3: Carol Badran

  Carol and her middle sister, Peggy, in Sedona, Arizona. Peggy died five months after this photo was taken.

Carol and her middle sister, Peggy, in Sedona, Arizona. Peggy died five months after this photo was taken.

I would say I became serious about making a podcast when I started an evening class in May. In the class, we would talk about our projects. A classmate told me about her cousin, Carol, my guest for this episode and someone who is painfully familiar with loss and grief.

I sat down with Carol in July at her home in Oakland, California. You’ll hear her talk about how she’s dealing with losing many close friends and family, including her mom and two sisters in just over a year.

I appreciate Carol’s desire to improve how we talk about loss in our society, and I’m grateful she was willing to be so open in our recorded conversation. If you’ve ever wondered how to approach someone experiencing loss, you may get some ideas based on how Carol talks about friends she got closer to or, unfortunately, became distanced from during this period. As I listen again to this conversation, I certainly hear sadness and pain but there’s also laughter and an impressive degree of resilience, especially when she shares some optimistic thoughts on feeling alone.

 

Resources:

 - Blog explaining William Worden's Four Tasks of Mourning: http://therapychanges.com/blog/2015/05/review-wordens-four-tasks-of-grieving/

- Video of William Worden (2 minutes): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2ZmIKMTfUyU