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Grief Out Loud

Remember the last time you tried to talk about grief and suddenly everyone left the room? Grief Out Loud is opening up this often avoided conversation because grief is hard enough without having to go through it alone. We bring you a mix of personal stories, tips for supporting children, teens, and yourself, and interviews with bereavement professionals. Platitude and cliché-free, we promise! Grief Out Loud is hosted by Jana DeCristofaro and produced by Dougy Center: The National Grief Center Children & Families in Portland, Oregon. www.dougy.org
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Now displaying: June, 2023

Remember the last time you tried to talk about grief and suddenly everyone left the room? Grief Out Loud is opening up this often avoided conversation because grief is hard enough without having to go through it alone. We bring you a mix of personal stories, tips for supporting children, teens, and yourself, and interviews with bereavement professionals. Platitude and cliché-free, we promise! Grief Out Loud is hosted by Jana DeCristofaro and produced by The Dougy Center for Grieving Children & Families in Portland, Oregon.

Jun 23, 2023

When Kelly S. Thompson and her older sister Meghan were children, they were close. Meghan was Kelly’s protector and constant as they moved around as a military family. Things shifted when Meghan hit adolescence and started using substances. Their connection disintegrated and they spent years barely in touch. When Meghan stopped using, they came back together and worked to rebuild trust and repair their relationship. Then, on the same day Meghan gave birth to her second child, she was diagnosed with a cancer that would end her life in less than two years. Kelly became her primary caregiver, going with Meghan to treatment and being with her in the hospital up until the last few moments of her life. Before she died, Meghan made Kelly promise to write their story. Kelly kept that promise with her new memoir, Still, I Cannot Save You.  

We discuss: 

  • The arc of Kelly & Meghan’s relationship 

  • The process of repairing that relationship 

  • What it was like to care for Meghan after her cancer diagnosis 

  • Kelly’s relationship with survival mode 

  • Why the grocery store kicks up her grief 

  • The ways writing helps Kelly cope and stay connected to Meghan 

  • How Meghan loved Kelly (without condition or hesitation) 

  • The ongoing heaviness of grief 

  • Answering the question “How do I keep moving in a world that doesn’t have this brilliant human being in it?” 

Jun 16, 2023

Jamie Thrower is a Queer death doula, end-of-life educator, and grief guide in Portland, OR. She is also the founder of the Queer Grief Club which provides inclusive non-traditional grief support offerings for those grieving both death and non-death losses. Jamie knows from her personal experience of grieving the deaths of her parents and her daughter, Birdie, who she and her wife lost in the second trimester, just how important it is for grief support to be reflective of identity, relationships, family constellations, and community. 

We get into:

  • Grieving as a queer person right now and the importance of community & connection.
  • Why the grocery store is so challenging when you’re grieving.
  • The origins of the Queer Grief Club and how it’s different than traditional grief support.
  • How the deaths of her parents and daughter shape the work she does in end-of-life and grief education.
  • The importance of queer specific spaces in grief.
  • Being queer in the gendered world of baby loss grief support.
  • Breaking down the binaries that get created in grief.  
  • What grief has been saying to Jamie lately. 

https://jamiethrower.com

https://www.instagram.com/queergriefclub/

Jun 8, 2023

Even though most of us know and accept that grief doesn't have an end point, it can still be surprising to witness how much it impacts almost every aspect of our lives, including our relationships. This was true for Daniel, who was two days away from his 8th birthday when his father died of a brain tumor. When he was a kid, grief impacted Daniel's relationship with a sense of safety and security. As a young adult, it affected what he was looking for in his dating relationships. Throughout his life, it's shaped who and how he feels safe and comfortable connecting with. 

We discuss:

  • What Daniel remembers about getting the news that his dad was going to die.
  • How the enormity of this loss became more real as he got older.
  • The challenges he faced with trusting men, which affected his experience as gay man.
  • How his coming out process may have been different if his dad was still alive.
  • The parallels Daniels found in coming out as gay and coming out as having a parent who died - how both have left him feeling othered. 
  • How his grief impacted his dating relationships.
  • What he's learned from volunteering in a peer grief support group for young children.
  • What he's come to understand about grief over time. 
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