Your host of Grieving Out Loud, Angela Kennecke, first met Dr. Mark Vande Braak shortly after the death of her 21-year-old daughter, Emily. Dr. Vande Braak sat down with Angela’s entire family to help them “reframe” their loss.
Dr. Mark Vande Braak is a board-certified music therapist and Thanatologist (grief educator). He previously spoke with Angela on Episode 10 of Grieving Out Loud, Broken Heart Syndrome: 4 Ways We Grieve. Now, Mark is back on the podcast for this episode to take about coping with loss over the holiday season when grief can come into sharp focus, as we intensely miss the ones who are no longer with us to celebrate all of our family traditions.
MEET THE GUEST
Dr. Mark Vande Braak
Dr. Mark Vande Braak is recognized as a Fellow in Thanatology by the Association for Death Education and Counseling.
He contributed Chapter 4, “The Berafian Model,” to the book Children Surviving Traumatic Death by Gerry R. Cox and Robert G. Stevenson, published in 2018. He has been a keynote speaker and lecturer for the International Death, Grief, and Bereavement Conference.
Dr. Vande Braak has been a guest lecturer for universities throughout the Midwest on the subject of grief, and he has worked with and lectured to 300,000 individuals. He has developed grief support groups for adults, adolescents, and children, as well as miscarriage and stillbirth losses. Dr. Vande Braak is passionate about “walking with” individuals in their grief journey.
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Angela Kennecke is a journalist who lost her 21-year-old daughter Emily to fentanyl poisoning on May 16, 2018. Angela is “grieving out loud” to try to put an end to this epidemic by stopping the stigma and promoting the treatment of substance use disorder as the disease it is. Anyone coping with loss and looking for inspiration can benefit from listening to this podcast.