Welcome to episode 95 of the Your Kick-Ass Life podcast. This episode is a first for the show: we are talking about death, dying and grief. You might be thinking, “Yeah, no thanks!” And yes, these are things we’ve never covered before but a topic that is incredibly powerful and necessary. Seriously, ass kickers, this was one of my favorite conversations on the YKAL podcast!

Dr. Martha Atkins joins us to share her wisdom on this topic. Dr. Martha is the CEO of her own company, holds a PhD in counseling education and is also a published author on the topic of grief, death and dying.

Even if you’ve never lost a close friend or family member you’ve still been touched by loss. When a relationship ends, a friendship changes or a job doesn’t pan out the way you had hoped, there is loss and with loss comes grief.

On this episode Dr. Martha shares her personal stories of loss and grief, and what led her to do this work. Episode 95 is a powerful conversation guaranteed to touch you and provide insights on the grief cycle; the insights you hear today will help you the next time you’re faced with any kind of loss.

You’ll Also Hear:

  • Is grief only a feeling we have when someone dies?
  • What happens when we don't grieve something.
  • What are activities you can do when you're missing a loved one?
  • How should you model grief around your children?
  • How children grieve differently than adults.
  • How can you let go of guilt after experiencing a traumatic event?
  • How not to resist the feelings you feel.
  • And much more!

During today’s show she shares the transformative role grief, loss and dying play in our lives, and what surprises her most and delights her most about her work. Join Martha and I for this insightful, touching and sacred conversation on episode 95 of the Your Kick-Ass Life podcast!


Martha’s website

Martha’s book: Signposts of Dying

Sobonfu Some’s website

After Talk

Martha AtkinsDr. Martha Jo Atkins teaches about death, dying, and grief, providing training and tools to help with big transitions.

Dr. Atkins consults with individuals, schools, and businesses when death and managing change become necessary parts of conversations. Her first book Signposts of Dying was published in 2016. Dr. Atkins’ training and research institute opened in 2016.

Prior to owning her own training and consulting company, Dr. Atkins founded a the Children’s Bereavement Center of South Texas where she served as executive director for eight years.

Dr. Atkins’ PhD studies, and now her continuing research, focus on the trajectory of dying and how deathbed phenomena affect the dying person and those who love them.

Dr. Atkins lives in San Antonio with her partner is Suzette and a menagerie of 4 legged creatures.

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