THE DEATH OF YOUR CHILD
When your life is blown apart by something so traumatic, things can never be the same again.
This wasn't a planned conversation.
My friend, Deborah Corbin, and I had planned to talk about something completely different (and much more lighthearted, though no less serious), but the death of Kobe Bryant just a few hours before our chat, changed everything.
I knew that Deborah's son, Graham, died a few days before Christmas in 2017.
I knew how much pain Graham's death had obviously caused Deborah and how much effort it took for her to keep going and take care of the rest of her family in the appalling aftermath.
But I didn't know the details of what had happened and I certainly didn't want to ask; the woman was in enough pain without me getting her to go through it all again by recounting the story for my benefit. If she wanted to talk, I made sure she knew I was there, but I wasn't going to open that conversation; that was for her to do.
This is the first time Deborah has spoken openly and publicly about what happened with Graham and how she's dealt with it – and is still dealing with it. Kobe Bryant's untimely death brought it all back to the surface.
Make no mistake, while this conversation is about an horrific turn of events, it's primarily about hope, creating wonderful memories, and rebuilding your life.
Deborah has been a dedicated educator and life coach for many years now, and she put all of her learnings to good use to help pick herself up and carry on with life.
Listen to the podcast and find out:
✨❤️✨ The full story of what happened
✨❤️✨ The difficulties faced when someone dies in a different state
✨❤️✨ How the emotions are like waves and how to not let them drown you
✨❤️✨ How to deal with the grief, anger and sadness, both in the initial stages and ongoingly
✨❤️✨ How to recreate yourself and your life after such a life-changing event
✨❤️✨ Why you NEED to ask for – and how to get – support
✨❤️✨ How to find a new purpose in life
✨❤️✨ How to deal with the grief the rest of your family are feeling
✨❤️✨ How to talk about what happened, and why you need to do that
✨❤️✨ Deborah wants to reach out to as many other people who are going through similar things in the hope that she can support them or at least offer some insights as to how they might make sense of things and begin to get their life back together ✨❤️✨
It always makes a difference when something is recommended by someone you trust. Here are Deborah's favourite books.