Lisa Boehm heard a knock at the door just as she had gone to bed, and it was the police coming to let her know that her teenage daughter had died in a head-on collision.
Lisa tells us how she picked up the pieces of her shattered life and how she found ways to thrive and not just survive. From getting support from other moms in her community she now offers support to grieving moms.
I think I learned a lot from other grieving moms who were further down the path. Sometimes it was just little snippets that they would say or different things… They gave me hope and I think learning that everybody copes with grief differently, that little nugget right there was enough to carry us through.Lisa Boehm
About this week’s guest
Lisa K. Boehm’s life changed forever when her daughter died suddenly in a car accident. She quickly discovered that our society struggles with death, loss, and grieving and has made it her mission to change that. In her book Journey to HEALING: A Mother’s Guide to Navigating Child Loss, she shares her experience with grief and how it intensified her love for her daughter. Now she focuses on gratitude and living intentionally as a way to honour her daughter’s memory. Lisa is an author, speaker, and certified grief educator who helps bereaved moms move beyond the pain to find peace and purpose.
Topics discussed in this episode
- The loss of her teenage daughter Katie
- Suicidal thoughts and anger
- Surrounding herself with other women in the community
- Journaling as a resource to deal with grief
- Differences in grieving styles among family members
- Teenager’s grief/sibling’s grief
Resources mentioned in this episode
- Instrumental and intuitive grieving styles described in the book Grieving Parents: Surviving Loss as a Couple
- Grief groups by the Compassionate Friends
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