Shapes Of Grief

Shapes Of Grief

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Shapes of Grief is brought to you by Liz Gleeson, an Irish grief therapist. Liz hosts conversations with people about their experience of loss and grief in their lives. Through the recounting of our grief stories, integration can begin to happen, both for the teller and the listener. Everyone has a story of loss and everyone’s story offers hope and inspiration to other grievers. Sharing these stories with each other can go a long way in normalising this human experience. Please do become a Patron on https://www.patreon.com/shapesofgrief for as little as $5 per month, help keep us going!


28 Gretta Manners on recovering from Acquired Brain Injury
Oct 14 • 70 min
Eight years ago, Gretta Manners had a full time career in teaching and was a busy (and exhausted) mother of three young children; Hazel, 4, Maria, 2 and Tadhg, 6 months. She began to feel unwell and eventually went to the Emergency Dept. of her local…
27 Declan Hammond on Parental Loss, a father’s perspective
Oct 6 • 53 min
Thirteen years ago, Declan Hammond received a phonecall that is every parent’s worst nightmare; his son had been involved in a mining accident abroad and was killed instantly. Declan was spiralled into what felt like an alternative reality, his life would…
26 Annemarie Brophy, Psychotherapist, on the disenfranchised grief of parenting a critically ill child
Sep 29 • 83 min
For many of us, we take it for granted that our text will read something like “a beautiful baby girl was born at 5.55am, 8.2lbs, mother and baby doing great”, but for Annemarie McCarthy and her husband, the reality was far from this. The 20 week scan…
25 Aisling Fitzgibbon and her search for meaning and purpose in her own life and in her mother’s death
Sep 21 • 70 min
Aisling Fitzgibbon and her mother Martha were inseparable. As well as mother and daughter, they were best friends and soul mates. Following a few years of depression in her early twenties, Aisling went on a journey of finding meaning and purpose in her…
24 Siobhan Overson on being orphaned at 2yrs old and a life-long grief for the parents & brother she doesn’t remember
Sep 2 • 59 min
When Siobhan was two years old, both her parents, her older brother who was seven and her aunt all died in a drowning tragedy on Carlingford Lough. Siobhan, her eleven month-old brother Terry and a nine-year-old sister Orla, were separated from each other…
23 Siobhan Daffy on bereavement overload; when it seems like everyone is dying
Aug 24 • 55 min
In 2000, a bus carrying 7 young tourists in Bolivia crashed into a ravine killing all of the 9 passengers on board; the driver had fallen asleep. Among them were two young Irish sisters. In this episode, Musician and Poet Siobhan Daffy, talks about the…
22 Bebhinn Ramsey on her search for a ‘cure’ for grief and how a spiritual path helped her to navigate her loss
Aug 7 • 79 min
Author of “Love’s last gift” Bebhinn Ramsey recounts the sudden death of her husband Alistair while on holidays in San Francisco, leaving her widowed at 31 with a baby and a toddler. At the age of thirty-one Bébhinn had lost her soulmate, the father of…
21 Helen Lambe on accompanying her husband through cancer and untimely widowhood
Jul 29 • 65 min
Helen Lamb, owner and founder of the Dublin Wellness Centre, takes us on an intimate journey through her experience of grief following the death of her beloved husband when their baby boy was just months old. Listeners who have accompanied loved ones…
20 Cath Monaghan on sibling bereavement
Jul 9 • 63 min
Catherine Monaghan talks to Liz about life after the sudden death of her brother, what the grief of losing a sibling was like for her and how Tony’s death affected every part of her life. To read Cath’s article in the Irish Times, click here…
19 Beatrice Caffrey on multiple miscarriage and the death of her baby son Joshua
Jul 2 • 84 min
For those of you who listened to last week’s episode with Justin Caffrey, this is your opportunity to now listen to Beatrice Caffrey’s perspective on the life and death of their beloved baby son Joshua. Having endured three miscarriages, Beatrice and…
18 Justin Caffrey on how the death of his baby son forced him to reconstruct himself to survive his grief
Jun 25 • 87 min
From high-flying banker to kangaroo parenting, Justin Caffrey takes us through a searingly honest account of his experience when his second son Joshua was born fifteen weeks early and life as they knew it stopped for the rest of the family. Forced to live…
17 Dr. Ciara Kelly on the deaths of her parents & her journey with grief
Jun 19 • 70 min
From twenty years in general practice to a full-blown transition to journalist and broadcaster, Dr. Ciara Kelly takes us through her experience of grief following the very sudden death of her father several years ago and then the more recent and prolonged…
16 Treacy O’Connor, Interfaith Minister, on continuous bonds and how grief is woven throughout our lives in every change we make
Jun 3 • 65 min
More like a conversation between friends, Liz and Interfaith minister Treacy O’Connor talk about a variety of topics related to loss, personal growth, separation, as well as the dance between spirituality and the corporate world. Treacy discusses how her…
15 Kevin Toolis on ‘My Father’s Wake’ - what we can learn from the Irish about Love, Life and Death
May 27 • 61 min
Kevin Toolis is a BAFTA winning film maker and writer of the acclaimed death guide My Father’s Wake: How the Irish Teach Us to Live, Love and Die. Toolis has reported on famines, wars and plagues all over the world for The New York Times and The Guardian.…
14 Donna Schuurman of the Dougy Centre on Children’s Grief, a professional perspective
May 20 • 37 min
Donna tells us about the work of the Dougy centre in Portland Oregon and gives us some insight into what support children may need to help them through times of grief. The Dougy centre have some really useful resources for supporting grieving children and…
13 Edy Nathan, Psychotherapist & Author, on cumulative grief, overcoming agoraphobia & sexual abuse
May 13 • 48 min
Psychotherapist and author Edy Nathan joins me on Shapes Of Grief this week to talk about the grief she endured through sexual abuse and bullying at a young age, which lead to the debilitating condition of agoraphobia. Edy’s experience would later shape…
12 Dr Kathryn Mannix demystifying the dying process & how to prepare for a good death
May 8 • 69 min
This week I speak to Dr Kathryn Mannix, palliative care pioneer, about the dying process. Like birth, there are certain stages of death which Kathryn hopes to demystify in her book ‘With the End in Mind’. Kathryn does a wonderful job in normalising this…
11 Hayley Manning, Advocate, on Miscarriage, Turner’s Syndrome & living with Loss & Hope
May 6 • 60 min
In this conversation with Liz, Hayley speaks about the multiple miscarriages that she experienced, the devastating decision that herself and husband Charlie had to make when they found out that their baby had Turner’s Syndrome and how, after four…
10 Dr Helen Greally on grief following diagnosis & grief theories
Apr 29 • 52 min
Dr Helen Greally is a psycho-oncologist with Cancer Care West. Helen has over forty years experience working with people through grief and loss, following diagnosis. Her PhD focused on spousal bereavement and she has collected a host of grief experiences…
9 Jane Harris, psychotherapist, on parental bereavement & the powerful documentary A Love That Never Dies
Apr 9 • 54 min
In 2011, Jane Harris and Jimmy Edmonds got the knock at the door that no parent ever wants; their 22 year old son Joshua had been killed in a road accident while travelling in Vietnam. From that moment on, their life changed fundamentally, forever. Jane,…
8 Gary Andrews on Love, Widowhood & The Doodle Diaries
Mar 29 • 56 min
When Gary’s wife Joy died suddenly in 2017 from sepsis, he turned to his daily practice of doodling to express his grief and help him to process the reality of widowhood and parenting two young, bereft children. The series of heartfelt illustrations soon…
7 Dr. Robert Neimeyer on Meaning Making after loss
Mar 20 • 54 min
Robert A. Neimeyer, Ph.D., is a Professor of Psychology, at the University of Memphis, where he also maintains an active clinical practice. Bob is an international speaker on grief and loss, bringing a great wisdom to the field. In this episode of Shapes…
6 Madeleine Grant, Nurse & therapist, on bereavement overload, prolonged grief & how grief can make you sick
Mar 11 • 48 min
In this episode, Madeleine talks to Liz about three successive family bereavements and how her inability to grieve resulted in significant illness and a near-death experience. Madeleine went on to complete a Masters in Bereavement Studies at the Irish…
5 Dr Susan Delaney on the essence of grief, prolonged Grief, resilience and hope
Mar 4 • 68 min
Shapes of Grief had a lovely conversation with Dr. Susan Delaney of the Irish Hospice Foundation. Susan is the bereavement services manager there and has been instrumental in bringing awareness to Prolonged Grief (formerly complicated grief) to Ireland.…
4 Ruth Fitzmaurice, author of ‘I Found My Tribe’, on living with ongoing loss
Feb 26 • 66 min
Ruth Fitzmaurice’s life changed when her husband Simon was diagnosed with Motor Neurone Disease. In this candid conversation, Ruth shares how, as a mother of five, she coped with Simon’s long illness and eventual death through writing and daily immersion…
3 Deirdre Ahern, Mindfulness teacher, on pet loss
Feb 11 • 61 min
Deirdre takes us through a beautiful story of how her little dog Charlie came into her life, the connection they made and how his presence enhanced her life. Deirdre tells an important message of how our pets become our family, particularly if we are…
2 Emily McCullough, Art Therapist, on prolonged, disenfranchised grief
Jan 31 • 56 min
Art therapist Emily McCullough talks about the sudden, ambiguous death of her brother when she was sixteen, followed by her father’s death a few years later. The suppressed grief, both personal and in the family, would take its toll for many years. Emily…
1 Jack Gleeson talks about grief following the suicide of his best friend
Jan 20 • 60 min
Friends for over four decades, when Jack Gleeson’s best friend died by suicide, the loss for Jack was huge. In this interview, Jack talks about friendship, love and loss. www.shapesofgrief.com Twitter: Ofshapes Instagram: Shapesofgrief Facebook:…