On the Air: Birth Ease Loss Support Podcast: Episode 24: Grief, Loss, and The Great Mother with Isa Gucciardi
In this interview with Birth Ease Loss Support Podcast host Michelle Smith, Isa Gucciardi provides insights from her over twenty-five years of experience in supporting the bereaved. She shares the initiations that women experience throughout their lifetime which include our own birth, puberty, menses, the first sexual experience with another person, giving birth, menopause, and death. Isa explains the Great Mother as a source of wisdom, creative intelligence, and nurturing that can bring comfort and healing into the journey and complexity of grief. Isa and Michelle also discuss holistic ways to support the grief process such as plants, herbal sprays, homeopathic remedies, and meditation.
About Isa Gucciardi
In the mid-nineties, Isa Gucciardi began developing Depth Hypnosis as she entered into clinical practice. Her studies, both in academia and in the field of cultural and linguistic anthropology, comparative religion, and transpersonal psychology formed the basis of her approach with clients and students. As the body of work that grew out of her clinical practice became larger, she began teaching others so that more people could benefit from the techniques she had developed. In order to accommodate the number of classes that grew out of this process, she co-founded the Foundation of the Sacred Stream, which is now a school for consciousness studies in Berkeley, California, serving hundreds of students each year. Isa teaches and speaks nationally and internationally, and she has published numerous articles, podcast episodes, videos, and the books The New Return to the Great Mother and Coming to Peace. She maintains a private practice with institutions and individuals in Depth Hypnosis and Coming to Peace processes. Isa speaks five languages and has lived in eleven countries. She is the mother of two children and lives with her partner in San Francisco.
About Birth Ease Loss Support Podcast
Birth Ease Loss Support provides education and support in the spaces where birth, loss, grief, and healing meet. Rev. Michelle A. Smith is a Certified Grief Counseling Specialist and the founder and host of Birth Ease Loss Support Podcast. She is a Stillbirthday Birth & Bereavement Doula/Chaplain and professionally trained Midwife of Thanatology. She also has studied prenatal loss with Resolve Through Sharing, and The Institute for The Study of Birth, Breath, & Death; and is a trained trauma professional. In addition to the podcast, her services include grief support, birth & bereavement doula services, and grief & loss meditations for families experiencing the loss of a child through miscarriage, stillbirth, or infant loss