You, Me, Empathy - Episode 91: Grief After Suicide and Being Empathetic in a Politically Ugly World with Alison Rosen

Trigger Warning: Suicide, suicidal ideation, and some food/disordered eating are mentioned in this episode.

On Episode 91 of You, Me, Empathy, Alison Rosen and I explore self-care as a mom, growing up with overprotective parents, being empathetic in a politically ugly world, the grief and loss of suicide, and the time Alison “accidentally dated a weird white pride guy.”

Alison Rosen of Alison Rosen Is Your New Best Friend talks grief after suicide and being empathetic in a politically ugly world on the You, Me, Empathy podcast.

We kick off the show talking about “capri shorts,” a reference from an episode of Alison Rosen Is Your New Best Friend where David Huntsberger and Wendy Molyneux debate on whether or not capri shorts are a thing!

Alison then opens up about losing a close friend/professor to suicide, the grieving process and confusion that brought with it, including losing faith in the world, disrupting her worldview, and being afraid to let go.

We also explore being okay with who you are enough no matter the outcome, and going easier on the younger versions of ourselves. Plus, how overprotective parents led to a lot of fear in Alison, Rawhide Ranch, how Alison came to be more vulnerable about her depression and anxiety, how empathetic people deal with Twitter trolls and political ugliness, Alison’s struggles with weight and food, building self-esteem in kids, and the time Alison “accidentally dated a weird white pride guy.”

Oh, and Alison’s parenting podcast CHILDISH is having its first live show with special guest Andy Richter on September 3 at The Belly Room in Los Angeles at 8pm! I’ll be there so I hope to see you!


Thanks to Alison for sharing her story!

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