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May 14th, 2024

When Purpose Becomes Helping Others Find Theirs with Cindy Burns

  1. When Purpose Becomes Helping Others Find Theirs with Cindy Burns Emily Thiroux Threatt 40:39

Grief sucks; we can all agree on that. Yet, what is the best way to move from it, Moving on or Moving forward?

In this episode, I’m joined by the Life Purpose and Happiness Coach and Grief Doula, Cindy Burns. The death of her husband after battling lung cancer for five months brought a double dose of Grief into her life: Her kids were grown-ups and had their own lives; they didn’t “need her” anymore. Suddenly, her purpose for many years, being a wife and a mother, made no sense—she was alone, and her nest was empty.

Throughout this episode, you’ll hear about Cindy’s reinvention, struggles, challenges, and victories in reclaiming and reconnecting with her purpose and generous perspective on life. Cindy also talks about how Journaling saved her, thinking of happiness as a choice, her passion for helping others find their purpose, the difference between Moving on and Moving forward, and much more.

Tune in and listen to episode 232 of Grief and Happiness and learn how to go through Grief by Moving forward and choosing to be happy.

In This Episode, You Will Learn:

  • About Cindy’s unexpected encounter with Grief (3:10)
  • How Cindy became a Life Purpose, Grief, and Happiness Coach (8:20)
  • Happiness is a choice (17:30)
  • About the countless benefits of putting pen to paper (23:20)
  • Cindy talks about her desire to start a non-profit (28:50)
  • Non-profits are second families (33:50)

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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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