Making Space for Grief with Shannon Kirby, LMFT

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SHOW NOTES: Episode 49

Grief can affect us in so many ways. Chances are you have experienced grief at some point in your life.

I am joined by Shannon Kirby, a licensed marriage and family therapist. We are diving into the concept of ambiguous grief and how it affects us. Ambiguous grief is when we experience a loss that society doesn’t typically recognize, like losing a job, a friendship, or the idea of what we thought our life should be. This type of grief often gets downplayed or dismissed because it doesn’t fit into the usual categories of loss, such as death or divorce.

Shannon shared the importance of acknowledging and honoring our emotions, particularly grief. Many of us have been conditioned to believe that certain feelings are unacceptable or off-limits, leading us to hide and manage those emotions on our own.

It’s important to have a safe space to validate your feelings if you are experiencing ambiguous grief. These losses are real and significant, even if they don’t fit the traditional mold.

We also talk more about parenting and Shannon shares valuable advice on how to handle children’s emotions and the need to validate your children’s feelings and provide a supportive environment for them.

If you are going through grief, know that you are not alone. I hope this episode helps you validate how you are feeling.

Thank you for listening! I would love to connect with you on Instagram (@loveyourbodywell) and hear what you thought about today’s episode!


  • Therapy not being a taboo subject and the importance of finding the right therapist
  • Navigating different types of grief
  • The importance of acknowledging and honoring emotions, particularly grief, and validating children’s emotions



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