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The Mary Mac Show | Helping Children and Teens To Manage Stress

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In Episode 74, we discuss the anxiety and stress our children and teens can face after a loved one’s death and how to help them deal with their difficulties and challenges.

Often times we think that children and teens do not have the same level of stress and anxiety as adults do in their grieving process.

But this is not the case.

Children and teens need to be attended to and supported while they are going through their own grieving process since, usually, they don’t understand what is going on with their emotional and physical challenges since the person has died.

It is important for adults to spend more time with their children and even young adults because it may be the first time they have experience a death and they need our love and attention.

Young children don’t have the language skills to describe what they are feeling and teens, often, don’t want to express themselves.

Listen in to Episode 74 to learn more about how children and teens deal with stress and how you can assist them during this very painful and perplexing time in their lives.

Additional Notes:

Visit Crisis Connections at my website to telephone a trained counselor to speak with whenever you are feeling overwhelmed, confused, frightened, fearful or any host of emotions.

Learn the Emotional Freedom Technique here for Stress and Overwhelm. It will soothe you and calm you physically and emotionally. Also spend time in this guided meditation on Self Compassion, which we all need. Dr. Arianna also offers many wonderful tapping and guided-meditations to choose from based upon which is best for you.

You can watch Marissa Peer’s “I Am Enough” meditation.

Visit the author’s website for all book on The 5 Love Languages. Always best to purchase books directly from the author. They worked hard to write and publish these wonderful works!

Bach’s Rescue Remedy will calm and soothe you. Remember, it does have alcohol in if, if that is a concern for you.

Treat yourself to a lovely gift from our Heart of Gold “I Remember” Products from The Mary Mac Store.

Remember, a portion of all proceeds help fund The Foundation for Grieving Children, Inc., the first national non-profit public charity which benefits children, teens, young adults after a loved one’s death which I established many years ago.

And remember to sign up for my private email list so we can always stay in touch, since social media is no longer reliable. Receive my ebook 21 Things You Must Know About The Grieving Process for immediate download.

The Mary Mac Show | Coronavirus | A Cousin’s Death | Coping With The Inability To Be At Your Loved One’s Deathbed

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In Episode 22, I wanted to speak about the experience of having had a loved one die of the coronavirus and how that affects us.

Dianne M. Daniels, who is taking the same online course as I am, was gracious to provide her outlook after the death of her beloved cousin, Alexis.

A bright, beautiful and accomplished women, Alexis was also an entrepreneur who is survived by her husband, Arthur, two children, David and Olivia, as well as her mother DeeDee, and countless other family members who will miss her terribly. Alexis’ battle against the virus took her life on April 10th.

Dianne speaks of how the weeks leading up to Alexis’ death were filled with anxiety yet hopefulness. Alexis had had allergies and breathing difficulties including asthma which meant she was at greater risk to contract the virus.

Dianne M. Daniels
Alexis Wyatt Williams

Listen in to Episode 22 to hear more about Dianne’s experience leading up to the death of her cousin, Alexis.

Also in this episode, I discuss how to cope with the inability to be with those who were in nursing facilities and hospitals and died without family near.

There are so many complicated emotions which arise from a coronavirus death.

Before this virus struck us and quarantined our families, we would simply go to their home, the nursing home, the hospital or other facility and be with them as they passed away.

But not being able to do that just now has added guilt, anger, a feeling of impotence and other emotions which we would be smart to deal with now, right here, so these feeling don’t linger and spiral out of control.

Listen in to Episode 22, share with those who might be in need of comfort and knowledge and rate and review wherever you hear my podcast.

Learn EFT by visiting Brad Yates’ youtube channel. His video on Overwhelm will also help you.

Navy Seals breathing exercise to calm you, decrease anxiety.

Get my free book “The 21 Things You Must Know About the Grieving Process” by completing the form and you’ll receive an email with link to obtain it.

Blessings to the Williams and Daniels families as they grieve the loss of Alexis.

Stay well, stay safe. xoxo

The Mary Mac Show | Coronavirus | Perspective of Teen Olivia Moody

The Mary Mac Show PodcastThis week we look at how our teenagers are dealing with being quarantined at home and what they think about this pandemic.

I have the good fortune to know Olivia Moody, who is my neighbor and an exceptional young lady. Her heart is always in the right place, doing wonderful things to help lift the spirits of all those she meets.

I wanted to learn what Olivia was feeling and thinking about this unprecedented time in our lives and she graciously agreed to share her perspective.

In Episode 21, I tell you what she has shared about her life now and how different is it since the lockdown began. You are in for a real treat!

On the podcast, I promised to share the beautiful note she wrote and secretly left for all her neighbors at their doorstep.

Below is her note:

“What you get by achieving your goals is not as important as what you become by achieving your goals.” Zig Ziglar

Thank you Olivia for your thoughtful and caring gift to all of us!

Listen in to Episode 21, share with those who might be in need of comfort and knowledge and rate and review wherever you hear my podcast.

Learn EFT by visiting Brad Yates’ youtube channel. His video on Overwhelm will also help you.

Navy Seals breathing exercise to calm you, decrease anxiety.

Get my free book “The 21 Things You Must Know About the Grieving Process” by completing the form and you’ll receive an email with link to obtain it.

Stay well, stay safe. xoxo

The Mary Mac Show | Coronavirus | Speaking To The Young Ones

The Mary Mac Show PodcastSince there is so much going on in our world and inside our homes each day, it isn’t uncommon to sidestep what our young ones are feeling.

Just like adults, they deal with the grief associated with no seeing their friends and relatives on a regular basis.

They don’t know what all this means. They haven’t seen you in this state before. Trying to juggle all the household chores of cleaning, cooking, taking care of them, homeschooling or at least tutoring them through their now online classes and somehow doing all your work online yourself.

And if you are an essential worker, who is caring for them each day.

All the while, they are just as confused and left wondering what all this means.

They watch the television and since they aren’t really sure what is happening or when this will end, they just observe.

But they don’t like that the questions floating through their minds aren’t really answered.

And they don’t know what to ask you or other adults mostly because they see you don’t really have any answers anyway.

Episode 20 we explore language you can use to help explain to our young ones what we know at this time and how they can help the family move through this crisis.

Listen in here.

The Mary Mac Show | Coronavirus | The Possibility of Dying

The Mary Mac Show PodcastOne of the most disconcerting facts about this Coronavirus, besides the fact that so many around the world have been infected and affected financially and socially, is the thought that we might have to consider we ourselves might die.

No one is ever prepared to think about their own death.

We go about our business each and every day and until someone in our life becomes ill, or even has a sudden death, dying is not something that normally comes up for us.

But this is an unprecedented time in history. The last time something like this happened with the Spanish Flu was 1918 and the majority of our population wasn’t even alive then.

So while it may be a very uncomfortable thing to talk about and to address, I took the bold step to openly talk about this issue, whether we like it or not.

In Episode 18, I delve deep into preparing yourself to die and all that goes with it.

I don’t leave anything out.

I speak candidly about what might happened, given our circumstances now, if we get very ill from the coronavirus and cannot recover.

Please build the courage you need to listen in.

It’s definitely morbid and uncomfortable.

It’s real.

It’s raw.

It’s authentic.

Listen in to Episode 18 here.

Be well, be safe. Much Love. xoxo