I appreciate Brad and his willingness to share his grief and life struggles. He has a natural ability to connect with his guests, ad the resulting content is real, vulnerable, uplifting, and relational. Btw, I’ve never ever written a podcast review. But this podcast has helped me feel less alone in the early days of grief from the loss of my son.
I lost my Son 18 days ago he is 30 years old and it was sudden and unexpected. I listened to my mother’s grief. It gave me so much hope. It is not just for mom’s, sI sent it to his father. Thank you.
The truth and only the truth. Warren is a compelling host who has an obvious rapport with his guests. This sounds more like a chat between friends than a formal interview. Thank God 😊
I have been 75 days sober. I needed to hear this today. Thank you Brad!
There are a lot of people who need to listen to this show. My 10 year old son, Aaron, died in Jan. 1983. It’s like you said you don’t get over the loss of a child you just live differently. Listening to you guys I realize I know little bit about you all. Jeffery I knew from the Delbert McClinton cruises and I was devastated when his son died. Then I remember when Clay was killed, and I was so heartbroken for his family. Thank you for doing this because Christmas has always been a hard time for me and you have helped me. Btw I’m a Titans fan so I hope we beat the Jaguars this Sunday.
I really didn’t mean to do anything but watch a few minutes to find out who Aimee mayo is and how she sold 150 million records without me ever having heard of her. I’m not a fan of podcasts but really enjoyed your conversation it didn’t hurt that Aimee gave off a strong Annie Potts vibe and I forgot to say i watched all 95 minutes and never once thought of turning it off.
Thank you for these interviews! Ironic that my sponsor randomly called me as I was listening to this today on my way home from the office… I shared with her the part about how alcohol lies to us and it’s so true- I’m 70 days sober and it’s STILL lying to me, saying that drinking shots of whiskey at all times of the day and night for 8 years wasn’t that bad and I don’t need my program. Thank you for continuing to show up to meetings especially for the newcomers. I am already getting a taste of the blessing of encouraging newcomers and it’s incredible. Getting outside of ourselves is the antidote to the selfishness of addiction. That, and the reckless love of God. Bless you all for what you’re doing here!
Great conversation. There is always honesty and such authenticity in each of your conversations with your guests. The story of how your friends came to be with you and your family that night is such an example of how we should live life with others, to love deeply enough to share in the hardest of days together.
Brad, I think, actually I know, that God led me to listen to this yesterday and I found myself off and on in tears because I have tried to be all “grown up” in my grief and sorrow…trying to be that strong Godly Christian and grieve properly…whatever the heck that’s supposed to mean. But the thing is I’ve gotten stuck in my grieving and after listening to your interview with Al, I felt the freedom from God to just let it be mesyht5gu7yht5gu768sy! He is going to sort it all out and I can just be what and who I am in this season ♥️and let go other peoples and my own expectations of how I think I should be walking through all this with the loss of my dad and brother! Thank you for sharing out of your own sorrow and loss ♥️ I am profoundly thankful!.
I don’t know a single person who I would say doesn’t need this podcast. Whether you’ve experienced loss or not, you need to hear these conversations. Its raw, it’s real, they wrestle the big questions. People who have faced the worst nightmares and the deepest darkness and have come out…. Of course, I want to hear their perspective on life!! Yet somehow you find yourself laughing and crying and having chills through the whole episode. It’s nothing short of revolutionary. This podcast is going to get people to start healing and feeling and truly living and loving. This is going to change the world.
I saw a post on Tim McGraw’s Instagram page that said to check out this podcast, & so I did. Wow. I don’t have a lot of words right now to even say, I just finished episode 1 & 2 back to back, so I’m still absorbing & sitting with all that I heard. I lost my son 3 yrs ago, & I’ve been on this crazy journey since then & this spoke to every cell in my being. This is honesty at its BEST. Just raw, uncut, truth & it’s the path I’m walking right now. Please keep this podcast going. I laughed & cried & cried some more, I’m just blown away. Everything that was discussed on episode 2 is all that I’ve been wanting to scream from the rooftop. I relate on every level; have had such a similar life experience, it was like you were telling part of my story as well. Soooo Goooood! Can’t wait for the next episode.
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Your podcast is touching so many aspects of my life. I don’t have biological children. I have custody of a girl who is 11 years old and has been with me since she was 6. Her mother battles addiction. Listening to your experiences and those of others who have crossed your paths is so enlightening for me. Tim O’Neil’s comment about Daryl Strawberry not being able to stay clean for the Yankees spoke to me. I wonder why my girl’s mom can’t stay clean for her. To hear about other’s struggles helps me gain perspective.
I have felt grief and tried to support others through their grief. It is never easy. I lost my father suddenly 10 years ago. For health reasons. A good friend lost her son in a car accident. Recently, my child’s math teacher lost her son. I believe addiction was a factor there. I was so proud of my 11 year old who has been through so much in her life choosing to show up for the memorial to support her teacher. I believe showing up for people is so important. I love hearing how you, your wife and your friends have shown up for others. It’s inspiring.
I’ve been a fan of your music for a long time. I’m now a fan of your podcast, your wife, and the inspiration and example you are providing. Thank you for talking about the difficult things.
We lost our 15-year-old son, Josh, in April 2020 (a month before Sage’s passing). Josh battled depression and suicidal thoughts through middle school and we all fought it tenaciously beside him. Josh had really begun to see the light of healing and hope as he entered high school in the Fall of 2019. The waters of depression began to recede, as we say. He began to really love his work, his music, and his great community of friends.
Josh had a great beginning to his freshman year, but, as we know, early 2020 ushered in COVID, lockdowns, and the cancelation of both the school activities and work that he found stability within. The chaos of the pandemic spun him hard. As much as the water had receded in late 2019, the dam broke in early 2020 and the floodwaters of his depression rushed back in. Early morning of April 2, 2020, Josh took his own life.
We were completely devastated … especially amid a time when our living room couldn’t be filled with those to sit and hurt with us because of lockdowns.
Eleven months later, my 82-year-old mom completed her 8-year journey with Alzheimer’s. That grief hit in a different way as we’d been losing tiny pieces of Mom for 8 years. It was the longest goodbye of my life.
Grief (in both forms … long-suffering with mom and violent, sudden with Josh) have been close these two years. It has hobbled us, but, as you can relate, we’ve clawed and crawled forward. We’re standing now. More good days. Hard days still. We’re blessed with new versions of who we are, but miss our boy tremendously.
Back to you guys and this podcast … having resources, voices on the same journey, and gifters of real, raw talk (like on this podcast) have been a true blessing (especially to me as a guy). We're surrounded by great community here in Atlanta, but having someone to truly say, “I know how you feel … really” means the world.
Thanks again. You’re doing a great work.