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Let's Talk Death! ... a HealGrief® program

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Let’s Talk Death is a series of conversations created to normalize, educate and demystify the taboo around death, dying and the journey of grief. Let’s Talk Death is brought to you by HealGrief, a non-profit providing the tools and resources to support one's journey with grief. We seek to empower individuals to achieve a healthy post bereavement growth. Everything we do is inspired by our core belief that no one should ever grieve alone.

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Let’s Talk Death is a series of conversations created to normalize, educate and demystify the taboo around death, dying and the journey of grief. Let’s Talk Death is brought to you by HealGrief, a non-profit providing the tools and resources to support one's journey with grief. We seek to empower individuals to achieve a healthy post bereavement growth. Everything we do is inspired by our core belief that no one should ever grieve alone.

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@healgrief

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English


Episodes

Let's Talk Death with Paul Perry

9/24/2023
In this episode, Paul is asked, when, during your research in the afterlife, did you become a believer? Paul recalls a particular woman whose experience led him to believe her consciousness truly did leave her body. Paul Perry is an author and documentary filmmaker intending to make media that matters. He has co-written several New York Times bestsellers, including The Light Beyond and Evidence of the Afterlife. He was knighted in Portugal for his film and book about Salvador Dalí, and the secret painting that changed his Life. His latest books, Glimpses of Eternity: Sharing a Loved One’s Passage from This Life to the Next, Paranormal: My Life In Pursuit of the Afterlife, and Proof of Life after Life: 7 Reasons to Believe in an Afterlife are the most recent books he has co-written with Dr. Raymond Moody, the founder of near-death studies. Paul is a graduate of Arizona State University and Antioch University. Support the show

Duration:00:27:58

Let's Talk Death with Raymond Moody

9/24/2023
In this episode, Raymond shares how his interest in the afterlife began. The afterlife was very counterintuitive to his way of thinking. Yet today, he can't think his way out of it. Raymond Moody is an MD with a Ph.D. in philosophy focused on unintelligibility. Raymond, founder of the Life After Life Institute in 1975, coined the term near-death experience. Today, he is a world-renowned scholar, lecturer, and researcher, widely recognized as the leading authority on near-death and shared-death experiences. Dr. Moody's work profoundly illuminates our understanding of death, dying, and grief. Raymond is the bestselling author of many books, including Life After Life, Glimpses of Eternity, The Light Beyond, and Coming Back, and is co-author of Proof of Life after Life: 7 Reasons to Believe in an Afterlife. A counselor in private practice, Raymond received his medical degree from the College of Georgia and his Ph.D. from the University of Virginia. He has appeared on many programs, including Today and Turning Point. Support the show

Duration:00:19:52

Let's Talk Death with Francesca Arnoldy

8/20/2023
In this episode, Francesca shares how love, compassion, and intuition drew her to lean into a loved one's end of life as they transition to death and how that was the seed to becoming a death doula. Francesca Lynn Arnoldy is a community doula and death literacy advocate. She is a researcher with the Vermont Conversation Lab and was the original course developer of the University of Vermont's End-of-Life Doula Professional Certificate Programs. Francesca authored Cultivating the Doula Heart, Map of Memory Lane, and The Death Doula's Guide to Living Fully and Dying Prepared. A trusted thought leader, Francesca has been featured in articles by The New York Times, Fast Company, Newsweek, The Verge, and AARP. She regularly presents on life-and-death topics, hoping to encourage people to support one another through times of intensity. You can find her contemplating birth, death, and life with the doula heart at FrancescaLynnArnoldy.com. Support the show

Duration:00:23:57

Let's Talk Death with Oshri Hakak

7/27/2023
In this episode, Oshri shares how his grief connected him to a lifelong friend he never met and how they coauthored When Their Bodies Leave Them. Oshri Hakak is an author, artist, and musician based in Los Angeles, CA, who creates to uplift. He especially loves creating illustrated books about unconventional topics for children and grown-ups to help people live more adaptive and happy lives. Recently, Oshri coauthored an illustrated book about grief called When Their Bodies Leave Them. Support the show

Duration:00:18:39

Let's Talk Death with Scott Grossberg

6/26/2023
In this episode, Scott recalls the words of a hospice nurse caring for his father. During his end of life, she said, "Your father is on a wonderful adventure." That moment was so profound, it changed the trajectory of his life. After nearly forty years as a high-profile trial attorney, Scott Grossberg shifted his focus to helping people create fearless and sacred lifestyles. His mission is to guide individuals in reconnecting with their boundless confidence, creativity, love, and excitement. Drawing inspiration from various spiritual and shamanic traditions, Scott's work as a coach, trainer, and instructor is grounded in practicality, straightforwardness, and time-tested principles. In addition to his coaching and consulting work, Scott is an author and content creator, focusing on topics such as life enrichment, mysticism, and divination. Scott's new book, "the unfinished book: a journal for the end of the journey" (and perhaps for those whose road still seems endless), is available now on Amazon. Scott has a bachelor's degree in philosophy, a minor in Theatre Arts, and a juris doctorate in Law. He holds certifications in life coaching, consulting hypnosis, Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP), and Ho'oponopono. Support the show

Duration:00:24:38

Let's Talk Death with Marie Antoinette Kelley

6/26/2023
In this episode, Marie Antoinette shares about her childhood experiences with spirituality. Today, she believes death is not the end. Rather, it's a transition to the spiritual realm. It's a continuum of spirit. Marie Antoinette Kelley is an award-winning artist who has done hundreds of commissioned portraits and art for the Angel Quest Oracle. She has appeared on dozens of TV, radio, and podcast shows and has been published in such magazines as Edge and Authority. In 2019, her bison portrait in the form of woven blankets began selling throughout Yellowstone National Park's general stores. Today, Marie Antoinette comes to us as the author of Danny's Day in Heaven. Inspired by Dannion Brinkley's Saved by the Light and backed by research, Marie Antoinette dispels children's fears about the seeming finality of death by providing comfort and reassurance that life goes on through her transcendent illustrations and storytelling in this new book. This illustrated children's book, Danny's Day in Heaven, introduces the near-death experience to help kids better understand what happens when we die. Support the show

Duration:00:23:55

Let's Talk Death with Amanda Davis

4/24/2023
In this episode, Amanda shares how, as a teenager, art became her way of coping. Yet it was only later in the years that she realized it and developed it into a tool of expression. After losing her father at the age of twelve, Amanda turned to art and writing as an outlet. It became her voice. A way to cope. A way to escape. And a way to tell her story. She was thus inspired to teach art and pursue her passion for writing and illustrating children's books. Today, Amanda Davis is a teacher, artist, writer, and innovator who uses her words and pictures to light up the world with kindness. Through her work, Amanda empowers younger generations to tell their stories and offers children and adults an entryway into a world of discovery. A world that can help them make sense of themselves, others, and the community around them. Amanda is the author of the award-winning picture book 30,000 Stitches: The Inspiring Story of the National 9/11 Flag. She is a recipient of the Ann Whitford Paul—Writer's Digest Most Promising Picture Book Manuscript Grant. When she's not busy creating, you can find her sipping tea, petting dogs, and exploring the natural wonders of The Bay State with her family and her rescue pup. Support the show

Duration:00:25:36

Let's Talk Death with Michele Neff-Hernandez

4/24/2023
In this episode, Michele shares how difficult it was to find others who understand her grief as a newly bereaved widow, how she lost her sense of self, and the challenges she faced finding her new self. Michele is the founder and Chief Executive Officer of Soaring Spirits International, a non-profit organization providing peer support programming for widowed people worldwide, and is the author of Different After You: Rediscovering Yourself and Healing after Grief or Trauma published by New World Library in February of 2022. Her passion for supporting widowed people and the power of integration fuels her presentations and community activism. Michele has received local, state, and national recognition for her work in founding Soaring Spirits, including a letter of recognition from then Vice President Joe Biden. In addition, Michele was named a 2021 Top Ten CNN Hero and was honored to share the stage with Wonder Woman, Lynda Carter. Michele’s work is featured in an upcoming AppleTV docuseries and will be the focus of a PBS documentary available for streaming in 2023. Michele resides in Simi Valley, California, and shares her life with her three amazing kids, their awesome partners, her grand-cats, and one very Australian husband. Support the show

Duration:00:20:33

Let's Talk Death with Colin Campbell

2/27/2023
In this episode, Colin brings us back in time to the tragic day when his two children died in a car crash after being hit by a drunk driver. He shares how instrumental community was and continues to be in his journey to live life. Colin Campbell is a writer and director for theater and film. The short film, Seraglio, which he wrote and directed with his beautiful and talented wife, Gail, was nominated for an Academy Award. Campbell teaches screenwriting at Chapman University and theater at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona. He has a BA from the University of Pennsylvania and an MFA from Columbia University. Yet, for this episode, Colin comes to us as a bereaved father. Colin and his wife were in a car crash with a drunk driver and lost their teenage children. Years after, Colin has written a beautiful and helpful book from the ashes of that profound loss titled, Finding the Words: Working Through Profound Loss with Hope and Purpose. In addition, he is developing a solo performance piece titled Grief: A One Man Shit-Show. Support the show

Duration:00:27:46

Let's Talk Death with Alexandra Vassilaros

12/15/2022
In this episode, Alexandra shares how as a writer, she had no words to express the grief she experienced after her husband's death. Yet today, she looks back and finds the beauty and love her experience brought to her "new self." Alexandra Vassilaros is a Pulitzer Finalist, Playwright, Mother, and Founder. Alexandra's work in the theater is extensive. Her plays were commissioned and premiered at American theatres On and Off-Broadway, as well as in featured international festivals. She was the winner of a Jefferson Award for Best New Play at Steppenwolf Theatre Company and was a co-finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for Drama for the play Omnium Gatherum. In addition, she's been a guest artist at premier theater institutions such as Juilliard and New York University. In 2016, one year after the passing of her husband of 23 years, Alexandra pivoted from writing for the theater and founded the Make Meaning Workshop. Alexandra continues to develop her work with hundreds of women, men, and young adults facing the challenges that loss, crisis, and change inevitably bring. She is the mother of 3 wonderful young men. Support the show

Duration:00:24:59

Let's Talk Death with Marni Blank

11/19/2022
In this episode, Marni, a lawyer responsible for her mother's advanced directives, shared her emotional block around completing paperwork that had to do with her mother's death. Marni Blank is a trained death doula, mediator, lawyer, and female-founded small business owner. Marni's goal is to create a safe space to learn and talk about death, dying & grief, including one's accountability in completing advance care directives & end-of-life planning, creating legacy projects, and helping with pre and post-death logistics. She brings deep compassion, active listening, practical resources, and a healthy dose of humor to her work. Death and grief affect us all. The more we connect with our families, communities, and ourselves, the less fear plays into these critical discussions and decisions. She has written articles for Trust & Will and Lantern. Support the show

Duration:00:19:07

Let's Talk Death with Daniel Kenner

10/2/2022
In this episode, Daniel shares his experience about his time spent with his dying mother. During her last year, he spent hours with her weaving together the life stories of his parents. Daniel Kenner holds a Master's in Educational Theatre from NYU and a BA in Theater from George Washington University and is a proud member of Actor's Equity, SAG-AFTRA, and National Players Tour 60. In the Spring of 2017, and within a month of each other, Daniel became an orphan after both parents died. However, they left behind their legacy, Daniel, who spent hours with his mother during her last year weaving together their life stories. Room for Grace is a love story of family and community told by a mother through her son, detailing the 60 years of a life well lived. In the spring of 2022, Daniel facilitated a five-week storytelling residency that utilized the power of storytelling as a processing tool to cope with the demanding stress of caregiving. Through Daniel's experience, he's created art-based research projects titled, Tuning In, A Window at the Moment, and Branching Out. Support the show

Duration:00:21:20

Let's Talk Death with Matthew Kennedy

10/2/2022
In this episode, Matthew shares the story of his mother's long journey with addiction to medically prescribed opioids and the trauma and the relief of her death. Matthew Kennedy is a self-taught ceramic artist whose professional career has spanned more than 25 years. Matthew set himself apart from others as one of the first who began using a tattoo machine as a carving tool on ceramics. Today his artwork is featured in many offline & online galleries. Matthew says he has a mission to serve people with his creative ability. He helps memorialize loved ones by giving them a special, unique resting place with his one-of-a-kind urns. Custom Military Urns Support the show

Duration:00:19:41

Let's Talk Death with Michael Wohl

9/18/2022
In this episode, Michael speaks about how the intimate care of his father's body and the planning for his father's funeral led to forgiveness. He talks about how the experience altered his life in a positive and meaningful way. Michael Wohl is best known for his role as one of the original designers of Apple's legendary film editing tool Final Cut Pro. He is also an award-winning filmmaker with two decades of experience across genres, styles, and formats. Michael has maintained a parallel career as an author, professor, and educator, serving eight years as an adjunct professor at UCLA's Graduate School of Film and TV. Michael is a father of two small children, a champion bird watcher, an armchair humorist, and principal baker at Burlesque Buns. Yet today, Michael joins us as the author of In Herschel's Wake, which he describes as a darkly funny examination of faith, funerals, and fucked-up fathers, but most of all, it's about forgiveness. Support the show

Duration:00:24:43

Let's Talk Death with Dean Lambert

9/18/2022
In this episode, Dean shares memories of his time with his son hours before his son's suicide. Dean shares his experience finding his son's body and the blessings he found in the tragedy. Dean Lambert has worked with funeral professionals for nearly 30 years to help them connect and serve the families facing one of the most challenging moments of their lives: the loss of a loved one. As a father who has experienced the loss of a child, he knows firsthand the grief that clouds the vision needed to honor a life well-lived. Dean is leading The Love Always Project with a team of experienced subject matter experts and people committed to its purpose: encouraging people to think more positively and proactively about end-of-life issues and funeral prearrangement. Support the show

Duration:00:33:00

Let's Talk Death with Zander Masser

6/25/2022
In this episode, Zander shares how going through his father's photos created a new relationship with his father, almost a co-dependency. For Zander to tell his father's legacy, he needs his father's photographs. And his father needs Zander to share his story. Zander Masser is an occupational therapist, husband, father, musician, and author of the narrative photography book Unburying My Father. Zander's father, Randy, contracted HIV from contaminated blood products to treat his hemophilia and died in 2000 from AIDS-related illnesses. Zander, at the time, a young fourteen-year-old boy. Twenty years later, Zander unburied ten thousand slides from Randy's career as a professional photographer, which prompted him to dig deeper into his father's life. What started as a photography project evolved into a transformative exploration of living with, and healing from, grief. Support the show

Duration:00:25:20

Let's Talk Death with John Byrne Barry

5/21/2022
In this episode, John speaks about his personal story and how writing his book led to many conversations with others who shared similar experiences about one's conflict over assisted suicide. John Byrne Barry is a writer, designer, actor, pickle ballplayer, and crossing guard. He is the author of When I Killed My Father: An Assisted-Suicide Family Thriller, which is fiction but is informed and inspired by his family's journey with their mother, who died in 2018 after ten years of dementia. When I Killed My Father, his third novel, is a "page-turner with a conscience" about a man caught between what is compassionate and what is legal. First, psychologist Lamar Rose's father, who has cancer and dementia, asks his son to help him die. Lamar refuses, but his father keeps asking, and he relents. Then, at his father's memorial, Lamar's sister accuses him of murder from the church's pulpit. Support the show

Duration:00:22:03

Let's Talk Death with Judge Karen V. Johnson (Retired)

4/5/2022
In this episode, Karen shares her journey following the overdose that led to her son's death and how it transformed her own path to growth and spirituality. Judge Johnson is a Georgetown Law Center (J.D.) graduate, a former Fulbright Scholar in Afghanistan, and holds master’s degrees in public health and Public and International Affairs (MPH, MPIA). Karen is a retired federal administrative law judge who has practiced criminal and energy law for more than 30 years. She also is a former U.S. Army officer, Major, USAR. Karen is also a grieving parent of a son, forever 27 years old, who is now trained extensively in the techniques of Illumination, Soul Retrieval, Extractions of Energies and Entities, Divination, and Death Rites. Personally trained by Alberto Villoldo, Karen is faculty at the Four Winds Society and a Master Practitioner of Energy Medicine, and the author of Living Grieving: Using Energy Medicine to Alchemize Grief and Loss. Karen writes, “You may be feeling stuck in your grief and wondering why you can’t seem to get over it. I felt the same way until I realized we do not get over grief. It’s not like catching the flu; we aren’t sick. There is no cure, and we can’t medicate it away. Instead, grief is a state of being that carries energy that you can tap into to create a new life. Just as we use the energy of other newly acquired states of being like marriage or parenthood to transform our lives, we can likewise use the energy of grieving to transform.” You can learn more about Karen here. Support the show

Duration:00:25:31

Let's Talk Death with Robert Kabacy

3/27/2022
In this episode, Robert shares how his personal grief experience led him to write a guide that helps others navigate through the steps necessary after someone has died. Robert Kabacy has been a lawyer in the estate planning and wealth transfer industries for more than twenty-five years. After his mother's death, he experienced firsthand the difficulties of navigating the legal complexities of her estate and doing so while grieving. As a result, he wrote and developed About Me: Information...

Duration:00:19:34

Let's Talk Death with Scott Huffaker

3/27/2022
In this episode, Scott shares his grief and how, through his experience, he hopes to offer comfort to the unanswered questions grieving parents often face. Scott Huffaker is a diverse businessman who is an entrepreneur, banker, investor, and musician. Born out of the death of his son, Scott is also an author of his newly published book, Lost Arrows: Coping with the Death of a Child. Scott considers himself an ordinary guy who has had some extraordinary experiences that have allowed him the...

Duration:00:18:54