045: My Family’s Story: Breaking Patterns of Mental Illness (A Discussion with My Sisters) Pt 1

[Revisit one of the first episodes of the Women Seeking Wholeness Podcast. If you are interested in checking out the Part II of this episode, click here!]

Mental health, depression, and abuse are real issues and those who are suffering desperately need our help. Today I am joined by my two surviving sisters, Robin and Taunia, to dive into our own family history with suicide, abuse and the struggle for mental health and clarity. We are opening up about losing our sister Shawna, our shared and individual childhood traumas, and why we are passionate about stopping the family pattern.

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This is an intense episode about getting real and helping those in need. We identify patterns in our familial lineage, explaining the navigating factors of domestic abuse, and reliving the moment we knew Shawna was gone. While a difficult and emotional topic, these issues are necessary to bring to the surface to help others who are experiencing something similar.

If you are looking for insights to help you get onto the path to healing, we hope that by sharing our story we can help you get out and onto a path of healing. An open conversation about how suicide can be a splash of cold water in the face and why we feel a responsibility to share what we have learned, this is an open space of love and healing. Has suicide, mental health issues or abuse impacted your life? Let us know in the comments.


In This Episode

  • The earth-shattering, soul-splitting moment of losing a loved one to suicide
  • Giving yourself permission to not tolerate abuse on any level
  • The unconscious knowing that a loved one has passed onto the next life
  • Gaining answers and controlling your own journey in life



“You are not just inheriting your ancestor’s nose or eye color or skin color, you are actually inheriting the emotional debris or trauma that they did not have the opportunity to clear in their lifetime” (5:46) – Cherie

“Even though we might not remember everything that happens to us, our body does.” (23:09) – Cherie

“I look at who I am now and I am like, who was that woman that would ever allow the level of abuse that I did?” (23:43) -Taunia

“An audible outside voice said ‘you don’t have to live like this’. It was literally outside me and audible and it was like a wake-up call, and that’s when I knew I could choose differently” (27:56) -Taunia

“I remember feeling so angry and yet having compassion for what you just went through. But I wanted you to see my anger about it, I did not want you to have that be your default, don’t choose out” (49:50) – Robin

I have an exciting program launching at the beginning of January 2020! It’s my 3-month STAND, SPEAK, SHINE SCHOOL.  All about accessing the Queendom Within and stepping into your true beauty & bravery. Go here for more info – I’ll be taking a limited number of women through!  You can also go straight to my website and check it out! www.cherieburton.com

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I recently launched two online courses: The Emotional Wholeness Master Class and The 22 Day Depression Cleanse which can be found HERE.  

I am the author of two e-books, “Where Depression Ends and You Begin: 4 Passages to  Discovery”; and “True and Lasting Change–4 Ways to Break Through Fear.” 

My Stand Speak Shine programs provide women with retreats and mentoring programs to empower them to heal, express and create.  

My book, If She Could Speak, will be released in 2020.

Women Seeking Wholeness 045: My Family's Story: Breaking Patterns of Mental Illness (A Discussion with My Sisters) Pt 1

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