Grief the Unspoken

June 30, 2015
Hosted by Melody Dawn

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What is Grief? Why don’t we talk about it? What are the myths society has adopted as a way of surviving grief? Why can’t you get over grief? Grief is not talked about a lot because it’s uncomfortable and scary for some. Grief The Unspoken is designed to bring grief awareness into the workplace, schools, health services and the home. Experiencing loss and grief can be overwhelming for anyone. People experiencing grief need support. They will not "get over" a loss or know how to "let go and move on" without the right tools and support. Grief Awareness Day is being designed to help us all become more aware of the needs of grieving people. It is an opportunity for all of us to raise awareness of the painful impact that the death of a loved one can have in the life of a human being. It is an opportunity to make sure that all who are grieving receive the support they need.

Fifty Shades of Grief

Fifty Shades of Grief

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Grief is a universal experience. It is the normal and natural response to significant loss of any kind. Unfortunately most of what we’ve learned about grief is not normal, natural, healthy or helpful.

There are close to 50 losses that can produce the wide range of emotions we call grief. The list includes death, divorce, moving, loss of career, finances, health, trust, safety, relationships, loss of love and compassion, plus many more.

We all experience loss in our life. When we do people tell us to let go and move on. Not knowing how to let go can result in us hastily moving on but becoming emotionally stuck. This feeling can be the result of unresolved grief and can become a real road block in life. It may prevent us from realizing personal and professional success, health, vitality, and joy.

Tune into Fifty Shades of Grief and let the loving cadence of Melody Dawn’s voice touch your heart as you learn how to process your grief and awaken to your real potential.

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Melody Dawn

Melody Dawn

Melody Dawn is a Certified Grief Recovery Specialist, a Certified Professional Life Coach and the mother of two insightful young ladies. She is an intuitive, caring and heart centered coach who is patient, honest and direct. She understands that the willingness and courage to accept change will come to different people, at different times, in different ways.

Her amazing way of conversing will support you in identifying your grief and moving through painful emotions as you begin your recovery process. Using a gentle yet persistent approach she creates the ideal safe place for recovery, self reflection, learning, and growth.

Melody’s loss experiences include a miscarriage, spouse’s depression, father’s diagnosis of Parkinson’s Disease followed by Alzheimer’s and his eventual passing, as well as a heart breaking divorce resulting in the loss of relationships with extended family and friends. These life events have taught her how to cultivate moment to moment awareness, patience, acceptance and forgiveness. She has learned how to gracefully let go and accept all life transitions. She will be honored to walk alongside you as you learn to do the same.

Melody is dedicated to providing heart guided wisdom and insight along with practical tools to support you in recovering from grief and restoring vitality. Her voice will touch your heart and take you a notch deeper than you’ve ever been willing to go as she inspires you to awaken to your full potential.

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Judy Brizendine


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Angie Cartwright


At the tender age of five, Angie found her baby sister Erica dead. From that point forward, Angie watched her mother struggle in a society that was afraid of, and didn't understand, grief. Thus began a lifelong relationship with loss and sorrow that that would also include losing both a grandfather and uncle to suicide, her newlywed husband in a horrific car crash, and the tragic death of her mother who died of an unintended drug overdose in 2010. Fueled by all her losses, Angie set out to change how our culture understands and views grief. In 2010 Angie founded Grief the Unspoken. She also founded National Grief Awareness Day to help educate and raise awareness about the lifelong impact of grief, Angie, with Lynda Cheldelin Fell, has written a workbook for grievers called My Grief Diary, and created Grief Diaries Radio Show & Grief Diaries: On the Road. View Guest page

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Chase Dobler



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Russell Friedman


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Ashley Hoogenberg



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Patricia Hung


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Charmaine Ironside


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John W. James



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Yvonne Racine



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Sandra Rogers


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