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The Grief Coach

The Grief Coach

By Brooke James
In 2019 at the age of 30, Brooke lost her father to cancer and immediately searched for resources that respected the gravity of emotions in her grieving process that also offered concrete support. The Grief Coach provides a leading new voice on grief covering everything from the practical to the emotional. Interviewing guests such as innovators in funeral arrangements, spiritual leaders, therapists, authors, and grievers themselves, Brooke has created a space she needed but could not find—one that respects profound loss and the practicality of needing to make decisions in heartbreak.
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40. How Loss Prepared us for dealing with a Pandemic with Noah James, Co-founder of The Covid Grief Network

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40. How Loss Prepared us for dealing with a Pandemic with Noah James, Co-founder of The Covid Grief Network

The Grief Coach

75. Navigating Compound Grief with LCSW Shea Wingate
Shea Wingate (@wingatecounseling) joins host @brookeljames to share her story of compound loss (expected and unexpected) of her dad, her sister, and her mom over a 13 month period and how she learned to navigate her grief. She shares how her experience has impacted her work as a therapist, how to face life milestones without your people, and how anger and grief interact.
January 12, 2022
74. Why a Business Man Wrote a Book on End of Life with Author William Donaldson
Host @BrookeLJames is joined by Businessman and Author @_drdonaldson where he shares his experience in preparing for his parent's end of life and what that taught him. He shares his thoughts on paperwork prep and philosophy on preparing for end of life.
December 09, 2021
73. Lessons on Grief from End-of-Life Educator Carol Schoneberg
In this episode, host @brookeljames is joined by End-of-life educator & Grief Counselor Carol Schoneberg from Hospice of Southern Maine. Carole shares lessons she's learned in almost 30 years working in grief, strategies for moving through your grieving process, and what to say to support those who are grieving.
November 24, 2021
72. Love, Loss, and Religion with Priest and Author Al Johnson
In this episode, host @BrookeLJames gets into a complex -- and sometimes philosophical discussion -- around loss, what we learn from it, whether we'd give it back, generational differences on dealing with grief, and the relationship between religion and loss.
October 27, 2021
71. Experiencing Loss Early with Business Coach Natalie Levy
In this episode, host @brookeljames is joined by coach @natalie_knows where she shares how the loss of her mother in adolescence shaped her experience. We discuss how losing a parent makes you take on parenting responsibilities to younger siblings, our respective rebellious phases, how loss showed up in Natalie's relationships, and how it impacted her chosen career path.
September 29, 2021
70. Grieving in the Spotlight with Survivor Winner, Speaker and Coach Adam Klein
In this episode host @brookeljames is joined by @survivoradam for a conversation on modeling vulnerability, grieving in the spotlight, turning grief into action, and that more men should cry!
September 14, 2021
69. Learning Self Love After A Cancer Diagnosis with Danielle Tropsa
In this episode, host @brookeljames is joined by Dani Tropsa (@Dani_Trops) who shares her experience in receiving a breast cancer diagnosis at 30 and what it was like to go through treatment, how her community supported her, and what going through this experience taught her about self-love.
August 04, 2021
68. Grieving Due to Distance in a Pandemic with Liv Buli, Founder of Blue House Home
In this episode, @brookeljames is joined by Liv Buli, founder of @bluehousehome who shares her experience grieving due to the distance between her and her family during the pandemic. Liv shares an experience that is common to those with family all over the world, but this is a story we don't often hear the intricacies of. All grief is grief and I'm grateful to Liv for sharing her story. Please note that this was recorded in June 2021 prior to the sharp increase in cases due to the delta variant. 
July 29, 2021
67. Dating After Loss: Finding Love Again, and Again with Author Jill Johnson-Young, LCSW; co-hosted by Trauma Therapist Meghan Riordan Jarvis
In this episode of the Dating After Loss series, cohosted by @brookeljames and @meghan.riordan.jarvis, Author and LCSW Jill Johnson-Young shares her story of finding love again after not one, but two losses. Jill shares her story, her experience in dealing with judgment from her community for violating the "widow rules", how to integrate your new partner into your existing family unit, and how love and intimacy are part of grief processing.
July 13, 2021
66. What Do Our Grief Dreams Mean? With Dr. Joshua Black
In this episode, host @brookeljames is joined by Dr. Joshua Black, academic researcher and host of the @griefdreams podcast. Dr. Black talks about how he ended up researching grief dreams, what our grief dreams mean and how attachment styles show up in how we grieve.
July 06, 2021
65. Dating After Loss: Rebuilding After Divorce with Parama Founder Juliana Wexler; co-hosted by Trauma Therapist Meghan Riordan Jarvis
In the latest episode of the Dating After Loss Crossover series co-hosted by @brookeljames and @meghan.riordan.jarvis we talk about what it's like to rebuild after divorce with @julianawex. We discuss that grief over the loss of a relationship, while not the same as loss of a loved one, does result in some overlapping feelings and that we as a society lack the language to speak about the losses differently. We talk about how to claim your grief narrative, how shame and regret can be involved in grief, and how Juliana learned how to be her own anchor.
June 29, 2021
64. The Importance of Empathy with Ron Gura, CEO and Co-Founder Empathy
In this episode host @brookeljames speaks with Ron Gura of @empathy_com on the difference between sympathy and empathy (and why empathy is way more important), how to show up for people experiencing loss, and how he's innovating in the grief and bereavement space.
June 24, 2021
63. Dating After Loss with Trauma Therapist Meghan Riordan Jarvis
In this episode, @meghan.riordan.jarvis joins host @brookeljames for the first of a series of crossover episodes on Dating After Loss. Meghan and Brooke discuss attachment styles, how our vulnerability needs change after a loss, and Brooke shares her experience in dating after losing her dad and how that's evolved over the past two years.
June 16, 2021
62. What's It Like to Have a Podcast About Grief? with Founder of The Grief Gang Amber Jeffrey
In this episode, host @BrookeLJames speaks with Amber Jeffrey, founder of @thegriefgang, on Hollywood grief, what it's like to have a podcast in the grief space and setting boundaries around that, and what it's like being considered an expert on grief.
June 08, 2021
61. What Happens To Your Energy When You Die with Serial Entrepreneur, Author, Medium, and Energy Healer Julie Ryan
In this episode, host @brookeljames is joined by @askjulieryan who shares her experience as an energy healer. She talks about the process of what happens to our energy as we die, how to heal our energy while grieving, and how grief makes us face our own mortality.
June 02, 2021
60. Using Vulnerability to Move Through The Grief Process with Transformation Coach Brianna Bone
In this episode host @BrookeLJames speaks with @iambriannabone to discuss how a commitment to vulnerability and mental health helped her move through her grief journey. Brianna is an Australia-based transformation coach and human potential specialist and her experience with loss helped her arrive at this as a career. Brooke and Brianna discuss the importance of vulnerability, how to bring more vulnerability into your life, and the importance of having hope.
May 25, 2021
59. Finding Your Spirit Guides with Spiritual Guide and Medium Graciela Rasor
In this episode host, @BrookeLJames is joined by Spiritual Guide @Graciela_Rasor to discuss how our spiritual team advises us, connecting with those you've lost, and how to move grief energy through your body so you can better process it.
May 20, 2021
58. Cancer wife at 28, Widow at 31 with Author Rachel Engstrom
In this episode host, @BrookeLJames speaks with Author Rachel Engstrom @wifewidownowwhat on her experience in becoming a cancer wife at 28 and a widow at 31. Rachel shares her story and how it motivated her to write a memoir/manual for those going through a loss, how endometriosis and her husband's cancer diagnosis led her to confront fertility options and the associated grieving process there, and how she picked up the pieces and built the resilience to move forward.  Buy Rachel's book on Amazon:
May 12, 2021
57. Surviving Cancer In Your 30s with Founder & CEO of Alula: Liya Shuster-Bier, Rare Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma Survivor
In this episode @BrookeLJames and guest, Liya Shuster-Bier discuss what it's like to go through a rare cancer diagnosis in your 30s (including missing the time that we think will be the take-off of our career and how to plan for a family pre-treatment), how Liya's medical isolation prepared her for pandemic quarantine life, and how this experience encouraged Liya to found Alula.
May 04, 2021
56. How Technology Brings Comfort to Grievers with co-founders of AFTR Joseph Schechter and Beth Reinetz
In this episode, the co-founders of AFTR join host @BrookeLJames to discuss how they leveraged technology to bring comfort and allow Beth to participate in a grieving ritual when she could not be there in person due to the pandemic, how the online grief community has been of great comfort, and how they continue to connect with their father after his passing. - 10% off the product using TGC10
April 27, 2021
55. How Grief and Anxiety Effect Our Brains with Trauma Therapist Meghan Riordan Jarvis
In this episode host @BrookeLJames is joined by trauma and grief informed therapist @Meghan.Riordan.Jarvis to talk about how grief and anxiety effect our brains. Brooke and Meghan talk about how they found resources after a loss, how do you support people you care about who are going through a loss, and what is going in in our brains after a loss.
April 20, 2021
54. Perspective on Societal Expectations of Male Grieving with Zach Weismann, Founder of Mag Impact Collective
In this episode, host @BrookeLJames is joined by @ZachWeismann, Founder of Mag Impact Collective, to discuss the difference in expectations between caregivers across genders, how to balance work and caregiving, and societal expectations on male grievers.  CW - mention of suicidal ideation Zach's TedX talk -
April 13, 2021
53. Modernizing Memorials with Miles Adams and Max Lemper-Tabatsky, Co-Founders of Oak Tree Memorials and Loyal Memorials
In this episode co-founders of @oaktreememorials and @loyalpetmemorials, Miles Adams and Max Lemper-Tabatsky, join host @brookeljames to talk about their experience in shopping for memorials after a loss and very quickly realizing the experience could be improved. Here at The Grief Coach, we think it's very important to examine the industry and showcase all the amazing people who are making this experience suck less. Miles, Max, and Brooke talk about how things can be better, what it's like to tell people you work in the end-of-life industry, and how their own experiences informed the work they do. - use code thegriefcoach for a 10% discount on products
April 08, 2021
52. How to Project Manage Your Grief With Kerry Hoffman, Head of Global Project Management & Ops at ClassPass
In this episode, host @BrookeLJames is joined by Kerry Hoffman (@soverykerry) where she shares the experience of losing her Father to covid in March 2020 and her experience in grieving during quarantine. Kerry shares wonderful advice on how to make space for grief in your life, what she sends people after a loss, and how we can all do better in talking about grief.
March 30, 2021
51. Coping with Cancer Emotions with Author Cynthia Hayes
Author Cynthia Hayes joins @BrookeLJames to share the story of her cancer diagnosis and all the accompanying emotions. We also discuss the difference between being a cancer patient versus being a caregiver and which was harder. - and buy Cynthia's Book on Amazon or Bookshop Some of the Organizations Cynthia mentions Mount Sinai Woman to Woman Montefiore Medical Center BOLD Buddies Global Focus on Cancer Moving for Life
March 23, 2021
50. What It's Like to Lose Both Parents with Author Rochelle Bugg
In this episode host @BrookeLJames is joined by Author @RochelleBugg whose latest book "Handle WIth Care" explores Rochelle's grief experience of losing her father at 14 to pancreatic cancer and her mother to brain cancer at 25. Rochelle and Brooke discuss Rochelle's experience, what it means to lose both parents, how to talk to others about the grief experience, and how to prepare for administrative pieces of a loved one's death that no one tells you about. Rochelle's Book "Handle With Care" is out March 4
March 09, 2021
49. What it's Like to Grieve as a Medical Professional Dr. Darien Sutton (Emergency Medicine Physician and ABC News Medical Contributor)
In this episode, @doctor.darien joins host @brookeljames to discuss how losing a beloved family member his first year of medical school had a profound impact on how he interacts with patients and families, what it's like for the medical team when a patient does not have advanced directive paperwork, the lasting impact of covid on all of us (and specifically the medical community) Find Darien on Instagram at @doctor.darien and on twitter at @DoctorDarienMD
March 02, 2021
48. Living After Surviving WIth Motivational Speaker Kelli Chu
In this episode, host @BrookeLJames is joined by Kelli Chu (@mzchu) who shares her experience of losing mobility after a car accident. Kelli and Brooke discuss what it was like for Kelli to experience an accident in a foreign country, resilience after loss, the perspective they've gained from grief (and if they would give it back or not), and how to talk to those who've experienced something hard.
February 25, 2021
47. Writing To Make Sense of Grief with Writer and Social Scientist Beth Duckles
CW: suicide In this episode host @BrookeLJames is joined by Beth Duckles, @BDuckles, who shares how she used writing to make sense of the sudden loss of her mother to a brain aneurysm. Beth and Brooke also discuss how we talk to those who are grieving and how to move through our own grief. Beth's Writing: The Two Suicides That Changed My Life -
February 16, 2021
46. How Grief Changes Us with Tara Sroka, Founder of Bringing Death Into Life
In this episode, host @BrookeLJames speaks with Tara Sroka, founder of @BringingDeathIntoLife on how grief evolves as time goes on, how to talk to those going through a loss, how grief helps us find our purpose, and more.
February 10, 2021
45. Using Presence and Creativity to Work Through Grief with Patricia de Picciotto
In this episode, host @BrookeLJames is joined by Patricia de Piccioto who started the Instagram community @NeshamaJourney in an effort to find people who she shared an experience with after the loss of her mother. Patricia and Brooke discuss how important it is to take the time to work through your feelings, how important movement and creativity are in moving through loss, and why it is so important to talk about the people we miss.
February 04, 2021
44. Setting boundaries and Grieving Difficult Relationships with Amy Santee
CW: Suicide, Abuse, Addicition In this episode, Amy Santee joins host @BrookeLJames to talk about losing her mother to alcoholism. Amy shares what it's like to grieve a parent she did not have a strong relationship with, what it's like to watch someone you love struggle with addiction, how to set boundaries when going through a loss, and how losing a parent early brings on grief for all the things that could be. 
January 29, 2021
43. How Loss Affects Marriage with The Dineens
In this episode, host @BrookeLJames is joined by Sean and Renee Dineen to talk about how the loss of Shawn's father showed up in their marriage. Thank you to Sean and Renee for this honest conversation that covers how grief affects the nuclear family, how to model grief for children, and how to shepherd the family towards a new normal after a loss.
January 14, 2021
42. The Beauty of What Remains with Author and Rabbi Steve Leder
In this episode host @brookeljames speaks with @steve_leder on life, love and loss. Steve's fourth book is out from Avery Books today, January 5th. Steve speaks about what being a rabbi taught him about loss, how the loss of his father informed his work as a rabbi, the concept of an ethical will, how we write our own eulogies, and more. The Beauty of What Remains is available from Bookshop and wherever else you get your books.
January 06, 2021
41. Healing a Relationship After a Diagnosis with Jenn Welch, Comedian and Host of the LadyHD Podcast, Founder of Dead Dad Tinder
In this episode, host @BrookeLJames is joined by @JennWelchNow host of the @LadyHDPod and Founder of @DeadDadTinder where they talk about similarities between grief and ADHD, how to understand feelings of wanting to date after a loss, and how Jenn's time with her father after his cancer diagnosis healed their relationship.
December 30, 2020
40. How Loss Prepared us for dealing with a Pandemic with Noah James, Co-founder of The Covid Grief Network
In this episode, host @BrookeLJames speaks with Noah James (no relation) co-founder of The Covid Grief Network @covidgrief on how losing a parent prepared them for the discomfort in dealing with a pandemic. They discuss what motivated Noah to start the Covid Grief Network, how to take care of yourself leading up to the holidays, the notion of a grief expert, and the relief in finding a community who has experienced loss.
December 16, 2020
39. Lessons from cycling with Author of Cycle of Lives, David Richman
Author David Richman joins host @BrookeLJames to share his experience in losing his sister and how it motivated him to explore how trauma impacts cancer journeys. In addition to his work as an author and interviewer, David fundraiser for various cancer charities through athletcism. He ran for 24 hours straight to honor his sister and after conducting hundreds of hours of interviewers with cancer patients, he cycled across the country to meet them all in person. David and host Brooke share that action and movement help them both process -- but David has a bit more endurance than our host. Tune in to hear his perspective on loss as well as his writing journey.
November 17, 2020
38. How First-hand Grief Experience collides with Clinical Training with Behavioral Health Therapist and Licensed Social Worker Colleen Culley
Tw: suicide. In this episode, host @BrookeLJames is joined by Licensed Social Worker and Behavioral Health Therapist Colleen Culley. Colleen's brother died by suicide last year and she shares her story of how her training with mental health impacted her real-life grief experience.
October 27, 2020
37. Making Space to Talk About Grief with Lennon Flowers, Co-Founder of The Dinner Party
In this episode, host @brookeljames is joined by @lennonflowers who shares how her grief experience led her to seek out community and founded @thedinnerparty
October 15, 2020
36. Learning From a Long History of Maternal Death with Coniah Adebayo, Brand Strategist and Founder of The Helpful Habit
In this episode, host @BrookeLJames speaks with Coniah Adebayo, founder of @thehelpfulhabit on what it's like to grow up in a family struck by breast cancer. Coniah shares how losing her mom at age 13 shaped her views on life, what it's like to deal with grief comparison, how premature death in the Black community affects families, and the importance of paperwork.
September 29, 2020
35. Experiencing Loss Abroad with Diplomat, Attorney, Emmy Award-Winning Journalist, and Writer Jennifer Klarman Santiago
In this episode host @BrookeLJames is joined by diplomat, attorney, Emmy award-winning journalist, and writer Jennifer Klarman Santiago (@pawsandprose). Jen lost her fiance while serving in the foreign service in Belize, she shares her story of experiencing loss in a place you don't have strong community ties, repatriating a body and planning a funeral without a strong grasp on the language, and how running and writing helped her process her grief.
September 16, 2020
34. How Losing Her Father Turned Her Into A Workplace Safety Advocate with Ashling Boyd, founder of CB Safety
In this episode, host @brookeljames speaks with Ashling Boyd, founder of on how losing her father to a workplace fatality motivated her to become an advocate in the space. We also touch on how losing her father motivated her to get her paperwork in order (Brooke's favorite topic!), and how it shifted her relationship with her mom.
September 09, 2020
33. Learning from Grief with Author Dara Kurtz
In this episode, Author Dara Kurtz (@crazyperflife) joins host @BrookeLJames to speak about losing her mom weeks after giving birth to her daughter, how watching her mom battle cancer influenced how she processed her own cancer diagnosis, and working through and learning from your grief.  Book Summary: A few weeks after Dara Kurtz had her first child, her mom passed away. So many times over the years, Dara has longed to talk to her mom, seek her guidance, and ask her what she thought about the life she has created for herself. An unexpected discovery of a Ziplock bag of letters, written to Dara by her mom and grandmothers, changed everything. One day, longing for contact with the strong women who had loved and raised her, she re-read the letters. They brought back beautiful family memories and taught her many life lessons; they caused her to reflect on the priceless love between mothers and daughters and how wisdom and traditions can be passed on from one generation to the next. Dara’s story inspires us to strengthen the bonds between mothers and daughters, to remember family traditions, to let go of the pain of loss, and to make the most of each day of our lives. Preorder Dara's book I Am My Mother's Daughter: Wisdom of Life, Loss and Love
September 01, 2020
32. Getting Real with Grief with Jayme Aills, host of Grief Unfiltered
In this week's episode, host @brookeljames gets REAL with Jayme Aills, host of @griefunfiltered. They talk about their experiences on dealing with grief differently than their siblings, how Jayme planned a wedding a few months after her mom's passing (she does not recommend this), why talking about grief is important, and how the experience of watching their parents die in hospice changed both of their perspective forever.
August 18, 2020
31. Using Comedy To Handle Hard Things with Host of Stage 4 Clinger, Comedian and Producer Kate Nicholls
In this episode, guest @katenichollzz (host of @stage4clingers)and host @brookeljames talks about how Kate uses comedy to deal with hard things, how to be more compassionate with yourself when dealing with life, and why Kate chose to start a podcast with her mom following her stage 4 cancer diagnosis.
August 04, 2020
30. What It's Like To Be A Homicide Survivor with Author and Podcaster Jan Canty
Do you ever wonder why after a homicide, we hear about the victim and the perpetrator but never the people who are left to pick up the pieces? In 1984, Jan Canty's life was turned upside down. Upon finding out her husband was murdered she also found out that he was living a double life. In this episode, host @brookeljames and guest Jan Canty discuss surviving homicide (media frenzy and all), how to deal with conflicted grief, and how to find closure. Head to Jan Canty's website to learn about her book A Life Divided and her podcast The Domino Effect of Murder
July 28, 2020
29. How Stillbirth Changed My Perspective with Coach Katrina Ubell, MD
In the latest episode, host @brookeljames speaks with former pediatrician and weight-loss coach for physicians, @coachkatrinaubellmd. Katrina shares her experience with stillbirth, what she found supportive after her loss, and how loss gave her clarity and perspective on shifting gears in her career.
July 21, 2020
28. How Grief Manifests in the Black American Experience
In this episode, Nikiesha McLennon, founder of The Corporate Doula, and Malakai Bailey share their experience of being Black in America. This episode came about when Nikiesha and Brooke were discussing the protests and Nikiesha asked Brooke if she was going to cover the collective grief in Black Americans. Nikiesha and Malakai share their experience and perspective on how grief manifests itself in a name, how they can't bring their whole self to work, and what the protests have sparked for them. Additionally, Nikiesha and Malakai share things that white people think are helpful to say in light of our current racial justice awakening but actually are not.  @kieesh; @the_corporatedoula @malakaibee @brookeljames; @the_griefcoach
June 23, 2020
27. Cleaning Out Your Loved Ones Home with Professional Organizer and Coach Shira Gill
In this episode, Professional Organizer @ShiraGill joins host @BrookeLJames to discuss cleaning out the home of a loved one. Shira and Brooke have very different styles on what they chose to keep after losing their fathers so you'll get to hear Shira's case for minimalism juxtaposed with Brooke wanting to keep everything her dad touched. They discuss cleaning strategies, how they both learned more about their fathers in going through their things, and what other family members wanted.
June 16, 2020
26. Losing A Sibling with Laura Obier, Mrs. Louisiana International 2020
In this episode host @BrookeLJames and Laura Obier discuss the loss of a sibling, reflecting on supporting a loved one before their death (and how we would have done it differently), and how grief changes family dynamics. Laura Obier is Mrs. Lousiana International and her platform is spreading hope through grief - something we definitely support here at The Grief Coach. for 10% off your first month of therapy
June 09, 2020
25. Self-love and Dating After Loss with Jonathon Aslay, Author, Relationship Coach and Podcaster
In this episode, host @BrookeLJames speaks with Relationship Coach @JonathonAslay on what to keep in mind when dating after a loss. How do you know when you're ready, what should you look out for in a partner after sharing a loss, the difference between showing empathy and sympathy, and how important self-love is in getting through a loss.
May 26, 2020
24. Resilience After Loss with Sashka Rothschild, Founder and CEO of Flowt
In this episode, Sashka Rothschild founder of @letsflowt, joins host @BrookeLJames for a conversation about building resilience after loss. Sashka shares what she learned after experiencing loss, what it's like to build a business and fundraise for a grief-focused business, and what can we do to change the cultural conversation on grief and loss.
May 13, 2020
23. How to Plan a Virtual Funeral with Christina Andreola, Founder of New Narrative Memorials
In this episode, host @BrookeLJames speaks with Christina Andreola, founder of @newnarrativememorials about considerations to be made when planning a virtual funeral. Christina shares her expertise on how we should be navigating this unchartered territory as we move for the time being to virtual remembrances.  New Narrative: Free Ebooks by New Narrative & LifeWeb 360 1. Guide For Families on Creating Virtual Ceremony 2. Guide for Funeral Directors  The Grief Coach:
May 05, 2020
22. Grieving During A Pandemic with Kiley Zeiler, Founder of The Rest
Host Brooke James and Kiley Ziler, founder of @_therest_ discuss what it's like to experience loss during a pandemic when all the grieving rituals we know are upended. Kiley recently lost her grandfather to natural causes and shares her experience in grieving separately from her family, planning a virtual funeral, and how she found comfort in these unprecedented times.  Kiley is the founder of The Rest, whose goal is to improve the end-of-life experiences for families.
April 28, 2020
21. Loss of a Pet with Stephanie Rogers, Grief Counselor at Lap of Love
In this episode, host @brookeljames and guest Stephanie Rogers, Grief Counselor at Lap of Love. Brooke and Stephanie discuss what it's like to lose a pet, how to talk to those who are grieving, and what grief can teach us.
April 21, 2020
20. Nourishing Yourself: Talking Grief, Appetite, Cooking and Corona with Amber Gentry, Founder of Health and Discovery
Amber Gentry, Health Coach and Founder of Health and Discovery and podcast host @BrookeLJames discuss the often unmentioned relationship between appetite, eating, and grief. They answer questions like "Why do some of us lose our appetite while some of us are ravenous?",  "What kind of foods will make you feel better when you feel like your world is falling apart?", "Why do so many people bring over a casserole after a death?" They talk about what foods to send to someone you love who is grieving a loss, how cooking can be grounding, and how our relationship with food and cooking is changing amidst the coronavirus pandemic.
April 14, 2020
19. Grieving Miscarriages and Trying Again with Amy Klein, Author of The Trying Game and NYTimes' Fertility Diary
In this episode host @brookeljames speaks with Amy Klein about her fertility journey. There are so many ways that you can not be pregnant. On this episode Amy and Brooke focus on miscarriages and trying again. We discuss Amy's experience and what it was like, and what not to say to people who have miscarried or are trying to get pregnant. Amy's book, The Trying Game: Get Through Fertility Treatment and Get Pregnant Without Losing Your Mind is out April 7, 2020 from Random House.
April 07, 2020
18. Learning How to Grieve Early with Adam Maclean, founder of
In this episode, host @BrookeLJames speaks with Adam Maclean, founder of on how his early exposure to funerals and grieving shaped his perspective on loss. Adam estimates that he's been to over 75 funerals in his life. We talk about how important it is to support people you love in their grief, how his mom taking him out for ice cream to talk about the deceased shaped a tradition he carries on to this day, and how hospice nurses are actual saints.
March 31, 2020
17. The Grief Process is A Mental Health Process and Other Conversations with Sarah Casden, Co-Founder of Hello Wellness
In this episode host, @brookeljames speaks with @sarahcasden co-founder of @sayhellowellness on how they connected over grief and loss being a mental health issue. Sarah share's her story of keeping her mom's diagnosis a secret until she was in hospice, why even though Sarah lost a parent she considers herself lucky, and how travel shakes up your routine and can be super helpful when grieving.
March 24, 2020
16. What does it really mean to be a caregiver? With Libby Brittain, founder of Quilt
In this episode, host @brookeljames speaks with @libbybrittain, founder of Quilt, on the in's and out's of caregiving. Did you know that 34 million people in the United States provide unpaid care to someone over 50? And 6 in 10 of those 34 million are doing that while working a full-time job? and 1 in 4 of those 34 people are millennials. Brooke and Libby talk about their own caregiving experiences, how Libby deciding to found quilt, her coaching business to advise those who are caregivers to their parents, and the emotional rollercoaster that is caregiving.  Libby provides helpful strategies in how to have discussions with your parents and siblings around caregiving, and how to reframe things for yourself so you don't get overwhelmed while caregiving. We also talk about #coronavirus and how for a lot of us it's a preview into what caring for our parents is like.
March 17, 2020
15. Caring for Those At The End Of Life with Amy Levine, Executive Director of The Doula Program
In this episode, host @BrookeLJames sits down with Amy Levine, Executive Director of The Doula Program To Accompany And Comfort to talk about how we care for and speak to those near the end of life. We discuss how being vulnerable in your needs and communication is beneficial to both you and the person in end-of-life care, how not talking about end-of-life as a society is detrimental to us, and with her background on geriatric psychiatry, we talked about better ways to talk to people who are older, but not dying. The Doula Program: The Grief Coach:
March 10, 2020
14. Intentional Living, Legacy, and God with Kreis Beall, Author and Co-founder of Blackberry Farm
In this episode, @KreisBeall joins host @BrookeLJames to discuss what loss taught her about intentional living and honoring the legacy of those we've lost. In three years Kreis lost her son, her father and her mother-in-law and had a unique experience with each of those losses. Kreis speaks beautifully about what each of those losses showed her, and touches on Brooke's favorite subject, how setting up your affairs is an act of love for those who are left behind.  Kreis recently published a memoir The Great Blue Hills of God with Convergent Books which dives deeper into her life. Pick up a copy to read her story.
March 03, 2020
13. Talking About Wills Won't Kill You -- T&E Attorney Roxy Hammett Breaks Down What Millennials Need to Know About End-of-Life Paperwork
In episode 13 host @BrookeLJames brings on Roxanna Hammett, a Trust and Estates Attorney from Chiesa Shahinian & Giantomasi PC, to discuss what you actually need to know about end-of-life paperwork. People don't talk about this subject and often times the first time they are thinking about this is after someone dies. However, this is something that you should be thinking about every few years. Roxy and Brooke discuss what do we as millennials actually need to know about wills, why wills are important to have even if you think you don't have any assets, how to convince your parents to make a will if they don't already have one, and what happens if your parent dies and they don't have a will (hint: a mess). Talking to your loved ones about their end-of-life paperwork is one of the things Brooke feels strongest about and she's very excited to present this episode. Enjoy! The Grief Coach Instagram: @the_griefcoach The Grief Coach Website:
February 19, 2020
12. Love Advice From My Dead Dad with Casey Blue James
In episode 12, host @brookeljames has her cousin @caseybluejames on the pod to talk about "what would Beau do?" After all, his advice was legendary. Brooke and her cousin Casey would often talk about their romantic life with Beau and they are sharing what they advised them to do. Brooke also talks about finding her dad's dating app profiles and taking them down, and how they honor his advice to this day. 
February 11, 2020
11. Thriving versus Surviving: Living with grief and PTSD With Megan Hillukka of Cultivated Family
In episode 11 of The Grief Coach, host @BrookeLJames interviews Megan Hillukka, founder of Carrying Grief and the host of the @CultivatedFamily podcast on her experience with the loss of her daughter Aria and her grief journey. Megan and Brooke discuss navigating loss, their experiences with therapy, how self-care can be hard work, and how to thrive after grief.  They also discuss why they have chosen to build the resources that they have built.  Megan's Website: Free mini-course Who Am I?: The Grief Coach: The Grief Coach Instagram:
February 04, 2020
10. Grieving people we've never met and reminders from tragedy
In this week's episode host @BrookeLJames talks about grieving celebrities in the wake of the helicopter accident that killed Kobe Bryant. She talks about what feelings it brought up for her, has suggestions for how to deal with grief of celebrities and people you know, and reminders for a well-lived life because nothing is certain.  Reach out at
January 28, 2020
09. It costs *how* much to bury someone? And other musings with Liz Eddy of Lantern
In episode 9, Lantern CEO Liz Eddy joins host Brooke James to talk about the financial cost of death, something most of us never think about until we are faced with the bill. This is not the best time to be learning about the cost of death for the first time as emotions are high and it's easy to make decisions that you wouldn't necessarily make with a clear head. Liz and Brooke also discuss the benefits of pre-planning, innovation in the "death-tech" industry (Hint: dying well is trendy), and personal experiences with grief on social media.  Find lantern on social at @followlantern and online at Find the grief coach on social @the_griefcoach and online at
January 21, 2020
08. Different grief experiences between sudden and expected death
In episode 8, host @BrookeLJames talks with @marenmiller1 on her experience with losing her mother suddenly. Brooke and Maren the difference in their grief experience of a sudden versus an expected loss of a parent. @the_griefcoach
January 14, 2020
07. How to talk to children about grief and other advice with the COPE foundation
In Episode 7, host @BrookeLJames brings on Adam Rabinovitch, Executive Director of The Cope Foundation (@Copefoundation.camperinnyc), and he discusses how his own experience with childhood grief drew him to the work he does today. The Cope Foundation provides support services for bereaved parents and children who have lost a child or sibling, respectively. We talk about how children grieve at different developmental stages, how to talk to them about what is happening, and suggestions for including them in the grieving process.  You can find The Grief Coach on social at @the_griefcoach and send any feedback or ideas for future episodes to
January 07, 2020
06. Reflections on first milestones and new traditions
In episode 6 host @brookeljames reflects on her dad's birthday (Dec 22) and the holidays, grieving places and old traditions, how to make new traditions, how to honor grief, and how she got through the holiday season.
December 31, 2019
05. How attitudes towards the death industry have changed with Elizabeth Meyer Karansky of Farewelling
In episode 5 we have OG @lyzymeyer on for an interview. After losing her father in her early twenties, Liz left the world of fashion and PR to work in a funeral home. We talk about her experience with her father's death, why she decided to join the death industry, how attitudes towards those working in the industry have changed in the past decade, Liz's new venture @myfarewelling and more! You can find us on instagram @the_griefcoach or reach out at
December 17, 2019
04. Talk to your loved ones about their paperwork
In this episode of The Grief Coach, host @brookeljames talks about four very important pieces of paperwork: power of attorney, health care proxy, living will and last will & testament. We all know that these are important, but so many of us have a difficult time talking to loved ones about what these documents contain and where the signed originals are kept. If you don't have them and know what's in them, it's an unnecessary variable in a very stressful time in your life.  The timing of this episode is such to encourage you to have conversations about these documents before you spend time with your loved ones over the holidays. If you have questions, don't hesitate to reach out to or DM @the_griefcoach.
December 11, 2019
03. How to support a partner in their grief
In this episode of The Grief Coach host @brookeLjames brings on the show's first guest, Hannah, to talk about how to support a partner through a loss. Hannah's now-husband lost his father suddenly six months before they got married. We discuss how to balance two different styles of grieving, how they chose to honor his memory at their wedding, and if it's ever possible to experience uninterrupted happiness again after a monumental loss. You can find The Grief Coach on Instagram at @the_griefcoach and send any feedback or ideas for future episodes to Please note there is a minor audio issue in the last minute and a half. I thought that Hannah's advice was great which is why I didn't cut it.
December 02, 2019
02. Grief on social media
In episode 2 of The Grief Coach host, @brookeljames talks about grief on social media. Why do people grieve on social media? What should you consider before posting about a death on social media? How do you shut down a loved one's social media? And what the hell is going on with the memories algorithm?  You can find us on instagram at @the_griefcoach, reach out at and online at
November 26, 2019
01. "I'm sorry for your loss" and other misguided things people say
In the debut episode of The Grief Coach host @BrookeLJames talks about what is actually the right thing to say to someone experiencing a loss. Then at 14:25 she gives ideas for things to send to someone grieving besides flowers.  You can find The Grief Coach on instagram @the_griefcoach and please feel free to reach out to
November 20, 2019