Grief, Lisa Keefauver, Grief is a Sneaky Bitch, Mindy Corporon, grief, reimagining grief

Episode 45: Reimagining Grief

Lisa Keefauver, my guest on episode 45, is authoring a book to help guide us through our grief. Titled, Grief is a Sneaky Bitch, the same name as her highly-rated podcast, Lisa is providing snack-sized commentary that is digestible even during our well-documented grief-stricken, foggy brain phase.



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Episode 045 – Lisa Keefauver

Reimagining Grief

Lisa Keefauver, my guest on episode 45, is authoring a book to help guide us through our grief. Titled, Grief is a Sneaky Bitch, the same name as her highly-rated podcast, Lisa is providing snack-sized commentary that is digestible even during our well-documented grief-stricken, foggy brain phase. 

Lisa came to know personal grief when her husband Eric succumbed to a brain tumor on August 16, 2011. Married since 2002 and parenting a daughter, without Eric by her side, Lisa found herself as a single parent to their 7-year-old and a widow. 

Lisa and Eric faced an uphill battle with what became a misdiagnosed illness. Mental health was blamed for Eric’s erratic change in behavior, drastic weight gain, and significant memory loss. You will hear Lisa exclaim her concern and encouragement for everyone needing health or mental care to be a persistent advocate for yourself and loved ones.  As her curious, intelligent, and athletic life partner died in her arms, Lisa was devastated by the realization that their lives should not have been as chaotic as they were during his final year of life.  

With an education and career in social work and non-profits, Lisa’s life had already been filled with holding space for others, particularly during their grieving of life’s unfortunate circumstances. Then in 2018, after a personal health scare, Lisa had an “aha” moment. Looking at her life’s work, creative writing skills, and gathering determination, Lisa quit her job to focus on changing our narrative on grief, one conversation at a time. 

Reimagining Grief was born alongside her podcast titled Grief is a Sneaky Bitch and a line of very cool and much-needed empathy cards. Like each of my guests on Real Grief – Real Healing with Mindy Corporon, Lisa channeled her own grief into healing actions for herself and others. 

There is a clear pattern, although different channels, that seems to help many of us find post-traumatic growth after grief events. 

Most recently, finishing her first semester as an adjunct professor with the Steve Hicks Schools of Social Work at The University of Texas, Lisa is finding joy in passing her well-worn knowledge on holding space and bearing witness to young adults. Writing for Thrive Global and offering her own newsletter, Lisa has found her calling and is living IN her purpose. 

I am grateful to have been a guest on Grief is a Sneaky Bitch, aired on October 12, 2021. The opportunity to meet and engage with Lisa as an interviewee and now interviewer presents a unique journey for each of us to share our similar and unique healing strategies with you.

You will be blessed by Lisa’s calm nature as she opens her heart to help each of us change the narrative on grief.

Reaching for Courageous Kindness every day!

 

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