It has been said that the loss of a child is the most difficult trauma that a parent can endure; a loss like no other.
As parents, we expect that our children will outlive us. We dream of the day they begin their careers, get married, and have children of their own. So when a child’s life is ended prematurely, you not only lose the child, but your entire worldview becomes shattered.
Kristine Carlson sits down with Joanne Carey Reid (author of The Other End of the Barrel) who shares her devastating experience of losing her stepson to a tragic murder. Listen in and learn how her and her husband moved through grief together and adapted to their new reality of life without their child.
In today’s episode you’ll learn:
- how to adapt to life following the loss of a child
- ways to grieve as a family or with a spouse
- how to keep the memories of a lost child alive
- the spiritual gifts that grief provides
Joanne Carey Reid received her BA degree from Rutgers College in French and Political Science. She studied at the Sorbonne in Paris, France and holds a business certificate for International Commerce from the Paris Chamber of Commerce and is recognized as a lifetime member of Cambridge Who’s Who of Successful Women in Business. She received her education in dance at the Mason Gross School of the Arts, and in the masters program for Dance Education at New York University as well as in theatre at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York City and is an ABT® Certified Teacher for Pre-Primary through Level 3. In addition to her career in the dance field, Joanne is an avid writer, which prompted her to put pen to paper and tell her story of healing in The Other End of the Barrel in the hope of helping others through their own grief. Those who meet her are moved by her authenticity, compassion and kindness and her profound generosity of heart.
Learn more about Joanne Carey’s book, The Other End of the Barrel here.