Navigating Grief As A Doorway To Healing

Loss is something we all have to deal with. But few of us are taught how to heal from these difficult experiences—a divorce, an accident, a miscarriage, a cancer diagnosis, losing the love of your life, or the death of a loved one.

Today on The Doctor’s Farmacy, I talk with my good friend, Kris Carr, about some of the greatest lessons she has learned through her own grief, and how even the most difficult losses can reveal a roadmap to our next chapter of fully living. A few years ago, Kris’ world was falling apart. Her father was dying, her business was struggling, and she was on the verge of reaching her 20-year milestone of living with an incurable stage IV cancer diagnosis. While sitting in a CVS parking lot, she broke down, finally allowing herself to feel the massive stress and sadness she had been suppressing. Kris and I talk about that moment and how it was a catalyst for her to begin to move through her grief. If we don’t allow emotions like anger or grief to be felt, they can easily morph into anxiety, fear, and even depression.

Today, more than 40 million people suffer from full-blown anxiety disorders in the United States alone. Living in this state of heightened alert, stress, and general emotional upheaval damages our bodies by perpetuating a prolonged stress response that weakens our immune system, messes with our hormones, fatigues our adrenals, and impacts our resilience. Kris and I discuss practical actions we can take to heal our most painful wounds and some healthy ways to channel our anger and grief.

Kris and I also talk about some of the most important life lessons her dad shared with her in his finals days. One that meant the most to her was, “Make your golden years now.” Time is the most precious gift we have, and we don’t know how long we’re going to get. We discuss how to slow down and give yourself more of the good stuff along the way. In grief, we often focus on what or who is no longer there in front of us. We naturally notice the absence of the person we love. Kris shares some of the signs she has received from her dad since his passing and how we can look for signs from our loved ones who have passed on. I hope you’ll tune in for this meaningful conversation.

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