1. Surrendering to Grief: A Path to Organically Healing with Sue Patton Thoele Emily Thiroux Threatt 36:49

Are you ready to allow Grief in your life?


In this episode together, I’m joined by a true light in the world and Empress of Aging, Sue Patton Thoele. Sue is an “Emeritus-Most-Everything,” Public Speaker, Seminar Leader, former Hospice Chaplain and Psychotherapist, and the Author of 13 beautiful books. After an unsatisfactory reading of a self-help book, Sue casually commented: “If I ever write a book, I’m going to make it practical.” A few months later, Sue’s first book, “The Courage To Be Yourself,” was published, and it was a landmark for a beautiful, prolific, and fulfilling new stage of her life. 

Throughout this episode, Sue shares her thoughts on grieving as an act of surrendering and how allowing it into our lives naturally and organically heals it. We also talk about the common mistake of grieving failures and things we regret not doing, the importance of paying attention to our needs, and taking good care of ourselves while grieving. 

We also discuss the modern world’s lack of empathy, how messy Grief can be, Grief as an incubator for compassion, and much more.

Tune in and listen to episode 162 of Grief and Happiness to learn from Sue’s particular views on life, Grief, happiness, and purpose.

In This Episode, You Will Learn:

  • A bit about Sue’s background (2:10)
  • Sue talks about how Grief is presented in her books (7:50)
  • There is a severe lack of empathy in the world (13:20)
  • The power of paying attention (18:00)
  • What allowing Grief in your life can do for you (27:50)
  • Grief can be really messy (31:00)

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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.