21. How Do I Celebrate The Holidays When Someone I Love Has Died?

We’re back with another episode I filmed in New York City! I got to sit down with my dear friend Noelle to discuss grief and the holidays. Noelle has experienced tremendous loss in her life, losing both of her parents at a young age. Yet through it all, she has found a way to not only carry on traditions that connect her to her past, but to create new memories and traditions with her daughter Ever. It was so inspiring to listen to Noelle share the many layers of her grief journey and how motherhood has given her a new lens through which to view her relationship with her own mom. Noelle has demonstrated that while grief is a dance between sadness and joy, finding ways to honor our loved ones keeps their memory alive. I hope this conversation helps you as you head into the holiday season.


03:45 How Noelle experienced grief and loss differently at different ages.

08:15 Grief, motherhood, and memories after losing a parent. 

13:15 Holiday traditions and memories. 

18:30 How did your move to New York City impact your closeness with family?

23:45 What can you do to honor past memories while building a happy future?

27:00 How does honoring memories of loved ones who have passed help you heal?


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