156 | Building Resilience through Grief: A Conversation with Certified Coach Julie Lynn Ashley

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Welcome to The Make Room Show, the podcast where we help you make room for what matters in your life. I'm your host, Jennifer Ford Berry, a professional organizer with years of experience in helping families simplify their homes and create space for the things that truly matter.

In this episode of the Make Room Show, we speak with certified grief coach, Julie Lynn Ashley, founder of Grief Resilience. As a former teacher of over 20 years, Julie experienced several losses in her family and realized the lack of support available for those going through grief. In this conversation, Julie shares her expertise on grief and the importance of addressing it, as unaddressed grief can lead to serious physical and emotional health problems down the road.

She provides tips on how to support someone who is grieving, including the importance of simply listening and offering practical support. Julie also discusses her work at Grief Resilience, which focuses on helping individuals build their resilience in the face of grief through one-on-one coaching, group coaching sessions, and workshops. As a professional organizing expert, it's important to understand the role of grief in our lives and how it can impact our ability to organize and simplify our spaces. This conversation provides valuable insights on how to support those going through grief and build resilience in the face of loss.


Julie Lynn holds a Masters of Science in Thanatology (death, grief and bereavement), is a member of the Association for Death Education and Counseling, mom to Landon and Kyle (both in college) and wife to her very best friend of 27 years, Doug, who is a lead pastor in Texas.  Julie Lynn has worked and volunteered in the hospice industry for years and there developed a God-given passion to support grieving people.  She now has her own grief support ministry (both in person and online) where she works with people one on one who need support following a death loss.

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Jennifer is the host of the Making Room podcast (formerly The 29 Minute Mom podcast) and the founder of the Created Order Neighborhood, an online community of women who want to live a life of order and purpose. She is the author of five books, including the Organize Now! series and her latest, Make Room. Jennifer was previously the regular organizing expert on the TV show Winging It, Buffalo Style. , and has appeared as a guest expert on several television and radio shows, as well as in national magazines and newspapers. Jennifer lives in western New York with her husband and two children. She works both hands-on and virtually with her clients to help them eliminate clutter and live their dreams.


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