EPISODE 73: The Secondary Losses That Occur After Grief with Michelle A. Gil

In this episode, Michelle A. Gil joins me to talk about her grief and loss story, and the secondary losses that occur after the death of a loved one.

Michelle shares how losing her father changed her family dynamic significantly, and why her family can’t quite talk about the grief they feel.

Michelle is intimately acquainted with the grief process and offers tools to help you navigate this first year, whether you’ve lost a loved one, or know someone who has and want to know the best way to support them. 

Michelle creates and curates safe spaces for conversations about grief and 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:

  • [1:50] How Michelle lost her father and the dynamics that shifted after his passing
  • [17:45] Managing boundaries with loved ones
  • [20:00] Why talking about her dad with her mom is like an elephant in the room
  • [23:35] The dynamic between Michelle and her sisters
  • [24:05] ​​Why grief is multi-layered and the secondary losses that occur 
  • [29:10] The importance of peer support and navigating our grief journey on our own
  • [37:40] The moment that transformed Michelle’s perspective and ability to be vulnerable
  • [48:30] What self-love looks like for Michelle today

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