Mar 23, 2022
Tess Connolly LCSW talks with
Michele Benyo, a Certified Grief Recovery Specialist®, a parent coach, and
the founder of Good Grief Parenting. Tess and Michele talk about
different ways that our tween and teens experience loss and how we
can cope with these moments in our parenthood journey. They discuss
different kinds of grief not just when we lose someone close to us
but when we are faced with other experiences such as when we move
as a family and children may experience the loss of friendships and
the home that they are leaving behind.
- Tess gives an introduction to today's episode.
Talking about the importance of knowing how to deal with loss and
grief as a family.
- Michele shares with us the background story
about her journey and talks about what led her to creating the
business she now runs helping families deal with grief and
- Tess and Michele talk about different losses
that tweens and teens can go through and how we can cope with
these. Michele points out that grief comes in all shapes and sizes
not just when we lose someone we know close to us dies but also
losses such as when we move or when things change in our
- Michele talks about her own experiences and the
importance of being the parent that has the conversations with our
children and teaches them how to deal with grief.
- Michelle and Tess discuss ways we can talk to
our children about their losses and give us some strategies of how
we have these conversations.
- Michele talks about ways that we may have been
taught how to deal with grief and compares them to ways that might
be more helpful in assisting our children to deal with their loss.
She talks about studies that have been done more recently and how
keeping conversations going about people they have lost can really
benefit the grieving process.
- Michelle talks about in the case of a parent
losing a child who has siblings that we have to remember the
importance of whilst we are dealing with our grief to also remember
to let our children that are still with us know how much they are
- Tess and Michelle talk about the grief that we
might experience as parents and how we convey and recognize these
moments. Losing someone does end a life but it doesn't end a
relationship. They talk about ways that we can still keep these
people in our lives through conversations and still recognise their
life within our lives.
- Michelle shares with us the analogy of making
lemonade and how she uses this analogy to help explain the feelings
we go through when dealing with grief and loss.
- Michelle talks about how although facing grief
is an incredible loss we are at a time where we have lots of places
where we can go to for help, so make sure that as parents we take
the opportunity to use these resources that are available to us and
learn strategies for when we are faced with these moments in our
- Michele is grateful for her faith that helped
her through her loss.
Follow this link to the PDF that
Michele spoke about in the episode and to find out about different
ways the Michelle can help you - Good Grief Parenting | Home
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