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Apr 20, 2020

Grief with Claire Bidwell Smith

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This is episode 46 and today I’m here with Claire Bidwell Smith talking about grief.

Claire Bidwell Smith is a therapist specializing in grief and the author of three books about grief and loss: The Rules of Inheritance (Penguin, 2012), After This: When Life Is Over Where Do We Go? (Penguin, 2015) and Anxiety: The Missing Stage of Grief (Da Capo, 2018). The Rules of Inheritance, a coming-of-age memoir about grief, was a Books for a Better Life Nominee, a Barnes & Noble Discover pick, has been published in 18 countries, and is currently being adapted for film. Claire has written for The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Huffington Post,, Slate, Chicago Public Radio, The Guardian, Psychology Today, Yoga Journal, and Black Book Magazine. Claire was a therapist in private practice for ten years and now speaks and writes regularly on grief. 

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Culture: We talk about how our culture does a disservice to the transition of death.

Anxiety: We go over how anxiety is the missing stage of grief.

Self-Care: We offer advice for self-care in grief and for helping us through that anxiety.

Story: We walk through how loss has the effect of calling our stories and identities into question.

Afterlife: She shares what she learned through her journey of seeking connection with her parents and friends after their deaths.

Kids: We discuss how we can help kids through the loss of a loved one.

Estate: We cover how we have prepared for our own deaths.

Dive Deeper

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Claire’s website

Claire on Instagram

The Rules of Inheritance

After This: When Life is Over Where Do We Go

Anxiety: The Missing Stage of Grief

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Legacy File

It’s Okay That You’re Not Okay: Meeting Grief and Loss in a Culture That Doesn’t Understand

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