How to Heal After a Parent Dies with Dara Kurtz
After being diagnosed with breast cancer at the age of forty-two, Dara left her twenty-year career as a personal banker and financial advisor to focus on writing, speaking and podcasting.
Today, her personal blog Crazy Perfect Life reaches over 180,000 followers.
Dara is the author of two books, Crush Cancer: Personal Enlightenment from a Cancer Survivor and Crush Cancer Workbook.
Her goal is to use her life experiences to help people strengthen their relationships and create a more happiness and joy in their everyday lives.
The Unspoken Topic
- You don’t have to pretend everything is okay when it is not. It’s okay to say, “I’m not okay.” It’s okay to ask for help. “This is more than I can handle right now.”
What We Cover
- How to process grief, especially during a time in your life that is supposed to be happy.
- Exercises you can do with your children to build a stronger connection.
- Ways to curate the life you love and you are proud of.
Take a Listen >>
- Grief follows you around until you face it, acknowledge it and feel all the depth of those feelings.
- You don’t have to pretend you are okay, it is by acknowledging you are struggling that will help you move through the struggle.
- Journaling is a way to connect so deeply with our loved ones. It’s also great to say goodbye to when we lose someone we love and to let ourselves feel the pain.
- Your children need you to be their mom. Not their best friend. It’s hard to be tough sometimes with your kids, even when it’s in their best interest. But it’s okay for your kids to not like you and for them to be angry with you. Your job is to parent them and raise them to be great adults.
- We’re all doing the best we can . We are all facing challenges every single day.
- Every single day that we wake up, we have a choice. We have a choice on what we want to do with that day and how we want to feel.
- It’s important to make the most of the relationships that we have and connect with the people you love and tell them how you feel. Take the time to tell the people you love how you feel.
How to Cultivate A Deeper Connection With Your Mom
- How do I live in a world without you?
- What do you remember about me when I was a child?
- What would you want to tell the younger version of you when you are mothering me that I can carry forward?
- What were your dreams for me?
- How old was I when ______?
Dara’s Gift For You
Oooh mama, this journal has been such a great habit we’ve started with our own daughters. They’re still too young to write to us, but we’ve bega documenting the journey and cannot wait to get them involved.
Mama Has a Minute
- Favorite form of self-care: Meditation and yoga. Daily.
- What is the best parenting advice you’ve ever received: Don’t be your child’s best friend, be their parent.
- Share your favorite parenting hack: Meet your child where they are. Find what interests them and be into that. Don’t put your interests onto them.
- Share 1 product your children cannot live without: Phones.
- Share 1 book: “I Am My Mother’s Daughter” by Dara Kurtz because it’s wisdom on life, loss and love.
- What motherhood means to you: Motherhood is such a gift.
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