In the premiere episode of season five, we’re addressing the topic of grief. Contrary to popular belief, grief comes in many forms, it impacts people in varying ways, and it does not have to stem from the loss of a loved one. Grief is the thing that we feel and experience in the absence of something or someone we love—a pet, a relationship, a parent, a job, a home. To help us explore, identify, and even learn how to navigate grief through creativity, we’ll be joined by content creator Vivian Nuñez, reporter Megan Fernandes, and therapist Eric Adams.
Megan Fernandes is an award-winning business and community news reporter that has worked in newsrooms across the country. For a long time, Megan thought that her purpose was to share the stories of others, but after losing her mother to cancer in January of 2020, Megan turned to memoir writing and poetry as a way to cope with her grief and tell her own story. She now writes to share her struggles in coping with grief, mental health, and trauma to normalize these conversations and remind others that they are not alone.
Vivian Nuñez is a writer, content creator, and dog mom. Her award-winning Instagram community has created pathways for speaking on traditionally taboo topics, like mental health and grief, but don’t worry she’s also really funny. While her humor is a cross between Chandler Bing and Phoebe’s mom jokes, she’s also one with TikTok trends, dog videos, and how much fun it is to be creative. Her life and work are rooted in the simple truth that life’s a lot more livable when you get to play outside the box.
Eric Adams is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist at Mental Edge Counseling in Dover, Delaware.
“Grief is sometimes very, very tied to the experience of loss of life. But I think grief is like any other feeling. It's anger and sadness, it's a feeling that we can all share universally, just another name for a very, very intense sense of loss and sadness.”
This episode of the TWLOHA podcast was hosted by Chad Moses and produced by Rebecca Ebert. Music assistance was provided by James Likeness and Ben Tichenor.
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