Based in Wicklow, Ireland, Shapes of Grief is a Podcast/blog by Liz Gleeson, Bereavement Therapist. Her conversations with guests explore grief in all its facets, with an aim to normalise the grief experience and share the many ways that people manage and transform their suffering.

Ep. 17 Dr. Ciara Kelly on the deaths of her parents & her journey with grief

Ep. 17 Dr. Ciara Kelly on the deaths of her parents & her journey with grief

Listen to the episode here https://anchor.fm/shapes-of-grief/episodes/Ep--17-Dr--Ciara-Kelly-on-the-deaths-of-her-parents--her-journey-with-grief-e4cua2

From twenty years in general practice to a full-blown transition to journalist and broadcaster, Dr. Ciara Kelly takes us through her experience of grief following the very sudden death of her father several years ago and then the more recent and prolonged death of her mother just under two years ago. Ciara speaks candidly with Liz about the different experiences, what surprised her about their deaths and how the experience of deep grief changed her as a doctor and as a person. We also hear about her first experience as a doctor, having to break the news to a young mother that she was going to die and how her own bereavements have changed her as a person.

The first 11 minutes, Ciara chats about her transition from GP to broadcaster. The conversation then turns to grief and Ciara’s very personal experience of loss.

Ciara and Liz both reference some of the articles that Ciara has written on her parents’ deaths, links can be found below. You’ll need to login or register for free access.

https://www.independent.ie/life/ciara-kelly-i-saw-my-mother-slip-away-from-me-and-there-was-nothing-i-could-do-about-it-38125299.html

https://www.independent.ie/life/dr-ciara-kelly-grief-really-is-very-odd-theres-one-niceish-thing-that-has-occurred-since-my-mother-died-36483205.html

https://www.independent.ie/opinion/dr-ciara-kelly-love-loss-and-the-memories-of-mum-that-will-never-die-37584206.html

https://www.independent.ie/life/family/family-features/dementia-is-the-long-goodbye-dr-ciara-kelly-on-the-recent-death-of-her-beloved-mum-35809611.html?fbclid=IwAR0FqUgOAznOE9-N1Awlp8zg7j1tVaN08XAt5YASy6rNFOEbtXV7ErsDXSE

Ep. 18 Justin Caffrey on how the death of his baby son forced him to reconstruct himself to survive his grief

Ep. 18 Justin Caffrey on how the death of his baby son forced him to reconstruct himself to survive his grief

Ep. 16 Treacy O'Connor, Interfaith Minister, on continuous bonds and how grief is woven throughout our lives in every change we make

Ep. 16 Treacy O'Connor, Interfaith Minister, on continuous bonds and how grief is woven throughout our lives in every change we make

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