Dec 15, 2022
Managing Grief & the Holidays
In this episode, we’re with Rich Allen. He talks about his book, his experiences with his father’s loss, ways of dealing with his grief, and a lot more.
Here’s what we talk about:
· Rich’s experience with dealing with the loss of his father
· Watching a loved one’s last breath
· Going through grief through the support of family
· Using the “busyness” of life to cope with grief
· Rich doing his father’s eulogy. He didn’t want to let his dad down.
· The value of learning about your loved one while they’re here.
· Being aware of signs. Your loved ones may be trying to get in touch.
About Rich Allen:
I was born and raised in Liverpool, a working-class city in England in the United Kingdom. When I was growing up, money was sparse in Liverpool, but it didn't seem to affect the citizens or my family. What they lacked in wealth was made up for with an abundance of kindness, an enormous sense of humor, and the selfless willingness to help others. Something that has never changed, and I doubt it ever will, is that the citizens of my childhood hometown are very witty with a hint of sarcasm. Trust me, that is not their intention. Everyone loves to make fun of each other and they know not to take anything too seriously—unless it’s about football (soccer).
Having lived a life with so much kindness and humor makes it all the more difficult when you have to deal with losing a loved one. The one staying behind is filled with so many emotions, including guilt, remorse, anger, and heartache. No two people will express or have the same emotions.
I have been fortunate enough to work for some of the world's largest corporations and have met a great many wonderful people giving me some amazing memories. But having recently lost my Father and Father In-law, I have decided to leave the corporate world and I'm now on a journey of writing books about losing a loved one.
I come from a religious family, and hold strong religious beliefs but I'm also open-minded, and as strong as my faith is, I also lean upon logic, facts, and common sense. At the early age of 16, I had a longing to become a priest but it never came to pass. My parents were shocked at the time but my life went in a different direction.
Mother, Father, Brother, or Sister, even your family pet, no matter who they are, the loss of a loved one leaves us with pain and grief that can never truly be explained. Our life has changed forever, and we now have a new normal, and it's one that we don't very much care for.
I believe that each and every one of us goes through life in a unique and special way. Whether we realize it or not, we are shown messages and signs, given skills and gifts, all of which can help us through the good times and bad. I hope to write and share with you not only my experiences but also share the research I have completed and the interviews I have conducted.
May your God go with you.
You can get Rich Allen’s book here!
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