Growth through Grief

Thomas Pisello

When you experience the loss of your spouse / partner or significant loved one, it can be difficult to overcome the overwhelming sadness, fear and other emotions and get back on the right track. This podcast and community is designed to explore the issues we have all faced in our loss and healing process, and how to best move forward, in mind, body and spirit to transition from grief to renewed purpose. To do this, host Tom Pisello, himself a widower, serial entrepreneur and growth evangelist, interviews grief counseling experts, growth mindset gurus, and other brothers and sisters who have experienced a similar loss to yours. read less
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Episodes

Your Grief Journey: A Marathon Not a Sprint
May 4 2023
Your Grief Journey: A Marathon Not a Sprint
A wife that passed away from cancer, a career in transition, and a young daughter to raise on your own ... how do you not just move forward but thrive despite this hand you have been dealt?In this interview we discuss this scenario with AJ Coleman, who lived it and documented his experience as the author of the book "Keep Those Feet Moving: A Widower’s 8-Step Guide to Coping with Grief and Thriving Against All Odds”.We discuss AJ's grief journey, from losing his wife Cory to brain cancer when she was just 33 and the trials he faced not just in the grief, but now as a single parent to his daughter Zoey, managing his career as a certified anti-money laundering specialist (CAMS) and fraud examiner (CFE), and so much more.The information in this podcast is for informational purposes only. No material on this site is intended to be a substitute for professional medical, mental health or spiritual advice, diagnosis or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician, mental health counselor, spiritual advisor or other qualified health-care , mental health or spiritual provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition, mental or spiritual challenges or treatment. Before making any changes to your health-care, diet, exercise or other aspects of your life, please seek professional advice, and never disregard professional advice or delay in seeking it because of something you have read or heard on this podcast or through other Growth through Grief resources.
The Choice of Living Undeterred is Yours
Apr 25 2023
The Choice of Living Undeterred is Yours
One day you are a successful entrepreneur, husband and father, and then you lose a son, and not too long after, lose your bride too?This is the story of Jeff Johnston’s life, and in this interview we explore how his life was forever changed five years ago when he got the call that his eldest son died of fentanyl poisoning, and then two years ago when Jeff experienced another loss, losing his wife Prudence to alcoholism a he joined our collective experience, our widower brotherhood.Since these losses Jeff has dedicated his life to Living Undeterred. This included creating a mental health charity, writing the book “This One’s For You – an Inspirational Journey Through Addiction, Death and Meaning”, creating the Living Undeterred Podcast, and so much more.To learn more, checkout: https://www.livingundeterred.com/The information in this podcast is for informational purposes only. No material on this site is intended to be a substitute for professional medical, mental health or spiritual advice, diagnosis or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician, mental health counselor, spiritual advisor or other qualified health-care , mental health or spiritual provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition, mental or spiritual challenges or treatment. Before making any changes to your health-care, diet, exercise or other aspects of your life, please seek professional advice, and never disregard professional advice or delay in seeking it because of something you have read or heard on this podcast or through other Growth through Grief resources.
Getting Your Financial House in Order Post Loss
Apr 17 2023
Getting Your Financial House in Order Post Loss
What are some of the most common financial challenges for widowers, and how to best avoid and mitigate?This interview with retired Financial Advisor Chris Bentley will provide some of the answers you need to be aware of, avoid and handle some of the most common issues we face in dealing with finances and financial planning after the loss of our spouse.Chris is the founder and now CEO of Wings for Widows, providing 1:1 personalized financial coaching to the newly widowed since 2018. After nearly 15 years as a financial advisor with an advisory and wealth management practice in the Twin Cities, he retired to support his new mission of helping widows and widowers handle and plan their finances post loss.The information in this podcast is for informational purposes only. No material on this site is intended to be a substitute for professional medical, mental health or spiritual advice, diagnosis or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician, mental health counselor, spiritual advisor or other qualified health-care , mental health or spiritual provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition, mental or spiritual challenges or treatment. Before making any changes to your health-care, diet, exercise or other aspects of your life, please seek professional advice, and never disregard professional advice or delay in seeking it because of something you have read or heard on this podcast or through other Growth through Grief resources.
MAINTAIN the Flame: Implementing a Growth Mindset For Your Grief Journey
Nov 10 2022
MAINTAIN the Flame: Implementing a Growth Mindset For Your Grief Journey
When we experience grief, it's easy to get down on ourselves, feel guilty and have regrets, be angry with God and so much more. With so much weighing on you, your loss, helplessness and sadness, how can you possibly maintain a growth mindset?In this interview we tackle how to maintain a growth mindset despite these challenges, leveraging the wisdom and insight of Dr. Nicole Bradford, author of 1 Step at a Time, and creator of the Maintain the Flame framework.We discuss eight specific things you can do today to help with your own grieving process and grief journey, and ways to overcome the lies, labels and limitations that just might be holding you back.Important Note: The information in this podcast is for informational purposes only. No material on this site is intended to be a substitute for professional medical, mental health or spiritual advice, diagnosis or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician, mental health counselor, spiritual advisor or other qualified health-care , mental health or spiritual provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition, mental or spiritual challenges or treatment. Before making any changes to your health-care, diet, exercise or other aspects of your life, please seek professional advice, and never disregard professional advice or delay in seeking it because of something you have read or heard on this podcast or through other Growth through Grief resources.
Your Body on Grief: Healing with Wellness, Mind and Spirit
Nov 8 2022
Your Body on Grief: Healing with Wellness, Mind and Spirit
What happens to your body when experiencing grief? What are the impacts on your health and wellness in the short and long term?to learn the answers, we interview Dr. Kirsten Carter MD, the co-founder and Internal Medicine Physician of Grace Medical Home, a care facility for the uninsured in Orange County Florida, providing healing for mind, body and spirit.From her experiences at Grace Medical Home, and her extensive experience in primary care and functional medicine, Dr. Carter is here to talk with us about the stress of grief - how this impacts our bodies as widowers, and how we can leverage the right mindset, diet, activities and faith to dramatically advance our healing and growth.The information in this podcast is for informational purposes only. No material on this site is intended to be a substitute for professional medical, mental health or spiritual advice, diagnosis or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician, mental health counselor, spiritual advisor or other qualified health-care , mental health or spiritual provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition, mental or spiritual challenges or treatment. Before making any changes to your health-care, diet, exercise or other aspects of your life, please seek professional advice, and never disregard professional advice or delay in seeking it because of something you have read or heard on this podcast or through other Growth through Grief resources.
Helplessness: The Root Cause of Grief and Trauma?
Nov 3 2022
Helplessness: The Root Cause of Grief and Trauma?
What is the root cause of our grief and the trauma we experience from the loss of our wives? Is it loss and loneliness? Is it feeling helpless?My guest today is Tim Ohai a strategic effectiveness expert and coach, who I met in the business world, but got to know deeply as a fellow widower. Tim lost his wife Diana in 2020 and is now a single father of two, with a son 22 and a daughter 20.Tim is a man of strong faith and purpose, along with having an educational background in behavioral science and psychology, and we had plenty to talk about: discussing Tim’s journey from grief to growth, exploring the challenges he faced and how mind, body and especially spirit helped him on his way.Important Note: The information in this podcast is for informational purposes only. No material on this site is intended to be a substitute for professional medical, mental health or spiritual advice, diagnosis or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician, mental health counselor, spiritual advisor or other qualified health-care , mental health or spiritual provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition, mental or spiritual challenges or treatment. Before making any changes to your health-care, diet, exercise or other aspects of your life, please seek professional advice, and never disregard professional advice or delay in seeking it because of something you have read or heard on this podcast or through other Growth through Grief resources.
Your Brain on Grief: Deeper Understanding to Foster Healing and Growth
Oct 19 2022
Your Brain on Grief: Deeper Understanding to Foster Healing and Growth
How does your brain process, handle and heal from grief?In this interview with Mary-Frances O’Connor author of a new and important book: The Grieving Brain: The Surprising Science of How We Learn from Love and Loss, we explore her research and seek the scientific answer to this question.Mary-Frances is a researcher and Associate Professor at the University of Arizona, where she studies how the mind, brain and body react to and adapt to grief. In this insightful episode, we explore her research and new book, to learn what happens to the brain on grief, and how you can leverage this knowledge to better mentally handle your grieving process.Important Note: The information in this podcast is for informational purposes only. No material on this site is intended to be a substitute for professional medical, mental health or spiritual advice, diagnosis or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician, mental health counselor, spiritual advisor or other qualified health-care , mental health or spiritual provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition, mental or spiritual challenges or treatment. Before making any changes to your health-care, diet, exercise or other aspects of your life, please seek professional advice, and never disregard professional advice or delay in seeking it because of something you have read or heard on this podcast or through other Growth through Grief resources.