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The Healthy Advisor: Closure at the Grave With Vance Barse

Advisor Vance Barse never had a relationship with his biological father and carried around a lot of emotional baggage as a result. But when his father passed away, he finally got the closure he needed. And that moment was life-changing.


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The loss of a loved one can lead to a tidal wave of emotions before reaching acceptance and continuing on in life without them.

Before starting his own practice, advisor Vance Barse experienced profound grief after losing five family members, including his biological father who he had never met. However, this darker time in his life was followed by a period of life-changing introspection, which forced him to rethink his personal and professional life.

In this episode, Managing Editor Diana Britton is joined by Vance Barse, wealth strategist and founder of Your Dedicated Fiduciary, who shares his journey through grief toward acceptance. Vance reveals the emotional struggle he faced and what led to the completion of the journey his father never took.


Vance Barse's father Criss


The headstone where Vance Barse had a "one-way conversation" that brought him closure.

Vance discusses: 

  • The “18-month window” that changed his life forever;
  • The moment when the emotional baggage related to his father was lifted off his shoulders;
  • How to overcome the struggles of acceptance and closure;
  • The biggest realizations he had on his motorcycle journey across the country;
  • How mindfulness and meditation helped him overcome the challenges; and
  • How his experiences shaped the work he’s doing now.


Diana Britton and Vance Barse at the WealthManagement EDGE Conference.

If you have a struggle and wish to share your experiences and help others in similar situations, please reach out to Diana at [email protected].

The Healthy Advisor podcast is available on Apple PodcastsAndroidStitcherSpotify and wherever podcasts are found. 

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