Thanks so much for coming by to check out Episode 130 of The New Family Podcast where we talk to a widow about dealing with the loss of a spouse due to accidental overdose and the strength it takes to carry on.
I’m joined on this episode by Sarah Keast, who wrote a very powerful 1,000 Families Post for The New Family recently in which she shared her experience as a newly-widowed mom of two small children. Sarah and I dive into a very important aspect of her story. You see, Sarah lost her husband, Kevin, very suddenly to accidental overdose related to his addiction and his struggles with mental health. He was just 36.
As our country grapples with its opioid crisis, it’s more critical then ever for us to understand the grip of addiction and it’s total disregard for age, gender, ethnicity or income bracket. Accidental overdose, no matter the class of drugs—legal or illegal—is something that can happen to anyone. Sarah’s strength in the face of devastating loss is remarkable. Case in point: She has somehow got it together to launch a blog called “Adventures in Widowed Parenting.”
Here are some resources related to my discussion with Sarah.
Sarah’s Advice On How To Help Someone Deal With Losing A Loved One
“I would say ‘Say something.’ If you feel like you are going to say something and you don’t know what to say anything because you think you are going to feel awkward—it doesn’t matter. Just say ‘I don’t know what to say but this is horrible, I love and I’m here for you.’ Saying something like ‘Let me know what I can do to help,’ that is not helpful. Say ‘This is what I want to do to help you. When can I do it?’ So I’m going to bring you dinner, can I bring it for you tonight or tomorrow?’ Or ‘I’m going to the park tomorrow afternoon, can I take your kids with my kids?’ Saying what you are going to do to help is far more helpful.”
Andrea Warnick, a well respected grief educator/consultant in Toronto
GRASP, a grief recovery group for people who have lost a loved one to substance abuse, including an active Facebook group
MyGrief.ca, online tutorials
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