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Good Grief with Cheryl Jones

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On Good Grief we explore the losses that define our lives. Each week, we talk with people who have transformed themselves through the profound act of grieving. Why settle for surviving? Say yes to the many experiences that embody loss! Grief can teach you where your strengths are, and ignite your courage. It can heighten your awareness of what is important to you and help you let go of what is not.brbr On Good Grief, we are inspired by people who have made something miraculous out of their deepest heartaches! We listen as they share how they have walked through their own exquisite pain and what they have gained as a result. We come away ready to follow our own dreams to a deeper, more meaningful time on this beautiful earth! Listen for Good Grief, broadcast live every Wednesday at 2 PM Pacific Time on the VoiceAmerica Health and Wellness Channel.

On Good Grief we explore the losses that define our lives. Each week, we talk with people who have transformed themselves through the profound act of grieving. Why settle for surviving? Say yes to the many experiences that embody loss! Grief can teach you where your strengths are, and ignite your courage. It can heighten your awareness of what is important to you and help you let go of what is not.brbr On Good Grief, we are inspired by people who have made something miraculous out of their deepest heartaches! We listen as they share how they have walked through their own exquisite pain and what they have gained as a result. We come away ready to follow our own dreams to a deeper, more meaningful time on this beautiful earth! Listen for Good Grief, broadcast live every Wednesday at 2 PM Pacific Time on the VoiceAmerica Health and Wellness Channel.

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United States

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On Good Grief we explore the losses that define our lives. Each week, we talk with people who have transformed themselves through the profound act of grieving. Why settle for surviving? Say yes to the many experiences that embody loss! Grief can teach you where your strengths are, and ignite your courage. It can heighten your awareness of what is important to you and help you let go of what is not.brbr On Good Grief, we are inspired by people who have made something miraculous out of their deepest heartaches! We listen as they share how they have walked through their own exquisite pain and what they have gained as a result. We come away ready to follow our own dreams to a deeper, more meaningful time on this beautiful earth! Listen for Good Grief, broadcast live every Wednesday at 2 PM Pacific Time on the VoiceAmerica Health and Wellness Channel.

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English


Episodes

Grief Girl's Guide

1/20/2021
Grief- what's in it for us? Katherine Ingram had to answer this question for herself when her husband died suddenly. Along with the deep pain of that loss, unresolved feelings about the death of her father when she was eight opened up as well. Her realization that she would have to go through every bad and ugly feeling she was having, avoiding nothing, led to the writing of a memoir, Washing the Bones, and a career working with grief. She comes back to Good Grief to talk about her new book,...

Duration:00:54:35

The Night Lake

1/13/2021
When Liz Tichenor's mother killed herself, it would have been hard to imagine a loss more crushing, even though her mother had struggled with addiction for most of Liz' life. But shortly after that Liz' son, only forty days old, died inexplicably and sent Liz into a territory of loss and grief unfamiliar to her. As she struggled to carry herself through those most terrible days, she knew that her work as an Episcopal priest would be forever impacted. She also knew she had to tell the truth;...

Duration:00:55:04

Holding Space

1/6/2021
What does it mean to hold space for another person? And how do we hold space for ourselves? When Heather Plett's mother was dying, she discovered that holding space for her, without an agenda or any idea what would happen next, launched her and her siblings into a sacred, liminal space of being. Heather received the same fro her mother's palliative care nurse; she offered support and information when needed without expectation, allowing Heather and her family to find their own way. After...

Duration:00:55:40

Encore From Scratch

12/30/2020
When Tembi Locke spent a college semester in Italy, it changed the course of her life. Meeting Saro, the man she would love and marry, filled her with joy and also challenged them both to bridge the gap between his Sicilian farm family and her Houston Texas family of civil rights activists. Over time their persistence and courage began to connect their two families. But no struggle before it could have prepared them for Saro's ten years living with cancer, his death, and Tembi's grief. Who...

Duration:00:55:19

Encore Help Each Other Out

12/23/2020
2020 has turned up the volume on our need for empathy and love! In 2018, Kelsey Crowe and I talked about how to get better at offering true empathy. How much do you know about offering empathy when someone you love is having hard times? Kelsey Crowe found that many people in her own life had a hard time being there for her through her own most difficult moments. Then she noticed that she was not great at it either! It became her mission to learn and teach the skills that lead to a sense that...

Duration:00:55:18

Bury Me Natural: The Forest Conservation Burial Ground

12/16/2020
In the past several years green burial options have become more and more important to those of us who want to protect the planet. Green burial, which uses no embalming, no casket and leaves the land as it was found, is a very appealing option. But there are very few green burial grounds in the U.S. Mary Ann Perry and the women at the Willow-Witt Ranch in Oregon set out to create just such a space. The use of the ranch as a burial ground gives its owners a way to conserve the land, commit to...

Duration:00:55:57

The Journey From Ego to Soul

12/9/2020
After her father committed suicide, Karen Wyatt questioned everything about her life, including whether she wanted to continue practicing medicine. If she couldn't help this most important person in her life, what did it all mean? But what slowly evolved was a career she couldn't have predicted; as a hospice doctor and a support to battered women. Over time she came to trust that there was a way to follow her galaxy self- that broader view of life and its possibilities. Instead of living in...

Duration:00:55:38

The Language of Loss

12/2/2020
People who have not experienced deep loss may believe that grievers like to be cheered up, distracted, told about happy things. But often, deep expressions from other mourners does more. In our shared humanity we walk together, acknowledging the pain and also the moments of beauty and poetry that come with loss. After her husband died, Barbara Abercrombie, an accomplished writer herself, found comfort in the words of expressions of those who had already been there. Her collection of these...

Duration:00:54:45

Erythra Thalassa: Brain Disrupted

11/25/2020
A sudden disabling stroke hit Annette Libeskind Berkovits' son, leaving him unable to care for himself, or his wife and children and leaving her in deep grief. She wrote as a way to respond to the crushing weight of his circumstance, needing to put words on paper to navigate this strange and unfamiliar territory. Over time, her writing evolved into poetry and her poetry into a book, drawing on the phrase she had learned along the way; Erythra Thalassa- brain interrupted. Join us as we talk...

Duration:00:54:46

All of Us Warriors

11/18/2020
Facing a cancer diagnosis presents unique losses, challenges and adaptations. How we face those times and how those around us support us makes all the difference in the overall experience of cancer. Supporting her mother through cancer, Rebecca Whitehead Munn learned what it took to truly be there for someone navigating this perilous world. What she hadn't anticipated was the depth of knowledge of herself she would gain, and how that would lead to her own best life. It also led to a bigger...

Duration:00:55:36

Finding the Way Forward

11/11/2020
Good Grief has been on the air for 7 years, a momentous anniversary for the show and for the host, Cheryl Jones. Join her to hear what she has learned from her over 300 guests; how her own perspective has been reinforced by listening to them, what carries her forward after her own losses and what she knows about facing hard times. How does Cheryl practice what she preaches? By allowing for her grief, finding comfort and solace, finding inspiration and taking action in concert with her own...

Duration:00:55:39

Boldly Into the Darkness

11/4/2020
Nothing prepares anyone for times of extreme loss. Autumn Toelle-Jackson was leading a charmed life; married to the love of her life, with two healthy children, 2 1/2 and newborn. But then, over the course of just a few years, Autumn's husband died suddenly, a close relative died suddenly, her grandfather ailed and died and the baby she had, just two years later, with the second great love of her life died at 4 months old. How could her faith help her when she was furious with God? What...

Duration:00:55:54

Opening to Grief

10/28/2020
What are the practices that can help us find peace after loss? Nothing takes grief away, but many practices help us to support ourselves in grief, to go deeply into our own territory and find our way to the new. Claire Willis, familiar with grief herself, shares the practices she has found helpful in her book Opening to Grief. Always gentle and accepting of what we may not be ready to try, she gives us a door ajar into the room of our difficulties. In the process, grief becomes something...

Duration:00:56:10

Slay Your Dragons With Compassion

10/21/2020
Malcolm Stern had worked hard to develop his inner life and bring his best to his family, friends and the clients he worked with as a group therapist. But when his daughter Melissa ended her life, it became crystal clear how these skills were supporting him through the worst time in his life. He realized that they were the bedrock of his ability to support himself through his grief. Out of this realization came a deep desire to share those skills with others facing challenges. His book, Slay...

Duration:00:55:22

Found in Transition

10/14/2020
Nothing prepares a mother for hearing that their child is transgender. Along with protectiveness and confusion comes the stunning fact that the picture you had of your child must die and a new one take its place. Paria Hassouri faced this process when her child let her know she was a girl at 14. How did she not know? How would she protect her? How would they navigate the change; in their family, and in the world? Answering these questions would change all of them and deepen their love in...

Duration:00:54:14

Your Grief Your Way

10/7/2020
The death of Shelby Forsythia's mother when she was 21 plunged her into a depth of grief she wasn't prepared for. But then it led her to her calling; to guide others through the rugged terrain of loss. Her book, Your Grief Your Way, offers a daily guide of support for grievers, giving them permission to follow the unique twists and turns of their individual mourning and offering practical experiments to try along the way. Interwoven with her own grief experience, she offers the kind of...

Duration:00:51:32

The Heart and Other Monsters

9/30/2020
The losses that come with addiction are very clear to the people who love the addict. Addiction robs a person, and their family and community, of the person that could have been. And then sometimes it steals a life completely. Rose Andersen knows first hand how addiction affects a person, because she herself travelled that road, eventually finding her sobriety and a life she wanted to live. Her sister was not able to find the way through and, instead, lost her life, leaving her family and...

Ghost

9/23/2020
Rissi Palmer's mother was larger than life. She only became more so when she died when Rissi was just a child. How did that loss affect her going forward? Without the chance to define her own identity, different from her mother's, and mature in her sense of who she was with her mother present, how could she find her way? The loss of a mother affects their children throughout all the landmarks and experiences they have throughout a lifetime. As a musician, Rissi has given voice to the loss...

Risking the Rapids

9/16/2020
On a family adventure while white water rafting, Irene O'Garden had to depend on her siblings to navigate the river. For her, the trip connected to a life long effort to heal and to come to terms with her childhood. And although she was focused purely on survival during the trip, she found that afterwards, something had changed for her. She had added a new chapter to her lifelong journey. From the clearing of old hurts and losses came a deepened joy and appreciation for life, culminating in...

Tale of Two Tims

9/9/2020
In the seventy years Tim Seelig has lived, half was spent as a religious music conductor from a famous Christian family. But when Tim came out at 35, that life was over. He was unceremoniously ousted from everything and everyone he knew. His highly respected career was also over. And his second life began, as a conductor of LGBTQ choruses. This new life culminated in Tim becoming the director of the San Francisco Gay Men's Chorus. And although he had lost everything, there was no regret- for...

Duration:00:52:10