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L.E.A.P: Listen, Engage, Allow and Process on Your Healing Journey

Susan E. Casey

Welcome to the L.E.A.P Podcast with Susan E. Casey, a mental health therapist, author and grief and loss expert. Every week we will hear from a courageous young person who will share their painful yet transformational story to offer you a dose of hope and inspiration. Remember that no matter how dark and hopeless the days feel, light and hope live right around the corner. Embrace your awesomeness and leap with us into light and healing. Be sure to leave us a rating and review, and subscribe to the show!

044: Coping with the Sudden Death of My Dad with Alexa Norton
1w ago
044: Coping with the Sudden Death of My Dad with Alexa Norton
**TRIGGER WARNING** This episode covers sensitive subject matter and is not suitable for all listeners. If this topic could be a trigger for you, listen to this episode with a friend, a sibling, a loved one or a parent so you can talk about any emotions that come up for you. The contents of this episode are not intended to replace therapy and should not be taken as such. If you need immediate help, please call the crisis hotline listed below in our resources.   In this episode, Alexa Norton joins me to share about her father’s sudden death while skiing, and how she and her family picked up the pieces after he was gone.   Alexa Norton was born and raised in Salt Lake City, Utah, and currently lives in San Diego. She has three older sisters and has been married for five years. She has taken her grief, surrounding the death of her father and transformed it into light and healing for all those she crosses paths with. Listen in as we talk about: [1:40] Alexa’s dad’s upbringing, how he was adopted, and how she learned about his past after his death[3:00] Her dad’s skiing accident and sudden death[10:00] How difficult it was to watch her mom and family grieve [16:45] How they navigated grief individually and as a family[23:20] How her dad’s death changed her perspective on life[27:00] How Alexa’s relationships changed after the loss of her dad[40:20] The signs Alexa has received from her dad [45:00] What self love looks like now Resources mentioned in this episode: Rock On: Mining for Joy in the Deep River of Sibling Grief by Susan E. Casey Grief Hotline:      Connect with Alexa here: Instagram  Connect with Susan Instagram Facebook YouTube TikTok
043: Angels and Awakening to Spirit with Julie Jancius
15-06-2022
043: Angels and Awakening to Spirit with Julie Jancius
**TRIGGER WARNING** This episode covers sensitive subject matter and is not suitable for all listeners. If this topic could be a trigger for you, listen to this episode with a friend, a sibling, a loved one or a parent so you can talk about any emotions that come up for you. The contents of this episode are not intended to replace therapy and should not be taken as such. If you need immediate help, please call the crisis hotline listed below in our resources.   In this episode, I sit down with one of my favorite podcasters, Julie Jancius.    We talk all about our intuition, awakening to Spirit, and communicating with angels.   Julie is wife to Blake, mama to their beautiful daughter and two fur babies, and has been talking to Angels her whole life.    She is a soul who's here to teach, spread hope and help you get you back on your path!    She is here to teach you how to live from the vibrations of love, joy, peace, bliss, ease and grace, which she calls living in Oneness.    Listen in as we talk about: [3:00] How Julie’s ability to connect to the other side developed[12:20] Do we always miss our intuitive nudges?[13:00] The 3 layers of consciousness [20:00] Following life’s ‘breadcrumbs’ and evolving into our next life experience[28:20] What it means to be able to sit in the silence and hear the nudges[46:30] What self love means to Julie Resources mentioned in this episode: Rock On: Mining for Joy in the Deep River of Sibling Grief by Susan E. Casey15 Day Free Trial to Julie’s Angel Membership: The Awakened Brain by Lisa Miller Angel Awakening Podcast Grief Hotline:      Connect with Julie here: InstagramFacebookBlogwww.theangelmedium.com Connect with Susan Instagram Facebook YouTube TikTok
042: Preparing for the Death of a Parent with Tasha Walsh
08-06-2022
042: Preparing for the Death of a Parent with Tasha Walsh
**TRIGGER WARNING** This episode covers sensitive subject matter and is not suitable for all listeners. If this topic could be a trigger for you, listen to this episode with a friend, a sibling, a loved one or a parent so you can talk about any emotions that come up for you. The contents of this episode are not intended to replace therapy and should not be taken as such. If you need immediate help, please call the crisis hotline listed below in our resources.   In this episode, my dear friend and colleague Tasha Walsh joins me to talk about her mother’s passing and how she used her background in hospice care to make the end of her life special and beautiful.   Tasha Walsh has been a leader in the healthcare industry for over 25 years. As a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and a Professional Certified Coach, she has helped organizations develop a positive workplace culture while implementing best practices in their service line.    She has particular passion and expertise in Integrated Care: the blending of behavioral and physical health. Since early 2016, she has served as the Executive Director at Rockbridge Area Hospice in Lexington, VA.  She is currently on the Board of the Virginia Association for Hospices and Palliative Care and is a faculty of the Healthcare Coaching Institute.  Listen in as we talk about: [1:45] What is Hospice Care[4:10] Debunking hospice myths[5:50] Tasha’s story and who her mom was[10:40] The emotions and complexity in dealing with caring for her mother from a different country [14:00] Learning about her mom’s diagnosis of end stage renal failure and leukemia [19:20] The process of saying goodbye to her mom[23:00] Providing hospice care for her mom [30:30] How Tasha reintegrated back into her life after the spiritual experience of her mother’s death Resources mentioned in this episode: Rock On: Mining for Joy in the Deep River of Sibling Grief by Susan E. Casey   Grief Hotline:      Connect with Tasha here: LinkedInFacebook  Connect with Susan Instagram Facebook YouTube TikTok
041: Losing Our Daughter Sara at the London Bridge Terrorist Attack with Julie and Mark Wallace
01-06-2022
041: Losing Our Daughter Sara at the London Bridge Terrorist Attack with Julie and Mark Wallace
**TRIGGER WARNING** This episode covers sensitive subject matter and is not suitable for all listeners. If this topic could be a trigger for you, listen to this episode with a friend, a sibling, a loved one or a parent so you can talk about any emotions that come up for you. The contents of this episode are not intended to replace therapy and should not be taken as such. If you need immediate help, please call the crisis hotline listed below in our resources.   In this episode, I sit down with Julie and Mark Wallace, who lost their daughter Sara at just 21 years old when she was stabbed at the London Bridge Terror Attack in June of 2017.   Julie and Mark are the founders of SARZ Sanctuary, a Sanctuary and Foundation created in Sara’s honor.   What happened to Sara is tragic, but how her memory lives on through her parents is transformational. Julie and Mark take us on the journey of healing through this deep loss. Listen in as we talk about: [4:00] Who Sara was[7:00] How Sara ended up at the London Bridge Terrorist Attack[12:50] Getting the call that Sara had passed away [17:00] What happened after they found out the news [22:40] The journey navigating their grief individually and as a family[34:00] How Julie and Mark feel towards the terrorist that took their daughter’s life[48:30] What self love looks like for Julie and Mark now   Resources mentioned in this episode: Rock On: Mining for Joy in the Deep River of Sibling Grief by Susan E. Casey Deborah Hanlon episodeThe Australian Story – Meet You In Paris: Morning Britain:   Grief Hotline:      Connect with Julie and Mark here:  FacebookInstagram Connect with Susan Instagram Facebook YouTube TikTok
040: How to Cope with Ambiguous Loss with Dr. Pauline Boss
25-05-2022
040: How to Cope with Ambiguous Loss with Dr. Pauline Boss
**TRIGGER WARNING** This episode covers sensitive subject matter and is not suitable for all listeners. If this topic could be a trigger for you, listen to this episode with a friend, a sibling, a loved one or a parent so you can talk about any emotions that come up for you. The contents of this episode are not intended to replace therapy and should not be taken as such. If you need immediate help, please call the crisis hotline listed below in our resources.   Have you heard of the term ‘Ambiguous Loss’?   Dr. Pauline Boss coined this term in the 1970s. Today, the term is used in professional discourse as well as in the general public and arts communities.   In her new book, she asks, “How do we begin to cope with loss that cannot be resolved?” Which is what we’re speaking about in this conversation.   Pauline Boss, PhD, is emeritus professor at University of Minnesota. She is known worldwide for developing the theory of ambiguous loss and as a pioneer in the interdisciplinary study of family stress management. Dr. Boss is the author of Loss, Trauma, and Resilience: Therapeutic Work with Ambiguous Loss in addition to The Myth of Closure: Ambiguous Loss in a Time of Pandemic and Change.  Listen in as we talk about: [2:00] The definition of Ambiguous Loss[7:15] How to live with deep trauma and ambiguous loss[12:15] How to hold space for people who have experienced ambiguous loss[16:00] The difference between sadness and depression[34:50] Tips to manage the stress after loss[41:40] An excerpt from Dr. Boss’ book[43:30] How to become more present with our loved ones   Resources mentioned in this episode: Rock On: Mining for Joy in the Deep River of Sibling Grief by Susan E. CaseyBooks written by Dr. Boss   Grief Hotline:      Connect with Dr. Boss here:   Connect with Susan Instagram Facebook YouTube TikTok
039: The Aftermath of Losing my Narcissistic Father with Brittany Anderson
18-05-2022
039: The Aftermath of Losing my Narcissistic Father with Brittany Anderson
**TRIGGER WARNING** This episode covers sensitive subject matter and is not suitable for all listeners. If this topic could be a trigger for you, listen to this episode with a friend, a sibling, a loved one or a parent so you can talk about any emotions that come up for you. The contents of this episode are not intended to replace therapy and should not be taken as such. If you need immediate help, please call the crisis hotline listed below in our resources.   Narcissism is a hard topic, and it’s no different for my guest Brittany Anderson. In this episode, Brittany shares her story of losing her sister to cerebral palsy at a young age and choosing to end the relationship with her father due to his narcissistic tendencies.   As you’ll hear in our conversation, Brittany’s experience was so profound given the estranged relationship she had with her father and the grief she was left to navigate after his passing.    Brittany Anderson began her career as the COO for Sweet Financial Services, a premiere wealth planning firm that specializes in helping people live their retirement dreams. Brittany’s true passion lies in helping people become the best version of themselves, which is why she partnered with Bryan Sweet to create Dare to Dream Enterprises, which helps growth-minded individuals focus on all things positive, while striving to achieve their greatest aspirations in life.    Brittany lives in rural Sherburn, MN with her husband David and daughter's Jersey & Stella. In her free time she enjoys spending quality time with her family, working on the latest repurposing project and spending time outdoors.Listen in as we talk about: [3:45] Brittany’s relationship with her dad and choosing to have him not be a part of her life[5:00] Processing the loss of her father [9:00] How her father influenced Brittany’s sister to stop talking to her[13:00] The differences between both griefs [18:30] What Brittany’s grief work looked like[31:00] The beauty that has bloomed with experienced tragedy [35:00] The importance of forgiveness[40:00] What self love means to Brittany now   Resources mentioned in this episode: Rock On: Mining for Joy in the Deep River of Sibling Grief by Susan E. Casey Imagine. Act. Inspire: A Daily Journal by Brittany Anderson   Grief Hotline:      Connect with Brittany here: InstagramLinkedInPinterest brittany@sweetfinancial.com   Connect with Susan Instagram Facebook YouTube TikTok
038: Healing Past Trauma Through the Loss of My Father and Stepfather with Naila Francis
11-05-2022
038: Healing Past Trauma Through the Loss of My Father and Stepfather with Naila Francis
**TRIGGER WARNING** This episode covers sensitive subject matter and is not suitable for all listeners. If this topic could be a trigger for you, listen to this episode with a friend, a sibling, a loved one or a parent so you can talk about any emotions that come up for you. The contents of this episode are not intended to replace therapy and should not be taken as such. If you need immediate help, please call the crisis hotline listed below in our resources.   In this episode, Naila Francis shares her story of navigating the depths of grief after the death of her father and stepfather.    She shares how the losses she experienced completely transformed her life and personal vocation.   Naila Francis is a writer, grief coach, death midwife and ordained interfaith minister. She holds space and offers ritual and ceremony for people at many of life's sacred thresholds, including birth, marriage, death and other transitional passages.    Her work is often informed by her love of poetry, the gifts of healing rooted in nature and community and her commitment to expanding our grief literacy and death awareness. She is a founding member of Salt Trails, a Philadelphia collective making grief public and visible through community rituals.    For many years, Naila worked as a journalist, interviewing artists from all backgrounds, before finding her way to the vocations of companioning others through grief and dying after suffering several personal losses in her own life, including the death of her father. Listen in as we talk about: [0:55] Excerpt of Naila’s poem about grief[7:00] How her stepfather Lou was the angel in their lives that they didn’t know they needed[11:30] Her father’s diagnosis  [13:00] Navigating her relationship with her dad after her parents’ separation [17:20] Ways she processed the anger she felt towards her dad after he died[21:20] The healing journey Naila went on after the passing of her dad and stepfather[31:00] How her grief changed her life[41:05] What self love looks like for Naila now   Resources mentioned in this episode: Rock On: Mining for Joy in the Deep River of Sibling Grief by Susan E. Casey           Grief Hotline:      Connect with Naila here: InstagramTwitterLinkedInFacebookBlogwww.thishallowedwilderness.com   Connect with Susan Instagram Facebook YouTube TikTok
037: How My Creative Outlet has Helped Me on My Grief Journey with Nkese Lewis
04-05-2022
037: How My Creative Outlet has Helped Me on My Grief Journey with Nkese Lewis
**TRIGGER WARNING** This episode covers sensitive subject matter and is not suitable for all listeners. If this topic could be a trigger for you, listen to this episode with a friend, a sibling, a loved one or a parent so you can talk about any emotions that come up for you. The contents of this episode are not intended to replace therapy and should not be taken as such. If you need immediate help, please call the crisis hotline listed below in our resources.   In this episode, Nkese Lewis joins me to talk about losing her brother Rance. She shares the beautiful story of who Rance was, and how the medical system failed him.   She also talks about how she turned to her creativity to help her as she walks her grief journey.    Nkese is a stay at home wife and mother as well as a craft enthusiast. She is a deep thinker and loves expressing herself through her writing and fashion choices. She is not only passionate about life and living it to the fullest, she is also passionate about her faith and sharing it in loving ways with others.Listen in as we talk about: [4:00] Who Rance was[16:15] The signs she receives from her brother and the comfort it provides on her grief journey[27:50] The power of finding your space and your words after loss[32:10] Nkese’s Shall-Along to honor those who they have lost [35:25] Why people are afraid of dying[38:45] What self love means to Nkese Resources mentioned in this episode: Rock On: Mining for Joy in the Deep River of Sibling Grief by Susan E. Casey Legacy of Love Pattern   Grief Hotline:      Connect with Nkese here: InstagramTwitter   Connect with Susan Instagram Facebook YouTube TikTok
036: Second Act: Life After Losing My Wife with Frank Vaughan
27-04-2022
036: Second Act: Life After Losing My Wife with Frank Vaughan
**TRIGGER WARNING** This episode covers sensitive subject matter and is not suitable for all listeners. If this topic could be a trigger for you, listen to this episode with a friend, a sibling, a loved one or a parent so you can talk about any emotions that come up for you. The contents of this episode are not intended to replace therapy and should not be taken as such. If you need immediate help, please call the crisis hotline listed below in our resources.   In this episode, I sit down with Frank Vaughan who had what he describes as ‘a wonderful life’ before his wife, Anne’s, diagnosis of Metastatic breast cancer in July 2012.   He shares the story of how his life changed after Anne’s battle with cancer and the deep loss(es) he experienced after her passing.    Frank’s story moved me on multiple levels given the depth of losses he experienced, his profound hopelessness and how he reclaimed his life and fully embraced the joy of living again. While Frank’s story is filled with unimaginable loss, his story will offer the grieving both hope and inspiration.    Listen in as we talk about: [2:00] About Frank’s wife Anne, and their life together pre-diagnosis. [6:10] Anne’s devastating breast cancer diagnosis. [9:00] Going into remission and getting diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer.[13:40] Losing his wife, putting down their dog, blowing out his knee, feeling abandoned by his church, and losing his job all around the same time. [23:00] Being introduced to grief at a young age through the passing of his parents.[34:55] How Frank chose to turn his grief into hope and getting a new dog and job.[39:30] How Frank gave himself grace and the space to move through his grief.[43:55] Getting remarried and living the second act of his life.   Resources mentioned in this episode: Rock On: Mining for Joy in the Deep River of Sibling Grief by Susan E. Casey   Grief Hotline:      Connect with Frank here: f.vaughan@verizon.net LinkedIn Connect with Susan Instagram Facebook YouTube TikTok
035: Losing My Son and Grieving as a Mom with Rebecca Clukey
20-04-2022
035: Losing My Son and Grieving as a Mom with Rebecca Clukey
**TRIGGER WARNING** This episode covers sensitive subject matter and is not suitable for all listeners. If this topic could be a trigger for you, listen to this episode with a friend, a sibling, a loved one or a parent so you can talk about any emotions that come up for you. The contents of this episode are not intended to replace therapy and should not be taken as such. If you need immediate help, please call the crisis hotline listed below in our resources.   In this episode, I sit down with Rebecca Clukey, who lost her 25-year-old son Skyler in February 2021 from drugs laced with Fentanyl.    She courageously shares her story and her grieving process in hopes to help others who have lost.    Rebecca shares how the death of her son changed her life, and how she honors who he was every single day.   Listen in as we talk about: [1:00] Who Skyler was[2:35] The life events that led Skyler to self-medicate using prescription drugs[7:00] The story of how Skyler got his hands on those drugs[12:26] Getting kicked out of school, becoming aggressive and eventually moving in with his father[15:50] The events that led to overdosing on drugs laced with fentanyl more than 3 times in 2019, and how it sparked Skyler’s desire to stop using drugs[19:40] How Rebecca found out her son had passed away[26:15] Rebecca’s grieving process[37:45] Some things Rebecca did to survive this time in her life[44:00] How Skyler’s death has transformed Rebecca[48:10] What self love looks like for Rebecca now   Resources mentioned in this episode: Rock On: Mining for Joy in the Deep River of Sibling Grief by Susan E. Casey   Grief Hotline:      Connect with Rebecca here: Instagram Connect with Susan Instagram Facebook YouTube TikTok
034: How Mindsets Shift After Grief with Justin Breen
13-04-2022
034: How Mindsets Shift After Grief with Justin Breen
**TRIGGER WARNING** This episode covers sensitive subject matter and is not suitable for all listeners. If this topic could be a trigger for you, listen to this episode with a friend, a sibling, a loved one or a parent so you can talk about any emotions that come up for you. The contents of this episode are not intended to replace therapy and should not be taken as such. If you need immediate help, please call the crisis hotline listed below in our resources.   How do we navigate the debilitating effects of trauma and grief, yet still develop a resilient mindset?   My guest in this episode is Justin Breen, who is the CEO of the PR firm BrEpic Communications and global connectivity platform BrEpic Network. He is author of the No. 1 International Best-Selling Book, Epic Business, and his second book, Epic Life, which features a foreword from Peter Diamandis, will be released this summer.    Justin is an extremely active member of Strategic Coach 10x and Abundance 360 Summit, and he has an incredible global network of visionaries and exceptional businesses.   Listen in as we talk about: [5:35] His father’s history, the age gap between him and Justin’s mother, and building a life from nothing after serving in the war[13:10] What happened when grief set in years after his father’s passing[17:11] Losing his brother to an overdose and the impact that had on him and his family[29:10] How his mindset shifted through grief    Resources mentioned in this episode: Rock On: Mining for Joy in the Deep River of Sibling Grief by Susan E. CaseyEpic Business by Justin Breen   Grief Hotline:      Connect with Justin here: InstagramTwitterLinkedInFacebook   Connect with Susan Instagram Facebook YouTube TikTok
033: How to Have Unwavering Faith with Lisa Winston
06-04-2022
033: How to Have Unwavering Faith with Lisa Winston
**TRIGGER WARNING** This episode covers sensitive subject matter and is not suitable for all listeners. If this topic could be a trigger for you, listen to this episode with a friend, a sibling, a loved one or a parent so you can talk about any emotions that come up for you. The contents of this episode are not intended to replace therapy and should not be taken as such. If you need immediate help, please call the crisis hotline listed below in our resources.   The human spirit is remarkably strong and resilient. Some people have endured tremendous hardship and unspeakable losses. Often we’ll hear one of these stories and wonder, “How did they find the strength to go on?” While there are so many reasons people find the fortitude and courage to pick up the pieces of their lives and carry on, a common theme among them is their unwavering faith in life.    My guest Lisa Winston shares her story of going through and processing multiple types of losses and grief, from Lyme disease, to breast cancer, and losing her home in a wildfire.    She reminds us that it’s in those darkest moments that we can turn to our spirituality, and the light within us to find a way through and out.   Lisa is a gifted vocalist, #1 international bestselling author, TV host, inspirational speaker, artist and mom.  A life of extreme challenges, including losing her home to wildfire, breast cancer, and neurological-Lyme disease, made her hungry for a deeper connection to Source and determined to find her true calling.     Today, she shares the message that life is always happening FOR you and challenges are sent to refine, not define you. Lisa has produced many influential global summits and is also regularly featured on national radio, podcasts and in magazines such as Thrive Global/Medium Magazine.     She co-hosts The Mindset Reset TV Show, a weekly series which reaches millions worldwide, and is grateful to be mom to her beautiful daughter, Sarah, and to live, teach and speak across the globe with her love and life partner, Dr. Joe Vitale.   Listen in as we talk about: Lisa’s deepest moments of grief in losing her home to a wildfire and then getting diagnosed with breast cancerHow Spirit nudges us when we aren’t listeningLeaning into the nudges to allow change and growthDealing with grief years later in order to move forward How Lisa mustered the courage to change her lifeThe difference between toxic positivity and shifting your mindset Why you need to acknowledge and honor your feelings Resources mentioned in this episode: Rock On: Mining for Joy in the Deep River of Sibling Grief by Susan E. Casey Excuse Me Your Life is Waiting by Lynn Grabhorn  Energy Medicine by Donna Eden Wealth Without Resistance Ebook by Lisa Winston Access Lisa’s course here (password protected – please email us at leapwithsusan@gmail.com for the password). Grief Hotline:  Connect with Lisa here: InstagramTwitterLinkedInFacebookwww.mindsetresettv.comwww.LisaAWinston.com   Connect with Susan Instagram Facebook YouTube TikTok
032: Navigating Anger After the Death of My Brother with Antonella Ditomaso
30-03-2022
032: Navigating Anger After the Death of My Brother with Antonella Ditomaso
**TRIGGER WARNING** This episode covers sensitive subject matter and is not suitable for all listeners. If this topic could be a trigger for you, listen to this episode with a friend, a sibling, a loved one or a parent so you can talk about any emotions that come up for you. The contents of this episode are not intended to replace therapy and should not be taken as such. If you need immediate help, please call the crisis hotline listed below in our resources.   One part of grief work that is difficult and painful to navigate after the death of a loved one is our anger.    Anger can show up in so many ways throughout our grieving process. Angry that we couldn’t fix it, angry that the person is missing out on all that’s happening here on earth, and for Antonella, anger that she didn’t know how sick her brother actually was before he died.   In this episode, we’re talking about the anger that comes with grief, and how Antonella has navigated it in the years since her brother’s passing.   Antonella Ditomaso is  a mom to two amazing teenage boys. When she’s not being a mother, she has the pleasure of working in two industries that she is most passionate about, banking and fitness. She is a full-time Business Account Manager, helping small businesses build their dreams of running a business. She is also a part-time Personal & Fitness trainer, helping people achieve their fitness goals and also encouraging movement everyday. She truly believes movement is medicine for your body, mind and soul.   Listen in as we talk about: Antonella’s brother’s unexpected diagnosis of lung cancerThe impact being kept in the dark about his condition had on her after he passed What grief work looked like, and continues to look like, for AntonellaWhat triggered Antonella to know she needed external helpHow to ask for signs from your loved ones who have crossed overWhy it’s okay to talk about the person you love Resources mentioned in this episode: Rock On: Mining for Joy in the Deep River of Sibling Grief by Susan E. Casey Grief Hotline:  Connect with Antonella here: Instagram Connect with Susan Instagram Facebook YouTube TikTok
031: The Grief Journey with a Partner in Addiction Recovery with Jamie Francis
23-03-2022
031: The Grief Journey with a Partner in Addiction Recovery with Jamie Francis
**TRIGGER WARNING** This episode covers sensitive subject matter and is not suitable for all listeners. If this topic could be a trigger for you, listen to this episode with a friend, a sibling, a loved one or a parent so you can talk about any emotions that come up for you. The contents of this episode are not intended to replace therapy and should not be taken as such. If you need immediate help, please call the crisis hotline listed below in our resources.   Grief and loss isn’t only for those who have lost someone in the physical world. Grief comes in many different forms and in this episode we’re talking about the loss of the kind of life you thought you would have had.   Jamie Francis joins me on the podcast this week to talk about the grief and loss she experienced being married to a man who struggled with alcohol addiction.    Jamie and her husband have been together for 16 years, and in the beginning, their relationship was fun and joyful. As the years went on, and as you’ll hear in this conversation, what was once casual drinking turned into a struggle with alcohol addiction.   Listen in as we talk about: Why Jamie didn’t see the warning signs and red flags initiallyWhat it was like having her husband in rehabThe shame Jamie felt, and the secrets she kept from her friendsHow Jamie’s friendships changed when her husband stopped drinkingThe grief that comes with alcoholism Resources mentioned in this episode: Rock On: Mining for Joy in the Deep River of Sibling Grief by Susan E. Casey Grief Hotline:  Connect with Jamie here: Instagram Connect with Susan Instagram Facebook YouTube TikTok
030: The Aftermath of Losing My Father Suddenly with Jeff Lopes
16-03-2022
030: The Aftermath of Losing My Father Suddenly with Jeff Lopes
**TRIGGER WARNING** This episode covers sensitive subject matter and is not suitable for all listeners. If this topic could be a trigger for you, listen to this episode with a friend, a sibling, a loved one or a parent so you can talk about any emotions that come up for you. The contents of this episode are not intended to replace therapy and should not be taken as such. If you need immediate help, please call the crisis hotline listed below in our resources.   What happens when someone who is so close to us passes away? The depth of that loss is so profound and can ensue tidal waves of grief.    My guest this week is Jeff Lopes, and he shares the story of losing his father unexpectedly, and how it had a ripple effect in his life.   Jeff is a proud father of two, a husband, and an entrepreneur for the past 25 years. He has founded numerous companies from inception to 7 & 8 figure Corporations.   Jeff is currently the host of a top-rated entrepreneurial podcast Jeff Knows Inc. Over the past four years he has coached countless entrepreneurs in balancing the obstacles of fatherhood and entrepreneurship, and achieving a higher level of success in both areas.    Listen in as we talk about: The close, rich relationship Jeff had with his dadThe family values his father instilled in himHow his father passed away suddenly What early grief looked like for Jeff The roles we play when someone passes away Resources mentioned in this episode: Rock On: Mining for Joy in the Deep River of Sibling Grief by Susan E. Casey Grief Hotline:  Connect with Jeff here: InstagramTwitterYouTubewww.Jeffreylopes.com www.JeffKnowsInc.com  Connect with Susan Instagram Facebook YouTube TikTok
029: Death and Grief Through the Eyes of a Medium with Deborah Hanlon
09-03-2022
029: Death and Grief Through the Eyes of a Medium with Deborah Hanlon
**TRIGGER WARNING** This episode covers sensitive subject matter and is not suitable for all listeners. If this topic could be a trigger for you, listen to this episode with a friend, a sibling, a loved one or a parent so you can talk about any emotions that come up for you. The contents of this episode are not intended to replace therapy and should not be taken as such. If you need immediate help, please call the crisis hotline listed below in our resources.   Have you ever wondered what grief and loss looks like through the eyes of someone who can get in touch with the other side? Is it as sad for them, as painful, as hard?   My guest Deborah Hanlon joins me on the podcast for this episode, where we talk all about what death and grief is like through the eyes of a medium.   Deborah was born in Brooklyn, NY, and is a mother of three boys. Deborah attributes most of her ability to events early on in her life, mainly the illness and death of her four-year-old brother, Christopher, when she was only three.     Deborah believes that it was because she was so young and still so open that she knew very early on that her brother did not “die” as everyone else saw it. Somewhere in her little mind and heart she knew Christopher was always still around.   It was this event that made her question reality, death, life, religion and physics from a very young age. At age 12, after reading an article about an unborn baby in Time magazine, information regarding life and the nature of time was suddenly revealed to her.  She spoke of the past, present and future as being “One” – that essentially there was “no time”, other than that created in our minds.    Listen in as we talk about: Defining mediumship Understanding what a medium isHow Deborah realized she was a medium and was able to communicate messagesGrief as it relates to life and lossHow we all have medium capabilities within us Resources mentioned in this episode: Rock On: Mining for Joy in the Deep River of Sibling Grief by Susan E. Casey Grief Hotline:      Connect with Deborah here: InstagramTikTokFacebook YouTubewww.deborahhanlon.com  Connect with Susan Instagram Facebook TikTok
028: Death from the Perspective of a Hospice Nurse with Hadley Vlahos
02-03-2022
028: Death from the Perspective of a Hospice Nurse with Hadley Vlahos
**TRIGGER WARNING** This episode covers sensitive subject matter and is not suitable for all listeners. If this topic could be a trigger for you, listen to this episode with a friend, a sibling, a loved one or a parent so you can talk about any emotions that come up for you. The contents of this episode are not intended to replace therapy and should not be taken as such. If you need immediate help, please call the crisis hotline listed below in our resources.   Have you ever thought about what it looks and feels like when someone is nearing the end of their life and will be crossing over soon?   In this episode, I speak with Nurse Hadley Vlahos, a registered nurse working in hospice care, and a mom, wife, and soon-to-be author from the New Orleans area.    At just barely 20 years old Hadley became a mom, a single mom, and left her dreams of being a writer behind to pursue a more stable career path of becoming a registered nurse.    After a year of working in the hospital and a nursing home, she felt immensely drawn to hospice. She has cared for hundreds, if not thousands, of patients at the end of their life in the most intimate setting - their own home.   In 2019, Hadley and her family moved to a new city, away from everything and everyone she had ever known. After feeling pretty lonely, her husband suggested connecting with people on social media. So, she picked up the camera in early 2020 and started talking to it like a friend, telling stories from her work day. She has reached over one million other people and helps ease anxiety around death.   Listen in as we talk about: Why Hadley shifted into being a hospice nurseHow being a hospice nurse has shifted her perspective of death and dyingThe lessons she learned from her dying patients How she thinks about life nowThe power of social media when it comes to community and sharing our stories about loss Resources mentioned in this episode: Rock On: Mining for Joy in the Deep River of Sibling Grief by Susan E. Casey Grief Hotline:      Connect with Hadley here: InstagramTikTokwww.nursehadley.com  Connect with Susan Instagram Facebook TikTok
Special Episode: How the grief journey differs with Yvon Stokkink, Julie Brown and Susan Casey
23-02-2022
Special Episode: How the grief journey differs with Yvon Stokkink, Julie Brown and Susan Casey
**TRIGGER WARNING** This episode covers sensitive subject matter and is not suitable for all listeners. If this topic could be a trigger for you, listen to this episode with a friend, a sibling, a loved one or a parent so you can talk about any emotions that come up for you. The contents of this episode are not intended to replace therapy and should not be taken as such. If you need immediate help, please call the crisis hotline listed below in our resources.   In this episode, I sit down with two of my dear friends, Julie Brown and Yvon Stokkink, that I met during my grief journey after my brother’s passing.    Julie Brown is the author and creator of the literary composition; The Brownstone Series. As an intuitively-born writer, Julie is a promising new author on the horizon. She is writing novels that inspire and also expand your awareness on the responsibilities of love and the nature of loss.    Yvon Stokkink is an Energy Alignment Coach and she helps womxn dealing with chronic health issues get their energy in alignment with who they really are, so they can come home to themselves and create a life beyond limits from the inside out.   We talk about how we all experienced our own grief differently after the loss of our loved ones.   Listen in as we talk about: How grief and loss have impacted both Yvon and JulieLiving in a heightened state once trauma happensHow to process the trauma experienced through lossWhy we can’t compare our grief How Yvon and Julie are moving toward their wholeness Resources mentioned in this episode: Rock On: Mining for Joy in the Deep River of Sibling Grief by Susan E. CaseyThe Brownstone Series by Julie Brown Grief Hotline:      Connect with Yvon here: Instagram YouTube   Connect with Julie here: Instagram  Connect with Susan Instagram Facebook TikTok
027: Losing my sister from an unexpected overdose with Kristen Barnes
16-02-2022
027: Losing my sister from an unexpected overdose with Kristen Barnes
**TRIGGER WARNING** This episode covers sensitive subject matter and is not suitable for all listeners. If this topic could be a trigger for you, listen to this episode with a friend, a sibling, a loved one or a parent so you can talk about any emotions that come up for you. The contents of this episode are not intended to replace therapy and should not be taken as such. If you need immediate help, please call the crisis hotline listed below in our resources.   In this episode, I sit down with Kristen Barnes, who is an advocate for grief and loss awareness, after the passing of her sister Tyler by accidental overdose.    Tyler was 20 when she passed away, and Kristen was only 15.    Kristen shares about the heartbreak surrounding her sister’s death, how she’s had to rediscover who she is without her sister, and the changing family dynamic after her mom’s suicide attempt.   Listen in as we talk about: How Kristen’s sister, Tyler, was molested at a young age and the psychological impact it had on her. The 12-year court battle with Tyler’s father after finding out he had been molesting her.Tyler’s secret drug use as she got older, and the impact her abusive boyfriend had on her.Tyler’s accidental overdose with pills laced with fentanyl, and how she died 7 days after this event. The changing dynamics in Kristen’s life and having to care for her mother. The tricky dynamic of sibling loss vs. child loss. The mental health struggles Kristen faces every day and relearning who she is now that her sister is gone   Resources mentioned in this episode: Rock On: Mining for Joy in the Deep River of Sibling Grief by Susan E. Casey Grief Hotline:      Connect with Kristen here: Instagram TikTok YouTube   Connect with Susan Instagram Facebook TikTok