Family is the most important thing to all of us and when something happens to disrupt that, it can be incredibly difficult. That’s why we’re grateful for today’s guests, C.J. and Greg Malson, who are former clients and endured a traumatic loss in 2019 when their son Ian died tragically.
Everyone wants to hear that everything will be okay, but we want to have an open and honest conversation about the true feelings and emotions that parents have to process in this unthinkable situation.
We’ve broken this conversation into three parts since there’s a lot to digest, but you’ll want to hear each piece of the story. In the first part, we talked about the strong relationships within their family and some of the memories they have of their children growing up.
In part two today, C.J. and Greg open up about that tragic day. After receiving a phone call in the middle of the night, their lives were never the same. Hear about how they managed a day that went from worry and hope to certainty and heartbreak, and the daily struggles with grief and friendships that have followed.
Here is some of what we’ll cover in this episode:
0:00 – Intro
0:52 – The 1:30AM phone they received from the Coast Guard
7:42 – Having to call their children and fill them in
11:06 – The immediate support they received from people
15:04 – Facing the reality of the situation
18:45 – How they processed the tragic news
22:16 – “The hardest thing this family will ever do”
25:31 – How they’ve each dealt with the grief
29:52 – Managing life since and the friendships lost
33:43 – What should you say to someone in this position?
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