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New Podcast Helps Kids Grieve

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Valerie's House

Grieving the loss of a loved one is difficult for anyone, but when children lose a parent or sibling the loss can be particularly profound. WGCU TV recently aired a new documentary called Speaking Grief that explores the transformative experience of losing a family member in what it describes as our death and grief avoidant society.

One way of coping with grief is by talking about it. Today we learn about a new podcast called Grieve Love Heal that’s being made by the people at Valerie’s House. The nonprofit’s sole focus is helping children grieve. The podcast covers topics like Losing a Loved one on Christmas, Back to School with Grief, and Going Through Grief as a Young Adult.

This conversation is part of a community initiative WGCU is leading to create a more grief aware society. It culminates this evening at 6:00 with a Zoom discussion about coping with grief, which is open to everyone. You can find information about it and register HERE.

Mike Kiniry is producer of Gulf Coast Live, and co-creator and host of the WGCU podcast Three Song Stories: Biography Through Music. He first joined the WGCU team in the summer of 2003 as an intern while studying Communication at Florida Gulf Coast University. 
Julie Glenn is the News Director and the host of Gulf Coast Live. She joined the WGCU team in November of 2016 to expand the Gulf Coast Live call-in radio show from once a week to five days a week.  Since then, the show has been recognized in state and regional competitions and has featured artists, political leaders, historians, environmental experts, doctors, local reporters, and national and international scholars. After leading the station's award-winning coverage of Hurricane Irma in September of 2017, Julie was named Interim News Director. In January of 2018, she launched WGCU's first podcast: Grape Minds.