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Guys and Grief is geared toward fathers that have experienced pregnancy or infant loss. The Podcast is meant to provide a platform to talk about the under-resourced, and often undiscussed, perspective of men that have experienced child loss. Created by 3 close friends - Brad who experienced multiple pregnancy losses, Brandon who lost a child to stillbirth, and Brian who lost a child to SIDS - the guys share stories and challenges, as well as laughs and a few tears, as they navigate helping m ...
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The guys are back from vacation to meet two AMAZING guys who have joined the DADvocate program - Scott Stoops and Jason Dykstra. The Dadvocate program is where loss dads make themselves available to other fathers who have gone through a child or infant loss. It is an incredible resource of loss dads. The guys discuss: - Experiences in the Dadvocate…
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The guys had so much fun last episode talking about practical advice over their grief journey that they decided to keep the energy going and offer practical advice directly for friends and family. Having a close relative or friend go through child loss can be difficult to manage, so the guys try to offer some helpful tips to help. The boys talk abo…
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The boys are back without a guest this week! They wanted to share some of their experiences going through their own grief and then provide some practical advice on important topics. The guys discuss the following tips: - Allow yourself to grieve - Realize your grief is unique - Develop a support system - Seek professional help - Leverage non-profit…
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The guys meet Kelly Farley, who is an author, speak, coach and grieving dad himself. He wrote an amazing book called Grieving Dads - To the Brink and Back, which helped all of us going through our grief journey. He followed that book up with a new book called "He Lost His Baby Too - Survival Guide for the Grieving Dad". We discuss: - The power of s…
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The guys chop it up with Dr. Jessica Zucker. She has a Ph.D. in clinical psychology, a master’s degree in human development, as well as a master’s degree in public health. She suffered a miscarriage herself, which led her to write her bestselling book "I Had a Miscarriage - A Memoir, A Movement" We discuss: - Turning pain into purpose - Raising awa…
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The guys discuss season 1 G&G Q&A's from the perspective of being years removed from a loss. Much of the discussion in season 1 was about grief emotions in the moment. We now wanted to dive into a new perspective on each topic now that time has passed. The guys discuss: - What age do you see your loss child? - Going back to work - Your living child…
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On this week's episode, the guys are joined by Kris Carr, a New York Times Bestselling Author. Her insights on wellness and grief are truly inspiring! She has been called a “force of nature” by O Magazine and was named a “new role model” by The New York Times. She had the privilege of sharing her message and tools for wellbeing on shows like Good M…
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On this week's episode, the guys are thrilled and honored to speak with the world renowned grief expert, David Kessler. His experience with thousands of people on the edge of life and death has taught him the secrets to living a happy and fulfilled life. He has authored six best selling books, including his most recent book, Finding Meaning - The S…
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On episode 2 of season 3, the guys have Byron Johnson of FleishmanHillard as their guest to discuss important infant and child loss policies in Washington We discuss the following topics: - Ways for loss parents to get involved in policy change in local, state and federal government - Current infant loss & bereavement policies being discussed in Wa…
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The guys are excited to kick off season 3 with a special guest and co-founder of Modern Loss, Rebecca Soffer. We dive into topics like: - Rebecca's background and the eventual founding of Modern Loss - Navigating grief and building resiliency - Using humor to address grief - Her book "The Modern Loss Handbook" - Advice for others going through grie…
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Season 2 Finale! The guys are joined by Chris, Rob & Jay from Sad Dad's Club. We jump right into a discussion about the holidays after a loss of a child. We explore the challenges of navigating the difficult holidays especially when family and friends seem so happy. We just want to thank our listeners once again for supporting us through the first …
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The fellas decide to chop it up on this week's episode and answer questions that were sent in from our listeners. They dive into a range of topics sent in by the best fans in the world. This is a really fun episode. Enjoy!Please email us and let us know your feedback at guysandgrief@gmail.com.Follow up on Social Media at linktr.ee/guysandgriefSave …
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International Episode! The fellas are back to discuss the societal stigma that men shouldn't show their emotions after going through a loss. They are then joined by guest Chris Wood all the way from Australia to talk about his grief journey and the international differences when grieving. Thanks for listening! Follow us on our social media: linktr.…
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The fellas dive into the topic of family after a loss. We discuss the positives and negatives of managing family while grieving. We are then joined by Jason & Rhonda Velez (loss parents), & John and Lorraine Martinez (Loss Grandparents) to discuss their journey after their loss. Don't forget to visit Betterhelp.com - https://betterhelp.com/guysandg…
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The fellas are back together! Brian is back after a short time off. The boys talk about exciting upcoming news for the podcast and a new sponsor! Betterhelp.com - https://betterhelp.com/guysandgrief - get 10% off if you click the link. G&G Q&A dives in to all of the ways we've honored our lost children. We highly recommend tuning in if you're looki…
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The fellas welcome in another guest co-host this week with Rob Reider from Sad Dads Club filling in for Brian again. The G&G Q&A discusses the challenges in parting from your loss child's belongings. They are then joined by guest Bryan Griffin to discuss the loss of his son Brooks from SIDS. Enjoy the episode!Please follow us on social media at: li…
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The guys have a new guest host this week with Chris Piasecki from Sad.Dads.Club filling in for Brian. The guys dive into an interesting G&G Q&A topic of social media's impact on the grieving process for men. We then meet our guest Chris Ortiz who lost his daughter Valentina and talk about some of the initiatives he is taking after his loss. Please …
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In another fun episode, the fellas chop it up and talk about grief topics that "ladies should know"....Guys go through all sorts of emotions after a loss and we dive into the topics that we wish our significant others knew when we are grieving...we hope you enjoy! Follow us at linktr.ee/guysandgrief Email us at guysandgrief@gmail.com Thanks for lis…
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The guys jump into a highly requested topic of navigating friendships after a loss. Brad, Brandon & Brian discuss their own experiences with friends after their loss during G&G Q&A. We then meet Michael Lavric who lost his son, Miles, after 2 days. Michael's best friend, Anthony, also joins the pod to discuss their strong friendship and provide adv…
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The gents dive into the topic of having fun again after a loss. We discuss the difficulties and guilt factored into dealing with having fun again. We then welcome in Will Howard who experienced a Termination For Medical Reasons (TFMR). We ask him about the stigma about that type of loss and how it can be eliminated. We are remembering his son Liam.…
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On this week's episode, the fellas discuss the feeling of failure after a loss during G&G Q&A. Sometimes after a loss, the feeling of failure can overcome our grieving emotions, but we discuss ways to overcome the those feelings. We then finally get to meet the executive directors behind our co-sponsors - First Candle & Emma's Footprints. They desc…
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The guys are bringing back one of the most popular episodes from season 1 - Nobody Prepares You For....Volume 2! If you didn't listen to season 1, this episode provides a rapid fire response to important topics that nobody prepares you for when you go through a loss. Most of the topics this season were sent in by our amazing listeners! Enjoy! Pleas…
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The fellas discuss negative coping mechanisms during G&G Q&A. We then meet Matthew Donnell who tells his story about experiencing multiple miscarriages and stillbirth. Please tune in and send your feedback to guysandgrief@gmail.com or follow us on social medial linktr.ee/guysandgrief
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On episode 2 of season 2, the fellas expand on the topic of sex and intimacy during G&G Q&A. They discuss the difficulties of establishing a love life again after a loss. We are then joined by 1st time guest, Cale Foy, who bravely shares his journey of reoccurring loss. He gets real about how he's starting his mental health and grief journey after …
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On the season 2 premiere, the boys catch up on what they've been up to between seasons. With Fathers Day around the corner, Brad, Brian & Brandon share their thoughts on the holiday. Lastly, the guys discuss what to expect in Season 2. Thank you to all of our listeners for the support. Please feel free to reach out to us at guysandgrief@gmail.com o…
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On the season one finale of G & G, the guys welcome their beautiful wives Jessica (Brad’s wife), Joellen (Brandon’s wife), and Lindsie(Brian’s wife) to discuss topics that couples experience after a loss. They all dive into issues such as intimacy, dealing with anger, and tips on how toimprove communication. We are so excited to share this new pers…
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G&G welcomes in Charles Johnson who is an incredible activist fighting to improve the outcomes of the maternal mortality crisis after he lost his wife Kira. The guys dive into topics such as racial injustice when it comes to pregnancy and maternal health care. Charles dives into his own grief and how he was able to overcome several challenges to ma…
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Nearly every episode of G&G has incorporated the topics of faith, the medical community, and/or therapy. So the guys brought in experts of each of these respected fields, all of whom have supported and guided the guys throughout their grief journeys. Father Sam Kachuba is the pastor of St. Pius Parish in Fairfield, Connecticut. He graduated from St…
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The guys are joined by the hosts of Sad Dads Club: Rob, Chris & Jay. The Sad Dads Club is an amazing resource for grieving fathers from daily Instagram posts, to bi-weekly open hours, and more. Together the group of guys talk about their journeys, the biggest challenges they are hearing from loss dads, a little "nobody prepares you for" and more. T…
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During G&G Q&A, the fellas dive into the specific emotion of anger when going through tragedy and grief. We discuss ways anger presents iteself when you least expect it to. We then interview Eric Atstupenas about his heartbreaking journey with his daughter Hadley and his inspiring work with Empty Arms and bereavement support. He brings incredible i…
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This week the guys discuss the difficulties of anniversaries, due dates, and other milestone moments in grief. They talk through the emotions and challenges, and how they have honored their children on these dates. Then they are joined by guest Scott Stoops who shares the loss journey of his daughter Celeste and son Dexter. Please make sure sure to…
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The guys talk about the difficulties and thoughts of having new kids after the loss of a child. Our guest Scott Beasley then talks about Abigail and his journey through the grief process. Scott provides so much hope for grieving families. Thanks for listening. Contact us at guysandgrief@gmail.com with your stories.…
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On this week's G&G Q&A, the guys discuss the power of charity and how it can impact one another through the grief process. We then get the opportunity to talk with our guest Bryan Dailey who dives into his journey after the loss of his daughter Emma. He then talks about our co-sponsor Emma's Footprints and how it all started. Disclaimer: We experie…
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In this episode, the guys get to the core of what really happens after loss and discuss 9 topics that "Nobody Prepares You For..." as a grieving father. Get ready for an episode that truly exemplifies how men grieve - full of raw and real emotion, a ton of laughs and maybe a few extra expletives than usual. We hope you enjoy one of our favorite epi…
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In this episode, the guys discuss positive coping mechanisms that helped them through the grieving process. We then get to learn about co-host Brad's journey when he shares the story of Beckham & Ariana. Remember to reach out to guysandgrief@gmail.com to communicate with Brian, Brad & Brandon and give us a follow on instagram @guys_and_grief and ou…
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This week the guys dive into a discussion about supporting your partner after a child or pregnancy loss and the difficulties and pressures that come with it. The guys then interview Mitch Mittelstaedt who shows great courage to be so vulnerable when talking about his son Hudson and his journey. Thanks for Listening. Remember to reach out at guysand…
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In our latest episode, our G&G FAQ topic is the impact of living children after a loss. We discuss the importance of our living children and how they impact the grieving process. We then follow that up with our Co-Host Brandon Thurman who tells the listeners about his journey. His "Stori". Thanks for listening!…
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The guys unveil a new reoccurring segment called "G&G Q&A" and discuss the challenge of going back to work after loss. They are then joined by Shane Connelly, who lost his daughter Sloane at 6 weeks old due to a heart defect, to share Sloane's story and talk through additional topics such as dealing with the immediate aftermath of loss, supporting …
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