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Aug 1, 2023

In this episode of Change It Up Radio, Paula Shaw is joined by Jeannie Seeley-Smith, the newly retired CEO of Perspectives, Minnesota’s largest therapeutic, supportive housing program for women and children who have experienced long-term trauma, addiction, homelessness, mental illness, and poverty, and now the president of the “Seed the Change” capital campaign to raise completion funding for the new Perspectives trauma-informed family center.


They discuss the complex and multifaceted experience of grief and explore grief as a journey accompanied by nine friends, each symbolizing a stage or emotion tied to profound loss. Jeannie also talks about her efforts with Perspectives Family Center, detailing the initiative to raise funds and support women on their path to recovery.


Some key topic points covered in this episode include:


  • Understanding Grief as a Journey: Identifying various emotional stages such as shock, sobs, grief, sorrow, acceptance, and comfort
  • The Foes of Grief: Exploring the negative emotions that may impede the healing process, such as fear, anger, depression, resentment, and jealousy
  • Finding Inner Peace: The significance of actively seeking inner peace as an essential aspect of healing
  • Perspectives Family Center: Jeannie's involvement in supporting women's recovery through fundraising and initiatives to change lives
  • Reflection on the Season of Grief: Acknowledging the insights and contributions made throughout the season on the theme of grief



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