In this episode, I speak with Amanda Held Opelt, an author, mother and songwriter who lives in the mountains of North Carolina with her husband and two daughters.

Amanda’s upcoming book, A Hole in the World: Finding Hope in Rituals of Grief and Meaning, she dives into her own grief over her miscarriages, the unexpected death of her sister, Rachel Held Evans and her grandmother.

She asks and answers questions that plagued her: What does it mean to truly grieve and to grieve well? Why is it so hard to move on? Why didn’t my faith prepare me for this kind of pain? And what am I supposed to do now?

In this beautiful memoir and in our conversation, Amanda speaks about her own grief, the legacy of her sister and more broadly, the wider world of human grief practices in different cultures and eras. It was an honor to speak with Amanda and I encourage you check out her upcoming book.

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