One of the things that comes up often after a loss is that odd sense of relief you may feel. Maybe it’s relief that you no longer must care for an ailing spouse who finally succumbed to their terminal illness. Maybe it’s relief that you don’t have to argue with that person anymore.  Whatever the case, almost immediately following the relief is usually…guilt. Guilt because you shouldn’t be feeling relief if you really missed that person, right? If you really loved them, you wouldn’t be relieved, right?

That question—and more practical ones like it—are addressed in many of the podcasts that you can find for free in your app store or online. I listen to many of these while driving or preparing dinner.

The above question was specifically answered in a podcast I listened to awhile back called the Watch Your Grief podcast and they did a great job of pointing out how unhealthy that thinking is and leading people into a healthier place where they’re not ashamed to speak about it.

There are so many podcasts to choose from that I am only going to highlight a few here. But if you search for a topic or author in your podcast player app, you’ll find a wealth of free resources right there at your fingertips. As with other free resources I’ve recommended before, just remember that they are not all faith-based so you will need to search and listen accordingly.

Here are some of my favorite ones (in no order), but I’d love to know if you have any add. Please share with our community in the comments below.

I’ve also included links to the ones that have graciously interviewed me in case you’re interested 🙂

For grief related topics:

For Christian growth and/or resources:

  • Focus on the Family
  • halfway there with Eric Nevins
  • The Strong Women Podcast (There are so many great episodes, but a recent favorite was Gratitude in Suffering: A Reflection on Thanksgiving)
  • The Proverbs 31 Ministry (I especially liked the episode from Tuesday, November 15th, 2022 as their guest, Taylor Joy Murray was so vulnerable about her rollercoaster ride with anxiety. She addressed the question of… what happens when we try to put a Bible verse over what we are feeling, but it doesn’t change how we feel? What do you do when the Christian solutions for anxiety seem not to be working? Taylor candidly shared her struggles with anxiety and how God met her right there. Then she gave practical ideas for how to navigate those feelings.)
  • iWitness podcast with Kelly Jo Wilson. She tackles some tough subjects with her interviews, like Lisa Appello’s journey as a widow after losing her husband. Kelly Jo has also graciously interviewed me. What happens to a mother’s faith when tragedy strikes? – IW EP 004 with Jenny Leavitt Part 1
  • That Sounds Fun! With Annie F. Downs. (I especially enjoyed her interview with Steven Curtis Chapman)
  • Made For This podcast with Jennie Allen. An interesting one was “What the Bible Says About Our Bodies” from Thursday, December 15th, 2022.

For writers:

  • The Novel Marketing Podcast
  • Christian Publishing Show
  • Your Best Writing Life
  • Writing Off Social
  • Pastor Writer (especially for pastors like my husband, but I’ve learned a lot too!)

For podcasters, YouTubers, and speakers:

  • Take The Stage with Mary Snyder
  • The Christian Podcaster with Eric Nevins
  • Think Podcast with Sean Cannell

For Bible nerds like me:

  • The Bible Project
  • Unbelievable? Faith Explained

What about you? Do you know any other awesome Christian podcasts? Share them in the comments below to help our community find them!

This is part of the Free Source of Hope Series:

Free (or Cheap) Source of Hope: Videos & Movies

Free Source of Hope: Blogs & Newsletters

Free Source of Hope: Podcasts

Free Source of Hope: Books

Free Source of Hope: Apps

Free Source of Hope: Bible App Plans

Free Source of Hope: Support Groups

Free Source of Hope: GodPrints YouTube Channel

Free Source of Hope: Music

Free Source of Hope: The Bible

Free Source of Hope: Sermons


You may also like:

Resources for Bereaved Siblings

Online Christian Communities for Bereaved Parents

Resource for Grieving Men

Practical Help for Men Questioning Life’s Sufferings


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