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104: How to Move Through Grief towards Joy // Anna Packard

104: How to Move Through Grief towards Joy // Anna Packard by popular Utah mom podcast, 3 in 30: image of Anna Packard holding up a picture of her 4 mo. old son.

“The quickest way for anyone to reach the sun and the light of day
is not to run west chasing after the sun, but to head east,
plunging into the darkness until one comes to the sunrise.”

-Jerry L. Sittser

National Pregnancy and Infant Loss Day was October 15th, and I wanted to honor this sacred day by dedicating an episode to mothers who walk through life with a piece of their heart and soul missing. If this is you, I hope that today’s episode on how to move through grief might offer some comfort.

Today’s guest is Anna Packard, a mother of four who lost her infant son Charlie when he was four months old. She also has a PhD in clinical psychology and is a therapist at Balance Health and Healing, so she has both personal and professional experience in how to move through grief toward joy after immense loss.

How to Move Through Grief

  1. Remember, the only way out is through: practice willingness, prioritize self-care (which includes finding a support group of other mothers who have lost children), and allow all emotions. What we resist, persists.
  2. Look for beauty, gifts, and meaning along the way. Assigning your own meaning to your experience can be a powerful step toward healing.
  3. Remember that you are stronger than you realize. (This is very hard to hear in the early stages of grief, but you will find that it is true with time.)

Show Notes

Anna’s website: balancehealthandhealing.com
Anna’s Instagram: @balancehealthhealing

A Grace Disguised: How the Soul Grows through Loss by Jerry L. Sittser

Grief support for parents who have experience loss through miscarriage, stillborn, or infant loss.
Utah SIDS parents group on FB
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Do you have any personal experience with grief?  What have you done or are you doing to move through it?  Share in a comment below.

About the Podcast Host, Rachel Nielson

Rachel taught high school English for five years before deciding to be a stay-at-home mom to her two miracle babies, Noah Atticus, who was adopted, and Sally Grace, who was conceived through IVF.

In her life, Rachel has experienced great sorrow but also great joy--and she loves diving deep into the topics that matter most. Thank you for listening to the podcast and giving her a chance to share her heart.

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