angeles, Toronto, and London. Charlene believes we are ALL curators after a loved one dies, and developed her Curating Grief coaching framework to help people process grief in a creative, accessible way. She speaks about the power of creativity and storytelling for healthy grieving and post-traumatic growth. Originally from NYC, she's currently based in Lisbon, Portugal.Website: www.curatinggrief.comInstagram: @curating_griefPodcast Curating GriefThank you for listening!HOW TO DEAL WITH GRIEF AND TRAUMA is produced and edited by me, Nathalie Himmelrich. Support the showSupport the show: Become a supporter of the show! Starting at $3/monthJoin Facebook Group - Grief and Trauma Support Network Download the FREE grief resource eBookBook a Discovery CallLeave a review Follow on socials: InstagramFacebookWebsite
60 Heidi Horsley | From Sibling Loss, Identity Loss to Opening to Hope
Nov 27 2023
60 Heidi Horsley | From Sibling Loss, Identity Loss to Opening to Hope
HOW TO DEAL WITH GRIEF AND TRAUMA is completely self-funded, produced, and edited by me, Nathalie Himmelrich. Consider making a small donation to support the Podcast: bit.ly/SupportGTPodcast. Thank you! For more information, please visit Nathalie’s website, join the podcast’s Instagram page, and subscribe to the newsletter to receive updates on future episodes here.About this week’s episodeLike Reid and Jon in the previous two episodes, Heidi has turned dealing with the loss, in her case the loss of her brother at a young age into purpose-driven work to support others. Heidi and her mother have created this amazing hub in the form of the Open to Hope Foundation, which has offered support in various ways for the past 20 years. Even before podcasts were a thing, they offered regular support through Open to Hope radio and TV shows. What this mother-daughter combo has created is a beautiful legacy of support in honor of their brother and son. Make sure to check it out! About this week’s guest Dr. Heidi Horsley is a licensed psychologist, social worker, and bereaved sibling. She is the Executive Director of the Open to Hope Foundation and co-hosts the award-winning weekly cable television show and podcast, Open to Hope. Dr. Heidi is an Adjunct Professor at Columbia University, an award-winning author, and has a private practice in NYC. She has co-authored eight books and has been interviewed on numerous television and radio shows, including 20/20. She serves on the Advisory Boards for the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors of military loss (TAPS), the Elisabeth Kubler-Ross Foundation, and Peace of Mind Afghanistan (POMA). In addition, for 10 years she worked for the FDNY-Columbia University Family Guidance Program, helping families of firefighters killed in the 9/11 World Trade Center attacks. Her psychology doctoral dissertation was on the sudden death of a sibling.Website: www.opentohope.com Facebook: www.facebook.com/OpentohopeResources mentioned in this episode:Book Viktor Frankl: Man’s Search for MeaningNathalie on Open to Hope: https://www.opentohope.com/nathalie-himmelrich-peer-support-groups-fb-live/Thank you for listening!HOW TO DEAL WITH GRIEF AND TRAUMA is produced and edited by me, Nathalie Himmelrich. Support the showSupport the show: Become a supporter of the show! Starting at $3/monthJoin Facebook Group - Grief and Trauma Support Network Download the FREE grief resource eBookBook a Discovery CallLeave a review Follow on socials: InstagramFacebookWebsite
59 Jon Lefrandt | Father Loss Leading to Purpose-driven Work
Nov 20 2023
59 Jon Lefrandt | Father Loss Leading to Purpose-driven Work
HOW TO DEAL WITH GRIEF AND TRAUMA is completely self-funded, produced, and edited by me, Nathalie Himmelrich. Consider making a small donation to support the Podcast: bit.ly/SupportGTPodcast. Thank you! For more information, please visit Nathalie’s website, join the podcast’s Instagram page, and subscribe to the newsletter to receive updates on future episodes here.About this week’s episodeJon has blown me away from the moment we met and when he shared about what he was involved in:- For Grief.com - A resource hub for grievers to find what they individually need with their specific kind of grief. This was so meaningful to me as it was so much like the mission held in 2015, just before I was dealing with my first burnout, where I had envisaged the idea of creating a Google for grievers. Hearing Jon giving life to a vision I had in my mind was so touching. As mentioned last week I’m excited to speak to yet another man on the podcast and today we’ll find out from Jon how he turned his experience with the early death of his father into offering support through his purpose-driven work.  About this week’s guest After experiencing the passing of his father, Jon took a leap of faith to join the funeral profession in 2011. Since then, he has been dedicated to developing solutions that help families plan funerals in advance and offering support for people who are grieving the loss of loved ones. These efforts continue to grow through For Grief, as more people benefit from the support they need to experience comfort, connections, and peace as part of their journey. Jon lives in Utah with his wife and children.Website: ForGrief.comInstagram: @for_grief LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/jonlefrandt/Resources mentioned in this episode:Domani CareThank you for listening!HOW TO DEAL WITH GRIEF AND TRAUMA is produced and edited by me, Nathalie Himmelrich. Support the showSupport the show: Become a supporter of the show! Starting at $3/monthJoin Facebook Group - Grief and Trauma Support Network Download the FREE grief resource eBookBook a Discovery CallLeave a review Follow on socials: InstagramFacebookWebsite
58 Reid Peterson | Dealing with Father Loss Twice
Nov 13 2023
58 Reid Peterson | Dealing with Father Loss Twice
HOW TO DEAL WITH GRIEF AND TRAUMA is completely self-funded, produced, and edited by me, Nathalie Himmelrich. Consider making a small donation to support the Podcast: bit.ly/SupportGTPodcast. Thank you! For more information, please visit Nathalie’s website, join the podcast’s Instagram page, and subscribe to the newsletter to receive updates on future episodes here.I’m so glad that my next two guests on the podcast are men. Both are speaking about father loss, and both have created purpose-driven businesses after those losses supporting others. Reid experienced the loss of his father who died from suicide. Having experienced the loss of a significant male person in his life, Reid thought he knew how to handle this grief, when a few years later his stepfather died from cancer, but he had to experience it all again in a new and unexpected way. Why did he experience those two losses so differently? Find out from Reid telling his story. As this week’s podcast gift Reid offers one of the meditations that can also be received through his Grief Refuge App. Go to the podcast gift page on my website and enter the number of the episode in a word and you will receive the gift now. About this week’s guest Reid Peterson is a grief companion and educator whose mission is to help people find peace and purpose after loss. He is the founder of Grief Refuge and the creator of the Grief Refuge app.Website: griefrefuge.comInstagram: @griefrefugeappThank you for listening!HOW TO DEAL WITH GRIEF AND TRAUMA is produced and edited by me, Nathalie Himmelrich. Support the showSupport the show: Become a supporter of the show! Starting at $3/monthJoin Facebook Group - Grief and Trauma Support Network Download the FREE grief resource eBookBook a Discovery CallLeave a review Follow on socials: InstagramFacebookWebsite
57 Kelly Cervantes | Dealing with the Loss of a Child after a Medically Complex Life
Nov 6 2023
57 Kelly Cervantes | Dealing with the Loss of a Child after a Medically Complex Life
HOW TO DEAL WITH GRIEF AND TRAUMA is completely self-funded, produced, and edited by me, Nathalie Himmelrich. Consider making a small donation to support the Podcast: bit.ly/SupportGTPodcast. Thank you! For more information, please visit Nathalie’s website, join the podcast’s Instagram page, and subscribe to the newsletter to receive updates on future episodes here.About this week’s episodeKelly and her family went through different losses. Her daughter Adelaide whom she cared for while she lived a medically complex life died as a young child. Kelly and I talk about the complex topic of making a decision to take your child off life support and when to do this. She shares how she dealt with her grief at the time COVID came around, which kept her locked in and separate from her surroundings.  Hearing Joe Biden’s words: ‘To heal we must remember’ had a big impact on her grieving journey towards accepting her grief instead of fighting against it, and allowing herself to move forward by remembering.  About this week’s guest Kelly Cervantes is an award-winning writer, speaker, and advocate best known for her blog Inchstones, where she shared the stress, love, and joy that came with parenting her medically complex daughter, Adelaide. Since Adelaide’s passing, Kelly has continued to write candidly about her arduous and, at times, contradictory grief journey.She has been published in the Chicago Tribune, the Chicago Sun-Times, and Cosmopolitan, as well as quoted in the New York Times, CNN, and People. She is the current board chair for the nonprofit CURE Epilepsy and hosts their biweekly podcast, Seizing Life, where she interviews scientists, doctors, and individuals affected by epilepsy. Kelly currently resides in Maplewood, NJ, with her husband, Miguel Cervantes currently starring in Hamilton on Broadway, four children, and their two dogs, Tabasco and Sriracha.Website: normalbroken.comInstagram: @ kellygc411 Facebook: www.facebook.com/kellygc411Resources mentioned in this episode:Normal Broken (Kelly Cervantes book)Thank you for listening!HOW TO DEAL WITH GRIEF AND TRAUMA is produced and edited by me, Nathalie Himmelrich. Support the showSupport the show: Become a supporter of the show! Starting at $3/monthJoin Facebook Group - Grief and Trauma Support Network Download the FREE grief resource eBookBook a Discovery CallLeave a review Follow on socials: InstagramFacebookWebsite
56 Mindy Meiering | Cumulative Losses: Health, Infertility and Pet Loss
Oct 30 2023
56 Mindy Meiering | Cumulative Losses: Health, Infertility and Pet Loss
HOW TO DEAL WITH GRIEF AND TRAUMA is completely self-funded, produced, and edited by me, Nathalie Himmelrich. Consider making a small donation to support the Podcast: bit.ly/SupportGTPodcast. Thank you! For more information, please visit Nathalie’s website, join the podcast’s Instagram page, and subscribe to the newsletter to receive updates on future episodes here.About this week’s episodeMindy has experienced multiple forms of grief: loss of health (cancer), unexplained infertility, loss of friends through death or life transitions, and pet loss. Having specialized in pet loss, Mindy says as a society we just don’t have the rituals and the support to support those who lost a pet in the same way we do when we lose a human being. As a therapist, she focuses on supporting clients after pet loss and shares with us what she has learned from those people dealing with their losses. About this week’s guest Mindy Meiering, LCSW is a licensed therapist, certified coach, and mindfulness teacher who specializes in grief and loss. She began her career as a psychotherapist in 1995 and over the last three decades, she has supported countless individuals and families as they face serious illness, end-of-life issues, and other significant losses and life transitions. Despite her extensive experience with grief, she was blindsided by how devastated she felt after losing her first dog, Ellie. Her personal experience helped her understand how heartbreaking the loss of a pet can be and inspired her to become a Pet Loss & Grief Specialist and create the Rainbow Bridge Pet Loss Deck. She lives in Colorado with her husband and their two scruffy terriers, Izzy and Charlie. Website: www.mindymeiering.com and www.rainbowbridgedeck.comInstagram: @rainbowbridgedeck Resources mentioned in this episode:Rainbow Bridge Card Deck for pet lossThank you for listening!HOW TO DEAL WITH GRIEF AND TRAUMA is produced and edited by me, Nathalie Himmelrich. Support the showSupport the show: Become a supporter of the show! Starting at $3/monthJoin Facebook Group - Grief and Trauma Support Network Download the FREE grief resource eBookBook a Discovery CallLeave a review Follow on socials: InstagramFacebookWebsite