The Real Grief- Real Healing podcast offers you the opportunity to hear from real people about their life altering experiences and what steps they took and are taking to find healing.
I know real grief. The pain of losing my child and father is with me, always. The pain has lessened over the 6 years since their deaths…and it can sneak its way into my soul as a reminder of the immense love I hold for both of them.
I know real healing. I have learned to belly laugh and find joy in the life I am living. Frequently, I am belly laughing through tears while sadness and joy hold hands.
There are many ways for each of us to heal...join me as we explore real grief and real healing.
On Episode 015, my guest is Bill Tammerus. Bill and I met in 2015 through a mutual friend, Jon Willis, with whom we share the interest in interfaith understanding and education. During this episode, he shares the details of HIS September 11, 2001, how he sought comfort then and seeks it now, as well as an update on Karleton’s surviving family members, is part of our conversation.
While every person in the world, specifically, the United States, was affected by 9.11.2001, I am bringing you a personal story, with intention. Remember, when large, loud, newsworthy events take place, there are ALWAYS individualized, personal stories underlying the enormity of a tragedy.
Episode 14. While Nicole’s first childhood friend was Islamic, she can’t remember a time when she was not a Christian. This early friendship undoubtedly left an indelible impression on her life as she defines herself as a “permission evangelist”. Promoting interfaith dialogue along with a unique perspective on diversity, and founding a company devoted to helping others get along in the workplace, it is apparent that Nicole flourishes around people…many, many people! Take a listen to “Faith is Critical”, episode 014, while two newly found friends learn from one another; holding space for grief, love and joy in our lives. Together, we are shining a light on peace.
In episode 013 – “Messages & Visions”, my vulnerability is put on display as I share specific messages I received from God, my dad, Reat – Heaven – I am not exactly sure. They are received with an open, loving, accepting heart each and every time. My eyes are wide open looking for the next message for me or a friend so I can share how connected we are with one another on earth and in spirit.
Episode 12. Diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder one year after our family tragedy, Tony Corporon, my younger brother, shares the importance in finding help when you can’t find yourself. Mental health, emotional security, sadness and grief – these continue to be difficult topics and sometimes more for men than women. No matter your gender, take a listen. Understand that there are people who can help you be YOU.
Episode 11. Reflecting on Independence Day as a white girl from a small town in Oklahoma, I find myself considering the complexities of experiences not shared with others. How can we learn from one another if we are not in spaces to share experiences? If we live our lives in bubbles of the same, this is all we know, the same. When all we know is similar to ourselves, a simple meeting with the “other” innately festers fear and mistrust. I know pain. I know grief. I know tragedy. Perhaps this is the reason my eyes are less blind to what happens around me. Maybe my broken heart aches more than I realize.
No one person or organization has all the answers. Therefore, we must work together to shine a light on peace.