Valerie’s House, the first and only organization in Southwest Florida with the sole mission of helping children grieve the loss of a loved one, is now helping thousands more people struggling with grief through its monthly podcast, “Grieve Love Heal.” The Valerie’s House podcast is now listed on Apple Podcasts, Spotify and Google Podcasts. Listeners can subscribe and receive alerts on their devices when Valerie’s House posts a new episode each month.
“For some, grief is not something they are ready to talk about, but they are ready to listen to someone else who has gone through it, and survived it,” said Angela Melvin, Valerie’s House Founder and CEO, whose own mother, Valerie, who the center is named after, died when Angela was a child. “The Grieve Love Heal podcast is a way we can reach those people grieving in the shadows.”
Valerie’s House families, and others in the community, who have walked the grief journey are often interviewed for the segments. Recent Grieve Love Heal podcast episodes have touched on topics like grieving as a young adult, losing a mother to breast cancer and going back to school after the death of a parent.
Produced by Valerie’s House Communications Coordinator and former NBC2 Executive Producer April Reilly, the Grieve Love Heal podcast also serves as a resource for those looking to support someone who is grieving.
“People are consuming information in a variety of ways today,” Reilly said. “With this podcast, we are giving those who are grieving a different way to share and relate so they realize they are not alone.”
Valerie’s House launched the Grieve Love Heal podcast in September 2019 and made it available to various public channels in February 2020. To listen to the Grieve Love Heal podcast, search for “Valerie’s House” or “Grieve Love Heal” on Apple Podcasts, Spotify and Google.