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Understanding Loss and Grief with Shelby Forsythia

On this week's episode, Ameé chats with certified Grief Recovery Specialist, Shelby Forsythia, about how to understand and talk about grief. 

Shelby is the author of Permission to Grieve and podcast host of Coming Back: Conversations on Life After Loss. After the unexpected death of her mother in 2013, she became a “student of grief” and set out on a lifetime mission to explore the oft-misunderstood human experience of loss. Through her book, weekly podcasts, and one-on-one grief guidance, she helps grieving people find direction, get support, and cultivate radical self-compassion after devastating loss.

Shelby is a Certified Grief Recovery Specialist®, Reiki Level II Practitioner, and Intuitive Grief Guide. Her work has been featured on Huffington Post, Bustle, and Optimal Living Daily. She currently lives in Chicago.

In this episode you will hear:

  • Shelby's story to becoming a "Student of Grief"

  • Where the phrase “Permission to Grieve” comes from

  • What are these phases of grieving people should expect for themselves.

  • Are there any benchmarks for measuring how well you are handling loss and grief

  • What are the other things we can and should grieve besides the loss of a person


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