Navigating Spousal Death, The Healing Power of Memoir & Grief as an Invitation into Life with Sue Deagle

Description:

In this week’s episode of the podcast we get to hear from an amazing woman about her experience of facing her husband’s sudden death and how it opened a doorway for her to go deeper into life.

This will be our final episode in this month’s theme of grief and loss as initiation, and it is an inspiring one, so I hope you enjoy.

​​In February we begin a whole new theme, which I’m excited to introduce to you next week!

In this week’s episode, Sue Deagle, Senior Vice President and Chief Growth Officer of Vectrus, shares candidly about:

-How she made decisions regarding her career, her children and her marriage despite many competing priorities as her kids were growing up.
-How she created space to grieve and process her husband’s death and what carried her through some of her darkest hours.
-We unpack the power of friendship, the healing medicine of memoir both as a reader and as a writer.
-The spiritual opening she experienced in the wake of her husband’s death.
-Where her current challenges show up and how she has become more comfortable with facing sorrow.

This is a moving and rich episode that is not to be missed, particularly if you have lost someone dear, but also if you’re someone like me, who thinks deeply about the existential quandaries of this human life and has questions about how to process it all.

Guest Info:

Sue Deagle, MBA, serves as Senior Vice President and Chief Growth Officer for a defense contractor specializing in operating US military bases around the globe. Her responsibilities include setting strategy, driving revenue growth, and leading M&A activity. She has worked in the federal contracting space for 30 years, and is passionate about serving our nation’s soldiers, sailors and airmen in performing their missions. Sue also co-chairs her company’s Diversity & Inclusion council, supporting women, minorities and veterans at her company. Sue believes in work-life integration, and the same sense of purpose and values she brings to her professional responsibilities are evident in her personal life. She lost her beloved husband of 18 years unexpectedly several years ago, and has found her personal meaning and purpose in leading her family – two incredible teenagers – and all of those she comes in contact with by sharing her story of transformation after loss. Sue believes in the mystery of life, the power of friends and family, and that through fully embracing loss, we become more alive. After work trips to the Middle East, Europe or Asia, Sue is grateful to return home to the woods and streams of her home in Virginia to recharge.

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