Lynne – Grief can be a wonderful thing – 293

Lynne tells her story – what it was like, what happened, and what it's like now. She touches on grief both before and after entering recovery, on parenting, and on co-parenting with an alcoholic. Lynne tells of the alcohol fueled death of a close friend, and of the later crisis that brought her into Al-Anon. I really enjoyed our conversation together.

Readings and Links

Lynne read from Courage to Change, January 2.

She recommend the “grief book”, Opening Our Hearts, Transforming Our Losses.

Her home group is working the Steps, Traditions and Concepts using the workbook Reaching for Personal Freedom.

In response to questions from listeners, we mentioned some resources with “open talks” from AA and other programs:

  • Recovery Radio Network, which is both a podcast and a website.
  • XA Speakers, a website with a huge collection of speakers from many “anonymous” programs.
  • Sober Speak, a podcast where members of AA (and occasionally Al-Anon) share their stories.

A listener shared that she recently started using Insight Timer, and thanked Eric for recommending it.


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Music from the show

Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real: Bad Case

James Bay: Let It Go

Florence and the Machine: You Got The Love


3 comments on “Lynne – Grief can be a wonderful thing – 293

  1. Sharon says:

    Events and Recordings | mysite This is the chronic pain anonymous website with speakers. You may not realize this pod cast is a great resource for people with chronic illness. The programs complement each other beatifully.

  2. Kari says:

    Im listening to this podcast on day 3 of my new job, divorced mother of 3 ages 21,18 and 14. Everything she’s saying is my story. Small town, over achiever, career mom with alcoholic ex husbands, raising kids, dealing with co workers and on and on. I was overly anxious and negative last night about my new career move, selfish pity party then I woke up to news my dad is in the hospital. My higher power is sending me exactly what I need when I need it. Im surrendering and activity being thankful and grateful for everything today thanks to this podcast. In the past I would have cried, freaked out and been totally distracted. Im at work, im smiling and im unbelievably thankful for this podcast.

  3. Carrie says:

    Thank you for this podcast and for this episode. This episode really made a difference to me today, and helped me see more clearly the work I want to do in my recovery to love people just as they are and let go of expectations. Lynne and I share similar experiences and grateful for her sharing her story .

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