Grief: A Love Story - the podcast
Brave conversations with people from all corners of life about life, death, grief and all that lies between. Listen in on the conversations you wish you could have when you experience loss or any one of life's endings.
info_outline Ep 14 Dr. Martha Jo Atkins: Moving in and out of the spaces 06/14/2018
Ep 14 Dr. Martha Jo Atkins: Moving in and out of the spaces It was such a pleasure to connect with Dr. Martha Jo Atkins, who has build an entire career from "moving and out of the spaces" of grief. Our conversation meanders to some beautiful places, and there is no shortage of great resources, insights and information. By way of Official Biography, Martha Jo helps individuals and families create space for meaningful experiences at end of life. Dr. Atkins is the executive director at , an interfaith non-profit whose mission is to care for people at end of life who have no place to go or no one to care for them. Before coming to Abode, Dr. Atkins founded the Children’s Bereavement Center of South Texas where she served as executive director for eight years. Dr. Atkins researches and teaches about the trajectory of dying. Her first book, Signposts of Dying, . You can learn more about Dr. Atkins on or in our discussions in the . Other things we mention in the episode that y'all will probably want to check out: (who wants to invite me for dinner??) Elizabeth Kubler-Ross Martha Jo cited when we spoke about infinite receiving. This is (yet, another) interview that leaves me feeling so completely blessed to have these conversations. I hope you enjoy.
info_outline Ep 13 DeAnne Joy: No Deathbed Regrets 05/23/2018
Ep 13 DeAnne Joy: No Deathbed Regrets "Planning for death is a life-affirming act." My guest for this episode is DeAnne Joy, a fellow soldier in grief and death, and like so many of these conversations, I felt we could have gone on for days together. We covered all manner of topics, from advance directives, to mortality, to self-care, to women in crisis to the straight-up vulnerability of releasing a Book Baby to the world. This interview is exactly what I love; layers of topics covered as we meander about, with death and grief as the gateway in. DeAnne is a a master transformation coach, speaker, and author who teaches people about living, and dying, authentically and powerfully. She is a Master Practitioner of NLP (Neuro-Linguistic Programming) and a licensed clinical therapist with a Masters in Social Work, having worked as a therapist and end-of-life social worker for over 20 years. Drawing on both personal and professional experience, DeAnne specializes in helping women in their 40s and beyond turn their pain into purpose and live a fulfilled and unstoppable life with no regrets. Over the course of her career, DeAnne has helped thousands of people, including celebrities and CEOs in the entertainment industry. She has trained physicians in facilitating end-of-life conversations with patients and families, and is a strong advocate for completing advance healthcare directives to prepare for the future, while fully embracing life today. Her upcoming book, No Regrets: Embracing Death to Awaken to Life - 5 Keys to Living - and Dying - with Joy, Peace and Purpose, is due for release in June, 2018. In the episode, we talk about books. (Obviously.) Here are the ones we mention: Brene Brown - Stephen Levine - Randy Pausch - Atul Gawande - To connect with DeAnne, you can use the following map coordinates: Website: On Facebook: @DeAnne Joy, @JoyServLLC, or her And as always, you are more than welcome to join us on the - you can share your thoughts on this and any of the episodes, and ask DeAnne or myself whatever questions you have.
info_outline Ep 12 Gillian Rowinski: The Grief of Parenthood 05/01/2018
Ep 12 Gillian Rowinski: The Grief of Parenthood "There's a constant stream of grief in parenting." Some conversations are just always delicious and I have never not enjoyed speaking with Gillian Rowinski in the years that I have known her and we have stolen some time to connect. In this conversation, we take a quick-but-deep dive into some of the grief that comes with parenthood (spoiler alert: it's a lot) and, I know I say this a lot, but it's one of my favourite episodes thus far. A little more on Gillian: Gillian is a writer and the creator of . She is also a certified coach, specializing in neuroscience and transforming consciousness and an HR professional, specializing in leadership development and change management. When she isn't making all that impact professionally, she is also a wife and mother of three kids. I have long-loved her sense of humour and her generous way of showing up in the world. In the episode, I predictably can't remember the name of a great book I am recommending, it is by Gregory Boyle, and Gillian mentions by Johann Hari. And we would both invite you to continue this conversation over in the ; Gillian and I are both there, so I'm really not sure what would possibly keep you from joining us.
info_outline Ep 11 Erin Zimmerman: The Legacy in Grief 04/04/2018
Ep 11 Erin Zimmerman: The Legacy in Grief "We are here to fill the shoes of the dead." Erin Zimmerman is one of those humans who just creates...space. She bounds with joy, she laughs easily, and she seems to make setbacks into stepping stones as she evolves. We crossed paths a little more than a year ago, at a kick-in-the-butt, meet-lots-of-people event in Texas. It was at that event that this podcast was born, actually. I love that she is doing work in the world that matters. Her energy and light caught me immediately. I loved the story of her business and her family, and how she has honoured her own losses in the steps of her business. It was a joy to interview her last fall and I am truly thrilled to post her episode, at last, and share it here. Here is Erin's Official Bio: Erin Zimmerman is the Visibility Guide & Visual Storyteller with her company, Elephant Social. Through small group programs, the Social Elephant Incubator Facebook Group, weekly emails, and 1:1 intensives, she helps business owners and laypeople alike get over the fear and overwhelm of consistent visibility to release their ideas into the world. Because we ALL have a genius inside of us that, when released, will change at LEAST one person's life. She is the queen of bringing ease and flow to the hustle, making vulnerability FUN! Erin is also a photographer/videographer (director and editor) with Doubletake Productions - the company she owns with her twin sister Meredith. When she's not working, Erin likes to lift heavy things, knit, and hang out with her family in Kansas City!
info_outline Ep 10 Jana Buhlmann: A New Definition of Grief 03/01/2018
Ep 10 Jana Buhlmann: A New Definition of Grief "Grief is what we are left with." I consider it one of the greatest blessings of my work and my life to have conversations like this one. To have in front of me inspiration, and strength and a poetic, magical way of communicating, is an endless gift. In this conversation with Jana Buhlmann, we explore her sweet grief, Medically Assistance in Dying (MAID), and the gifts that lie in the question of what is left after people we love die. It is one of my Top 5 Conversations of all time, and I hope you'll enjoy it, too. A bit about Jana: Jana Buhlmann is a mother, a writer, a village member. She earns her living as a bureaucrat, so that she may direct her attention to community. She is passionate about process, community gardening, participatory medicine, flamenco, and her iPhone camera. In the last year she moved to New Westminster, BC, and is enjoying saying hello to people on the street and watching the working river. In September of 2017, Jana supported her husband in his medically assisted death. Her tells the stories of her heart. -- In our interview, Jana mentions several great resources to learn about MAID and supporting a loved one who is living with cancer: I invite you to reach out to Jana on Instagram, where she is @baldgrrl or through her blog (link above) Photo credit: @dayna_foto
info_outline Ep 9 Excerpt from Grief: A Love Story (the book) 09/16/2017
Ep 9 Excerpt from Grief: A Love Story (the book) It feels weird to let this baby out into the world. You can download a hold-in-your-hot-little-hands copy , but I wanted to give it a voice, too. And as I mention at the end of the episode, this chapter and the book are a team effort, and I wish to thank my writing coach, for her gentle and effective championing of my words, for her brilliant sound engineering, particularly in the intro and extro of the podcast, and of course for the music that we use.
info_outline Ep 8 Andria Racich: Telling the Story of Grief with Interviews 09/11/2017
Ep 8 Andria Racich: Telling the Story of Grief with Interviews "We're all each other's teachers." Sometimes (well, a lot of times) I get connected with people who are My People. You know what I mean? People who get me, people who I get. Soul-like connections. Andria Racich (pronounced "rasich") is one of those people and I am so grateful for this conversation with Andria from Andria has been interested in hearing people’s stories all her life. The Innerview was born from the idea that everyone is important and has story to share. It is through taking the time to listen to others, and ourselves, that we can learn from one another. We are all each other’s teachers and hold many of the answers inside of us already. With a background in transpersonal counselling psychology, she has cultivated her skills in listening, compassion, and empathy. Intuitively knowing where to guide her clients, each session uniquely tailored to the individual. Andria believes in community, working together, and supporting one another through personal growth. Stories are so important, and I'm so happy you're here for this one.
info_outline Ep 7: Death is for a thousand lessons 09/01/2017
Ep 7: Death is for a thousand lessons Ep 7 One Death, Many Experiences, Many Lessons It's a chapter in the book, and it's just true: a thousand people (and more) will have an experience of each death, and we are all capable (and have permission) to learn and take from each loss whatever is meaningful for us. In this solo episode, Tara talks about the moment this realization came, and what she knows because of it.
info_outline Ep 6 Cassie Barrett: Green Burials and Reverence for Death 08/25/2017
Ep 6 Cassie Barrett: Green Burials and Reverence for Death "Get comfortable with being uncomfortable." Cassie Barrett has been a death worker since 2010 and is the Director of Operations at , a conservation and green cemetery located in Western North Carolina. Since she was a kid, Cassie has felt a natural connection to death and a deep desire to serve others. Cassie considers her work a form of death activism, working to help society heal its relationship to death, using education, conversation, and art as a way to engage people. Her biggest mission is to encourage and empower people to prepare for their own death and live a fuller life. You can follow her work on Facebook at . Photo credit:
info_outline Ep 3 Ellen Ercolini: The un-logic of grief 08/21/2017
Ep 3 Ellen Ercolini: The un-logic of grief Ellen Ercolini is a business strategist and gifted coach, and while that may be what you learn about her first, there is so much more to her: she is a veteran of loss and the fortune finder of the gifts her grief has brought her.
info_outline Ep 2 Keri-Anne Livingstone: Daring to Grieve 08/21/2017
Ep 2 Keri-Anne Livingstone: Daring to Grieve When Keri-Anne Livingstone suddenly lost her father in March of 2016, the resulting journey proved invaluable. She credits being "willing to ride the waves" of grief, and "revealing it to heal it" to where she has emerged today.