Episode 2: Finding Peace in Loss and Change with Jamie Van Zanen

Episode 2 of the Nurturing Habit Podcast with Jamie Van Zanen and Doña Bumgarner

In Episode 2, I’m interviewing Jamie Van Zanen, who is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and also my sister. Jamie worked in hospice for a decade, supporting the dying and bereaved through end of life transitions. During that time she endured her own loss, and in the interview, talks about how experiencing the end of life of someone very close to her gave her a new empathy and perspective with her hospice clients.

More recently, Jamie has begun working with clients at the other end of life – prenatal and postpartum moms and families, and has a special interest in working with women struggling to conceive.

Jamie’s experience at both ends of life gives her a really unique perspective on the universality of grief for loss and change, and she has some really excellent advice for caring for yourself, whether you are a caregiver for a dying person or a baby, or are experiencing some other kind of grief.

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Episode 1: Nurturing Ourselves Through Grief

Episode 1 of the Nurturing Habit Podcast with Doña Bumgarner.

I believe that nurturing ourselves first is the foundation of everything else we want in our lives. This podcast is an exploration of how exactly we nurture ourselves, and how we might be able to do it better.

In the very first episode of the Nurturing Habit podcast, I tell the story of how I got here – to the beginning of this podcast – and what it will be about.

Season 1 of the podcast will be about nurturing ourselves through grief, and in this episode I explain why this is an important topic to me, and why I’m starting here.

Talking about grief can be uncomfortable, but is so so important.

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