Episode 7

7. Taking the Mask off Grief with Melissa Coats

In this episode I am talking to Melissa Coats, a sex therapist in Georgia. She shares the journey of taking care of her mother and losing her mother to cancer. We discuss how she learned to take the mask off her grief and the community that supported her and her family during the process.

Episode Highlights 

  • The impact of other people‚Äôs expectations of grief response
  • Self-care whilst caring for a loved one.
  • The importance of asking for help
  • The difficulty emotions of anger and betrayal whilst grieving
  • Caring for a parent
  • Stigma of lung cancer

Special Guest: Melissa Coates




Resources shared on show:


Dear Sugars


Burnout: The Secret to Unlocking the Stress Cycle (Amazon Affiliate Link)

Grief Support Group

Grief Share

Authentic Wednesday Podcast Instagram

About the Podcast

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About your host

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Bianca Hughes

Bianca Kesha Hughes is setting boundaries and breaking barriers. She knows how to navigate life and discover true identity while trusting in God. Known for authenticity and heart-work services, Bianca is the ultimate trailblazer in the mental health and wellness field as a therapist, coach, speaker, and podcast host, inspiring her audience to let go of the illusion of perfectionism.

She is deeply connected to her cultural values, and Caribbean heritage, and her foundation of faith is a source of light for everyone around her. Bianca experiences her fair share of trials and pain but she heals through vulnerability and connecting to her authentic self. For this reason, she is passionate about breaking down the walls of perfectionism, encouraging her audience to connect to their authentic self while creating a safer place for them to be seen and heard.

Her podcast, "It Didn't Break Me," creates a space for honest and vulnerable conversations. Her guests share their transformational life stories around the messy stuff they didn't think they'd come back from yet they are still here. "It Didn't Break Me" podcast is a platform for people who are struggling with mindset shifts around perfectionism and being their authentic self, inspiring them to discover the beauty in the mess.