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Dr. Sherry Walling on How to Engage With Grief and Find Hope After Loss

Today I talk to Dr. Sherry Walling (@sherrywalling), a clinical psychologist, speaker, podcaster, best-selling author, yoga teacher, and mental health advocate. Dr. Walling and I discuss her new book “Touching Two Worlds” and how to engage with grief and find hope after loss.

She hosts the ZenFounder podcast, which has been called a “must listen” by both Forbes and Entrepreneur Magazine and has been downloaded more than 1,000,000 times.

Grief doesn’t end in the first two weeks. Just that sort of act of love by friends and family as time goes on can be really helpful.

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In This Episode, Dr. Sherry Walling And I Discuss His New Book, Touching Two Worlds

Dr. Sherry Walling and John R. Miles provide expert advice for those seeking hope in the aftermath of loss. Dr. Walling shares moving, intimate stories while proposing a broad range of recovery techniques and activities derived from neuroscience―like how to heal through movement, how to cry in public, how to look at how much time we give ourselves to grieve, how one accepts themselves when experiencing grief without expecting more from themselves, and how to cope with survivor’s guilt.

  • Why she is so passionate about the topic of grieving and suicide prevention.
  • The story of how she lost her father to cancer and, six months later, her brother to suicide.
  • Why, like the neurologist who gets brain cancer or the autism specialist who gives birth to a child on the spectrum, she was granted the unwanted opportunity to use her clinical psychology on herself.
  • We discuss the inner workings of grief and provide a navigational map for anyone who may be listening to find their way in the aftermath of loss.
  • Have any questions, comments, or stories you’d like to share? Drop us a line at [email protected]m!
  • And much more…
219 | How to Engage With Grief and Find Hope | Dr. Sherry Walling | Passion Struck with John R. Miles
219 | How to Engage With Grief and Find Hope | Dr. Sherry Walling | Passion Struck with John R. Miles

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During our interview, I asked Dr. Walling how one accepts themselves when their experiencing grief or sorrow without expecting more from themselves.

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Dr. Sherry Walling explains, “I think that’s a really nuanced piece of self-love and wisdom right there. Because it is a dance, there are certainly days in grief in all kinds of difficult emotional experiences where everything in you is I am not getting out of bed today. This is not a day for getting up and going out into the world. And sometimes, the wisdom is to listen to that.

Sometimes the wisdom is to say; It’s okay to take it slow. It’s okay not to push. But sometimes the wisdom is to get up, put your shoes on, walk around, feed the children, make the phone calls, and have the balance of when to push and when to really feel into your sorrow.

I think it is a little bit different for everyone. I am a pusher I’ve been a pusher my whole life. So for me to say I’m calling it and I’m my I’m doing much today was harder work than forcing myself through it. So I think for people who are listening or trying to make that distinction, sometimes the harder thing is the stillness. And sometimes that’s what’s most needed.

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About Today’s Guest, Dr. Sherry Walling

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Dr. Sherry Walling is a clinical psychologist, speaker, podcaster, best-selling author, yoga teacher, and mental health advocate. Her company, ZenFounder, provides mental wellness resources to leaders and entrepreneurs as they navigate the transition, loss, conflict, or any manner of complex human experience.

Her new book, Touching Two Worlds, is a poetic, incisive exploration of grief and wholeness in the aftermath of loss. Her best-selling book, The Entrepreneur’s Guide to Keeping Your Shit Together: How to Run Your Business Without Letting it Run You, combines the insight and warmth of a therapist with the truth-telling mirth of someone who has been there.

Dr. Walling is an expert in trauma, stress, and burnout, and her research has been published in academic journals such as the Journal of Traumatic Stress.

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