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June 11th, 2024

Resignifying Grief. A Journey of Healing and New Beginnings with Nicole Junkerman

  1. Resignifying Grief. A Journey of Healing and New Beginnings with Nicole Junkerman Emily Thiroux Threatt 26:25

How would you react if an unfortunate event forced you to step back from your dream job? Would you be able to transform Grief into a fresh start?

In this episode, I’m joined by the Death Doula, Author, and Retired Police Officer Nicole Junkerman. After suffering a neck injury that forced her into early Retirement from the police, Nicole chose to use the Grief of losing her beloved career to create, help others, and find an answer to a new calling. She is the author of “Daddy’s Home” and the founder of Positive Passing.

Throughout this episode, you’ll hear about Nicole’s unique journey from retired police officer to Death Doula, the extraordinary circumstances in which she got her job at the cemetery, and the mixed emotions she had while preparing a dear friend for their last goodbye. Nicole also talks about “Daddy’s Home,” a beautifully written children’s book most of us wish we had when we were little to understand death and loss, and that was a cathartic, life-saving experience for her while grieving the loss of her career.

Tune in and listen to episode 240 of Grief and Happiness and learn more about Nicole’s inspiring story and how resignifying Grief helped her rebuild her life.

In This Episode, You Will Learn:

  • About Nicole’s unfortunate accident and the birth of her new career (1:30)
  • Nicole talks about the harsh moment of preparing a friend for their last goodbye (4:10)
  • How Positive Passing was born (6:00)
  • Daddy’s Home, the book we all wish we had growing up (12:50)
  • What makes Nicole’s book so powerful (19:00)
  • Nicole and Emily talk about the therapeutic properties of writing (22:10)

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Emily Thiroux Threatt Podcast Host, Facilitator, Author

Having gone through the experience of the deaths of so many loved ones, I have learned to face life with love, optimism, and joy.

I have kept journals and written to express myself most of my life which led me to a career of teaching writing and writing books. I naturally turned to writing to help deal with my grief, then I discovered I could use writing to help friends deal with grief, too.

In contemplating how I could best help the grieving people I was working with, my Ignite moment came when realized the importance of helping people understand the importance of happiness and how they could grieve and be happy at the same time.

To share my message, I host the Grief and Happiness podcast, I wrote the book Loving and Living Your Way Though Grief, I facilitate weekly meetings of the Grief and Happiness Alliance, I founded the Grief and Happiness nonprofit foundation, I publish a weekly newsletter and blog, and my new book, The Grief and Happiness Handbook is coming out soon.

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