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Managing Grief & Business with Melissa Reader

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I love a business origin story. I am fascinated about how they got to be doing what they are doing now and what prompted them to take that leap into running a business.

My guest in this episode has a very special story. Melissa Reader is the CEO at The Violet Initiative, a not-for-profit organisation, providing information and support to help us navigate the last stages of life, and the grief and loss that accompanies it. They focus on the needs of family members, caregivers and friends, so that they can be better prepared and supported to help those they love to die well.

It was the death of her husband that led Melissa to this important work. At the time, she lacked the necessary support to navigate such a tumultuous time. Her failing to adequately prepare led to much pain and a deep sense of regret and she wanted to prevent as many people as possible from feeling the way that she did. And this is what led her to this important work.

Now if you think that this episode is going to be depressing, please don’t. I wanted to shine a spotlight on this incredible organisation and the woman who runs it as well as provide you with valuable information on how you can care for yourself, your team members and your business while dealing with grief.

Melissa’s recommendation: Listen: How to Find the Words for Tender Conversations by Dr Kathryn Mannix

To find out more about the important work Violet do, visit Here

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