The First Holiday After the Loss Part 1

January 18, 2024

“Journey Through Grief and Recovery with Nanette – Part 1”

Episode Summary:

In this heartfelt episode, we’re joined by Nanette, a close friend of the host’s sister, Charlene. Nanette shares her profound journey through grief following the loss of her daughter, father, and mother. She discusses her close-knit family relationships and the impact of these losses on her life. This episode is the first of a two-part series focusing on coping with grief during the holidays and Nanette’s path to recovery.

Key Points Discussed:

  • Nanette’s Personal Story: Tracing back her 14-year friendship with the host and her sister, Nanette opens up about her life, her deep family bonds, and the tragic losses she has endured.
  • Loss of Loved Ones: Nanette shares the pain of losing her father in 1993, her mother in 2014, and her daughter in 2021. She delves into the unique relationships she had with each of them.
  • Grief and Recovery: Nanette talks about her struggle with grief, especially after losing her daughter, and her initial reluctance to seek help. She highlights her journey through different forms of therapy and support.
  • Coping Strategies: The episode focuses on how Nanette managed her first holiday season without her daughter, including her decision to leave town to cope with her grief.
  • Reflection and Healing: Nanette reflects on the nature of her grief and how it has shaped her current perspective on life and loss.

What to Expect in Part 2:

  • The next episode will continue Nanette’s story, focusing on her healing process, how she’s celebrating the holidays now, and the steps she’s taken to move forward in her life.

Closing Remarks:

The host thanks Nanette for her openness and bravery in sharing her story, reminding listeners of the power of sharing and the importance of seeking support in times of grief.


Note to Listeners: The contents of this podcast are deeply personal and may resonate with anyone who has experienced loss. Listener discretion is advised.



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