Real Life Podcast. Grief from a stigmatized death

This 15 minute podcast focuses on the stigma of Substance Use Disorder and grief over a child lost to this disease.

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The REAL Life Program in Richmond, Virginia was founded in 2016 by Dr. Sarah Scarbrough in response to the growing number of challenges faced by men and women exiting incarceration. Read more on their mission here.

To build awareness of the issues in the Recovery community, they’ve started a podcast and I was honored to be their first guest. This one is hosted by Tim Alexander, a person in recovery and one of … Read more...

Pack up the guilt and jettison it to Mars

So we’re going to do an exercise. We’re going to take all that guilt and package it up and send it away into the universe.

You ready?  Here we go.

All of you who feel guilty because you may have misjudged that shifting line of enabling or rescuing your loved one’s as it relates to addiction.

All of you still torturing yourself over your child’s suicide.

All of you who feel there was something you could have done to prevent that overdose.

All of you feeling guilty for sharing your grief.

Those signs you missed. That time you yelled at … Read more...

Heart of love— #griefheart number 228

I’m walking the dog today and I see this on the sidewalk. I wonder about the story behind it. It’s not new but I walk over it every day and never saw it before. How could I have missed it? Especially something so fit for this project.

It represents the love I still have for Charles even though he died by suicide. Love that has nowhere to land somedays because he’s not physically here to receive it. So it rests heavy in my chest.

What is the #griefheart project?

I explain my #griefheart project here.

See all #griefhearts so … Read more...