Why We Need to Give Grief a Voice - Women's Health

Why We Need to Give Grief a Voice

Sally Douglas and Imogen Carn describe their meeting as “a bit of a love story”. The friends connected in their early thirties at a support group after their mums died suddenly. They’ve since created the podcast and Instagram community Good Mourning ­– that’s mourning with a ‘u’ – where they open up the conversation around grief in a candid and relatable way, with a lot of honesty, warmth and, yep, even humour.

Sal and Im’s mission? To comfort and support others going through grief and loss, just like they are. In this chat with WH commissioning editor Alex Davies, they talk about grief as a taboo topic and why they want to give it a voice; advice for coping as well as supporting; dealing with “grief bombs” in the supermarket; and how their experiences have changed them – in positive ways, too.

“I think [loss] has changed us completely. I definitely don’t feel like the same person that I was prior to my mum dying. I think one of the things I’ve learned is that you can really grow through pain. And it’s not until you’re faced with adversity and you’re in the depths of darkness that you have to find the strength and the courage within yourself to come out of that. And then what does end up coming out of that is like a whole new, evolved version of yourself,” they explain. ⁠

So what did that journey look like for them? Well, you’ll have to listen to the episode to find out.

In this chat, Sally and Imogen cover:

– How they started the Good Mourning platform.

– What making Good Mourning has brought to their lives.

– The taboo behind grief.

– Why it’s so important to talk about grief.

– How to help others who are grieving.

 Great tips from the chat:

–  “Just because someone carries it well, doesn’t mean it isn’t heavy.”

– The five stages of grief were never meant for the bereaved.

– Grief can be so exhausting, and when you haven’t experienced it before it’s fine to lower your expectations of yourself.

– Don’t look to far in the future and work at it minute by minute.

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By Nikolina Ilic

Nikolina is the web-obsessed Digital Editor at Men's and Women's Health, responsible for all things social media and .com. A lover of boxing, she spends most of the time in the gym or with her husband and daughter. She was previously a Digital Editor at GQ and Vogue magazine.

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