Losing a Best Friend and Navigating Grief with Michelle Cecil | EP76

Podcast Description

Today’s episode is all about holding space – and it’s a poignant reminder of the importance of friendship and how it can profoundly affect our lives, even after a friend has passed away.

Michelle Cecil is here to vulnerably share her story about her friendship with Erica.

Michelle and Erica’s friendship blossomed in their youth and grew stronger as they navigated the ups and downs of adulthood. Their relationship faced the ultimate test when Erica was diagnosed with metastatic melanoma. 

Throughout the episode, Michelle recounts the joys and heartbreaks of their journey and how she found support.

We also delve into the complexities of grieving a friend, including the lack of societal recognition for these losses and the unique challenges it poses. 

This episode truly left me speechless. Join us as we share space and honor the memory of Erica, while celebrating the beauty of lifelong friendships.

P.S. Michelle is a friend of Brenda, who appeared on Episode 24. They are part of the Marco Polo group we talk about in that episode. 

In this episode you’ll hear about:

  • The story of Michelle and Erica’s friendship, and how living thousands of miles away didn’t affect their bond (cards, letters, and long distance phone calls played a role)
  • Friendships that feel like chosen family, transcending traditional familial bonds and highlighting the deep, emotional connections that can form in these relationships
  • How Michelle has processed her grief over the years, from support groups, to counseling, to simply honoring Erica’s memories by talking about her with friends
  • How the “Friends” series finale and Cinco de Mayo stir up memories of Erica
  • The importance of sharing our stories of loss, and how this can foster understanding and bring comfort to those experiencing something similar

Resources & Links:

Check out Episode 24, which talks about the Marco Polo friend group that Michelle is a part of.

I have two other episodes focused on grief: Episode 18 with Aly Bird and Episode 35 with Suzanne Jabour.

You can also check out Episode 16 and Episode 19 for conversations about chosen families.

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Hi! I'm Alex.

I am just a person who has spent an extraordinary amount of time trying to understand some of the relationships that I hold most dear. I invite you to join in on the conversation below in the comments section below.

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Hi. I'm Alex.

I'm just a gal who cares deeply about community + friendship. Why? Well, I didn't have a healthy support system growing up.

So I built one... out of friends. I believe a healthy support system is the ultimate self-care.

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