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April 25th, 2023

Using Creativity And Compassion As Vehicles For Grief Release with Deborah DeLisi

  1. Using Creativity And Compassion As Vehicles For Grief Release with Deborah DeLisi Emily Thiroux Threatt 31:49

How much love do you think a rock can store beneath it? 

In today’s episode, I’m joined by the amazingly creative and compassionate Deborah DeLisi. She is the mother of two daughters, one in heaven and one on earth, and the founder of The Abundant Love Project, a worldwide movement that started when she realized she could transform her Grief into love. Debora also authored two books about Grief, “Lifequakes: The Journey Through Loss and Grief,” and “I Will Find You Everywhere: A story of love, loss and learning to live again.”

Throughout this episode, Deborah talks about the loss of her 29-year-old daughter Katie and how the long walks crying and looking down to avoid eye contact inspired her to create The Abundant Love Project. We talk about how Grief can turn into love, why most grievers feel they don’t “deserve” to be happy again, and how bringing happiness to others can make us feel good again. 

Additionally, we talk about how The Abundant Love Project’s stones find people, and not the other way around, the importance of finding (or creating) our own tribe of grievers, and much more. 

Tune in and listen to episode 124 of Grief and Happiness to hear more about how compassion, empathy, and creativity can transform Grief into love. 

In This Episode, You Will Learn:

  • A bit about Deborah’s life before and after losing her daughter (1:06)
  • People want to help people; it’s in our nature (6:06)
  • About random acts of kindness and faith (12:45)
  • Why do people feel they’re “not worthy” of being happy after a loss (17:43)
  • The importance, as grievers, of finding our own tribe (23:58)

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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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