The Mourning Dove
By Allie Felker
The Mourning DoveApr 20, 2022
Erica’s Story | Purpose through Activism
Reid Peterson | Refuge in Grief
We are starting off Season Three of the Mourning Dove with a conversation with App creator Reid Peterson! Reid discovered that nature and meditation helped him find comfort while grieving. These discoveries led Reid to create the App “Grief Refuge”.
In this episode, we chat about Reid’s grief journey as well as his insights on surviving great loss. I highly encourage listeners to check out the beautiful Grief Refuge app as well as their Instagram @griefrefugeapp www.instagram.com/griefrefugeapp/ you can also visit their website www.griefrefuge.com
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Highlights from Season 2
Claudia’s Story | Faith and Loss
Claudia’s faith and spirituality has played a big role in her grieving, and despite the tragedy of losing her son she still holds a space for hope. You can learn more about Claudia and connect with her on Instagram @claudiavilla10
Michelle’s Story | Identity in Grief
I am honored to share my conversation with Michelle Vande Hey creator of Light of Love Coaching. Michelle’s grief journey began in her teenage years when she learned she would not be able to have biological children. Michelle went on to adopt two babies and learned that her second child had a brain injury at birth. James died very suddenly in infancy.
Michelle’s grief journey led her to pursue health and coaching and she eventually became a life coach. In our conversation, we chat about the identity shifts that often occur in grief. We also discuss coping mechanisms and the importance of physical health.
To learn more about Michelle you can find her on Instagram @michellevandehey and here https://linktr.ee/michellevandehey
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Julie’s Story | True Acceptance
Another Year of Grief | Affirmations, Goals, and Connection
Amy’s Story | Loving Yourself After Loss
Amy is a grief and pregnancy after loss coach. She is a mother to six living children and two angel babies; Lauren and River. I am delighted to share Amy's Insights on grief and I know that our conversation will spark healing for many.
To learn more about Amy and her coaching you can visit her website www.smoothstonescoaching.com
and add her on Instagram @amy.smoothstonescoaching
Eileen’s Story | Time to Fly
Eileen Robertson Hamra is the Author of Time to Fly, a memoir in which Eileen shares her journey mourning the loss of her husband Brian. I know our conversation will bring encouragement and hope as we chat about parenting after loss, grief in children, and other insights in mourning.
Reality, as Eileen Robertson Hamra perceived it, instantaneously altered the moment authorities confirmed that the plane her husband was piloting had crashed, and he had not survived. In the process of mourning her loss, with three young children in tow, where Eileen wandered and landed was nothing short of miraculous. Between the valleys of grief and the peaks of hope, she discovered that keeping promises to those that have left this world is a lifelong act, and honoring one love does not mean foregoing the freedom and joy that is found in reopening your heart, trusting in new love, and expanding your definition of family. Her book, Time to Fly, shares her story, her insights and more.
To learn more about Eileen you can visit her personal website www.eileenrobertsonhamra.com and add her on Instagram @eileenrhamra
To learn more about her work visit Fittogetherllc.com
Reyna’s Story | De-stigmatizing Baby Loss
I am honored to share my conversation with Reyna about the loss of her son Weston. Reyna and I share many similarities in our stories and our grief journeys. Reyna shares her experience in her blog and has connected with other loss moms on Instagram. Her work aims at de-stigmatizing baby loss and helping other women feel less alone.
To learn more about Reyna visit her blog www.thebabylossdiary.com/home and on Instagram @reyyy____
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Michelle’s Story | Feel to Heal
Today I am honored to share my conversation with Michelle Ann Collins co-author of Phoenix Rising, Awakening the Divine Feminine, and You Can’t Make This St*ry Up.
In this episode, Michelle shares her belief “you have to feel it to heal it!” After experiencing multiple losses Michelle found herself numbing the pain with drugs and alcohol. A meditation and yoga practice taught Michelle how to heal from past traumas. She now helps others through her writings and coaching.
You can learn more about Michelle and her work by visiting her website InhabitJoy.com https://inhabitjoy.com/
Also, find her on Instagram @Michelleanncollins_ https://www.instagram.com/michelleanncollins_/
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Navigating Holiday Grief | With Aimee Wingen
Allison’s Story | Grief and Self Love
Allison found that she could not hide from her grief after two ectopic pregnancies, the loss of her grandparents, and the end of her marriage. Her grief led her to pursue therapy, teaching her to love and accept herself. To learn more about Allison and to follow her fertility journey find her on Instagram @ivfcouldonlyhaveyou and personally @_a.renee24
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Christine’s Story | Navigating Hope
Today I am honored to share the story of Harlan's life as told by his mama Christine.
Harlan was diagnosed with a Lower Urinary Tract Obstruction when Christine was just 19 weeks pregnant. His parents fought to give him the best quality of life and though he only lived for four days, he made a huge impact.
To learn more about Christine and Harlan's story you can follow her on Instagram @christineeee_andreaaaa
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Heidi’s Story | Honoring Alison
Heidi Low shares her story of losing her daughter Alison at just five years old. Heidi’s perspective on her grief journey is unique and helpful as Alison passed away 17 years ago. In honor of Alison, Heidi created Ohana Oasis, a nonprofit that serves grieving parents and helps them on this journey.
I really enjoyed my conversation with Heidi as she provided so many helpful insights on grief and child loss. I know that anyone who is processing their grief, or simply curious about the journey, will benefit from this episode.
Heidi is also active on Instagram and her website where she posts blogs about life and grief. To learn more visit www.heidilow.com and @heidilowofficial on Instagram. You can also learn more about Heidi's nonprofit at www.ohanaoasis.org and on Instagram @ohana_oasis
Vicki’s Story | Dissociation and Grief
Today I chat with Vicki the creator of @mama_grow_home on Instagram. Vicki began sharing her motherhood journey after experiencing recurrent losses. Her posts help normalize pregnancy loss, grief, and all forms of motherhood. Our conversation touches on some common but unspoken symptoms of grief including dissociation and hallucinations.
To learn more about Vicki and read her work visit @mama_grow_home on Instagram and www.mamagrowhome.com. To join our grief community and engage with the podcast add us on Instagram @mourningdovepod
If you have a story or an insight to share, email me at email@example.com.
Sarah and Jared | Part 2 | Grieving Our Lost Loves
In this episode, we continue my conversation with Sarah with the addition of her boyfriend Jared. Both Sarah and Jared have suffered terrible losses which has also enabled them to support each other. Sarah and Jared share their grief journeys and offer insight into the experience of mourning the death of a spouse.
To learn more about Sarah and read her writings on grief visit her website www.sacredunraveling.com and Instagram @sacredunraveling
To engage with our grief community join us on Instagram @mourningdovepod