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The Broken Pack™: Stories of Adult Sibling Loss

Dr. Angela Dean / The Broken Pack™, LLC

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On this podcast, surviving sibling, psychologist, and thanatologist, Dr. Angela Dean, helps other grieving siblings share their sibling loss stories. This podcast aims to provide an authentic space for surviving siblings to express their grief and help others navigate the complex emotions associated with this profound, often misunderstood loss. The Broken Pack: Stories of Adult Sibling Loss delves into the profound and often overlooked topic of sibling loss, offering a platform for surviving ...
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The Deep C Podcast is for families, caregivers, friends and community who are supporting a child through a cancer diagnosis. While every ounce of your being is used to carry your child, this podcast is here to carry you.When you're bedside at the hospital, sitting in a waiting room for the millionth appointment, or just need to feel like you're not alone in this dark place - come find us. Our conversations will match the ones you're already having in your head. No topic is off limits, no fea ...
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Denise Bebenek is the Founder, President and driving force behind the Meagan Bebenek Foundation: Creating a Circle of Hope, a foundation that has raised over 6 million dollars to support and fund research for pediatric brain cancers. In late 2000, Denise’s youngest child, Meagan, was diagnosed with an inoperable and malignant brain tumour. She died…
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On this episode of The Broken Pack™: Stories of Adult Sibling Loss, Dr. Beth Hoffman, a surviving sibling, joins Dr. Dean to discuss the loss of her sister, Emily. Emily was tragically killed in a pedestrian accident. Dr. Hoffman shares how she navigates life as a sibling loss survivor following Emily's sudden death, including her experience in the…
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In today's episode we meet Jeff who's daughter Lily was diagnosed with an astrocytoma when she was four months old. In sharing about Lily's cancer treatment, Jeff turns the focus from his daughter towards his incredible wife Julie and the heroic efforts she took to save Lily, and then in turn, the realization that she needed to save herself. Jeff s…
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In this raw and heartfelt episode of The Broken Pack™:Stories of Adult Sibling Loss, Taylor bravely shares her experience as a surviving sibling after losing her brother Ben to Adderall addiction. Through tears and laughter, she explores the depths of sibling grief, the unexpected signs that Ben is still with her, and the ongoing journey of navigat…
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In recognition of Brain Cancer Awareness Month, today’s episode features Cole who was diagnosed with medulloblastoma when he was 12yrs old. Today, Cole is a 22 yr old soon to be college graduate who dedicates his time, energy and passion to raising awareness and advocating for childhood cancer research. Cole shares his memories of his life before c…
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In this episode, of The Broken Pack: Stories of Adult Sibling Loss, Dr. Dean speaks with Randye, a surviving sibling, who shares her deeply personal story of losing her brother Mitch to cancer over 45 years ago. Her experience challenges the notion that grief fades with time, highlighting the enduring nature of sibling loss and its profound lifelon…
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Oncology parents instantly connect on so many levels because our experience is so nuanced and unique, but it's especially familiar and comfortable talking to a parent whose child has the exact same diagnosis as yours. Under the absolute worst circumstances, it turns out that it IS possible to find people who can make you feel seen and supported. In…
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This episode of The Broken Pack™: Stories of Adult Sibling Loss explores the enduring impact of sibling loss with guest Dawn Rodgers. Together, Dawn and Dr. Dean delve into Dawn's experience decades after losing her brother, offering support and strategies for navigating this complex and persistent grief. Dawn Rodgers is a surviving sibling who fou…
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Today we speak with Jasmine Miller, a Child Life Specialist at the UF Proton Therapy Institute in Jacksonville, Florida. Jasmine gives parents her strategies on working with kids to face the really big scary feelings that come with a cancer diagnosis, and she shares some vulnerable truths of what children confess to her about their treatment when t…
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Life Interrupted: Finding Purpose Through Grief In a deeply moving episode of "The Broken Pack™", Dentist Dr. Parul Dua Makkar shares her sibling loss story of losing her younger brother, Dentist Dr. Manu Dua, to oral cancer. With Dr. Dean, she explores her special sibling special bond, the harrowing experience of Manu's illness, and how this profo…
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When I first met Julie, I felt this deep enduring strength inside of her. The kind of an embattled solider who had seen war many, many times. I knew she was the perfect person to talk about the roller coaster of this disease, how totally unpredictable and out of control it can be, and how difficult (I actually think we use the word impossible in ou…
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In this episode of The Broken Pack™: Stories of Adult Sibling Loss , journalist and author Steven Petrow joins Dr. Dean to discuss various aspects of sibling loss, grief, and medical aid in dying. He shares his personal experiences with losing his sister, Julie, to a six-year ovarian cancer experience, navigating his responses to her choice, and th…
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Grieving the Unexpected: A Sister's Loss and Big Changes after Surviving Sibling Loss Unexpectedly In this episode, Dr. Angela Dean speaks with Heather Mercer about the sudden loss of her sister, Melissa, to a heart attack shortly after giving birth. Heather shares her journey of navigating profound grief, complex custody battles, and the ripple ef…
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My conversation with Erin was special from the second she opened her mouth. She is the most gentle, warm and beautiful soul, and so willing to share and get vulnerable about what life was like after her daughter Arden passed 4 years ago. At Arden’s 12 month check up, Erin mentioned to her paediatrician that Arden had a small bump on her chest, and …
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Surviving Sibling Loss & Stigma: Sara / Dan The Broken Pack: Stories of Adult Sibling Loss features Dr. Dean interviewing Sara McCann, who recounts losing her brother Dan to substance use disorder. In this conversation, Sara unpacks the unique challenges faced by surviving siblings and the stigma surrounding addiction. Prepare to be moved by Sara's…
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Kevin’s son Asher was diagnosed at 3 months old with LCH when it was still a very rare cancer diagnosis with minimal research and a trial and error treatment plan. Kevin’s wife Katy became the “medical” parent while he was the parent who kept life running. Kevin speaks candidly about their division of roles and how they kept an open and consistent …
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My husband and I are VERY different, like we're about as opposite as it gets, but somehow we’ve found a way to intersect where it matters the most to us. We have our outside life where people at parties would think we're strangers, and our inside life where our roots grow so far and widespread you will never find where they end. When our daughter w…
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In today's episode Sam talks with her cancer therapist, social worker Laura Pasqualino about the tools and strategies Laura helped Sam apply during her daughter's treatment. Laura believes we already know the way through the darkness, we've just never had to access the resiliency and inner-guides until now. She gives examples of how she helps paren…
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Host Sam Taylor chats with Dawn who’s son Ollie was 7 when she noticed a tiny bump on his neck that wasn’t going away. After months of trying to get answers, with multiple doctors suggesting it was cat scratch disease or tuberculosis, they finally got a biopsy that concluded it was ALCL. Treatment began, Ollie relapsed, and with the cancer cells no…
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Host Sam Taylor talks to Cara whose daughter was two years old when she was diagnosed with Leukemia. Due to adrenal complications during treatment, Cara's daughter arrested and was placed on life support for 47 days in the ICU. Cara talks about coping through this dark and scary time, what helped to pull her through, and how once her daughter was d…
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Host Sam Taylor talks to her best friend musician Sarah Blackwood from Walk Off the Earth on all the ways friends and community can support a family through their child's cancer treatment. Sarah shares the ways they built an army of support, how they delegated tasks, and how they knew to ride the waves of treatment by sitting in the pain and fear o…
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In recognition of International Childhood Cancer Day, join host Sam Taylor on The Deep C as she sits down with Sickboy to share how parents and caregivers learn to cope with their child's cancer diagnosis. Sam talks about how disorienting and lonely it is when a child is diagnosed, and how it feels like being tossed into the depths of the ocean. Sa…
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In this episode of The Deep C, host Sam Taylor speaks with Carolyn, mom to four beautiful babies. When Carolyn's second baby Malcolm was 5 months old he was diagnosed with leukemia. In an instant, Carolyn and her partner were airlifted to CHEO (Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario) and admitted, during covid, while she was pregnant with their thi…
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In this episode of The Deep C, host Sam Taylor talks to Tamy, the mom of a 6-year-old powerhouse of a little dude being treated for relapsed neuroblastoma. Sam and Tamy talk about the shock of diagnosis, of what it’s like being in treatment for 5 years, and how it’s never an option to stop moving forward. Tamy shares her well earned coping strategi…
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An Oncology Nurse's Journey of Grief and Loss: Navigating Sibling Loss , Knowledge, and Devastation In this episode, of The Broken Pack: Stories of Adult Sibling Loss, surviving sibling Cally Marzolf-Adams, an oncology nurse shares her difficult sibling loss story of losing her sister, Sarah, to metastatic pancreatic cancer. Through her conversatio…
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Your Heart’s Voice: A conversation about Sibling Loss , Intuition, and Living with Loss In this episode, of The Broken Pack: Stories of Adult Sibling Loss, host Dr. Angela Dean talks to Renée Green Murphy, author and surviving sibling, about losing her brother Robert in a tragic automobile accident. Renée shares her experiences of grief from siblin…
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Sibling Loss Decades Later : A Heartfelt Conversation with Eric Grace Surviving sibling Eric Grace shares his sibling loss experience of losing his brother, Kyle, in a tragic car accident over 25 years ago. Through his story, Dr. Dean and Eric explore the complexities of sibling loss, grief, and the lasting impact on surviving siblings. Eric and Dr…
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Sibling Loss and Organ Donation: A Conversation with Kelly Stiffler In this episode, Dr. Dean speaks with Kelly Stiffler about losing her younger brother, Josh, from a seizure. Josh was an organ donor and Kelly shares how this loss has affected her and the family. We also explore how different roles and relationships mean grieving the same person d…
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Sibling Loss survivor and author, Linzi Meaden, shares What Suicide Left Behind Linzi shares her story of losing her only sibling, her brother, Stuart, to suicide during the pandemic. Linzi shares how writing in her journal led her to writing her book, What Suicide Left Behind: Navigating Your Own Grief Journey, to normalize grief from suicide loss…
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Jillian’s Sibling Loss Story: Unresolved Issues, Family Conflict, and the Loss of a Sibling to Suicide In this episode, of The Broken Pack: Stories of Adult Sibling Loss, surviving sibling Jillian Prouse, a mother and a teacher, shared her personal journey of grief and loss, highlighting the weight of unspoken words, the impact of suicide, and the …
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Kassy’s Sibling Loss Story: Untimely, Unexpected, and Heartbreaking Circumstances In this episode, Dr. Dean speaks with Kassy Bowes about losing her younger sister, Rheanna, due to abdominal sepsis as a complication from a medical intervention. Listen as Kassy shares how losing her 19-year-old sister , Rheanna, shattered her world, challenged her b…
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Sibling Loss Due to Brain Cancer: Chris's Anticipatory Grief, Continuing Bonds, and Legacy-Building In this episode, of The Broken Pack: Stories of Adult Sibling Loss, Dr. Dean speaks with surviving sibling Dr. Chris Ban, an oral surgeon and Jeopardy champion, who opens up about the anticipatory grief of and profound grief after losing his brother …
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Sibling Loss and Organ Donation: A Conversation with Katie Kuehn In this episode, Dr. Angela Dean explores sibling loss and organ donation with Katie Kuehn, who lost her brother Josh to a seizure. Josh was an organ donor, and Katie shares how his decision to give life to others has impacted her family and the importance of organ donation. She also …
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Coping with Sibling Loss: A Journey of Grief and Transformation with Stefanie Joseph In this episode of The Broken Pack: Stories of Adult Sibling Loss, surviving sibling, Stefanie Joseph, shares her sibling loss experience of losing her sister Jen to bacterial meningitis during the pandemic. She shares how difficult losing her sister was and how he…
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The Invisible Threads of Sibling Loss and Surviving Siblings: A Conversation with Dr. Dawn DiRaimondo In this episode of The Broken Pack: Stories of Adult Sibling Loss, a podcast, psychologist Dr. DiRaimondo shares her personal experience with sibling loss with our host, psychologist and thanatologist, Dr. Angela Dean. Together the psychologists, b…
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Sibling Loss and Running with Grief: Jen's Grief Marathon In this episode, surviving sibling, Jen, shares her transformative journey of grief and advocacy following the suicide loss of her brother and her inspiring process to run marathons to honor his memory and others who have died by suicide. She is a mental health advocate, marathoner, and writ…
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Judy’sTwice Experienced Sibling Loss: Her Delayed Grief and Celebration of Sisters In this episode our guest, author & two time sibling loss survivor, Judy Lipson recounts her journey of delayed grieving after losing both of her sisters at young ages. Jane has been a surviving sibling since young adulthood losing both of her siblings, her sisters, …
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Surviving Sibling Loss and the Impact on Identity In this episode our guest, surviving sibling, Elly shares with Dr. Dean about losing her life person, her sister, Laura, a talented musician. They explore how Laura’s death impacted her, setting boundaries and navigating therapy in the UK. Elly shares the changes in dynamics within the circles of fa…
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Julie’s Experience of Surviving Sibling Loss and Continuing Bonds with Anne In this episode, Julie shares the story of losing her sister, Anne, to suicide and how she is learning to live after such a devastating loss. Julie also shares a story of how meeting a stranger at the right time helped move her forward and a heartwarming story about how she…
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Unexpected Heartbreak: Eddie's Journey of Sibling Loss and Grieving In this episode of The Broken Pack: Stories of Adult Sibling Loss, a podcast, two mental health practitioners, Eddie Cruz and Dr. Angela Dean explore sibling loss, mental health approaches to grief, and challenges in grieving when family dynamics and opinions collide. Eddie shares …
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Twins Estranged: Navigating Sibling Loss, Reconnection, and Love in Grief In this episode of The Broken Pack: Stories of Adult Sibling Loss, a podcast, surviving sibling Brandi and Dr. Angela Dean explore the complexity of sibling loss, estrangement, mental health struggles, spirituality, and family dynamics through Brandi's personal story of losin…
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Surviving: Sibling Loss, Transracial Adoption, and Losing Safety In this powerful episode of The Broken Pack: Stories of Adult Sibling Loss, a podcast, host Dr. Angela Dean delves into the profound impact of sibling loss with guest speaker Karen Thomas. Karen shares her unique experiences as a transracial adoptee who lost her brother, Kevin, to an …
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Sibling Loss, A Historian, and a Memoir of Love, Loss, and Race On the first episode of our second season, Dr. Dean and Dr. Nico Slate, a history professor at Carnegie Mellon University discusses his new book, “Brothers: A Memoir of Love, Loss, and Race," which explores his relationship with his brother Peter, and how he is doing now surviving sibl…
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Sibling Loss, A Psychologist, and the Birth of The Broken Pack™ In this episode, our podcast host and surviving sibling, Dr. Dean, takes the guest role to share her story of sibling loss that prompted the founding of The Broken Pack™. Our guest host is Ankur Shah Delight. Ankur helps Dr. Dean tell her story of sibling loss, about her brother Tony, …
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Sibling Loss, Death Rituals, and Grieving Publicly On this episode of the podcast, The Broken Pack: Stories of Adult Sibling Loss, Dr. Dean talks with surviving sibling, pastor and chaplain Kent Chevalier about his grief experience of sibling loss: losing his brother, JH, to COVID-19. Kent is on staff with Athletes in Action serving as the Chaplain…
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Sibling Loss and The Art of Grieving A conversation with surviving sibling, Preston Zeller, about losing his brother Colin to a fentanyl overdose. As part of his grief process, Preston created a documentary The Art of Grieving:Turn Grief Into Greatness, to understand his grief and sibling loss. He describes that the process of painting helped him t…
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Navigating the Challenges of Surviving Sibling Loss: Allie’s Journey with Grief and Meaning-Making Sibling loss survivor, Allie’s brother, Oliver, died suddenly, which led to a reassessment of her family dynamics and the start of a non-profit organization to help families in need of headstones Dr. Dean talks with Allie about surviving sibling loss,…
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Navigating the Devastating Sibling Loss of a Sister to Cancer: A Journey of Transformation in Grief Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Certified Grief Educator and bereaved surviving sibling, Jenn, shares her story of her love and grief for her sister Melissa, her best friend, from an extremely rare form of cancer. Jenn’s grief was profound and all-c…
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A Surviving Sibling's Sibling Loss Story of Devastation, Continuing Bonds, and Navigating Her Roles after Suicide Loss Sasha openly discusses her sibling loss story of losing her sister, Amy, to suicide in July 2021. my was a kind, caring, loving sister. When Sasha lost Amy, her identity changed, as it does for many siblings. Learning to navigate h…
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