Transitioning in Families

In this week's podcast Leyla speaks to Cath Lloyd about her dad's transition, change and loss. As well as Cath's work on how she supports people with bereavement, grief and loss. Continue Reading Transitioning in Families

This month’s theme is all about representation in LGBTQIA+ History Month. This month’s theme is all about representation in LGBTQIA+ History Month. This week, we are talking about transitioning in families. To join me in doing this is the wonderful Cath Lloyd.

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About my guest

Cath is the author of ‘When Dad Became Joan’, about her journey starting in 1987, when her dad made the shocking confession that he wished to become a woman. It’s her story of how, for many years, she fought against her dad’s gender reassignment.

In the book, Cath opens her heart to show the conflicts she finally managed to conquer.  Through the years of emotional, conflicting, and tormenting thought processes, Cath wondered if life would ever feel normal again.  She is an expert in supporting those struggling to release the pain of loss and flourish through change.

She says we all have a story about coming to terms with change, whether this is transgender reassignment, separation, loss, illness, disability, or living through another trauma. As we live through our story we do the best we can with the strategies we have at our disposal. Sometimes these are not enough and we have to search long and hard to find alternatives.

In today’s show on Transitioning in Families

  • How Cath supports people with loss, change and bereavement. [03:14]
  • Her experience writing her book – When Dad Became Joan. [04:11]
  • The gap in support for people whose parents are transitioning [15:30]
  • What workplaces can do to support people whose parents may be transitioning. [21:05]
  • Her top 3 tips for looking after her mental health [25:34]

Quotes on Transitioning in Families

  • Life coaching training really helped me with my work teaching male prisoners.
  • There were times of desperation, when my son had this accident, and my heart was so emotionally broken by what had happened, that I did consider self-harm.
  • That person, my dad, was still there, but they were a different person.
  • Workplaces have to make it so that most people are confident to make their transitioning known.
  • I was so stressed that I suddenly had to kick-start deep breathing exercises.
  • There were times of desperation, when my son had this accident, and my heart was so emotionally broken by what had happened, that I did consider self-harm.

Resources on Transitioning in Families

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