Being Well Podcast: Working with Grief with Dr. Joanne Cacciatore
February 3, 2020

There are some emotions that are so deeply tied to the human experience that it’s impossible to avoid them. One of these is grief, which we have yet to discuss in detail on the podcast. On this episode we’re changing that, and have the pleasure of welcoming Dr. Joanne Cacciatore to the podcast.

Dr. Joan Cacciatore is an Associate professor at Arizona State University and founder of the MISS Foundation, a volunteer based organization providing counseling, advocacy, research, and education services to families experiencing the death of a child.

She spearheaded and directs the graduate Certificate in Trauma and Bereavement program at ASU, and is also an ordained Zen priest, affiliated with Zen Garland and its child bereavement center outside of New York City. Dr. Cacciatore is also the author of Bearing the Unbearable: Love, Loss, and the Heartbreaking Path of Grief. Her research has been published in a number of peer reviewed journals, and she’s been featured in the New York Times, Boston Globe, CNN, NPR, and the Los Angeles Times.

If you’d like to support the MISS Foundation, you can make donations to their Selah Carefarm here. Dr. Cacciatore and the MISS foundation offer a variety of wonderful resources, including:


  • 03:30: Joanne’s journey.
  • 11:39: How can we accept and make space for our positive moments even during times of intense suffering?
  • 16:10: Developing resources to cope with challenging emotions.
  • 17:48: Ways to bear the unbearable.
  • 24:42: Trauma and grief.
  • 34:59: Working with anger.
  • 41:02: If you could speak to a younger version of yourself, what would you say?

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