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Episode 38: Reimagining Grief featuring Lisa Keefauver

In 2011, Lisa Keefauver’s husband passed away, leaving her a single mother to their 7-year old daughter. Just a few years later, Lisa sat by her close friend’s side as he succumbed to complications from Muscular Dystrophy. After these back-to-back losses Lisa, who has spent nearly 2 decades as a clinical social worker and narrative therapist, was inspired to gain a better understanding of how grief works and how she could support herself, her daughter, and others during their times of loss.

As the founder & CEO of Reimagining Grief and host of the podcast, Grief is a Sneaky B*tch, she has taken her experience overcoming deep personal loss and made it her mission to provide guidance to others when it comes to bereavement. In this episode, she unveils the common misconceptions about grief– a topic so often misunderstood and ignored in our culture and communities yet something every person will experience in their lifetime, explains why the Stages of Grief model may not be helpful for healing, and takes a closer look at how we can show up for ourselves and for loved ones in these challenging times.  

 Lisa Keefauver is the founder & CEO of Reimagining Grief and host of the podcast, Grief is a Sneaky B!tch. Lisa’s wisdom as a grief and empathy advocate runs deep. Professionally, she has spent nearly 2 decades as a clinical social worker and narrative therapist. She witnessed first-hand the unnecessary suffering of so many individuals because their families, communities, and culture weren’t supporting them in their grief.

And then, in 2011 it happened to her too. At 40, Lisa became a widow when her husband Eric died in her arms, leaving her a single mother to their 7-year-old daughter. Just a few years later, she was by the bedside of a close friend when he succumbed to the ravages of Muscular Dystrophy. She’s seen it all and she’s tired of waiting for people to talk about this thing 100% of us will experience. Called the “Brene Brown of Grief and Loss,” (Tracey Wallace, Eterneva) Lisa uses her warmth, vulnerability, humor, and therapeutic skills to help us find language when we’re at a loss for words.

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ABOUT YOUR HOST

I’m a writer, a teacher, a native New Yorker, and I love hearing about people’s lives. When I think back to my elementary school days at PS 20 in Flushing, Queens whenever we began social studies or a history lesson I wasn’t that interested in learning about battles, topography, or politics. What I wanted to know was how people lived: What their families were like, how they adapted to their circumstances, what they ate, how they celebrated, how they felt.
 
Sociology became my major at Binghamton University and in my life so far I’ve been an actress, a salesperson, a Zoo Keeper’s Aid, a volunteer animal trainer, an ELL teacher, a mother, and a wife. I’m grateful for the experiences I’ve had, all of which led me to create this podcast which is one of the most rewarding projects I’ve undertaken. I couldn’t ask for a better job than having in-depth conversations with survivors, thought leaders, authors, social justice warriors, and people who believe that we are all connected and then getting to share their stories, insight, and vulnerability with listeners.
 
I’m so glad you’ve landed on this page. I hope you find stories here which resonate with you and that you’ll tune in every week. 
 
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