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6. Loss, Actually

With the Christmas season in full swing, I’ve been thinking about how this time of year can be loaded with complex emotions for those of us who have experienced a loss. I talk about how the expectations of how Christmas ‘should’ be often leaves us feeling dissatisfied, frustrated or sad, and how these feelings are worthy of acknowledgement. I share my own story of grief to explore how we can negotiate these difficult, uncomfortable and unwelcome emotions in order to help understand them.

Welcome to Dark Coffee, the podcast that shines a light on our darkest times.

Join host Alice Lyons as she and her guests explore their experiences with suicide ideation, in order to reduce the silence, stigma and shame that surrounds this issue.

Dark Coffee aims to create a safe space for people to discuss suicide with curiosity, compassion and curiosity. Join the conversation by commenting, liking and sharing this episode, follow us on Instagram (alicelyons.darkcoffee) or join us on Twitter (@darkcoffeepc). Your reviews will help us reach more people. If you like what you’ve heard, please help us spread the conversation further.

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