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Navigating Grief: Embracing Tears and Healing with Brian Smith

Guest Appearance On The Psychic And The Doc

I’ve been friends with Mark Anthony for several years. He’s been a wonderful guest on my podcast. Some people know a lot about one or a few things. Some people know a little about a lot of things. Mark knows a lot about a lot of things. We always have amazing conversations.

In this episode of The Psychic and the Doc, I join Mark and Dr. Pat Baccili for a conversation about grief and how we can transform our grief into growth.


Grief is a universal human experience, yet it often feels isolating and overwhelming. In a society that values strength and stoicism, the act of crying can be seen as a sign of weakness. However, as we explore in this interview, crying is a natural and essential part of the grieving process. We’ll delve into a powerful conversation featuring Brian Smith, where he shares insights on the importance of embracing tears and allowing oneself to heal fully.

The Healing Power of Tears

In a society that often views crying as a sign of vulnerability, Brian D. Smith challenges this notion by highlighting the healing power of tears. He emphasizes that crying is not a sign of weakness but rather a natural response to loss and pain. By allowing ourselves to cry, we release pent-up emotions and begin the process of healing.

Smith shares personal anecdotes and reflections, underscoring the transformative effect of tears in his own life. He recalls a poignant moment when he stumbled upon a grief support group after his mother’s death. Despite initially feeling hesitant, he found solace in the shared experience of crying with others. This experience taught him the importance of allowing oneself to grieve fully without judgment or shame.

Spiritual Bypassing and Religious Expectations

One of the challenges individuals face in the grieving process is spiritual bypassing and religious expectations. Smith highlights the tendency to turn to religious beliefs or spiritual teachings as a way to avoid facing raw emotions. He shares a compelling example of a couple grappling with the loss of their teenage child. While the husband sought solace in religious scriptures, the wife yearned for genuine emotional connection and expression.

Smith emphasizes the danger of spiritual bypassing, urging individuals to confront their true emotions rather than masking them with religious platitudes. He encourages people to embrace their humanity and allow themselves to experience the full spectrum of emotions, including anger, sadness, and despair.

The Example of Jesus: Embracing Vulnerability

Drawing from his own spiritual journey, Smith references the biblical story of Jesus weeping at the death of Lazarus. Despite knowing that he would soon raise Lazarus from the dead, Jesus allowed himself to experience profound sadness and empathy for those grieving. Smith suggests that if Jesus, a symbol of strength and divinity, could openly weep, then we too should feel empowered to embrace vulnerability and tears.

Challenging Gender Stereotypes

In many cultures, men are socialized to suppress their emotions and maintain a facade of strength. Smith challenges this toxic masculinity by advocating for men’s emotional expression, including crying. He shares a touching tribute to his father, a Navy SEAL who believed that real men are not afraid to cry for those they love.

By challenging gender stereotypes and promoting emotional authenticity, Smith empowers men to embrace their vulnerability and seek support during times of grief.

The Universality of Grief

Mary Neal’s experience serves as a powerful testament to the universality of grief. Despite having a profound near-death experience and understanding the spiritual interconnectedness of all beings, Neal still experienced profound grief upon losing her son. Smith underscores the message that grief is a natural and inevitable part of the human experience, transcending spiritual beliefs or insights.

Resources for Healing

Smith provides valuable resources for individuals navigating grief, including his website,, and a free grief community. He emphasizes the importance of seeking support and connecting with others who understand the complexities of grief.

Conclusion: Tears’ Role In Navigating Grief

In conclusion, Brian Smith’s insights remind us of the healing power of tears and the importance of embracing vulnerability during times of grief. By allowing ourselves to cry, we release pent-up emotions, foster connection with others, and embark on a journey of healing and self-discovery.

As we navigate the complexities of grief, let us remember that crying is not a sign of weakness but rather a testament to our humanity. In the words of Brian Smith, “Let the tears flow, for in them lies the path to healing.”

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