Unlocking Joy After Grief | Christian Grief Support, Life After Child Loss, Bereavement, Hope and Healing for Grieving Moms

Does the thought of having to live in a world without your child cripple you? Do you lay awake at night with the ”what if’s” and the ”why’s” constantly playing in your mind, wondering if you’ll ever feel peace again? Does everything seem hard, even the little things? Do you just want someone to understand how you feel? I see you friend. In this podcast you will find the hope you’re looking for, the healing you’re longing for, and the key to living again after losing your child, all through the only way it’s possible - Jesus. Hi, I’m Courtney. Wife and mama to 6 kiddos, 1 in heaven waiting for us - and that’s why I’m here. I lost my precious 4 year old son, Sam, in 2017 and the pain and grief that instantly took over was crippling. Everything I went through after that horrific night threatened to consume me. But here I am. Years have passed. And the ONLY.WAY. I made it through was Jesus. His strength and his love carried me through a time that I could NOT have carried myself. His goodness and faithfulness were my life preservers that kept me from drowning. The hope and healing I was searching for was found in him. And it’s my joy to share with you everything this journey has taught me so far. Get ready for encouragement for your faith, tactical tips in dealing with your grief, finding hope and healing for your shattered heart, and learning how to live again. If you are screaming YES to not having to walk this road alone and letting Jesus carry you through, then I’m ready to lace up my shoes and begin walking this road with you. Learn >> www.unlockingjoy.com Connect >> courtney@unlockingjoy.com Facebook >> @unlockingjoy Instagram >> @unlockingjoy Get to know God’s Character with this Free 30 day Scripture Calendar >> www.unlockingjoy.com/godscharacter

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Episodes

Thursday May 16, 2024

We all know we should be spending time every day with Jesus. It’s how we find our strength to get through the days, especially after losing our child. 
 
I believe the key in making this a routine, a part of your every day life, is to keep it simple!
 
So in this episode I’m sharing my easy 3 step quiet time routine that I strive to do every morning. I pray that this will inspire and motivate you as you set up your daily quiet time routine. 
 
🔗Links Mentioned in Episode:
Free SOAP Bible Study Printable
Bible App
Power of a Praying Parent
Power of a Praying Wife
Power of a Praying Woman
 
✨Free Resources:
Find Your Lifesaver Verse
31 Days of God’s Character Scripture Calendar
 
💚Connect With Me: 
Learn >> www.unlockingjoy.com 
Connect >> courtney@unlockingjoy.com
Facebook >> @unlockingjoy
Instagram >> @unlockingjoy

Thursday May 02, 2024

Y’all know how big a fan I am of walking! Walking outside in nature has played (and continues to play) such a huge part of my healing journey. 
 
But why? Why would walking outside help with healing your heart?
 
I’m here to tell you! Here are 3 ways that walking outside in nature, in God’s creation, is a great thing to do in your grief journey.
 
🔗Links Mentioned in Episode:
Ep. 29 | How Does Grief Affect Your Body and Mind? 5 Ways to Start Healing After Grief
 
✨Free Resources:
Find Your Lifesaver Verse
31 Days of God’s Character Scripture Calendar
 
💚Connect With Me: 
Learn >> www.unlockingjoy.com 
Connect >> courtney@unlockingjoy.com
Facebook >> @unlockingjoy
Instagram >> @unlockingjoy

Thursday Apr 18, 2024

Sometimes you just have a plain old bad day. Either you wake up missing your child or a wave of grief knocks you down and you find it hard to come back from it.
 
What do you do? 
 
It can be hard to feel like you can turn the day around when it starts going south. Almost like you’ve fallen in a pit of quicksand that’s pulling you down and you don’t see any way to escape it. 
 
No worries friend! I’m here with 7 things you can do the next time you’re having a hard day missing your child. I pray that these tips will help you survive the next time a bad day hits.
 
🔗Links Mentioned in Episode:
Ep. 17 | The Power of Distractions in Your Grief Journey
Ep. 16 | Sleeping After Child Loss: 5 Tips to Help You Fall Asleep After Losing Your Child
 
✨Free Resources:
Find Your Lifesaver Verse
31 Days of God’s Character Scripture Calendar
 
💚Connect With Me:
Learn >> www.unlockingjoy.com 
Connect >> courtney@unlockingjoy.com
Facebook >> @unlockingjoy
Instagram >> @unlockingjoy

Thursday Mar 14, 2024

If you were to ask me... Courtney, what is the one thing that helped you get through after losing Sam? 
 
What would I say? What is the one thing that helped me survive? 
 
Well my friend, in today's episode, I tell you. And I also will let you know how you can use this same thing in your grief journey to help you make it too. 
 
✨Free Resources:
Find Your Lifesaver Verse
31 Days of God’s Character Scripture Calendar
 
💚Connect With Me:
Etsy Shop >> unlockingjoyshop.etsy.com  
Learn >> www.unlockingjoy.com 
Connect >> courtney@unlockingjoy.com
Facebook >> @unlockingjoy
Instagram >> @unlockingjoy

Thursday Mar 07, 2024

When we’re walking through our grief journey anything we can do to help bring some peace to our lives is helpful!
 
So today I wanted to bring you 3 simple ways you can make your home a place of peace. These things are NOT hard at all! And most of them will cost you nothing!
 
I pray that as you listen to this episode it will give you some ideas that you can implement inside of your own home!
 
🔗Links Mentioned in Episode:
YouTube channels: Clutterbug and The Minimal Mom
Plant Therapy Oils: Chill Out blend, Worry free blend, Tranquil blend (Kid Safe)
 
🤗Help Support My Ministry
https://www.buymeacoffee.com/unlockingjoy 
 
✨Free Resources:
Find Your Lifesaver Verse
31 Days of God’s Character Scripture Calendar
 
💚Connect With Me:
Learn >> www.unlockingjoy.com 
Connect >> courtney@unlockingjoy.com
Facebook >> @unlockingjoy
Instagram >> @unlockingjoy

Thursday Feb 29, 2024

There are a few things that have been critical in me being able to make it after losing my child. One of those things, without a doubt, is my lifesaver verse. 
 
So what is a “lifesaver verse”? And how can you find yours?
 
In this episode I go all into what this is and how I’ve used it in my own grief journey to help keep me from drowning in my grief. 
 
I pray that the Holy Spirit will help you be able to find the one that’s perfect for you and your journey. 
 
🔗Links Mentioned in Episode:
Find Your Lifesaver Verse
 
✨Free Resources:
31 Days of God’s Character Scripture Calendar
 
💚Connect With Me:
Learn >> www.unlockingjoy.com 
Connect >> courtney@unlockingjoy.com
Facebook >> @unlockingjoy
Instagram >> @unlockingjoy

Friday Feb 23, 2024

Stepping out in faith and doing something that God has called you to do can be so scary. 
 
What if it wasn’t God telling you to take that step?
How is it going to work out? 
How will I know what my next step is supposed to be?
 
The fear of not knowing can hold you back from doing what you feel God is telling you to do. 
 
This recently happened to me. I had God telling me to do something, but I was scared out of my mind! I had NO IDEA how it was going to work out!
 
But I’m here to tell you that it not only worked out, it exceeded my expectations!
 
Listen to my story and be encouraged if God is telling YOU to step out in faith. Don’t let fear hold you back from the blessings God has for you!
 
✨Free Resources:
Find Your Lifesaver Verse
31 Days of God’s Character Scripture Calendar
 
💚Connect With Me:
Etsy Shop >> unlockingjoyshop.etsy.com 
Learn >> www.unlockingjoy.com 
Connect >> courtney@unlockingjoy.com
Facebook >> @unlockingjoy
Instagram >> @unlockingjoy

Thursday Feb 15, 2024

Meditation. What’s the first thing you think of when you hear that word?
 
Is it how God defines meditation - or is it how the world defines it?
 
This short episode is actually a clip I pulled out of another episode. After pulling it out I realized I wanted to share it with y’all! So in this little baby episode we dive into what meditation is, what God says about meditation, and if you should meditate at all.
 
I pray this episode blesses you!
 
🔗Links Mentioned in Episode:
31 Days of God’s Character Scripture Calendar
 
✨Free Resources:
Find Your Lifesaver Verse
 
💚Connect With Me:
Etsy Shop >> unlockingjoyshop.etsy.com 
Learn >> www.unlockingjoy.com 
Connect >> courtney@unlockingjoy.com
Facebook >> @unlockingjoy
Instagram >> @unlockingjoy

Thursday Feb 08, 2024

Valentine's Day is next week. And when I think about love, I can't go without talking about the greatest love I've ever experienced...
 
The love of God in my grief. 
 
After I lost Sam, the depth of my pain and sadness was so very deep, but God met me with love that was equally as deep. 
 
So this episode is dedicated to him, the one who has been there for me every moment since we lost Sam and will be there for me every moment until I see him again.
 
The one whose love is literally the glue that has held me together. 
 
And this love is the greatest love that was ever given - which produced the greatest gift that we will ever receive as grieving parents...
 
Hope.
 
✨Free Resources:
Find Your Lifesaver Verse
31 Days of God’s Character Scripture Calendar
 
💚Connect With Me:
Etsy Shop >> unlockingjoyshop.etsy.com 
Learn >> www.unlockingjoy.com 
Connect >> courtney@unlockingjoy.com
Facebook >> @unlockingjoy
Instagram >> @unlockingjoy

Thursday Feb 01, 2024

Grief affects every part of us - emotionally, mentally, and physically. 
 
Anyone who has walked through deep grief will know the effect of grief mentally and even on our physical body.
 
So how do we start healing after grief?
 
Today I wanted to talk through 5 things we can do to bring healing mentally and physically so we can better process our thoughts and emotions during this journey. 
 
And remember it’s just that - a journey. Show yourself lots of grace and kindness 💚
 
🔗Links Mentioned in Episode:
Ep. 16 | Sleeping After Child Loss: 5 Tips to Help You Fall Asleep After Losing Your Child - 
50 Grief Journal Prompts
 
✨Free Resources:
Find Your Lifesaver Verse
31 Days of God’s Character Scripture Calendar
 
💚Connect With Me:
Etsy Shop >> unlockingjoyshop.etsy.com 
Learn >> www.unlockingjoy.com 
Connect >> courtney@unlockingjoy.com
Facebook >> @unlockingjoy
Instagram >> @unlockingjoy

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