Season’s greetings from Grieving Out Loud! For this holiday special, we’re revisiting an episode that holds valuable insights for many. Our guest today, Dr. Mark Vande Braak, played a significant role in host Angela Kennecke’s grief journey following the loss of her 21-year-old daughter, Emily. As a thanatologist—a fancy term for a grief educator—Dr. Vande Braak guided Angela’s family in the aftermath of Emily’s passing. You might recall him from an earlier podcast, Episode 10, “Broken Heart Syndrome: Four Ways We Grieve.”
In this episode, Vande Braak has helpful, practical advice tailored for those grappling with loss during the holiday season—a time often dubbed the “most wonderful time of the year,” yet one that can be the hardest and loneliest for those grieving. Tune in for insights that can bring comfort and support during this challenging time.