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How To Show Up for the People In Your Lives Who Are Grieving

• 70 min

If the title didn't already tell you, we're talking about grief and loss today. Suzanne Jabour is a transformational coach, certified Grief Educator, and grieving mom who has found meaning in her loss through opening up conversations about grief, including how we can support people experiencing it and how to help grievers to chart their unique “grief path.” Suzanne and I really get to the heart of it in this conversation. We open up about how we are showing up for the people in our lives that are grieving, which can often feel uncomfortable. But the only way we're going to grow and change and show up better for the people that we love is by reflecting and choosing to consciously do things differently the next time. And luckily, this episode has so many tangible, real life examples. And if you're looking for more examples of how to show up for someone in grief, contact Suzanne via the links below. In this episode you’ll hear about: The fear and shame cycles we can fall into when a friend is experiencing grief, and how it prevents curiosity and creative problem solvingHow to support a grieving person in the early, initial stages of their grief (and how it can be most helpful to “show up messy” and offer your best skill set)The beauty of picking out the smallest possible actions and actually doing them - for your grieving friend, it may be a one-way street, but a simple heart emoji or “thinking of you” text can mean the worldPeople need support for much longer than we think - don’t show up wholeheartedly in the beginning and then fizzle out. Think about how you can continue to support the griever even months laterHow to deal with probing questions from well-intentioned friends and shift the energy in the room back to a safer groundGrief is a constant in our lives, and we have to normalize it! Grief can sometimes be a small loss, other times it can feel like an earthquake. No matter how big or small the grief is, all of those losses need to be grieved Resources & Links Connect with Suzanne on her website, A Lived Experience and follow her on Instagram at @a.lived.experience and on Facebook. Like what you hear? Visit my website, leave me a voicemail, and follow me on Instagram!  Want to take this conversation a step further? Send this episode to a friend. Tell them you found it interesting and use what we just talked about as a conversation starter the next time you and your friend hang out!

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