Grief Episodes

Nov. 21, 2022

Where I am today in my grief journey

November 21st 2016 was the day that changed my life forever, it was the day that I lost my brother. As I have shared in previous episodes, my grief journey hasn’t been linear. There are many things that I have …

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Nov. 9, 2022

Janice Jernigan - Opening Up to Grief

No one gets a pass on grief, not even a three-year-old. Janice lost her sister Julie at the age of 3, she was too young to understand what was going on around her and her coping mechanism growing up was …

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Nov. 2, 2022

Randa Salem - Losing her sister to breast cancer

Randa’s grief journey has been a long one, filled with emotional rollercoasters. It all started when Perry was diagnosed with breast cancer, after the treatment for that was over they had a couple of good years. Until the cancer came …

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Oct. 26, 2022

Margaret Rice - Understanding Death and Grief from a different perspe…

For Margaret, everything started when her mother passed. A few months after that, her brother Julian was killed in a motorcycle accident. This event made Margaret develop an understanding of everything surrounding death and grief from a completely...

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Oct. 19, 2022

Myesha Stokes - Looking for answers and carrying out her brother’s le…

Myesha and Maya are probably the ones that have the most in common because both of their younger brothers were murdered, so they were left looking for answers. The call that changed Myesha’s life forever, the one where they told …

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Oct. 12, 2022

Audree Kropen - Founding SibsForever.org (Part 2)

There are so many layers to Audree’s story, she lost her sister Robin when she was 12, and they were only two and a half years apart. Audree shares the second part of her story, the loss of her grandson …

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Oct. 5, 2022

Audree Kropen on Losing her Sister Robin (Part 1)

When Audree Kropen unexpectedly lost her sister Robin at the age of 12, her whole life changed. Her family decided to stop talking about Robin completely and not acknowledge the fact that she had passed. Now 50+ years later, Audree …

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Sept. 28, 2022

How Support Groups for Surviving Siblings Helped Jen Schwartz (COPE F…

Support groups can be very overwhelming, so even Jen surprised herself when she decided to join a sibling loss support group just a couple of days after losing her brother LB. It's been six years since that time and now …

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Sept. 21, 2022

Holding on to the “Never” - Birthday Special Episode

As a surviving sibling or anyone that has experienced loss in their life, birthdays, holidays and milestones are always difficult days. Mostly because it is a reminder that our siblings' physical form is no longer with us. What I do …

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Sept. 14, 2022

Surviving Sibling Loss with Dr. Dawn DiRaimondo Psy.D. Clinical Psych…

After losing her brother in 2004, Dr. Dawn DiRaimondo became interested in bereavement work. It wasn’t until later that she found out that there are almost no resources when it comes to sibling loss, so she decided to write a …

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June 1, 2022

There's No Ending to this Story

Going into year five of losing my brother to a homicide, thanks to Detective G I already had most of the answers I was looking for, but in the middle of a global pandemic, I felt like I was regressing …

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May 25, 2022

There's No Such Thing as Closure

When you’re going through your grief journey, you’re always looking for “closure”, that something that is going to make it ok, that something that’s going to finally let you breathe and “get over” your loss. But as I have learned,...

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May 18, 2022

Losing Hope

During your grief journey your feelings and emotions ebb and flow. I dont believe there’s such thing as “highs” in the grief journey, more like lows and hope. Going into year 2 of losing my brother, I was losing hope …

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May 11, 2022

How Do You Move On?

We all process grief in different ways, we all do different things to feel “at peace” when losing a loved one. As a surviving sibling, I wanted to do everything in my power to bring justice to my brother’s death. …

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May 4, 2022

What Happens Now?

After going through the ebbs and flows of the different coping mechanisms, I am left thinking “what now?”. What happens now that all the chaos and the spiraling stops? What happens when everything has “calmed down”? In this episode I’m...

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