#38 From Tragedy to Changing Trajectory with Karen Chaston

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Karen suffered the ultimate, heartbreaking loss when her son was found dead in her garden one morning.
Experiencing this devastating loss completely changed the trajectory of Karen's life - she quit her job as a high-powered Chief Financial Officer of a publicly listed company as she began to work through her grief.
She's now a best-selling international author, having written five books on loss and life, and coaches others through their own journeys of loss.
In this podcast, we chat about:
💙 How the death of her son completely changed her life.
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How Karen had a baby in her teens and adopted her out, and the effect this had on her life.
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The 5 step process for dealing with loss.
💙 The quality of life will always come down to the quality of questions you are asking yourself on your life's journey.
💙 Acceptance is a huge part of the grief process in allowing ourselves to move forward.
💙 How your spiritual connection with the person you've lost, can help you to grieve - it's only the physical relationship has ended. The emotional and spiritual relationship will live on forever.
💙 Identifying our hopes, dreams and aspirations after the loss is important in deciding what life path you want to carve for yourself.
💙 Until we have first-hand experience, it's very difficult to understand what true grief can feel like.
💙 Avoidance tactics - such as drugs and alcohol, working too much, and over-eating, can easily creep in when we're trying to cope with grief.
💙 The biggest loss event that many of us experience in our lives is loss of identity.
💙 How uncovering who you are should be a skill we are taught in high school.
As Karen says - if you think something is missing in your life, perhaps that something is you because you have lost your identity. To learn more about Karen, check out her website.
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