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Brian D. Smith

Grief Guide | Life Coach | Consultant

Brian Smith is a certified life coach, a grief guide, and a small business consultant. Brian's mission is to help others by sharing lessons he has learned from decades of experience and study.

Brian became well acquainted with grief in 2015 after the sudden passing of his fifteen-year-old daughter Shayna. After Shayna's passing, Brian felt his life was over. He had to learn to survive for the sake of his wife, Tywana, and their daughter, Kayla. Brian has studied the nature of life and death and how to progress through grief.

In his grief work, Brian provides a safe space where you can safely share what you are experiencing. Brian shares techniques that he discovered and developed after his devastating loss. Perhaps most importantly, he can help you understand that death is not goodbye and that your relationship with your loved one can continue. His understanding is not a religious-based belief, but a position arrived at based on reason and evidence.

Shortly after Shayna transitioned, Brian discovered Helping Parents Heal, a non-profit peer-to-peer support group for parents of children who have passed. Brian volunteers with Helping Parents Heal and is a leader of the Helping Parents Heal Online group. Brian has worked with hundreds of parents who have lost children. Brian is a member of the Board for Helping Parents Heal. He volunteers for the SoulPhone foundation.

Brian is on the board of the SoulPhone Foundation and Helping Parents Heal. Brian is the author of "Grief 2 Growth: Planted. Not Buried." He is the host of the Grief 2 Growth podcast. You can find Brian at www.grief2growth.com.

April 11, 2022

What do NDE's tell us about punishment after death?

You guys keep asking tough questions. This one revolves around punishment in the afterlife. It seems a lot of people are upset that there might not be punishment after we die. Is that what the NDE tells us? Not exactly. …

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Feb. 16, 2022

Looking Through Rose Colored Glasses?

After my Bengals made an improbable and incredible run to the Super Bowl, our city was left with a choice as to how we view our future. I realize that in this choice, there's a life lesson. Joe Burrow literally …

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Jan. 24, 2022

Curing The Disease To Please

Today's Mindful Monday Moment comes from a coaching client who asked what we do when the desire to please others becomes detrimental to our lives. I've been studying Near Death Experiences for many years now. I am 100% convin...

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Jan. 13, 2022

I Feel Sad Today. And That's OK.

Today's offering is on the 22nd birthday of my daughter Shayna who passed away in 2015. This is the seventh birthday without Shayna here with us. The birthdays of someone who has passed are bittersweet. Birthdays are not only...

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Dec. 27, 2021

There's No Way I Would Choose This- Or Is There?

This mindful Monday moment was inspired by a comment on Penny Wittbrodt's NDE. A viewer wrote that she was tracking right along with Penny until Penny said we choose to have tragedies in our lives. This makes no sense. Why …

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Dec. 20, 2021

How To Care For Content Creators

In this short episode, I share tips for content creators and content consumers. So much content is available for free. But, it takes time and effort to create it. What do content consumers owe to content creators? How can con...

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June 4, 2021

Rounding Third and Headed for Home

My reflections on turning 60. As Joe Walsh said "Life's Been Good to Me So Far" It's been a great 60 years. It's a good time to reflect on where I've been and to think about where I want to …

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May 28, 2021

Who Decides When I Die?

Do we get to choose when we die? If we don't choose, who does? Is it God? Is it just random? Which answer resonates with you? Which answer has evidence to support it? If you have a question you'd like …

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May 4, 2021

Special Episode- Upcoming Events

I thought it was time to release this special episode. Sometimes I hear from people who have just discovered the podcast and don't know my backstory. After two years of doing this, it's time to review that for some of …

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Dec. 14, 2020

2000 Days A.S.

2,000 days 48,000 hours 5.479 years That's how long it's been since my life changed forever. June 24th, 2015 was the day that my daughter Shayna Elayne left this Earthly plane. Today is December 14th, 2020; otherwise known a...

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Sept. 9, 2020

At The Death of Every Darkness There's A Morning- Ep. 89

Coronavirus, race relations, the economy, the election... everyone is on edge. Everyone's been impacted. During these trying times, there are a few things we need to remember. I'd like to ask you for three favors. You can do ...

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May 18, 2020

Is There Purpose For Your Pain? Bonus Episode

This is an expanded version of a talk I gave to Sandra Champlain's Sunday Service on May 17, 2020. The question of why there are pain and suffering is an old as humankind itself. In this bonus, I take you …

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March 22, 2020

We Are All Grieving Now- Ep. 63

Grief isn't associated only with the loss of a loved one. We grieve many things, the loss of a job, the loss of income, the loss of a relationship. Globally, we are all experiencing great, sudden, unexpected loss at the …

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March 13, 2020

Fear versus Panic- One is good. The Other is Not- Ep. 60

In the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, we are seeing a wave of fear and panic. I believe fear has a place in our life. In this episode, I'll tell you why. Panic never has a place. We will get …

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Feb. 27, 2020

A Night At The Opera- Bonus Ep. 56

Well, really a night at the theater. But, it doesn't have as much of a ring. Kayla and I went to see my all-time favorite story and favorite musical, Les Miserables. 30 plus years after my first viewing of it, …

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Feb. 7, 2020

Alleviating the Guilt Associated with Grief- Ep. 52

A common problem I run into with the clients I work with is they feel guilty about the passing of a loved one. There may be circumstances where some guilt can be rationalized. (We can talk about that at another …

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Jan. 13, 2020

Shayna's 20th Birthday- Happy Birthday, Baby. Ep. 45

Twenty years ago today I was getting ready to go to Good Samaritan Hospital in Cincinnati to welcome Shayna into our lives. Kayla was excited about being a big sister. We were ready to get this little one here. Shayna …

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Jan. 3, 2020

Reflections On A Legacy- Ep 43

January 2, 2020. The month of January is named for the Greek god Janus who had two faces, one to look backward, the other to look forward. First, I want to say Congratulations! You made it another year. I know …

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Dec. 25, 2019

Day 1645- Christmas 2019- Ep. 41

It's been 1645 days since Shayna passed onto the next world. This is the fifth Christmas without her face lighting up our Christmas morning. It's the first Christmas in 15 years without my beloved dog Zoe. It's the first Chri...

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Dec. 24, 2019

Seeking Home(ostasis)- Ep. 40 (Bonus)

Homeostasis is the tendency toward a relatively stable equilibrium between interdependent elements, especially as maintained by physiological processes. Put simply, it's when things just work. I've been experiencing some chal...

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Dec. 6, 2019

Fan Appreciation Day With Brian- Bonus Episode

It's just after Thanksgiving, an appropriate time to take a few minutes to give a shout out to my fans. I've been on the air for just about six months and hit some milestones with both the podcast and YouTube. …

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Nov. 19, 2019

How To Manage the Holiday Season and Feel Good About It- Bonus Episode

During the holidays when we are told to feel the most festive, many of us are feeling our worst. Why is that? What can we do about it? In this bonus episode, I talk about the natural rhythms that have …

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Oct. 28, 2019

Why Did She Leave Me?- Bonus AMA Episode

This episode is part of the Ask Me Anything series. The question comes from a patron of the show. She asks why her daughter, if she had a choice, chose to remain on the Other Side rather than return to …

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Sept. 30, 2019

What Is Mediumship? Why Are Mediums So Vague? Why Are Mediums Inaccur…

Based on my experiences with dozens of mediums both in having readings and professional relationships, I give my answers to some common questions about mediumship and mediums. What can you reasonably expect in a reading? Are ...

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Aug. 15, 2019

AREI Global Gathering Meeting- Does Suffering Lead to Growth?- Ep. 17

What an honor! Wendy Zammit asked me to present my book to the AREI (Afterlife Research & Education Institute) Global Gathering. The topic of the week was to address the question "Does suffering lead to growth?" Wendy had rea...

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July 13, 2019

The Dreaded "M" Word- Ep. 9

Everyone tells you that you should meditate. But, you can't stand sitting in silence with your legs crossed. You get bored. Your mind wanders. Are you doing it right? In this fifteen-minute talk, I share my experience with me...

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