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Unapologetically Sensitive

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Feb 2, 2021


The Rebellious Widow: A Practical Guide to Love and Life After Loss


Jill Johnson-Young, LCSW


Jill talks about the impetus for writing her newest book, "The Rebellious Widow: Reclaiming Life and Love after Loss," which came from the blogs she wrote through the deaths of both of her wives. Jill’s book is a guide to successfully navigate and grow through terminal illness, death, and recovery from being widowed. She wants readers to use it to be prepared for what's coming, from a "boots on the ground" organizing and business that has to get done, to setting boundaries so their process is their own, and it’s not driven by the Widow Rules. 


Jill really talks about how to cope with the resistance widows meet when they decide how they want to do their own grief, from the comments they hear to challenges about their decisions, as well as just how to manage all the people who want to say something helpful but end up hurting the grieving person. Jill also covers who will benefit from the book- people facing chronic illness with a partner that could become terminal, couples preparing for entering hospice or on hospice, new widows, and the families and friends who want to support or understand them, and therapists who might need a guide for doing effective grief work. Jill also suggests that Widow’s Groups would be able to use her book and the worksheets and exercises available online through the book's own website. 



Jill Johnson-Young, LCSW, is an author, CEO, and therapist specializing in end of life and chronic illness, grief and loss, and dementia, and provides Critical Incident Stress Debriefing when a death occurs in a workplace. As CEO of Central Counseling Services in Riverside and Murrieta, California, she and her business partner created a space for healing that is safe for those who have experienced loss & trauma, and makes it possible for clients to grow and heal. She is a certified by the Grief Recovery Institute, and has created a training and certification for providing grief groups based on her “Finish, Reorganize and Reenter” process, with a full solution focused and secular curriculum for groups and retreats. Jill spent more than a decade with hospice as a medical social worker, and director of social workers, chaplains and grief staff for a large hospice covering more than 3,000 square miles. Jill was part of making her community dementia friendly as a Purple City, and facilitates a dementia support group that is now online and open to all.

As a clinician Jill works with clients and families facing dementia, end of life, chronic illness, grief and loss of all kinds, and geriatric and aging issues. She also coaches those who have had a very recent loss in how to manage the immediate aftermath of a death, and therapists in helping grieving and dementia clients. She loves speaking about those areas on the national level. Her sense of humor fosters better learning. Her goal is to make therapists better at recognizing grief and dementia and knowing how to help clients effectively and with all the areas of life they impact. Jill came to her chosen areas of expertise through her extensive hospice experience and became a subject expert on grief after being widowed twice and marrying the funeral director who took care of both her late wives. Her second wife died as a result of Lewy Body Dementia.

She is a member of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW), and the American Association for Therapeutic Humor (AATH). 

Jill  has a website with resources for therapists and anyone interested in learning more about grief and dementia,, and one for grievers,  She also co-hosts a weekly grief chat with Debra Joy Hart, “Humor, Grace and Grief” on Facebook Live. Her book “The Rebellious Widow: A practical guide to love and life after loss” will be out in March, 2021 in bookstores, online and in ebook format. 

She now spends quiet evenings with Stacie in the mortuary several nights a week. They share their life with three adult daughters, two grandsons, and a small herd of Oodles, who normally go to work and presentations with her. In the current pandemic they help out at home. 


Patricia Young hosts the podcast Unapologetically Sensitive, and she works with Highly Sensitive People (HSPs) helping them to understand their HSP traits, and turning their perceived shortcomings into superpowers. Patricia is passionate about providing education to help HSPs and non-HSPs understand and truly appreciate the amazing gifts they have to offer. Patricia works globally online with HSPs providing coaching. Patricia also facilitates online groups for HSPs that focus on building community and developing skills (identifying your superpowers, boundaries, perfectionism, dealing with conflict, mindfulness, embracing emotions, creating a lifestyle that supports the HSP, communication and more).


Jill’s Links






My pet is sick: It’s time to say goodbye by Jill Johnson-Young

Someone is sick: How do I say Goodbye? By Jill Johnson-Young

Someone I love just died: What happens now? By Jill Johnson-Young

Your own path through grief; A workbook for your journey to recovery by Jill Johnson-Young

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Episode 47: 20+ ways to manage change and loss through the holidays with Jill Johnson-Young

Episode 78 When Your Fur Person Dies with Jill Johnson-Young--

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