EPISODE 55: How to Heal from Tremendous Loss with Kelli Nielsen

In this episode, I sit down with Kelli Nielsen, The Grief Guru. Kelli didn’t grow up with visions of becoming The Grief Guru, but life had other plans. After losing her mother to suicide in 2017 she found herself swept out in a sea of grief. Barely able to get through the days, she looked for help and was discouraged when she didn’t find the support or tools to recover. 

Thankfully, an encounter with an inspiring speaker showed her that healing was available to her. She decided then and there to dedicate herself to recovering from grief. She studied, prayed, documented her process, and began to recover. Her recovery came not a moment too soon as just a year later her 20-year-old son Quintin died of an accidental drug overdose.

Kelli has since become a speaker, author, and coach. 

Her book, You’re Not Crazy, You’re Grieving, shares the process she used to heal from her tremendous losses. She also founded The Grief Guru, a company focused on helping others learn to move forward on purpose, in purpose and love their lives after loss. 

**TRIGGER WARNING** This episode covers sensitive subject matter and is not suitable for all listeners. If this topic could be a trigger for you, listen to this episode with a friend, a sibling, a loved one or a parent so you can talk about any emotions that come up for you. The contents of this episode are not intended to replace therapy and should not be taken as such. If you need immediate help, please call the crisis hotline listed below in our resources.

Listen in as we talk about:

  • [1:10] Kelli’s early encounters with grief
  • [7:50] The specific coping tools Kelli learned after losing her mom
  • [17:35] How Kelli helped her daughter navigate her own grief journey
  • [26:30] How Kelli supports others who are grieving deep loss
  • [34:25] What self love looks like for Kelli

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