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#064 – Bringing Death & Grief out of the Closet with Karen Johnson

Karen Johnson

My guest this week on the Curiosity & Consciousness podcast is Karen Johnson.

Karen Johnson is a graduate of Georgetown Law Center in Washington, D.C. and holds Master’s Degrees in Public Health and Public and International Affairs (JD, MPH, MPIA) from the University of Pittsburgh. Karen is a retired federal administrative law judge and practiced criminal and energy law for over 30 years. She is a former hospital administrator and Fulbright Scholar in Afghanistan.

Karen was called to study shamanic energy medicine with the Four Winds Society after her son’s death from a heroin overdose. She didn’t bow to social expectation and “accept it” or “get over it”. Instead she retired, sold her house and all her household goods and went on a two-and-a-half-year journey that took her all over the world on a search for meaning in her tragic loss and a way to build a new life out of the ashes of the old one.

Karen now teaches shamanic energy medicine with the Four Winds Society and has a worldwide  practice. She has been teaching shamanic energy medicine for five years and has taught hundreds of students from all over the world, many of whom struggle with grief.

Teaching and ministering to friends and students has increased her knowledge and compassion for those who have suffered great loss. As part of her shamanic practice Karen helps those who have passed to transition to the other side and helps survivors with their grieving process.

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Talking about death and dying can be very awkward and taboo for people. We often want to look the other way, and we’re often not quite sure how to deal with a grieving person. As the saying goes, ‘none of us are getting out of here alive’, so why then is it so scary?

I think this is a really important conversation in helping us to open up more about the topic of death and grieving. Both are really difficult aspects of our lives, but there is also so much wisdom to be gained from these transitions of life.

A beautiful and comforting thing that Karen mentioned that she has witnessed from her work in helping people to transition to the other side; is that although the dying process may appear uncomfortable, the dying person is always supported by their angels and guides. Giving permission is important as well, both to our loved ones to pass, and to ourselves to grieve and rebuild our life.

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