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Magnificent Midlife

Nov 8, 2022

I’ve talked about death on the podcast but not yet grief, so I was delighted to welcome Silke Herwald to talk about this important topic. Silke is an experienced grief specialist and hypnotherapist, working especially with subconscious processes. She’s assisted hundreds of clients with grief and anxiety often drawing on her personal experience. Grief is often a big part of midlife. The more we love and the older we get, the more we will grieve. Knowing there are resourceful ways to grieve gives people relief and hope.

This is a beautiful and empowering conversation about a difficult topic.

We talk about:

- Why we're so bad at dealing with grief

- The things to not say when someone dies

- How other cultures do grief and Rachel's experience of a Chinese funeral

- How Silke helps people who are paralyzed by grief

- The five stages of grief and why they’re not for everyone

- How Silke helps a person who doesn’t want to stop grieving

- How we can help a grieving person as a friend

- How to deal with the loss of a loved one

- Rituals that can help

- Differences in the response to grief in Australia and Germany

- Going through grief as the only way to 'do' grief

And more!

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