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181. An Honest Conversation About Loss and Single Parenting — Matthew Ronan

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Father’s Day is just around the corner, how are you feeling? For some of us, we have a great relationship with our dad. For others, we don’t. For some of us, we have a spouse. For others, we don’t.  For a single parent, it can be really hard.

Today, I want to have an honest conversation about loss and single parenting. I am excited to have Matthew Ronan on the podcast this week. He is going to vulnerably share about losing his wife and being a single dad for his daughter. But more than that, we dive deeper into grief and loss and how to deal with the hard emotions.

Before his wife passed away, together they wrote a children’s book called The Girl With Five Hearts. The question on the back of the book says, “What do you do with a broken heart.” So, we are going to talk about that today as well. It is an honest conversation full of vulnerability, wisdom, and even some Father’s Day advice for our solo parents. It was great advice for me as a mom too.

Also, I am so excited for someone to win a copy of Matthew’s new book: The Girl With Five Hearts. All the details of the book giveaway are on my website at or you can click this direct link:

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Matthew Ronan is an artist and writer who’s worked in film, television, and radio. His credits include projects for Disney/Lucasfilm, Warner Bros., 20th Century Fox, and the Michael Jackson estate. He recently published The Girl With 5 Hearts, a children’s book he illustrated and co-authored with his late wife Chastidy. He lives in San Francisco with his daughter Catica. You can connect with him on his website or on Facebook and Instagram.

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  1. Joe Hahn on June 12, 2023 at 8:55 pm

    I’m Matthew’s father-in-law Chastidy’s dad. Thank you so much for allowing him to share his/our story. This podcast blessed me and I pray God will bless you.

    • Jodi Rosser on June 14, 2023 at 12:16 am

      It was an honor to share your daughter’s story! I am thankful to Matthew for vulnerably sharing and I am grateful for the beautiful legacy Chastidy left behind. I was inspired by her and loved hearing how God did not waste her hard times, but instead used them to help others in need. God Bless you and your family!




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