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Let’s Talk Death

Let's Talk Death

 

 

Let’s Talk Death:

Conversations to Inform and Inspire

It’s time to take the “taboo” out of the topics surrounding dying, death, and grief. 

Our core belief here at HealGrief is that no one should ever grieve alone, that is why we are always evolving to bring you more social support services and programs! Let’s Talk Death, is our newest venture. 

Our goal with this program is to help inform our HealGrief community and the community at large about issues related to grief and loss, while also inspiring individuals to further explore topics that feel relevant in their life.

This web-based show is a hybrid between a podcast and a webinar. Every month we will bring you a 15-20 minute pre-recorded episode that lets you listen in to a casual conversation with guests and show hosts. Let’s Talk Death episodes will bring you topics such as end of life issues, pre-planning, and grief as seen by researchers, authors, bereavement support professionals, bereaved individuals, and community members. *

Would you like to be a guest speaker here on Let’s Talk Death? Then tell us about yourself in a submission inquiry. Inquiry request


*As we value the opinions and beliefs of all our guests, they are not necessarily the views and opinions of HealGrief® and its programs.


Meet your Hosts



Fran Solomon

Fran is the Founder of HealGrief® a 501(c)3 non-profit providing the tools, resources and programming to guide one’s journey with grief into a healthy post bereavement growth after a death.

Andy McNeil



Andy McNiel MA

Andy is an author and educator on topics related to grief and loss. He is a managing partner with The Satori Group, offering education in grief and loss support, and providing management and consulting to nonprofit organizations.


We are honored to be co-hosting Let’s Talk Death because we believe these “tough topics” should have a place in our society and we hope to provide another way for people to find hope in the midst of grief. you can listen to all Let’s Talk Death episodes in many of you favorite podcast applications.


Meet Our Guests

Anita Moorjani

Anita Moorjani

Author, Dying To Be Me

In this episode, Anita speaks about her near-death experience, what it taught her, and how it made a profound difference in how she chooses to live her life today.

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Scarlett Lewis

Jesse Lewis Choose Love Foundation

In this episode, Scarlett shares how her son’s message inspired her to create the Jesse Lewis Choose Love Foundation. Six year old Jesse Lewis saved lives but lost his own as his friends escaped the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre.

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Kyle Lowder

Emmy-Nominated & Award Winning Actor & Producer

In this episode, Kyle recalls his first grief experience at the age of 16, after the death of his best friend was killed in an auto accident. He touches on how his personal experience with death loss helped him in his character role in the soon to be released motion picture film, The Ravine.

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AnnaLynne McCord

American Actress, Writer, Director & Producer

In this episode, AnnaLynne reveals her personal experience of death loss and how that affected her as a child. She exposes her moment contemplating suicide and how recalling the grief she and her mother experienced after her grandfather’s suicide interfered with her ability to take her own life.

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Dr. Christopher Kerr

Hospice Palliative Care-Buffalo, CEO & CMO
Author, Death Is But A Dream

In this episode, Dr. Kerr shares his research on the dreams end-of-life patients experience and how he inadvertently realized a connection to his personal experience as a 12-year-old boy at his father’s bedside during his own dad’s end-of-life.

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Joyal Mulheron

Founder, Evermore

In this episode, Joyal shares she encountered few support systems before, during, and after the death of her daughter. Given the significant hardships families face, Joyal shares her hopes, and efforts to change the landscape for bereaved families because losing a child…changes everything.

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Jason Holzer

Author, Shattered by Suicide, Renewed by Resilience

In this episode, Jason shares his story about the day he learned of his father’s suicide. He speaks about how “just” being heard had an impact on his ability to move forward and how the birth of his firstborn set him on a personal mission of instilling positive affirmation and self-worth into the daily lives of youth.

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Dr. Katherine Shear

Founder & Executive Director, Center for Complicated Grief

In this episode, Dr. Shear shares her journey into the field and speaks about the method used in diagnosing and treating what some commonly refer to as complicated grief.

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Dr. Jeff Spiess

Author, Dying with Ease

In this episode, Dr. Spiess recognized how the medical community failed patients that they could no longer help. This awareness led him towards deepening relationships with those dying, and how it led him to author, Dying with Ease: A compassionate Guide to Making Wiser End-of-Life Decisions.

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Hope Edelman

Author

In this episode, Hope shares her story about her grief after her mother lost her battle to cancer and how the “dark ages” of grief left her with no support. Now decades later, she writes the AfterGrief: Finding Your Way Along the Long Arc of Loss.

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Kelly Pascuzzi

Co-Producer, The Ravine

In this episode, Kelly talks about a calling she and her husband had to create a fictional motion picture based on personal experience. Her hope is to bring a universal message of  hope and forgiveness.

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Robert Pascuzzi

Author & Co-Producer, The Ravine

In this episode, Robert talks about a calling he had to author the novel, The Ravine and how it developed into a fictional motion picture. He spoke about his journey creating the film and how amazingly each actor was able to portray the true grief experience through the various characters throughout the film.

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James Mueller

Author, Lyrics of a Broken Heart

In this episode, Jim talks about his son’s challenging life, the impact Luke’s death had on his family dynamics, how new family bonds needed to be formed. He discusses how his personal journaling, now a book called “Lyrics of a Broken Heart: A Father’s Journey Toward Wholeness,” transformed his grief into hope and healing.

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Dr. Sharon Prentice

Author, Becoming Starlight

In this episode, Dr. Prentice talks about how her faith was shattered after her daughter’s death and the anger she lived with until her husband’s death. She speaks of her “shared death experience” during her husband’s death eight years later and how that restored her faith and ability to love and be happy again.

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Robert A. Neimeyer, Ph.D.

Portland Institute for Loss and Transition

In this episode, Dr. Neimeyer helps us take a more in-depth look into the idea of how we can utilize meaning-making in our grief while talking about how it has made a positive impact on his journey.

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Paul Malley

Aging with Dignity, President

In this episode, Paul helps demystify advanced care planning while talking about the numerous benefits it may provide for individuals and families. He also discusses why he connects deeply to the mission of Aging with Dignity.

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Dr. Donna Schurrman

Doughy Center, Executive Director, Author, Never the Same: Coming to Terms with the Death of a Parent

In this episode, Dr. Schurrman discusses how our society can influence how we grieve. Her candid nature helps us feel empowered to take our grief back as our own and make sure we honor our own journey.

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Mary Robinson, MA, CT

Imagine, Executive Director & Founder

In this episode, Mary shares about her father’s death and the traumatic events that followed. And how she and her brother, teens at the time, down a path of challenging behaviors. She said, “We are not bad kids; we were just sad kids.”

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Ora Nadrich

Institute for Transformational Thinking, Author

In this episode, Ora Nadrich inspires us to think about our innate skill of mindfulness as a superpower in our lives. She helps us look at the benefits of mindfulness and how the courage to be present can help us fully appreciate our grief journey.

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Tricia LaVoice

Author, Wishes for the Mother’s Heart

In this episode, Tricia LaVoice shares her personal experience to help us see that even though we may not always talk about our struggles, we are more alike than we are different amid grief. She highlights how finding connections and outlets for our grief can help us see that grief doesn’t always have to be such a lonely journey.

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Heather L. Servaty-Seib, Ph.D., HSPP

Purdue University
Co-Author, We Get It

In this episode, Dr. Servaty-Seib‘s passion for the grieving young adult population shines through as she helps to raise awareness about the unique issues she sees not only on her campus, Purdue University, but also themes that have emerged from her research.

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Dr. David Fajgenbaum

Castleman Disease Collaborative Network, Co-Founder & Executive Director
Co-Author, We Get It

In this episode, Dr. Fajgenbaum discusses how his personal experiences with grief had led him to not only look for every opportunity to live life to the fullest and look for hope in some of the darkest times but how to also write about it to inspire others.

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Briana Megid

Young Adult

In this episode, Briana Megid shares her experience and why advocating for suicide awareness is so important in her life.

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Susan Mah

The Loss Project, Founder

In this episode, Susan Mah helps us explore The Loss Project, what it means to her, and how art can be an excellent outlet for grief and healing.

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Kate Etter

Medical Student

In this episode, Kate shares her story on what it was like to be a bereaved young adult attending college. She speaks about how she seeks to incorporate grief work into her practice and to ensure her patients feel supported in times of grief.

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Renee Lund

Student

In this episode, Renee talks about her experience as a 7th grader knowing that her mother was going to die and the journey of her grief, before, during and after her mom’s death.

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David Forstadt

Jade Recovery, CEO

In this episode, David Forstadt helps us take a more in-depth look into the intricacies that can be woven between the unique issues individuals can face in coping with painful life experiences such as grief and addiction.

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Kate Longly

Photographer
In this episode, Kate gives us a glimpse into what it’s like to be a photographer capturing the powerful memories of a family during one’s end of life. Memories are not just about capturing the happy moments but taking time to capture a moment in time and a way of life.
 
 

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Emma Payne

Grief Coach, Founder

In this episode, Emma discusses her own experience with grief and how the silence of others led her on a journey to create Grief Coach, a text messaging service empowering others to support those they love after a death loss.

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Denny Strickland

Denny Strickland

Singer, Song Writer

In this episode, Denny talks about the “Real World” issues that families face and how they are often amplified during the holiday season. Denny also shed’s light on why he connected with HealGrief.

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Scott & Pammy Kramer

Dancing While Cancering, Co-Founders

In this episode, the Kramer’s share how their daughter, Maddie, only 2 1/2 years old, gave them life and inspiration even in her death. They share how they speak of Maddie every day talking with her little sister, who only had Maddie alive for less than a year.

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Alexa Bigwarfe

Author, Sunshine After the Storm: A Survival Guide for the Grieving Mother

In this episode, Alexa shares her story on what would have been her daughter’s 8th birthday. She speaks on the struggles of grieving a twin’s death while celebrating the other’s birth and the choice she made, turning her anger into healing.

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Alicia Coppola

Actress, Author, Gracefully Gone

In this episode, Alicia Coppola introduces her book, Gracefully Gone, and gets real about how her grief journey has changed her life and encourages all of us to “be loud” when it comes to grief.

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Peggy Talken

Founder, Pink Star Foundation

In this episode, Peggy shares her story about her beloved daughter and how forgiveness played such an essential role in her grief journey. Forgiveness allowed her to begin her journey to heal after her daughter was killed in a fatal boating accident.

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Heidi Herzon

Executive Producer for Film & Television

In this episode, Heidi has an honest and hope-filled conversation about her experience as a grieving young adult. She shares her perspective on how this has helped shaped her life and encourages others to embrace grief in their own way.

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Colet Abedi

Writer, Author & Producer

In this episode, Colet shares her personal story with grief, how it changed her life, and changed her too. She speaks about how others were waiting for her to be back to herself. They didn’t understand that grief and its impact changed her forever.

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Ilene Smith

Author, Somatic Experiencing Practitioner

In this episode, Ilene speaks about Somatic Experiencing and the important role it played on helping her to heal through her own personal grief journey after her husband’s death.

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Kimberly Carter-Gamble

Producer, Director & Writer

In this episode, Kimberly shares insights into her raw experience of grief. She journeyed around the world in search of alternative healing methods and how she integrated them into her healing.

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Brook Griese, PhD

Judi’s House & JAG Institute, Co-Founder

In this episode, Brook talks about a touching moment that brought clarity to her professional path and the much needed work of Judi’s House and the JAG Institute, where practice informed evidence and research come together.

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Lynn Snyder

Common Ground Grief Center

In this episode, Lynn speaks about her calling and how she turned it into a bereavement care center for children and the inspiration behind her new book, Little Ruby’s Big Change- Talking with Children About Loss, Change and Hope.

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Greg Adams

The Center for Good Mourning, Program Coordinator

In this episode, Greg shares his experiences with grief as a young boy and the inspiring lessons he learned. He shares the inspiration to his book, Adam Gets Back Into The Game and his hope to inspire children of all ages.

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Allison Gilbert

Author, Speaker, Journalist

In this episode, Allison shares her personal journey with grief and speaks passionately about the importance of keeping memories of loved ones alive and her Memory Bash® events to celebrate them.

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Miki Speer

Author, Musician, Talk Show Host

In this episode, Miki speaks to her experience as a 13-year-old who struggled to “feel” normal after her mother’s death and why she had to finally embrace her grief, about ten years later.

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Cheryl Jones, M.S.

Grief Counselor, Educator, Radio Host

In this episode, Cheryl shares her story about living with her wife’s cancer for about ten years, the grief following her death, and how it led to her work as a bereavement care professional.

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Joe Asteroid

English Singer-Songwriter

In this episode, Joe shares her personal journey and recalls the news of her mother’s losing battle with cancer, and how her grief connected her with a meaningful friendship and influenced her writing and music.

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Heron Wolf

Italian Singer-Songwriter

In this episode, Heron shares his grief story and how it connected him to a meaningful friendship. He speaks about how grief influences his music and connects him to his audience.

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Sarah Corbett Lynch

Actress, Author, Singer-Songwriter

In this episode, Sarah shares her story about her journey with grief and how she hopes her books inspire and help others to find hope and happiness again, as she did.

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Harold Ivan Smith

Speaker, Author, Counselor, Grief Educator

In this episode, Harold shares a childhood experience that remains very present today, which perhaps led him into the bereavement care field and his writings. Harold speaks about his most recent book, Almost Everything Worth Knowing about Harry S Truman and the grief experienced in Truman’s life.

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Martha Handler

Actress, Author, Conservationist

In this episode, Martha talks about her grief journey and how wolves seemed to play a role in her life. She shares her experiences of seeing decedents and spirits and how her friend’s son channeled through her and inspired her writing.

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Bonnie Carroll

Founder, TAPS

In this episode, Bonnie shares her story about her grief experience and the support she hoped to find. Although services were available, she explains why they weren’t helpful and how that disappointment led her to the creation of TAPS, Tragedy Assist Program for Survivors.

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Noah Cochron, MSW

Co-Founder, COVID Grief Network

In this episode, Noah shares their grief experience of being an adolescent when their father died and then a young adult when their mother died. Living in a world as a young person without parents “with big grief and big love” led them to their work.

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Chloe Zelkha

Educator, Spiritual Caregiver, Co-Founder, COVID Grief Network

In this episode, Chloe shares her grief experience as a young adult and the reckoning that we can all die at any moment. How that awareness brought sadness, rage, and also wisdom and a deepening for her own story.

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John Abraham

Founder, Choice with Dignity

In this episode, John talks about his work with Choice and Dignity, a right to die nonprofit organization offering end-of-life advocacy to enable everyone to have a “good death.”

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