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Ep#178 Emotions During the Holidays

The holidays are upon us. Memories are heightened during the holidays therefore you tend to create more memories during the…

Cindy Steggell

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Ep #177 Claim Your Progress

As human beings we are wired for progress. Whether you recognize it or not, you desire and crave progression. In…

Cindy Steggell

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Ep #176 Wishes, Expectations and Hope

Hope is crucial in your healing process. Without hope it’s hard to have a direction and it’s difficult to move…

Cindy Steggell

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Ep #175 Facing Life with Hope and Courage with Cindy Benezra

Cindy’s life was not what she planned for even from the young age of 5 living with abuse. Facing multiple…

Cindy Steggell

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Ep #174 Riding the Waves of Grief

One of the most challenging aspects of grief is its unpredictability. One day you may be feeling like things are…

Cindy Steggell

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Ep #173 Unbearable Burden with Krista Isaacson

This week we welcome Krista Isaacson to the podcast. With tremendous faith and hope, she traveled the painful experience of…

Cindy Steggell

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Ep #172 Rebirth and Transformation

Loss and grief shoots you headlong into disruption. Your life feels shattered in pieces and unrecognizable. But it’s not just…

Cindy Steggell

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Ep #171 Feeling Misunderstood

We all have a tremendous desire to be understood.  Which is interesting because I wonder if we even truly understand…

Cindy Steggell

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Ep #170 Grief and Fear

Well-known author C.S. Lewis wrote in his book A Grief Observed, “No one ever told me that grief felt so…

Cindy Steggell

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Ep #169 Love and Light with Vincent Todd Tolman

On January 18, 2003 at age 25, Vinney Tolman died in a public restroom. By the time his body was…

Cindy Steggell

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Ep #168 Intentional Happiness

In my book Miracles in the Darkness I said, “Happiness is as present and elusive as air. It’s in the…

Cindy Steggell

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Ep #167 Reimagining Divorce with Andrea Hipps

Everyone is affected by divorce in one way or another, whether as a spouse, a friend, or the child or…

Cindy Steggell

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Ep # 166 Emotional Honesty

What is emotional honesty? I’ve asked myself that many times. I wondered if it’s spilling our guts all over everyone…

Cindy Steggell

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Ep #165 Calming Fear

Fear is a tricky emotion. Fear is vitally important and can keep you safe. But so frequently in our modern…

Cindy Steggell

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Ep #164 A Simple Way to Look at Grief and Healing

I often find that looking at something less emotional is a great way of learning lessons to apply to something…

Cindy Steggell

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Ep #163 Be Kind

Wayne Dyer said, “The more you extend kindness to yourself, the more it will become your automatic response to others.”…

Cindy Steggell

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Ep #162 Spiritual Aspects of Loss

Recently I was interviewed for a divorce summit that will air in August. One of the questions that I was…

Cindy Steggell

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Ep #161 Getting Unstuck with Julie Hawkes

In this episode of the podcast, we welcome guest Julie Hawkes to talk about all things grief, anxiety and rebuilding.…

Cindy Steggell

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Ep #160 Healing through Growth with Angela Clement

I had the wonderful privilege of interviewing my client, Angela Clement. She is an absolute delight. Despite devastation of losing…

Cindy Steggell

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Ep #159 Child Loss

Regularly when I post about the possibility of grief healing I’ll have people comment ‘not if it’s your child.’ It’s…

Cindy Steggell

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Ep #158 All the Emotions

After the kids died and I was told to feel my feelings, I remember being so frustrated because I didn’t…

Cindy Steggell

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Ep #157 Joy is in the Process

Joy is not found at a destination. Joy is in the process of living. It’s found in the day-to-day experiences…

Cindy Steggell

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Ep #156 Messages of Hope

I believe in hope. I believe in angels and heavenly help. I believe in miracles. On Instagram and Facebook, the…

Cindy Steggell

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Ep #155 Inspired Answers

Let’s talk all about triggers, expectations, and disappointment. I had a lot of hard emotions because of my expectations on…

Cindy Steggell

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Ep #154 A Rainbow Above You

Today we’re exploring the song translation for Kacey Musgraves song Rainbow. This song walks us through from despair to seeing…

Cindy Steggell

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Ep #153 You- Before and Now

This episode is personal and very much for you, just like all the episodes. Today I explore the power of…

Cindy Steggell

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Ep #152 Forgiveness and Boundaries

Forgiveness isn’t easy but it is so worth the effort. Author Maya Angelou said, “it’s one of the greatest gifts…

Cindy Steggell

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Ep #151 Hope in Relationships

It’s common for relationships to suffer during grief. When we’re in pain, that pain gets projected into a lot of…

Cindy Steggell

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Ep #150 Top 3 Problems in Grief

As I coach people through grief there are 3 problems that show up over and over again. My coaching is…

Cindy Steggell

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Ep #149 Grief is a Season

When you’re grieving, you often feel that you only have two options: to just get over it or to grieve…

Cindy Steggell

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Ep #148 Unexpected Results

I have been reflecting recently on unexpected rewards from tough circumstances. I was reminded of a traumatic event in our…

Cindy Steggell

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Ep #147 The Miracle is You

Albert Einstein said, “There are two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is…

Cindy Steggell

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Ep #146 Relaxing into Emotion

Grief is messy!!! Wow! So messy and confusing, lonely and exhausting and all the things. In this episode, we talk…

Cindy Steggell

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Ep #145 Motivation That Works

Why do we sometimes feel motivated and other times we don’t even when we want to be? This week I…

Cindy Steggell

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Ep #144 Coping That’s Healing

If you’re like me and most people, there comes a time in your grief and healing that you start to…

Cindy Steggell

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Ep #143 Natural Limits

We experience natural limits every day. You can’t pour more milk in the bowl than is in the jug of…

Cindy Steggell

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Ep # 142 Emotional Intelligence

Remember when emotional intelligence was all the rage? Emotional intelligence is defined as “the ability to perceive, use, understand, manage…

Cindy Steggell

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Ep #141 The Pain of Judgment

Judgment is hard. It feels yucky and knocks you off balance. The grief you’re feeling already causes you to feel…

Cindy Steggell

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Ep #140 True Self Empowerment

The most important thing we can do to change our experience is to change the way we think. For years,…

Cindy Steggell

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Ep #139 Lessons Learned from Illness

We all know what it’s like to be ill and recover. Everyone has had a flu or a bug of…

Julie Cluff

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Ep #138 Identity and Connection

Balancing your own needs with the needs of others can be a tricky practice.  On this episode of the podcast,…

Julie Cluff

Featured image for “Ep# 137 When You Believe with Cytel Schults”

Ep# 137 When You Believe with Cytel Schults

Meet Cytel Schults. She’s a musical intuitive and on this episode of the podcast she’s sharing her song translation of…

Julie Cluff

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Ep # 136 Secondary Pain

Perhaps you’ve heard the quote, “Pain is inevitable, suffering is optional.” But what does it mean? Aren’t pain and suffering…

Julie Cluff

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Special Episode The Holidays and Grief Survival Guide

With Christmas, Hanakkuh, New Years Eve and all the winter celebrations upon us, you have a lot of questions about…

Julie Cluff

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Ep #134 Living an Inspired Life

Living an inspired life is exciting and fulfilling but how do you go from living in grief, frustration, and fear…

Julie Cluff

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Ep #133 Thriving Together with Mark and Annette Anderson

This week I sat down with my friends Annette and Mark Anderson. Ten years ago their 21 year old son…

Julie Cluff

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Ep #132 How to Find God After Trauma with Jennifer Dobberfuhl-Quinlan

Jennifer shares her story of multiple sexual traumas and how she has found healing and recovery through redefining her relationship…

Julie Cluff

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Ep #131 Balancing Learning and Applying

We live in a world of consumption. We consume books, goods, food, podcasts, tv, movies…there’s no end to what we…

Julie Cluff

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Ep #130 Belief Shifts

Shifts in your understanding and belief are crucial to acceptance, healing and growth. Hope is about knowing that with new…

Julie Cluff

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Ep #129 Expanded Vision

It’s easy to get stuck in only seeing what’s right in front of you. The current activities, challenges and obstacles.…

Julie Cluff

Featured image for “Ep #128 Believing in Yourself”

Ep #128 Believing in Yourself

Belief in self takes a big hit when you’re in pain. You may feel fear, anxiety, depression, discouragement, isolation and…

Julie Cluff

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Ep #127 From Fear to Faith

Fear is our default; faith is a choice. We live in a world full of fear. Fear is where our…

Julie Cluff

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Ep #126 Making Space for Grief, An Interview with Emily

Former client Emily is on the podcast today sharing her grief story of losing her dad and how she has…

Julie Cluff

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Ep #125 Overcoming Overwhelm

Overwhelm is a common emotion and never more common than in grief because we are so filled with emotion. The…

Julie Cluff

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Ep #124 Reframing Your Experiences

Grief is hard. Really, really hard! It’s unknown, uncharted territory. Your grief territory is unique to you. Some losses bring…

Julie Cluff

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Ep #123 Expansion of Your Soul

According to Dr. Lois Tonkin’s model of grief, as a mourner continues to live life and have new experiences, they…

Julie Cluff

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Ep #122 Why Waiting Doesn’t Work

Grief is work. It’s not just time that helps you to navigate grief, it takes effort too. Most people won’t…

Julie Cluff

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Ep #121 Living Again

Recently, I’ve been studying the work of Dr. Bernie Siegel. As a medical doctor his premise of healing is that…

Julie Cluff

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Ep #120 Weight Loss without Judgement

You’re not crazy. Weight gain during grief is normal. It’s ok that you put on a few pounds. It’s one…

Julie Cluff

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Ep #119 Your Inner Cheerleader

You are central to your world. We reject this idea because we don’t want to be self-centered but who else…

Julie Cluff

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Ep #118 Rebuilding After Divorce or Breakup

Divorce and breakups are hard. Almost everyone goes through some type of loss of love in their lifetime. And when…

Julie Cluff

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Ep #117 There’s Nothing Wrong with You

When something doesn’t feel good, we think there’s something wrong with us. Our modern culture has separated us from our…

Julie Cluff

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Ep #116 Facing the Grief with Nikky Oswald

In November 2019, Nikky Oswald was a mom of two boys due with her third son when the unthinkable happened.…

Julie Cluff

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Ep #115 Connection for Real Results

You are not your mind or your body. You are a combination of Body, Mind and Spirit. Your spirit is…

Julie Cluff

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Ep #114 Creating Joy

In grief, we often need to retrain our brain to pay attention, notice and savor joy in our life again.…

Julie Cluff

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Ep #113 Living with Intention

Does living with intention feel overwhelming? With the information out there about living with intention, no wonder you feel overwhelmed!…

Julie Cluff

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Ep #112 Reflective Journaling

Today as I traveled slowly down the highway because I was riding on a spare, I thought of you. I…

Julie Cluff

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Ep#111 Emotions as Fuel

Your emotions fuel your actions and outcomes. What emotion fueled 2020? What emotion do you want to fuel 2021? In…

Julie Cluff

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Ep #110 When Life Doesn’t Let You Breathe with Rosalie Mastaler

In three short years, Rosalie’s young family suffered three devastating losses which started with the still birth of her baby…

Julie Cluff

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Ep #109 Living with Abundance

What does abundance mean to you? In today’s episode I’d like to offer some new thoughts on abundance and how…

Julie Cluff

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Ep #108 Relationship Multiplier

Relationships can feel so hard when you’re grieving. You’re grateful for the people in your life. You’re grateful to not…

Julie Cluff

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Ep #107 The Promise with Jason Hewlett

In today’s episode we talk to Jason Hewlett – Hall of Fame Speaker, Author and Leadership Expert – about the…

Julie Cluff

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Ep #106 Breakthrough with Jean

Jean was stuck. She was dealing with grief and she didn’t know how to move forward through it. She had…

Julie Cluff

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EP #105 Life After Child Loss with Emily Graham

Today I have a special guest on the podcast. I met Emily when we were attending the Grief Recovery Specialist…

Julie Cluff

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Ep #104 Learning from Yourself

Today I wanted to share with you the way I learn from myself. I know that may sound strange, but…

Julie Cluff

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Ep #103 Being Emotionally Stable in a Chaotic World

The world is shifting. It’s easy – really, really easy – to feel off balance. But it’s possible to be…

Julie Cluff

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Ep #102 Feeling Better

When most people are asked what they want, they reply, “I just want to be happy.” Why is this such…

Julie Cluff

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Ep#101 Moments of Clarity

We each experience moments of clarity. These sudden and sometimes subtle shifts to new ways of thinking and feeling can…

Julie Cluff

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Ep #100 Why I Believe in You

This week my dad died. I am feeling all of the tremendous mixed emotions of grief. But I believe in…

Julie Cluff

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Ep #99 Protecting Your Health

Grief can wreak havoc on your health if you’re not careful. The way you think about taking care of yourself…

Julie Cluff

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Ep #98 Mindfulness

In the timeline of our life, a devastating loss can cast a shadow over our past, present and future. As…

Julie Cluff

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Ep #97 Words Matter with Becky Kemp

Today we talk with Becky Kemp who has learned the incredible power of words to assist us with overcoming depression…

Julie Cluff

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Ep #96 Falling Short

When we’re grieving it’s easy to feel like we’re falling short; falling short of others and our own expectations. Because…

Julie Cluff

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Ep #95 Love Hard with Gaylene Moyers

This week on the podcast we welcome Gaylene Moyers, who lost her 24 year old daughter and her unborn child…

Julie Cluff

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Ep #94 Emotional Injury

I often compare healing from loss and grief to healing from a physical injury. On today’s episode we’ll discuss emotional…

Julie Cluff

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Ep #93 The Frustration Gap

Frustration is a common emotional experience for people, especially when they are dealing with grief. Today we’ll learn how to…

Julie Cluff

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Ep #92 Why We Don’t Do Grief Work

Our Build a Life After Loss virtual workshop is just around the corner! You’ll feel supported and loved. Plus you’ll…

Julie Cluff

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Ep #91 Miracles in the Darkness Building a Life After Loss

Join me for a special edition podcast where I read the first chapter in my upcoming book, Miracles in the…

Julie Cluff

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Ep #90 Infertility and Job Loss with Kelly Kaye Walker

Our Build a Life After Loss virtual workshop is just around the corner! You’ll feel supported and loved. Plus you’ll…

Julie Cluff

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Ep #89 Emotional Flexibility

Emotional flexibility allows you to review the past with flexibility. It allows you to change how you feel about things.…

Julie Cluff

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Ep #88 Continuous Effort

There are three pre-requisites to doing the work of feeling better. We must desire to feel better, we must have…

Julie Cluff

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Ep #87 Recovered with Todd Sylvester

Todd Sylvester’s story of addiction and recovery is amazing. He lost everything and through miraculous means was able to rebuild…

Julie Cluff

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Ep #86 Input Determines Your Outlook

We live in turbulent times. We are affected by weather changes, a pandemic, economic upheaval, and social unrest. It is…

Julie Cluff

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Ep #85 The Truth About Problems

We long for a life with no problems, but it doesn’t exist. We will always be faced with challenges. The…

Julie Cluff

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Ep # 84 The Model for Healing

In the 20 plus years that I have been studying loss and grief I have discovered there are five building…

Julie Cluff

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Ep #83 Finding Purpose an Interview with Lark Dean Galley

In this interview with Lark Dean Galley, she shares how multiple losses lead her to the work she does today…

Julie Cluff

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Ep #82 5 Ways to Increase Your Motivation in a Pandemic

When you don’t know where you are or where you’re headed, and everything feels confusing your motivation plummets. That’s the…

Julie Cluff

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Ep #81 Doing It Right

Doing it right is a fallacy. You’re not going to do it right! Thinking that you can is holding you…

Julie Cluff

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Ep #80 Taking Action in a Time of Uncertainty

With all the turmoil in the world, you may not feel like taking action right now and that’s ok. In…

Julie Cluff

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Ep #79 The Chaos of Grief

Does your grief feel heavy, and confusing? Do you feel broken, and shattered? These are normal responses to grief. During…

Julie Cluff

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Ep #78 How Do You Adjust

The current conditions in the world are requiring us to adjust. This is a global grief experience and the more…

Julie Cluff

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Ep #77 Moving Through Grief

We live in unusual times. No one could predict a pandemic, so we find ourselves struggling with heavy reactions and…

Julie Cluff

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Ep #76 A Mothers Walk with Grief with Chalese Stevens

Join me for this uplifting conversation with Chalese Stevens. She wants to bring more love, light and joy into the…

Julie Cluff

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Ep #75 The Wilderness

You are in the wilderness of grief. When you find yourself in uncharted territory. I’ve been there. I know what…

Julie Cluff

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Ep #74 When It’s Your Fault with Melissa Snow

You don’t want to miss Melissa’s story. Melissa has built a life that she loves with courage and compassion. She…

Julie Cluff

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Ep #73 Understanding Anger

According to Dr. Charles Spielberger anger is “an emotional state that varies in intensity from mild irritation to intense fury and…

Julie Cluff

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Ep #72 Personal Boundaries

Personal boundaries are important, but they may not be what you think. On this episode of the podcast we’ll talk…

Julie Cluff

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Ep #71 Self Care

In an article for psych central, Raphailia Michael, MA wrote, “Self-care is any activity that we do deliberately in order…

Julie Cluff

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Ep #70 Spirituality

Grief affects your spirituality. Spirituality involves your feelings. In grief, your emotions are overwhelmed so you can’t feel the spirit…

Julie Cluff

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Ep #69 Motivation

What motivates you? You have seen your motivation wane during your season of grief and you’re not sure what to…

Julie Cluff

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Ep #68 It Starts with Desire

Everything starts with desire. The choices you make are motivated by your desires. Of course, our choices affect our outcomes.…

Julie Cluff

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Ep #67 Increasing Hope

Hope for your future is essential to healing. On today’s episode we’re going to explore ways to increase your hope.…

Julie Cluff

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Ep #66 Overcoming with Amy Oestreicher

Amy Oestreicher is the epitome of overcoming challenges and rebuilding a life after loss. In just a few short months,…

Julie Cluff

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Ep #65 Perfectionism

I believe everyone has some perfectionism tendencies. On this episode we’ll discuss how perfectionism is hurting you, how to notice…

Julie Cluff

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Ep #64 The Power of Choice

Every day and multiple times a day we are making choices. Even when we don’t think we’re making choices, we’re…

Julie Cluff

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Ep #63 Honoring Our Grief with Catherine Praiswater

You’re going to love getting to know Catherine Praiswater. She takes us into her story and shares her gentle wisdom…

Julie Cluff

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Ep #62 Preception is Reality

Perception is your reality. Which means that how you see things and how you interpret your world is how you…

Julie Cluff

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Ep #61 Can Gratitude Replace Grief?

Can you replace grief with gratitude? While moving from grief to love and gratitude is the ultimate goal, you can’t…

Julie Cluff

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Ep #60 Supporting Others in Their Grief

Whether you’ve experienced tremendous grief or not, you will be touched by grief when a close friend or family member…

Julie Cluff

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EP #59 Stages of Grief

The traditional 5 stages of grief suggest that we move through stages of denial, anger, bargaining, depression, and acceptance. You…

Julie Cluff

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Ep #58 Helping Yourself and Your Kids Through Divorce with Jami Lowder

My special guest today is Jami Lowder. In today’s episode you will hear how Jami has navigated two divorces and…

Julie Cluff

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Ep #57 Emotional Illiteracy

As a society we are super focused on achievement and intellectual prowess. We have forgotten our humanity. What makes us…

Julie Cluff

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Ep #56 Surrendering to What is

Things go wrong or not as you envisioned. It’s part of life! What do you do when things don’t go…

Julie Cluff

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Ep # 55 Why I Do What I Do and Why You Don’t Have To

Next month we’ll be celebrating one year of Build a Life After Loss! In today’s podcast I wanted to share…

Julie Cluff

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Ep #54 Limiting Beliefs

Limiting Beliefs can get us without our even realizing what’s going on. We do something we regret, and it morphs…

Julie Cluff

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Ep #53 Forgiving Others and Yourself

Forgiveness can be hard because we confuse forgiveness with condoning hurtful behavior. Condoning behavior means we agree with the behavior.…

Julie Cluff

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Ep #52 Coming Back After Loss with Shelby Forsythia

On this episode of Build a Life After Loss, I welcome a very special guest, Shelby Forsythia. Shelby is the…

Julie Cluff

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Ep #51 Goal Shifting

The GPS system didn’t exist when I first learned to drive. You could drive for hours in the wrong direction…

Julie Cluff

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Ep #50 Taking 1% Responsibility

Taking 1% responsibility means recognizing that we can’t change what has happened, but we do have influence over our reaction…

Julie Cluff

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Ep #49 Creating Balance

As humans we want to be improving. We want to be setting and reaching goals. But striving will create imbalance…

Julie Cluff

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Ep #48 Lessons Learned While Playing

Lessons come in all shapes and sizes. Sometimes lessons are learned through super hard experiences! But sometimes lessons come while…

Julie Cluff

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Ep # 47 From Pain to Power

My own journey through grief and rebuilding went something like this: Capable to devastated, to coping, to capable, to empowered,…

Julie Cluff

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Ep #46 Finding Answers with Heidi Swapp

Heidi Swapp and her family were devastated by the death of her son Cory by suicide in 2015. Because of…

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Ep #45 Strengthening Your Mind

Activating or strengthening our mind, from my experience, takes two components. One is a way to release our painful emotions…

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Ep #44 Thoughts on Death and Dying

With the recent death of my father-in-law, I’ve been reflecting on death and dying. I’ve also been thinking about grief…

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Ep #43 Regret

From a Psychology Today article we learn, “Regret is the second-most common emotion people mention in daily life, some studies…

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Ep #42 Grief Following a Diagnosis with Tamara K. Anderson

My special guest on today’s podcast is Tamara K. Anderson. She shares her story of loss of expectations for the…

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Ep #41 Simplicity

“Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.” Leonardo DiVinci Simplicity is essential when you’re dealing with grief and loss. Simplify your schedule.…

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Ep #40 Belief

The Google Dictionary definition of Belief is “an acceptance that a statement is true or that something exists.” When we…

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Ep #39 Hierarchy of Needs

Many people believe that after a devastating loss we must carry our grief within us forever. I don’t believe that…

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Ep #38 We’re Made For This

Thinking that our loss shouldn’t have happened, isn’t helpful, even if it’s where we start. It doesn’t have to be…

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Ep #37 Feelings

Learning about your feelings — how to feel them, where they come from and what to do with them —…

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Ep #36 New Thoughts

This is the third part of the Power of Thought series. This week we’ll talk about how to direct our…

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Ep #35 Circumstances vs. Thoughts

Circumstances are different than our thoughts. The facts are different than our thoughts. But sometimes we think they are the…

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Ep #34 Mental Health

May is Mental Health Awareness Month. This week, the last Wednesday of May, we’re going to talk about what mental…

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Ep #33 Avoiding Victim Mentality

We’ve gone through some hard times.  Really, really hard times! People are sympathetic and say things like “I have no…

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Ep #32 Dealing With Disappointment

Beyond the really, really tough stuff, like devastating losses and grief, we need to be prepared to deal with the…

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Ep #31 From Grief to Grace, An Interview with Rebecca Tervo

I’m super excited to share my interview with my friend and fellow coach, Rebecca Tervo.  She shares the decisions she…

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Ep #30 Personal Development After Loss Part 2

Let’s continue our discussion about personal development after loss and grief. Where do we start? Tiny habits each day can…

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Ep #29 Personal Development After Loss Part 1

“If I could, I would give every griever permission to be however they need to be, for as long as…

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Ep #28 6 Ways to Improve Relationships

Loss and Grief can be very hard on our closest relationships. In this episode we’ll explore some steps we can…

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Ep #27 How to Deal with Emotional Triggers

I realized I had a lot more to say about music and specifically about inspirational music, so in this episode…

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Ep #26 How Music Can Help You

Music is powerful. It can stir your emotions. It can change a mood. When you’re grieving, you need ways to…

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Ep #25 Circumstances Do Not Define You

It’s easy to get trapped into thinking our circumstances determine our feelings and behaviors. Super easy. We don’t even know…

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Ep #24 The Marathon

In some ways we can compare our loss journey to that of a Marathon runner. The runner gives 100% to…

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Ep #23 Judgment

Judgment comes from our thoughts. How we see ourselves, how we see others and how we think others see us.…

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Ep #22 The Snare of Negativity

Recently, the Academy Awards aired on TV and millions tuned in to watch the Oscar winners. The commentators talked about…

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Ep #21 Grief and Moving Forward

Let’s talk about grief. What is it? How does it compare to mourning? And do we get to decide when…

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Ep #20 Loss and the Law of Attraction

Oversimplifying the Law of Attraction can leave you thinking that somehow you caused your loss because of negative thoughts. I…

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Ep #19 Self Worth

Your worth is a given. It has been there all along. It’s not tied to your doing, it’s tied to…

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Ep #18 Don’t Believe Your Thoughts

Question your thoughts. Seriously, don’t believe everything you think. Your thoughts are not the truth. Your thoughts are your interpretation…

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Ep #17 Major Life Shifts After Loss

Major shifts occur in your life after a devastating loss like the death of a child. It can feel like…

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Ep #16 Showing Up

In our grief and loss it’s difficult to show up, to agree to commitments, because of our erratic emotions. We’ll…

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Ep #15 Suffering is Optional

“Pain is inevitable but suffering is optional.” This quote is often attributed to Buddhist teachings. In today’s episode we’ll explore…

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Ep #14 You Aren’t Crazy

My friend Brandi Dayton, whose son died 3 years ago, said, “We need to know we aren’t crazy, what’s normal…

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Ep #13 Processing Grief

As a society we aren’t good at feeling our emotions. We learn to use our intellect but not our emotions.…

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Ep #12 You Are Not Alone

Your grief over losing your child may leave you feeling depressed and anxious.  You may also feel isolated and alone.…

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Ep #11 Create Vision

After a major loss, like losing a child, it’s not unusual to find that your interests and ambitions have changed.…

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Ep #10 The Magic of Gratitude

Gratitude is magic even in our grief. I share more of my story and my experience with devastating loss, grief…

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Ep #9 Positive Psychology

Today we’re talking about the discipline of Positive Psychology, what it is, and how it can help us as we…

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Ep #8 Grief Myths

What do we believe about grief that’s not helpful? We’ll explore some common misconceptions and why we might believe that.…

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Ep #7 What Others Say and Do

We spend so much energy concerned about what others say and think or what they may say and think. It’s…

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Bonus Episode. Anticipating the Holidays After Loss

When you’re experiencing the pain from the loss of your child, the holiday season can be particularly tricky. One of…

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Ep #6 Choose Hope

Truly do your very best to choose hope despite your loss. If we believe that we will always be mourning…

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Ep #5 Changing a Bad Attitude

Has anyone ever told you that you have a bad attitude? Have you ever wondered what that means? We know…

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Ep #4 Love Yourself

I’m pretty sure we all feel certain that we should be kind and loving to others.  It seems right and…

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Ep #3 What Helped During My Grief Part 2

In this second of two parts, I explore five additional things that helped me in my early grief and beyond.…

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Ep #2 What Helped During My Grief Part 1

Just a couple short years after my children died, a distant acquaintance suddenly became a young widow with  young children.…

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Ep #1 We All Have a Story

We all have a story. Your life story is important. It’s what makes you who you are. Also, the way…

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