From Grief to Growth

12 - A Mother’s Story of Sudden Loss: an Interview With Dolores Cruz

In this podcast I interviewed a mother whose son died suddenly in a car accident.  Dolores Cruz is a retired elementary school teacher and the author of Look Around; A Mother’s Journey from Grief and Despair to Healing and Hope. Her book talks about her spiritual journey after the sudden death of her 24-year-old son, Eric, which brought her to a whole new understanding of the questions we all ask about the meaning of life.

In her interview, Dolores tells the story of how her son died, her experience with unexpected loss, intense grief, and how her grief has evolved over time.  She talks about her biggest struggles, what helped her the most in her grief and how she continues to remain connected to her son even after his death.  She also provides advice and messages of hope for parents who are struggling with their own loss of a child.  Today, Dolores continues to honor Eric by volunteering as an Affiliate Leader and Caring Listener with the international support organization for parents of children who have passed away, Helping Parents Heal. The Cruz Family has also provided a music scholarship in Eric’s name at Neighborhood Music School in Los Angeles.  You can find out more about Dolores by visiting her website at, or her blog at

If you want an opportunity to connect with Dolores yourself, we have now launched a brand-new Facebook group called “Talking about the Podcast Untethered with Dr. Levin.”  I am so excited about this group because it provides our podcast listeners and podcast guests an opportunity to interact.  For this week’s episode you will be able to find information about Dolores’s book, her blog and her latest article in the Huffington post.  Here is the link for our new Facebook group:

Thank you so much for joining today’s episode of Untethered Healing the Pain After a Sudden Death.  For help with a sudden and unexpected loss, sign up for my free mini course, where I will teach you about the 3 Truths About Living with A Sudden and Unexpected Loss.  Please visit to sign up.


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