I have a deep respect for TED TALKS, as world leading thinkers and doers engage the world with their stories and encourage the pursuit of growth. I learned about Rachel Stephenson’s TEDxCUNY talk, “Against Grieving in Silence,” in an email she had written to me. I felt very called to watch this video as soon as I learned about it, as the title felt very in alignment with my own calling.
In Rachel’s TED TALK, she shares the story her mom’s death when she was only 5, and how she believed her mom was “sick” and the next day was “with the angels”. It wasn’t until she was a teenager that the truth revealed, when her cousin accidentally told her how her mother really died.
Rachel talks about her family’s struggle to confront their own feelings of grief and how her father’s alcoholic death may have been avoided.
Watch her TEDxCUNY talk and listen to my followup interview with her on the Losing Your Parents Podcast.