Loss and grief, we have all experienced this in our lives, the death of a loved one, divorce are two that usually come to mind but d loss can come in many forms. Over the last six months we have all experienced loss during isolation with COVID-19. Loss of freedom as we were restricted to our homes, loss of communication and socialisation, for some even loss of jobs and income and some have lost family members to COVID-19.
In this episode, my guest in Conversation is Karen Chaston, a beyond loss mentor, business owner and international speaker. Karen has faced the unimaginable loss of her 27 year old son who died suddenly in 2011. Karen shares her story, how her life changed and how she found the strength to move forward in life and forge a new career helping others through her business Live Love by Design.
Beyond Loss to Living a Life You Love
A Summary of our Conversation
In conversation, I asked Karen to share her story and her experience losing her son so suddenly and then being made redundant from her CFO position. Karen admitted that her way of coping was to avoid it all. She went back to work, after Dan’s death, ate too much and drank too much and then felt the blow of redundancy.
We covered how Karen overcame not only the loss of her son, but also her job when she was made redundant. Karen felt that these two huge losses in her life were messages for her to move forward and make changes to her own life. Karen took time out to listen to her ‘gut’ and started a process on another path to become a Life Coach. This led her to realise that she needed to look after herself and that putting ourselves first isn’t selfish but improves our relationships.
I am the only person that I am going to spend my entire life withKaren Chaston
Karen now helps others overcome loss through her company Live Live by Design with the help of inspiration from her son, Dan from the other side. Karen explains that Dan is a co-founder because he is constantly with her, feeding her ideas and supporting her.Karen helps others realise that after loss we don’t have to stop living and put life on hold.
Karen also shared her list of over 40 different loss events that can affect our lives and also discussed the effects of COVID-19. Other losses include:
- Loss of Approval
- Loss of Mobility
- Empty Nester
Note: If you are experiencing grief or loss and finding it difficult to cope, reach out to your doctor of phone Lifeline 13 11 14
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Karen Chaston is a business owner, beyond loss mentor and international keynote speaker who has shared the stage with Marianne Williamson, Jamie-Lee Curtis, Valerie Harper and Dr Ellie Drake.
She is the author of eight books and numerous e-books as well as an online TV show host and podcaster.
In her corporate career Karen was a Chief Financial Officer of a publicly listed company and a senior manager for more than 25 years.
She still maintains her C.P.A. status. In her corporate career Karen was a Chief Financial Officer of a publicly listed company and a senior manager for more than 25 years. She still maintains her C.P.A. status.
In July 2011, Karen’s life changed forever when her 27-year-old son, Dan, suddenly and unexpectedly passed away at her back door.
Within 15 months, Karen resigned from her CFO role and began a personal, professional and spiritual journey culminating in her becoming a beyond loss expert and co-founding her business: Live Love By Design. Karen’s first-hand experience assisted in her creating the Beyond Loss retreats and programs (delivered physically and virtually) which demonstrate the correlations between loss and all areas of your life.
When individuals embrace these concepts, you will easily move beyond any kind of loss and create a better everyday life. When companies embrace these concepts, they unlock the people and profits connection.
Providing tangible solutions that will help them to make the best possible product, offer the best possible customer experience and build the strongest possible company.
Her motto is:
“Life is too short to be suffering from any kind of loss, unwrap the gift this has brought and then design a life that you live and love.”Karen Chaston