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In this episode, Naila Francis shares her story of navigating the depths of grief after the death of her father and stepfather.
She shares how the losses she experienced completely transformed her life and personal vocation.
Naila Francis is a writer, grief coach, death midwife and ordained interfaith minister. She holds space and offers ritual and ceremony for people at many of life’s sacred thresholds, including birth, marriage, death and other transitional passages.
Her work is often informed by her love of poetry, the gifts of healing rooted in nature and community and her commitment to expanding our grief literacy and death awareness. She is a founding member of Salt Trails, a Philadelphia collective making grief public and visible through community rituals. For many years, Naila worked as a journalist, interviewing artists from all backgrounds, before finding her way to the vocations of companioning others through grief and dying after suffering several personal losses in her own life, including the death of her father.
Listen in as we talk about:
- [0:55] Excerpt of Naila’s poem about grief
- [7:00] How her stepfather Lou was the angel in their lives that they didn’t know they needed
- [11:30] Her father’s diagnosis
- [13:00] Navigating her relationship with her dad after her parents’ separation
- [17:20] Ways she processed the anger she felt towards her dad after he died
- [21:20] The healing journey Naila went on after the passing of her dad and stepfather
- [31:00] How her grief changed her life
- [41:05] What self love looks like for Naila now
Resources mentioned in this episode:
- Rock On: Mining for Joy in the Deep River of Sibling Grief by Susan E. Casey
Connect with Naila here:
- https://www.instagram.com/salttrailsphilly /
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