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Ep. 47 Craig Hopper on navigating deep grief, the magic of talking and the healing power of asking for help.

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On an ordinary day in August 2018, Craig Hopper woke up living the dream, got ready for the day, kissed his three kids goodbye and went off to work.

Meanwhile, his wife dropped their youngest at school and set off as a fit 46-year-old on her regular morning run. 

What happened next changed their lives forever. Craig’s wife suffered a massive heart attack and was found by a passing cyclist unresponsive, unconscious and without a pulse.

It took 24 hours to get her heart started again, 10 days in a coma, 7 operations and 10 weeks in hospital before she was finally able to return home to the family, with a brain injury.

While this is her story, it is also the story of how Craig as her partner became an instant carer to four dependents, adjusted to this complex new normal, and is still finding a way to navigate the difficult journey through hope to grief and beyond

In this episode, Craig shares his insights on the healing magic of talking and the unexpected power of asking for help.


Guest: Craig Hopper
Website: Brave New Blokes
Socials: LinkedIn

Hosts: Sabina Read and Madeleine Grummet
Producer:
Daryl Missen at Purple Wax

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