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Great Grief Podcast

  • Anita shares an episode of a podcast produced by her colleagues that gets her teary every time she listens (but in a good way). “Black Widow” from the podcast Great Grief features Grammy-nominated musician Nnenna Freelon reflecting on what’s changed for her in the years since her husband Phil’s passing. Nnenna’s now grappling with a brand new identity: widow.
  • How do we send messages across The Great Divide? In the final episode of Season 1, Nnenna and Phil try to communicate with each other in the same way that they've always loved each other: beyond space and time.
  • A visit to her dear friend, master quilter Marjorie Diggs Freeman, inspires Nnenna to piece together her own story quilt of love and loss and reflect on the significance of rest while wrestling with grief. | Learn more at
  • Nnenna calls on the wisdom of a Black woman hemp farmer and makes new discoveries about grief and growth. | Learn more at
  • Though every meal feels different without her husband Phil, breakfast is the hardest in the months following his passing. Nnenna reclaims the most important meal of the day with a little help from an underrated pantry staple. | Love this podcast? Support it with a donation at
  • Nnenna's walk with Grief is just beginning and she wouldn't mind some company. The journey continues as new stories return on August 6. | Don't forget to subscribe to Great Grief so you never miss an episode.
  • July 9 is a significant day for Great Grief host Nnenna Freelon. The date marks the anniversary of Phil Freelon's passing and Nnenna has chosen to commemorate the occasion with an original song called "July." | New episodes coming August 2021.
  • When death does you part, does marriage truly end? Following the passing of her husband, Nnenna contends with — and resists — the concept of transitioning from wife to widow. | Support this show with a donation at
  • Nnenna looks at the interplay between light and shadow much differently since her beloved Phil, a photographer and architect, taught her about the connection. Those lessons guided her through the highest and lowest moments of his ALS journey. | Enjoying this podcast? Support the show with a donation to
  • A resource list for listeners who may be navigating their personal journey through grief.