39: Allyson Drake – Parents and Children Working Through The Pain of Grief.

In this episode, Allyson Drake talks about helping parents and children through the grief process after losing a child or loved one.

Alyson shares:

What led her to start her organization Full Circle Grief.

What the 4 tasks of grief are that everyone must work through after losing a loved one or a child.

Plus, Allyson talks in depth about how each of these 4 tasks of grief can affect people and how to work through each one.

When walking through the pain of grief, the goal is to just except the pain and the suffering.

She suggests to be with your grief and surrender to it and eventually you will learn how to walk with your grief.

Plus, she talks about the difference between losing a child and the difference in losing a parent or significant other.

Moreover, Allyson explains the difference between traumatic grief and grief.

Plus, she talks about the increased risks to parents after the death of a child.

She talks about what complicated grief is and how it can often appear in the 4th task of grief.

Allyson talks about the 3 biggest factors that help parents adjust to their child's death over time.

She offers that everyone who loses a child experiences a traumatic death.

Finally, Allyson offers advice to parents in regards to their marriage after losing a child.

Join us as Allyson shares her expertise to help parents and children through the grief process.


Full Circle Bereavement Resource Manual -this manual has been created and produced by professionals from Full Circle and brings together all of the available local resources as well as age-appropriate grief education. This manual is a resource for professionals, grieving families, and those supporting those who are grieving.


Full Circle Grief - an orginization based in Richmond, VA that provides comprehensive, professional grief support for children, adults, families, and communities

MISS Foundation- Supporting families who have experienced the death of a child from any cause


American Death Education & Counseling Organization- Multi-disciplinary professional organization, death education, bereavement counseling, and care of the dying.


Compassionate Friends - The Compassionate Friends non-profit organization exists to provide friendship, understanding, and hope to those going through the natural grieving process.


WhatsYourGrief.org - a website that focuses on helping people through the grief process. 

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  • Hollie

    Reply Reply April 2, 2017

    The podcast ‘Parents and Children Working Through the Pain of Grief’ was amazing. It has been nearly 13 years since my son died. It has been a long and winding road learning how to live with our sons death. I agree that fourth task has, maybe not been the most difficult, but certainly has been the most time consuming of the four. Thank you for sharing!

  • Anne Moss Rogers

    Reply Reply April 11, 2017

    Definitely learning to live without the one you love is the most challenging part of this journey.

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