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Share Your Story: Exploring humanity one heart at a time

Share Your Story: Exploring humanity one heart at a time

By Jenny Dilts
Become a Paid Subscriber so you don't miss special interviews and exclusive insights on grief: https://anchor.fm/jenny-dilts-grievingcoach/subscribe Everyone has a story. Our experiences make us who we are. In this podcast series Jenny Dilts, founder of Grieving Coach, invites people to share their stories as we explore humanity one soul at a time. For more information about grief, go to www.grievingcoach.com and sign up for the email newsletter.
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How Do You Deal with the Tragic Death of a Child: Peggy Green
Remember to subscribe to the show so you don't miss exclusive episodes and grief insights.  https://anchor.fm/jenny-dilts-grievingcoach/subscribe  Losing a child can be one of life's most devastating experiences. There is no way to prepare for it, and the grieving process can be long and arduous. Joining us in this episode is Peggy Green, who has personally experienced the death of two of her children, one a nine-month-old daughter in a daycare accident and the other a 24-year-old son to suicide. Tune in to hear how Peggy has chosen to use these experiences in sharing her story and supporting others holistically in their grief journeys. Peggy recently published her second book, “Survive Your Child’s Suicide: How to Move through Grief to Healing.” Since September is Suicide Awareness Month, this episode is dedicated to those who have been affected by suicide in any way. Visit grievingcoach.com and subscribe for the latest news and updates. About Peggy Peggy is a grief specialist, author, and speaker who has personally suffered child loss twice. Her first child died in 1991, and then in 2018 her son died by suicide. She has since turned her pain into purpose. As a grief coach, she specializes in helping mothers who lost a child to suicide move through their grief to find peace, joy, and happiness again. Peggy’s first book, Life After Child Loss: The Mother’s Survival Guide to Cope and Find Joy, is an Amazon bestseller. As a speaker and podcast guest, her message of hope and healing has been heard in nearly 100 countries. Her weekly Thursday Thoughts blog and email newsletter is inspirational and encouraging to thousands mourning the death of a loved one. She has been published in the Heart of Hospice blog and quoted with Noble Manhattan Coaching. Peggy can be found on: Website: www.TheGriefSpecialist.com LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/theegriefspecialist/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/PeggyAGreen Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TheeGriefSpecialist Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/peggyagreen/ Get to know Jenny Dilts! Jenny Dilts is a certified Grief Coach who specializes in helping people transform grief into growth. She does this one conversation, one heart, one experience at a time. From her personal experiences with grief, she has learned to lean in, ask questions, and reflect with gratitude on the lessons she's received from Grief. She now uses this pattern to help her clients transform their grief from foe to friend. Visit her website at www.grievingcoach.com to learn more and sign up for her email newsletter. Don't forget to subscribe and leave a comment on what you learned from our conversation or send a message with some of your takeaways at jenn@grievingcoach.com. You can also support the show by donating at: https://www.paypal.com/donate/?hosted_button_id=ECQDQS6LBD894
42:06
September 23, 2022
Finding Light at the End of Your Tunnel: Kelli Nielsen
Death to suicide and overdose continue to be topics that are seldom discussed. This episode is dedicated to those who have experienced this trauma and those who struggle with suicide and/or addiction. Joining us this time is Kelli Nielsen, founder of The Grief Guru, helping families who have lost loved ones turn their pain into purpose. Kelli's journey includes losing her mom to suicide in 2017, and her son Quintin to an accidental drug overdose in 2018. Kelli dedicates her life to encouraging those in recovery as well as those affected by trauma and loss to keep moving forward and grab hold of all the gifts God has for them! Visit grievingcoach.com and subscribe for the latest news and updates. About Kelli Kelli didn’t grow up with visions of becoming The Grief Guru, but life had other plans. After losing her mother to suicide in 2017, she found herself swept out in a sea of grief. Barely able to get through the days she looked for help and was discouraged when she didn’t find the support or tools to recover. Thankfully an encounter with an inspiring speaker showed her that healing was available to her. She decided then and there to dedicate herself to recovering from grief. She studied, prayed, documented her process, and began to recover. Her recovery came not a moment too soon as just a year later her 20-year-old son Quintin died of an accidental drug overdose. Kelli has since become a speaker, author, and coach. Her book, You’re Not Crazy, You’re Grieving, shares the process she used to heal from her tremendous losses. She also founded The Grief Guru, a company focused on helping others learn to move forward on purpose, in purpose, and love their lives after loss. Kelli can be found on: Website: https://thegriefguru.com/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/kellijnielsen Get to know Jenny Dilts! Jenny Dilts is a certified Grief Coach who specializes in helping people transform grief into growth. She does this one conversation, one heart, one experience at a time. From her personal experiences with grief, she has learned to lean in, ask questions, and reflect with gratitude on the lessons she's received from Grief. She now uses this pattern to help her clients transform their grief from foe to friend. Visit her website at www.grievingcoach.com to learn more and sign up for her email newsletter. Don't forget to subscribe and leave a comment on what you learned from our conversation or send a message with some of your takeaways at jenn@grievingcoach.com. You can also support the show by donating at: https://www.paypal.com/donate/?hosted_button_id=ECQDQS6LBD894
01:03:03
September 16, 2022
Celebrate Grief As It is Part of the Journey
This is the conversation I had with Chad Nedland which turned into an episode on his Achieve Greater podcast. In it we explore why and how grief is so amazing. Tune in if you want to start seeing my friend Grief in a more positive light.  To access this episode, be sure to subscribe to the Share Your Story podcast. https://anchor.fm/jenny-dilts-grievingcoach/subscribe
53:29
September 09, 2022
How to Create IMPACTFUL Conversations: Mark Evans
Our daily lives involve engaging in conversations with a variety of people, some randomly, some on purpose, and some that bring a significant impact on someone else's life. But, what does it really take to create an impactful conversation? Let’s find out! In this episode, we’ll meet Mark Evans who supports people in business to overcome mental health crisis. He also helps in the areas of depression, trauma, and burnout, as well as problem eating. He is the author of “How To Transform Your Life With IMPACT” based on the Conversations with IMPACT coaching program he developed. Mark is familiar with the challenges that his clients face because he’s been there too. Visit grievingcoach.com and subscribe for the latest news and updates. About Mark Mark has been a coach and therapist since 2005 and has worked in Higher Education, the Employee Assistance Industry, and since 2015, he has run his own business, Conversations With Impact. He has designed his own approach to change, and transformation called The IMPACT Model, and his book, "How to Transform Your Life with IMPACT: Unlock the Best of You," was published in July 2021. Before his career in coaching and therapy, he worked for the mental health charity MIND as a Mental Health Advocate and before that in media advertising. He has a passion for supporting people to turn their lives around, which comes from knowing that what he does can be life-changing and sometimes life-saving. Away from work, he enjoys a pint of real ale, walking in The Peak District, and eating Indian food as often as possible. Mark can be found on: Website: http://www.conversationswithimpact.co.uk/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Conversations-with-Impact-180316779209416/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/conversations_with_impact/ LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/mark-evans-cwi Get to know Jenny Dilts! Jenny Dilts is a certified Grief Coach who specializes in helping people transform grief into growth. She does this one conversation, one heart, one experience at a time. From her personal experiences with grief, she has learned to lean in, ask questions, and reflect with gratitude on the lessons she's received from Grief. She now uses this pattern to help her clients transform their grief from foe to friend. Visit her website at www.grievingcoach.com to learn more and sign up for her email newsletter. Don't forget to subscribe and leave a comment on what you learned from our conversation or send a message with some of your takeaways at jenn@grievingcoach.com. You can also support the show by donating at: https://www.paypal.com/donate/?hosted_button_id=ECQDQS6LBD894
53:22
September 09, 2022
Seeing Suicide from a Variety of Perspectives: Gordon Carmichael
Being in a line of work that often exposes you to the reality of death by suicide can be both a challenge and a gift. Realizing that no amount of training will adequately prepare you for the experience can be quite unsettling. It does, however, allow you to develop more empathy for the deceased and their loved ones, and serve as a light for more people on their dark journey. In this episode of the Share Your Story podcast, I am joined by Gordon Carmichael, a Warrior of the Heart and Transformational Coach who has been touched by suicide as a police officer, manager in the healthcare setting, and NLP (Neuro-Linguistic Programming) therapist, as well as friend. Join us in this compassionate and vulnerable conversation on an often very sensitive and traumatic topic. Visit grievingcoach.com and subscribe for the latest news and updates. About Gordon Formerly a Senior Officer in Strathclyde Police in Glasgow, Gordon still lives in his native city, which he describes as remaining at the heart of Europe, despite the recent political upheaval. On retirement and having untaken a Diploma in Person Centred Therapy, he secured a position within Primary Care as a Manager whilst he continued to volunteer with a Counselling Charity, which this year celebrates 25 years and which in 2018 was awarded the Queen's Medal for Voluntary Service. An active leader in his community, Gordon has valued the concept of Participatory Leadership through his engagement with The Art of Hosting, a global field of practitioners. With the Cop26 due to be held in Glasgow in November, Gordon is committed to ensuring his positivity might encourage others to envisage what is possible for the people on this planet as we emerge from the pandemic. Gordon can be found on: LinkedIn: linkedin.com/in/gordon-carmichael-40a63412 Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/gordon.carmichael.522 Twitter: https://twitter.com/gacarmichael Get to know Jenny Dilts! Jenny Dilts is a certified Grief Coach who specializes in helping people transform grief into growth. She does this one conversation, one heart, one experience at a time. From her personal experiences with grief, she has learned to lean in, ask questions, and reflect with gratitude on the lessons she's received from Grief. She now uses this pattern to help her clients transform their grief from foe to friend. Visit her website at www.grievingcoach.com to learn more and sign up for her email newsletter. Don't forget to subscribe and leave a comment on what you learned from our conversation or send a message with some of your takeaways at jenn@grievingcoach.com. You can also support the show by donating at: https://www.paypal.com/donate/?hosted_button_id=ECQDQS6LBD894
54:29
September 02, 2022
How to Be Fully Present with the Dying: Linda Bryce
For many people, witnessing someone dying can be a daunting experience due to deep-seated fears surrounding death and our own mortality. But being fully present with the dying is one of the most important things you can do to help someone going through the process. Linda Bryce, a Bedside Singer and author of the recently published book, The Courage to Care: Being Fully Present with the Dying, joins us in this episode of the Share Your Story podcast. In this conversation, we will explore the power of music in the dying process and ways that you can help ease the transition from this life into the land beyond. Stay tuned! Visit grievingcoach.com and subscribe for the latest news and updates. About Linda Bryce Author and Bedside Singer, Death and Dying Coach/Teacher/Guide. Never did Linda imagine when she stood, speechless, at age 18 at her first hospital bedside of a gentleman who told her he was dying, that it would lead her to be a coach and teacher offering guidance, practical advice, and support services to make the journey toward death easier for you or someone you know. Linda’s mission is to pass on her understandings and show you how to be there at the bedside, fully present with anyone who is dying, and sharing in the mystery and wonder of death—and after. Linda can be found at: Websites: https://www.thecouragetocare.com/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/linda.bryce.94651 Get to know Jenny Dilts! Your host, Jenny Dilts, is the founder of Grieving Coach. As a Certified Grief Coach, she specializes in transforming adversity into advantage. She helps people feeling unmotivated and without purpose to deal with their grief in healthy ways and move towards creating a life of joy and passion. Jenny's professional journey began when she sat with a friend days after her husband's sudden death. Holding that space for her unlocked and ignited a passion for supporting others in their grief. Working as a Grief Coach has completely transformed her own life from not knowing who she was and living in the shadows, to shining as an expert not only in the field of grief but also in her own life as a wife and mom of 5. Jenny can be found at: Website:https://grievingcoach.com/ Facebook:https://www.facebook.com/jenny.rencherdilts LinkedIn: jennydilts-grievingcoach Share your thoughts about the show by leaving a message with some of your takeaways at jenn@grievingcoach.com. To further support the show donate through PayPal at https://www.paypal.com/donate?hosted_button_id=ECQDQS6LBD894 For a free introductory coaching session with Jenny, schedule a time in her online calendar at https://GrievingCoachScheduler.as.me/?appointmentType=16815876 --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/jenny-dilts-grievingcoach/support
51:05
August 26, 2022
Navigating Grief from Shifts in Gender Identity: God's Grace – Dottie Rice
When most people hear the word “grief”, they think of the heartache and pain that follows the death of a loved one due to illness, suicide, or some other tragedy. But what about the grief that comes when a loved one undergoes a shift in gender identity? How does one cope with an intangible form of loss? In this episode of the Share Your Story podcast, Dottie Rice joins us to talk about how she navigates her grief as a result of her daughter's gender identity shift. She also shares how her work as a Board Certified Christian and Identity Coach has prepared her for this stage of her life, as well as how she and her husband evolved to become better versions of themselves in the process. Stay tuned! Visit grievingcoach.com and subscribe for the latest news and updates. About Dottie Dottie Rice is a Board Certified Christian and Identity Coach. Dottie is passionate about empowering others to live the life they were created to live. Her passion stems from overcoming personal experiences with suicidal thoughts, escape, and self-loathing. Now she creates a safe space for her clients to authentically explore their current reality which leads to discovering the roadblocks and walls; the recurring themes and stories; the trips and traps. They then take those things on in a way that disables their ability to hijack life, dreams, and possibilities. This leads to outcomes like the freedom to live a life of power, passion, and purpose. It results in a transformation that impacts the world. Dottie can be found at: Website: https://aloftlifecoaching.com/ LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/dottierice/ Get to know Jenny Dilts! Your host, Jenny Dilts, is the founder of Grieving Coach. As a Certified Grief Coach, she specializes in transforming adversity into advantage. She helps people feeling unmotivated and without purpose to deal with their grief in healthy ways and move towards creating a life of joy and passion. Jenny's professional journey began when she sat with a friend days after her husband's sudden death. Holding that space for her unlocked and ignited a passion for supporting others in their grief. Working as a Grief Coach has completely transformed her own life from not knowing who she was and living in the shadows, to shining as an expert not only in the field of grief but also in her own life as a wife and mom of 5. Jenny can be found at: Website:https://grievingcoach.com/ Facebook:https://www.facebook.com/jenny.rencherdilts LinkedIn: jennydilts-grievingcoach Share your thoughts about the show by leaving a message with some of your takeaways at jenn@grievingcoach.com. To further support the show donate through PayPal at https://www.paypal.com/donate?hosted_button_id=ECQDQS6LBD894 For a free introductory coaching session with Jenny, schedule a time in her online calendar at https://GrievingCoachScheduler.as.me/?appointmentType=16815876 --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/jenny-dilts-grievingcoach/support
01:10:57
August 19, 2022
How a Grief Coach Can Help: Building a Relationship with Grief
As a Grief Coach, I have accompanied many people in their grief experiences. One of the more complex situations is when the grief comes from death by suicide. Because of the stigmas of suicide and mental health challenges, often people don’t talk openly about it and this can seriously impede a person’s capacity to mourn or express their grief. With suicide there are often many unanswered questions. We may be asking “Why?” What more could I have done? How did I not see this coming? Having a Grief Coach by your side as you grapple with the situation can help you navigate some of the pain, stigmas, and complexities that come with this type of death. With support like this you can learn to find joy and purpose in your life even after such a devastating tragedy. Join us as Gillian, one of my clients, shares how I helped her navigate her grief journey following her father's death by suicide. She describes how, despite her loss, Gillian transformed her life from one of blame to one of laughter, adventure, and inspiration. We also discuss why it's important to give yourself time to grieve, stay connected, and have a community, even if it's a comm one. Stay tuned! Visit grievingcoach.com and subscribe for the latest news and updates. About Gillian Gillian is the Sales Manager for a country club in Pleasanton, California. She has been in the wedding industry for about 10 years and can say, she genuinely loves her job. She is from the San Francisco Bay Area and grew up in a wonderful family with her mother, Robin, father, Hector, and Sister, Lexi. They are a very close family. Although her parents divorced when she was 3, they remained best friends and were the best co-parents you could ever imagine. When she is not busy in the office, Gillian spends her free time hiking, dining (big foodie!), traveling, and spending time with her family. She now has a niece and nephew, who are her world and have truly just made this world a brighter place. She is the proud mother of 2 rescue cats (Mali & Ro) and is happily with her boyfriend, Cristian. Gillian’s father was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease in his early 40s, and this took an incredible toll on him, as he was a very active and the "always on the go" type. He would hike Half Dome in Yosemite on the regular, go on extreme bike rides, or do any other activity you could imagine. He was fearless. His death, his suicide, was the biggest shock she could have ever experienced, and completely crumbled their world. They had no idea that he was as depressed as he was, and truly always thought they would continue to work through his disease. Unfortunately, within less than 10 years, Parkinson's had taken too large a toll on her father, and they lost him in May 2022. Since then, they have been picking up the pieces of their life and trying to navigate this "new normal." Jenny can be found at:  Website: https://grievingcoach.com/  Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jenny.rencherdilts  LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jennydilts-grievingcoach/  Share your thoughts about the show by leaving a message with some of your takeaways.  To further support the show donate through PayPal at https://www.paypal.com/donate?hosted_button_id=ECQDQS6LBD894 For a free introductory coaching session with Jenny, schedule a time in her online calendar at https://GrievingCoachScheduler.as.me/?appointmentType=16815876
51:19
August 12, 2022
Seeing Loss and Grief as a Gift: Robert Pardi
We go through grief at some point in our lives. Losing a loved one is a devastating experience that often leaves us unable to move forward.  In this episode of the Share Your Story podcast, we welcome certified life coach and three-time author Robert Pardi, who shares his own journey of loss and grief after the death of his beloved wife, Desiree. We also discuss the concept of being beautifully scarred and how to find joy in the face of adversity. Stay tuned!  Visit grievingcoach.com and subscribe for the latest news and updates.  About Robert Pardi  Robert, born in NYC, is one of those rare individuals who embrace change and live what he calls “possibility in action” – taking his desire for transformation and putting it into action daily. He received his MBA from Columbia University and was quickly recruited by the Abu Dhabi Investment Authority, one of the largest sovereign wealth funds. Shortly after, his wife Desiree was diagnosed with Stage 3 breast cancer. Unfortunately, she passed 11 years later. After throwing caution to the wind, Robert leaped from his comfort zone. He changed careers and moved to the same Italian village his great grandfather immigrated from over 100 years ago. He is now a certified life coach, adjunct professor, international guest speaker, and the author of Chasing Life - The remarkable true story of love, joy, and achievement against all odds.  Robert can be found at:  Websites:  www.robertpardi.com  www.chasinglifethebook.com  Social Media:  LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/robert-pardi-63b05921/  Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/robert.pardi/  Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/robert.pardi.lifecoaching  Get to know Jenny Dilts!  Your host, Jenny Dilts, is the founder of Grieving Coach. As a Certified Grief Coach, she specializes in transforming adversity into advantage. She helps people feeling unmotivated and without purpose to deal with their grief in healthy ways and move towards creating a life of joy and passion. Jenny's professional journey began when she sat with a friend days after her husband's sudden death. Holding that space for her unlocked and ignited a passion for supporting others in their grief. Working as a Grief Coach has completely transformed her own life from not knowing who she was and living in the shadows, to shining as an expert not only in the field of grief but also in her own life as a wife and mom of 5.  Jenny can be found at:  Website: https://grievingcoach.com/  Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jenny.rencherdilts  LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jennydilts-grievingcoach/  Share your thoughts about the show by leaving a message with some of your takeaways.  To further support the show donate through PayPal at https://www.paypal.com/donate?hosted_button_id=ECQDQS6LBD894 :)  For a free introductory coaching session with Jenny, schedule a time in her online calendar at https://GrievingCoachScheduler.as.me/?appointmentType=16815876 --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/jenny-dilts-grievingcoach/support
01:04:08
July 22, 2022
Defining your relationship with money: Bobby Clark
In this episode of the Share Your Story podcast we welcome back Financial Coach Bobby Clark as he teaches us about different types of money mindsets that people have. We also talk about external vs. internal motivations in finances and how an abundant financial mindset can benefit other areas of our lives.  Visit grievingcoach.com and subscribe for the latest news and updates. Bobby Clark is a financial coach and founder of Clark on Money Coaching Services, a firm that helps men and couples who feel stuck financially find simple solutions to their frustrations while providing solid guidance toward goal achievement.  Coach Bobby draws on over a decade of experience as a Certified Professional Financial Educator. He is a member of Coach Connections, an international group of financial coaches who offer guided steps to financial freedom through coaching, resources and events. Last year Bobby received the designation of Global Presence Ambassador for his contribution in the financial literacy arena. He has a passion for promoting personal finance topics related to fatherhood, cash flow management, saving for the future, debt reduction and stress related money issues. He is a past Associate Director for the State of Georgia Chapter of BetterInvesting Organization. Bobby and his wife of 46 years live in the Savannah, GA. area. They enjoy gardening; have 2 adult children, and 7 grandchildren Bobby can be found at:  Website: clarkonmoney.com LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/bobbyclarkfinancialcoach/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/clarkonmoney/ Your host Jenny Dilts is the founder of Grieving Coach. As a Certified Grief Coach she specializes in transforming adversity into advantage. She helps people feeling unmotivated and without purpose to deal with their grief in healthy ways and move towards creating a life of joy and passion. Jenny's professional journey began when she sat with a friend days after her husband's sudden death. Holding that space for her unlocked and ignited a passion for supporting others in their grief. Working as a Grief Coach has completely transformed her own life from not knowing who she was and living in the shadows, to shining as an expert not only in the field of grief, but also in her own life as a wife and mom of 5. Jenny can be found at: Website: https://grievingcoach.com/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jenny.rencherdilts LinkedIn: jennydilts-grievingcoach Share your thoughts about the show by leaving a message with some of your takeaways. To further support the show donate through PayPal at https://www.paypal.com/donate?hosted_button_id=ECQDQS6LBD894. :)
50:20
June 02, 2022
"Nothing" is a Good Place to Start: Laura Toop
In this episode we welcome Laura Toop, a grief and loss expert who experienced the loss of her husband, career, and health in quick succession. She has also overcome challenges with mental health, eating disorders, and trauma. Now she radiates magic as she helps others navigate the gap of loss and transition. In our conversation we cover topics such as different forms of loss, both recognized and unrecognized; the importance of taking care of oneself; and how to move forward with intention to create the life we want. “The thing with grief is there’s not always a solution. And a lot of it is taking a different perspective on the situation and reframing it and seeing it from a different angle. … You can’t look death in the eye and not have it impact your life. We all have a little ray of sunshine that wants to come out.” ~Laura Laura can be found at: Website: http://www.laura-toop.com/ LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/laurabridgingthegap/  Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/lauratoop.bridgingthegap/ Your host Jenny Dilts is the founder of Grieving Coach. As a Certified Grief Coach she specializes in transforming adversity into advantage. She helps people feeling unmotivated and without purpose to deal with their grief in healthy ways and move towards creating a life of joy and passion. Jenny's professional journey began when she sat with a friend days after her husband's sudden death. Holding that space for her unlocked and ignited a passion for supporting others in their grief. Working as a Grief Coach has completely transformed her own life from not knowing who she was and living in the shadows, to shining as an expert not only in the field of grief, but also in her own life as a wife and mom of 5. Jenny can be found at: Website: https://grievingcoach.com/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jenny.rencherdilts LinkedIn: jennydilts-grievingcoach Share your thoughts about the show by leaving a message with some of your takeaways. To further support the show donate through PayPal at https://www.paypal.com/donate?hosted_button_id=ECQDQS6LBD894. :) For a free introductory coaching session with Jenny, schedule a time in her online calendar at https://GrievingCoachScheduler.as.me/?appointmentType=16815876.
59:33
April 12, 2022
How Self-inflicted Grief Can Lead to Happiness: Lauren Eckhardt
Often when we think of grief we think of the death of a loved one. We think of things that happen to us. But what about the grief that comes from choices that we make in our lives. And what if the event isn't action-packed trauma? In this episode we talk about grief and transformational moments, whether big or small, whether they're out of our control or from our own decisions. "Grief is welcomed as much as happiness is welcomed." sums up Lauren's biggest takeaway from the show. Jenny's biggest nugget is encapsulated when Lauren says, "Trust that how you're living is more important than the end result." Our guest is Lauren Eckhardt who is the CEO and Founder of Burning Soul Press. An award-winning, and best-selling author and ghostwriter, she is passionate about helping purpose-driven people capture their life story in a book-led movement that changes lives. Lauren founded Burning Soul Press in 2020, after 12 years in the human resources field, to work with aspiring and career authors in pursuit of sharing a powerful and deeply impactful story or message. She is passionate about ensuring people feel truly seen, heard, and understood and accepted as their most authentic self. Lauren is a tree-obsessed, laughing-all-the-time, multi-passionate creative and has fun trying everything—even if she isn’t good at it. Learning how to do anything is one of her favorite hobbies. Lauren can be found at: Website: https://www.burningsoulpress.com/ Instagram: Lauren.N.Eckhardt or burningsoulpress Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/burningsoulpress Your host Jenny Dilts is the founder of Grieving Coach. As a Certified Grief Coach she specializes in transforming adversity into advantage. She helps people feeling unmotivated and without purpose to deal with their grief in healthy ways and move towards creating a life of joy and passion. Jenny's professional journey began when she sat with a friend days after her husband's sudden death. Holding that space for her unlocked and ignited a passion for supporting others in their grief. Working as a Grief Coach has completely transformed her own life from not knowing who she was and living in the shadows, to shining as an expert not only in the field of grief, but also in her own life as a wife and mom of 5. Jenny can be found at: Website: https://grievingcoach.com/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jenny.rencherdilts LinkedIn: jennydilts-grievingcoach Share your thoughts about the show by leaving a message with some of your takeaways. To further support the show donate through PayPal at https://www.paypal.com/donate?hosted_button_id=ECQDQS6LBD894. :) For a free introductory coaching session with Jenny, schedule a time in her online calendar at https://GrievingCoachScheduler.as.me/?appointmentType=16815876.
01:02:02
April 12, 2022
Comforting the Griever: Dee Bird, Grief and Life Coach
Today's guest is Dee Bird, a Grief and Life Coach who helps people find comfort in their grief when so many others turn away from the pain. Dee's Journey in Grief began when her son died from Muscular Dystrophy and she was left comfortless in a time when she needed it the most. Now she teaches people how to provide that emotional support to the bereaved. Dee is also host of the Unplug Grief Ministries Podcasts. In our time together we discuss what it means to be an effective comforter even when we're experiencing our own grief.  Dee is originally from the concrete jungle of NY, but has lived in the south for most of her life. She is currently completing her certification as a Mental Health Coach as well. Dee can be found at: Website:www.UnplugGrief.org Podcasts: Anchor.fm/unplug-grief FB page: Unplug Grief Ministries- Grief & Life Coaching & Consultants Jenny Dilts is a certified Grief Coach who specializes in helping people transform grief into growth. She does this one conversation, one heart, one experience at a time. From her personal experiences with grief, she has learned to lean in, ask questions, and reflect with gratitude on the lessons she's received from Grief. She now uses this pattern to help her clients transform their grief from foe to friend. If you'd like to learn more about Jenny's work and the Share Your Story podcast visit www.grievingcoach.com. She's also on Facebook, @jenny.rencherdilts and LinkedIn, @jennydilts-grievingcoach. Share your thoughts about the show by leaving a message with some of your takeaways. To further support the show donate through PayPal at https://www.paypal.com/donate?hosted_button_id=ECQDQS6LBD894. :) For a free introductory coaching session with Jenny, schedule a time in her online calendar at https://GrievingCoachScheduler.as.me/?appointmentType=16815876.
01:05:38
March 18, 2022
A Survivor's guide to Grief and Trauma: Claire M. Schwartz
This is an easy-going  interview with Claire M. Schwartz. We talk about grief and the trauma journey and how we can find healing and a better version of ourselves from our experiences. One of my biggest takeaways was the simple step by step process Claire shared of healing from trauma. 1) Recognize you're stuck 2) Want to get help 3) Untangle the mysteries and stigmas attached to grief and trauma 4) Find resources to help. The process is individual and can be very organic. It can start with an aha moment or a gradual realization, or combination. And the change doesn't come over night. It's a process. So be gentle with yourself along the way. As Claire says, "Be as gentle with yourself as you wish others would be to you." Claire M. Schwartz has survived traumas including shame, violence, fear and pain, rape, and cancer. Not only did she survive, she has thrived and today she uses what she learned from her personal experiences to help others do the same. At age 25, the loss of her mother was the jolt that started Claire's journey of change and healing. She had a nervous breakdown and then began the painstaking realization that she had no idea who she was or how to manage in Life. And she has spent decades learning to grow into a stronger, wiser, more grounded woman. In our time together Claire shares her story and what she's learned in her 15 years of working as a Grief Relief Expert, using her unique combo of compassion, perspective & humor. Claire has a BA in Psychology and is also a Reiki Master Teacher, Spiritual Counselor and Interfaith Minister, and Certified Professional Coach.  Claire can be found at:  https://www.youcanhealyourgrief.com/. FB: @Claire M. Schwartz Instagram @fearlessgrieving Jenny Dilts is a certified Grief Coach who specializes in helping people transform grief into growth. She does this one conversation, one heart, one experience at a time. From her personal experiences with grief, she has learned to lean in, ask questions, and reflect with gratitude on the lessons she's received from Grief. She now uses this pattern to help her clients transform their grief from foe to friend. If you'd like to learn more about Jenny's work and the Share Your Story podcast visit www.grievingcoach.com. She's also on Facebook, @jenny.rencherdilts and LinkedIn, @jennydilts-grievingcoach. Share your thoughts about the show by leaving a message with some of your takeaways. To further support the show donate through PayPal at https://www.paypal.com/donate?hosted_button_id=ECQDQS6LBD894. :) For a free introductory coaching session with Jenny, schedule a time in her online calendar at https://GrievingCoachScheduler.as.me/?appointmentType=16815876.
01:04:46
February 26, 2022
Transformed by L.O.V.E.: Allison Pilling
This week’s guest is Allison Pilling, an advocate for empowering lives! She is a mom, widow, Mindset Coach and doTERRA Wellness Advocate. She works with people who are ready to start Restoring Inner Peace (R.I.P.). She helps them to release fears and build confidence as they embrace their empowered life. She is also the author of the upcoming book, R.I.P.- Restoring Inner Peace: A Young Widow’s Story of Being Transformed by Love.  This book contains Allison’s personal story of Restoring Inner Peace (R.I.P.) as part of her grief journey after the death of her husband in February 2016. When a loved one dies we wish for them to Rest In Peace (R.I.P.), but as survivors we rarely allow ourselves to do the same. She believes that love connections imprint our souls forever and she moves forward with acceptance of what is. Allison made the choice to grant herself permission to choose love over fear allowing herself to be Transformed by Love. This decision has created a life she would have never dreamed of after the death of her husband. To honour his legacy she practices releasing fears and embracing empowered action knowing that her husband's wish for her would be the same as hers for him...R.I.P. Allison's vision is to create an Empowerment Ripple Effect - One Person, One Family, One Community at a time. And this journey starts with you...Your Life Matters! Throughout our conversation we talk about how to recognize and stay true to our inner messages, what we can learn from them, and how we can take a logical approach to being Transformed by L.O.V.E. Allison can be found on her website, www.allisoncoaches.com https://www.allisoncoaches.com/love - To Get Transformed by L.O.V.E. 4 Step Action Plan https://www.allisoncoaches.com/call - To Book an Empowered Life Discovery Session I'd love to know your thoughts about the show. Leave a message sharing your takeaways from it. If you'd like to learn more about my work and the Share Your Story podcast visit www.grievingcoach.com. I'm also on Facebook, https://www.facebook.com/jenny.rencherdilts/ and LinkedIn, https://www.linkedin.com/in/jennydilts-grievingcoach/. To further support the show you can donate through PayPal at https://www.paypal.com/donate?hosted_button_id=ECQDQS6LBD894. :)
58:60
February 12, 2022
The Struggle is Real: Michiel Van Dorp
In this episode we meet Michiel Van Dorp, a Life Perspective Coach who helps people affected by childhood traumatic events and suicide. His desire to help people in these areas stems from his own experiences with complex childhood trauma and two suicide attempts. Michiel also leads groups in Positive Intelligence. Michiel currently resides in the Netherlands. Through our conversation, we learn the difference between a catastrophic traumatic experience versus complex childhood trauma. Michiel shares how his life has been impacted by childhood trauma and a wobbly foundation of insecure attachment growing up. In his journey to find healing, he has learned much from Gabor Mate, who explains that trauma is having lost contact with your essence, with your sense of self. Michiel openly talks about his two suicide attempts and what he learned about himself and his situation from those experiences.  After his second attempt, a friend and coach asked two powerful question that changed his life. 1) How do you remember yourself, at your earliest memory? and 2) What would be the legacy you left behind if you succeeded with this attempt? The first helped him get in touch with his essence, who he really is; and the second gave him a goal in life, something to live for. "Whatever circumstances you get in, if you really put your mind to it, you can overcome everything."  Looking into the future, Michiel sees a wealth of experience leading to multiple gifts-- gifts to himself and others. He is committed to help other people to not only survive, but to thrive in life. Michiel can be found on LinkedIn and Facebook at Michiel van Dorp I'd love to know your thoughts about the show. Leave a message sharing your takeaways from it. If you'd like to learn more about my work and the Share Your Story podcast visit www.grievingcoach.com. I'm also on Facebook, https://www.facebook.com/jenny.rencherdilts/ and LinkedIn, https://www.linkedin.com/in/jennydilts-grievingcoach/. To further support the show you can donate through PayPal at https://www.paypal.com/donate?hosted_button_id=ECQDQS6LBD894. :)  
59:36
December 27, 2021
Finding Blessings and Gratitude from Grief: John Aune
In this episode I talk with my High School Principal, John Aune, about his experiences with Loss and what he's learned from them. Mr. Aune is an amazing example of the strength of faith and relying on God in the tough times and in the easier ones. Throughout his life he has experienced numerous losses including his baby brother, both parents, and his 2 month old daughter. During our time together we talk about how his relationship with Jesus has helped him through challenging times and how his faith has grown because of his journey. Some of the lessons he's learned are to let the bitterness and the anger go, focus on the good memories and blessings, and share your gifts with others. To sum up our conversation I'll use something that Mr. Aune said in our time together, "Grief is real. But so are the blessings."  You can reach out to Mr. Aune on Facebook @John Aune, or https://www.facebook.com/jaune49.  I'd love to know your thoughts about the show. Leave a message sharing your takeaways from it.  If you'd like to learn more about my work and the Share Your Story podcast visit www.grievingcoach.com. I'm also on Facebook, https://www.facebook.com/jenny.rencherdilts/ and LinkedIn, https://www.linkedin.com/in/jennydilts-grievingcoach/.  To further support the show you can also donate through PayPal at https://www.paypal.com/donate?hosted_button_id=ECQDQS6LBD894. :)
52:18
November 13, 2021
Trauma and the Power of a Puppy: Kristabeth Atwood
Dedicated to and in honor of Bady, an incredible dog with incredible power. Kristabeth Atwood is the founder of Rites of Passage, LLC. She was a local church pastor for 18 years and today she brings her pastor's heart to people of all spiritual and secular worldviews as they move through life's transitions. Kristabeth can be found at https://ritesofpassagevt.com/ and on social media @ritesofpassagevt on Facebook and Instagram and on LinkedIn @Kristabeth Atwood. In 2001, Kristabeth survived a life-threatening assault. She lived with undiagnosed debilitating PTSD for seven years before finding help and reclaiming her life. Her dog Bady has had a central role in this journey. Today Kristabeth feels called to share her story to help people (survivors and allies) understand the long term effects of trauma and know they are not alone. During our conversation Kristabeth openly shares her journey with us and how Bady helped her move from living in a false sense of security to living and functioning in a normal life again. Other tools that helped he along the way are counselling and talking about her experiences. She says that sharing her story has helped her become more confident and heal from the trauma. Her biggest piece of advice to others who are struggling to share their story is "Be gentle with yourself. You don't have to climb Mt. Everest on the first try. Try some of the shorter hikes first and surround yourself with friends and loved ones." To learn more about my work and the Share Your Story podcast visit www.grievingcoach.com. Donations for the show can be made through PayPal.
48:29
October 22, 2021
Grief, Passion, and Laughter: Jenna Bonner
What is Grief and what do we do with it? Find out what happens when two Grief Coaches get together to talk about their passion for Grief in this fun and enlightening conversation. Today I am joined by my friend and fellow Coaching at End of Life alumni, Jenna Bonner.  Jenna is the founder of Grief Forward. She is a listening ear to anyone feeling stuck in their grief and needing to move forward. She helps people discover their new normal after loss and live the life they were meant to. She has experienced a lot of loss and grief in her own life and she has developed compassion and empathy to hear people out and bring some normalcy to opening up about their grief, loss and pain.  We talk about how we met, how she got into this field, and how she's dealt with the grief from her own personal losses. She also shares her secrets for getting through the heavy times of being a Grief Worker. We end our time together with Jenna's advice for anyone who is currently going through grief.     I met Jenna in a coaching support group where I introduced myself saying, “I love Grief!”. I knew we’d be friends when Jenna’s face lit up at my introduction. Then I knew I wanted to collaborate with her when she later commented on it and said that she feels that same passion. Now we co-facilitate a workshop called What to Do When you Don't do Grief to help people understand Grief better and learn that their processing style is healthy, even and especially when it's not "normal". Jenna can be found on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/griefforwardinspirations and via email at griefforwardinspirations@gmail.com. To learn more about my work and the Share Your Story podcast visit www.grievingcoach.com. Donations for the show can be made through PayPal. 
44:54
October 01, 2021
Transforming Pain into Joy: Raina Sweeney
With a degree in Communication Studies and Certified Professional Coach credential from the Institute for Professional Excellence in Coaching (iPEC), Raina Sweeney is poised to take your life to the next level. Not only has she studied what makes people go from status quo to thriving in all aspects of life, she has lived it herself. For the majority of her teen years and all the way through her 20's Raina struggled with self-acceptance, self-love, and compassion which showed up as mental health issues, self-sabotage, and never thinking she was worthy of her many accomplishments. She felt she was living someone else's life. Happiness was fleeting and joy was nowhere to be found. She searched everywhere for answers and slowly began to uncover what true joy was all about. Now, after homing in on this practice, she has made it her life's journey to share what she has learned first hand with the world. In this episode we talk about how Raina overcame mental health challenges, two suicide attempts, and years of negative self-talk. She shares from her personal experience what she's learned from these painful experiences and her gratitude for them. Other topics that we discuss are depression, anxiety, suicide, and how to have those deep and necessary conversations. These conversations can decrease the stigma of mental health struggles and increase connection with ourselves and others. We also explore self-care and how it relates to mental health.  Throughout our time together Raina encourages us to dig deeply, honestly, and objectively in order to forgive ourselves, accept who we are, and transform our pain into joy. Raina can be found at: website: www.rainasweeney.com Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/burnout_coach_raina LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/rainasweeney/ email: info@rainasweeney.com Raina's Special Offer: Mention this Podcast and receive 15% off your program package! If you'd like to learn more about my work and the Share Your Story podcast visit www.grievingcoach.com.
52:38
September 07, 2021
Storytime with Grandma: Kris Rencher
In this episode I talk with my mom, Kris Rencher who is a wife, mom, grandma, storyteller, nurse, and family history extraordinaire. In our conversation she shares about the legacy and contribution of our ancestors and how differently people handle similar situations like the loss of a child and depression. We talk about faith and religion and the impact that has had in not only their lives, but in the lives of their descendants. Of learning about her family history Kris says, "What I have now is skeletons [referring to the names and dates]. My goal is to put the muscle and the nerves and the blood system into these people, into these skeletons, so I can see them as real people. So that they become alive to me. That's what my goal is now."  I believe our stories do just that. The courage of our ancestors can become an inspiration to us. And as we share our stories, our experiences and courage may inspire those around us and our posterity. Throughout our time together Mom shares stories of her own life as well: car troubles, nursing challenges and miracles, and her hopes for the future.  When asked what legacy she wanted to leave for her kids and grandkids Kris responded, "Trust in [the Savior]. Know that you're never alone. Reach out to your family." Kris may be found playing with her grandkids, helping others in the community, or working on her family history through the website familysearch.org. I'd love to know your thoughts about the show. Leave a message sharing your takeaways from it. If you'd like to learn more about my work and the Share Your Story podcast visit www.grievingcoach.com. I'm also on Facebook, https://www.facebook.com/jenny.rencherdilts/ and LinkedIn, https://www.linkedin.com/in/jennydilts-grievingcoach/. To further support the show you can also donate through PayPal at https://www.paypal.com/donate?hosted_button_id=ECQDQS6LBD894. :)
01:01:57
July 31, 2021
Linking Generations through Hope, Love, and Respect: Bobby Clark
Today, we are joined by Bobby Clark, a financial coach who has a mission to promote financial literacy throughout the world. He does this one individual at a time, helping them find and create their own path to where they want to be. Bobby shares of his rich cultural heritage as an African American and the legacy his people have given him. Bobby is passionate about connecting with others and serving those in marginalized communities. In this episode Bobby likens his journey, the journey of the African American people, and the journey of all of us, to a relay race where we receive the baton from our ancestors, run as long as we can, then pass the baton on to the next generation. Through our conversation we explore topics including: Cultural heritage and lessons of African American ancestors The value of community How to strengthen our communities Lighting the fire of hope "Hope is where the love is and that drives out the hate. And that's forgiveness. That's why it's so powerful." You can find Bobby on LinkedIn at https://www.linkedin.com/in/bobbyclarkfinancialcoach/, his website clarkonmoney.com, and Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/clarkonmoney/. If you like the show, leave a message sharing your takeaways from it. To learn more about my work and the Share Your Story podcast visit https://www.linkedin.com/in/jennydilts-grievingcoach/and www.grievingcoach.com. I'm also on Facebook, https://www.facebook.com/jenny.rencherdilts/ To further support the show you can also donate through PayPal at https://www.paypal.com/donate?hosted_button_id=ECQDQS6LBD894. :)
48:48
June 25, 2021
Overcoming through Faith and Mindset: Selina Cheshire
Joining us this time is Selina Cheshire, author of My Pain My Teacher and Free Your Body Free Your Mind. She loves writing about real-life stories and her first book, "My Pain My Teacher" is about defying the odds and surviving Stage 4 Hodgkin's Lymphoma in 2014. It talks about how relationships matter during this time of pain, and confusion. Her second novel is all about freeing your body so as to free your mind, detoxification, and meditation as central to the healing power. Selina was born in Zimbabwe and moved to the U.K. in 2002. In this episode Selina shares her journey through adversities such as abuse, unfaithful relationships, moving across the world on her own, and battling cancer. She reveals her secret for transforming her life from being nearly dead to running/walking 5K+ daily. She attributes her miraculous healing to her faith, eating well, and the power of a positive mindset. "If you really put your mind into it and you don't accept that you're less than any other person-- that you are worthy, you are strong, you are powerful-- then you can do whatever you really want to do." Selina can be found on Instagram #livethriveenjoy and Selina Cheshire on both LinkedIn and Facebook. If you like the show, leave a message saying what you got from it. :) To learn more about my work and the Share Your Story podcast visit https://www.linkedin.com/in/jennydilts-grievingcoach/and www.grievingcoach.com. I'm also on Facebook, https://www.facebook.com/jenny.rencherdilts/ You can also support the show by making a donation through PayPal. :)
54:25
June 16, 2021
Loving Self, Loving Life: Larry Indiviglia
In this episode my guest is Larry Indiviglia, author of the memoir 126 Days, 11 Minutes: Our Love Story. This collection of experiences allows his readers to walk in his shoes as he shares his deepest, most personal experiences from his relationship with a woman suffering from Stage IV cancer until the time she transitions. This intimate story provides many life lessons such as the importance of keeping hope alive, embracing life, honoring the wishes of the patient, even though you might not agree, overcoming the challenges of navigating the health care system, and standing strong in one’s truth even when totally scared. He wrote the book to honor the life of Gayle and their love for each other. Although brief, Larry considers his relationship with Gayle as one of the most profound experiences of his life. He also hopes 126 Days, 11 Minutes inspires others to say "yes" to love even when logic says, "no." Larry believes there are many beautiful souls who are looking to discover and experience unconditional love. His book shows it is possible. In addition to the book, we talk about self love, tango, living fully, and the way of the Universe. To sum up our time together, Larry shared a lyric of one of Gayle's favorite songs, "Nature Boy" by Nat King Cole. "The greatest thing you'll ever learn is just to love and be loved in return." "The heart has no questions, the mind has no answers. And if you listen to the heart and you follow it, you're gonna experience a love that maybe you thought you never would be able to do." Find Larry on via email lindiviglia@gmail.com, LinkedIn at https://www.linkedin.com/in/larryindiviglia/ and Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/larry.indiviglia. If you like the show, leave a message saying what you got from it. :) Learn more about my work and my Share Your Story podcast at https://www.linkedin.com/in/jennydilts-grievingcoach/and www.grievingcoach.com. I'm also on Facebook, https://www.facebook.com/jenny.rencherdilts/  To support the show you can make a one-time donation through PayPal. :)
56:23
April 22, 2021
The Power of Choice: Bas Lebesque
Joining Grief Coach Jenny Dilts is Bas Lebesque, an Executive Mindset Coach helping senior and executive managers move from good to GREAT in their career and personal lives. Bas is a diamond mine of stories and experience. Throughout his life he has spent time in the minority. From acknowledging his mom’s choice of euthanasia when he was 12, to coming out as LHGBT as an adolescent, to being a towering white giant male among the Chinese when he lived there, he has learned to embrace who he is and share his uniqueness with others. This interview is taken from a recording of a live event in collaboration with the non-profit organization Reimagine whose mission is to create space for conversation around topics of Grief, End of Life, Living Fully, Spirituality, and the principles of Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion. In this episode we explore the topics of:  *the power of choice at the end of life and in processing the grief *exploring life's big questions *promoting diversity *owning and honoring choice both in your own life and allowing others to do the same   Find Bas at www.baslebesque.com and https://www.linkedin.com/in/baslebesque/.  If you like the show, leave a message saying what you got from it. :) Learn more about Share Your Story at www.grievingcoach.com and https://anchor.fm/jenny-dilts-grievingcoach. To support the show you can make a one-time donation through PayPal. :)  
56:41
April 05, 2021
Connecting with Others through Grief: Dave Roberts
In this episode we meet Dave Roberts who has been a national and local workshop presenter on grief and loss and a keynote speaker. His commitment to helping others navigate grief is a result of the challenges that he experienced following the death of his 18-year-old daughter Jeannine in March of 2003 due to cancer. This interview is taken from a recording of a live event in collaboration with the non-profit organization Reimagine whose mission is to create space for conversation around topics of grief, end of life, living fully, spirituality, and the principles of Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion.  Because it was a live event, there is participation from other attendees. I chose to leave their comments in because I feel that they add to Dave's story and the overall experience. Some nuggets that Dave shares in this episode include: ~"When we either share or witness somebody's story we become love." ~"I had to make friends with my sadness, my grief, and my own inadequacy." ~"Be gentle with yourself" ~"Take the best qualities of your loved one and make them part of yourselves." ~Don't forget the siblings. ~'Honor the past as your teacher, honor your present as your creation, and honor the future as your inspiration.' Dave can be found at www.bootsyandangel.com, via email at: bootsyandangel@gmail.com, or Facebook @Dave Roberts. If you like the show, leave a message saying what you got from it. :) Learn more about Share Your Story at www.grievingcoach.com and https://www.linkedin.com/in/jennydilts-grievingcoach/. You can make a one-time donation to support the show through PayPal. :)
55:24
March 14, 2021