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May 14, 2024

Navigating Grief and Loss in a Heartbreak-Illiterate World

with podcast guest

Sara Avant Stover


Sara Avant Stover is a business strategist, author, and Certified Internal Family Systems (IFS) Practitioner. After graduating Phi Beta Kappa and Summa cum Laude from Columbia University’s all-women’s Barnard College, she had a cancer scare, moved to Thailand, and embarked on a decade-long healing and spiritual odyssey throughout Asia. Since then, she’s gone on to uplift tens of thousands of women worldwide.

In this episode, Sara and I talk about her profound insights on navigating heartbreak, the need to expand the heartbreak conversation, the cascading losses that often accompany individual heartbreaks, common roadblocks on the healing journey, the importance of seeking support, practices for healing, and so much more. Enjoy the episode!


  • The experiences that inspired Sara to write Handbook for the Heartbroken
  • Recognizing the spectrum of loss and heartbreak we can experience
  • The massive ripple effect a single loss can have on your life
  • Cultivating the patience to accept that the process takes as long as it takes
  • Starting to validate yourself
  • The consequences of living in a heartbreak-illiterate world
  • How single heartbreaks often lead to cascading losses
  • Why we often need more support than what is typically available
  • Breaking away from self-sufficiency and getting comfortable with asking for help
  • How avoiding anger keeps us stuck
  • Practices that helped Sara through her heartbreak journey
  • The role of Internal Family Systems (IFS) therapy in Sara’s healing
  • Distinguishing between positive thinking and spiritual bypassing


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