Melissa M. Monroe “Mom’s Search for Meaning: Grief and Growth After Child Loss”

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Our guest on this episode is Melissa M. Monroe, author of, “Mom’s Search for Meaning: Grief and Growth After Child Loss.”

Paralyzed by guilt, grief, and PTSD after her 2-year-old daughter Alice died in her sleep of unknown causes, Melissa Monroe was determined not to become a victim in the story of her life. While taking the advice she had given to many grief and trauma patients throughout the years, hoping she could create a meaningful life without closure, she took notes throughout her healing process.

Melissa M. Monroe

Struggling to advance her timeline beyond that of her daughter’s – and still eager to be the keeper of Alice’s stories – Melissa began to write about Alice’s life and the impact of her death. She became her own lab rat, trying various approaches to healing with the hope that her experience might be helpful to others stuck in a trauma time loop.

During this interview Melissa talks about her experience with child loss, her career, and the process of writing.

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Smitha Gunturi Talks About Abuse, Trauma, and Recovery

Smitha Gunturi

This episode may contain triggers for survivors.

Smitha Gunturi is a women’s advocate who helps others get through the adverse effects of their lives. Being a single mom working in IT and the corporate world for the last 18 years, she hopes to provide insight and bring new light to conversations around other’s journeys with lessons she’s learned.

Smitha has started The Journey Podcast, guesting similar walks of life to her own, focusing on: child sexual abuse, domestic violence and haunted relationship, rape, child loss, suicidal thoughts & lone parenting. 

On this episode of the Billy Dees Podcast, Smitha shares some of her long journey of trauma and recovery. Her story is one of struggles, but also one of inspiration and success in life.

You can follow Smitha on Twitter @SmithaGunturi.

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