Mother's Day can be really difficult.
While it's a day of celebration and love for most, others feel lonelier than ever as their newsfeeds fill up with smiley throwback photos and fancy afternoon teas.
Whether you've lost your mother, your child - or are even grieving the children you've never had - take a minute to look after yourself today and allow yourself to just be sad.
Grief Encounters is an Irish podcast that many people are finding massively helpful - whether they are grieving or not.
Presented by Sasha Rose Hamrogue and Venetia Quick, Grief Encounters deals with all aspects of grief, dispelling any stigma around conversations about death and providing a safe community for people to share their own stories and coping mechanisms.
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We got to spole to Jane McKenna from @lauralynnhospice about her amazing family for episode 10 of Grief Encounters. Their story is unbelievable in many ways, but what stuck with us most, was how bravely Lynn approached the final weeks of her life, as a 15 year old with a terminal illness. This was a really tough listen at times, but it is hard not to be inspired by their amazing family, and the work they have done since Laura & Lynn's death. Link on bio. #grief #loss #podcast #childrensgrief
Each week, Sasha and Venetia are joined by a guest who tells their story candidly while exploring different themes relating to loss.
Guests so far have included Kathleen Chada, who lost both of her sons in incredibly tragic circumstances, Jane McKenna, founder of LauraLynn Hospice named after her late daughters, and many more with powerful and painful stories to tell.
Whether you are currently experiencing your own loss or not, death is inextricable from life and is a subject that relates to everyone.
What makes this podcast so powerful is the perspective it throws on so-called "problems". It refocuses the mind on what really matters, and you might find yourself hugging your loved ones a little tighter after listening.