Transformation Talk with Cath Duncan

Welcome to Transformation Talk. Every Thursday for a year, starting in September 2012, I’ll post an interview with someone who is a force for good in the world. These men and women have either deepened their passion or found their calling after experiencing a loss, trauma or diagnosis.

I want to broaden the conversation around grief and its transformative power. My hope is that in their words you’ll find echoes of your story. In their inspired actions, you’ll see yourself and your immense possibility.

*Special Request: The technology of Skype is amazing and imperfect. Please listen with your heart and forgive the occasional blips on the screen.

Today’s interview is with social worker, teacher and coach Cath Duncan. She is the co-founder of the Creative Grief Coaching Studio and the Creative Grief Coaching Certification program. The focus of her work changed after the stillbirth of her daughter, Juggernaut, in 2010. This is my longest interview to date and it’s so worth listening to. Cath’s compassion and wisdom shine as she talks eloquently about the many different facets of grief, and brings a difficult (and taboo) subject into the conversation.

Bio and link to download the audio version are below. Running time is 45 minutes. If you’re receiving this via email, click through the title to view the video.


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Cath Duncan is a Social Worker, Neuro-linguistic Psychology Master Practitioner and Martha Beck Certified Coach with a background in Child Protection, Trauma Debriefing and counseling for Depression. She is currently working on a Social Work Masters research thesis on the relationships between grief, guilt and shame, and has started writing her book, “Shameless Grief.” She co-founded the Creative Grief Coaching Studio and certification program with Kara LC Jones, and with Vicki Culling, she co-created the website When Your Baby Dies. Cath is also the author of the Grief Workbook, Remembering For Good.

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One Response to Transformation Talk with Cath Duncan

  1. Merry ME says:

    Alana,
    I’ve gotten behind on your interviews but today I listened to this one. So much wisdom garnered, sadly, from so much pain. I love how both you and Cath have turned your losses into gifts that you so willingly share with others. I can’t quote Cath verbatum, but she said something about changing the grief language. This is so true. I heard myself apologizing yesterday for the 2 years I shut down after my dad died. I wondered how things would have been different. I’m kicking myself that I didn’t go right to work and save all my pennies so I wouldn’t be so worried about money now. Those years, were part of the whole journey. But I do feel a lot of shame around it.
    Anyway, thanks for these good videos.

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