Good Grief with Cheryl Jones

Good Grief with Cheryl Jones

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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August 17, 2022 52 min
Zander Masser was only 11 when his father died of AIDS, contracted because of his treatment for hemophilia. How much does a child know about his parent as a full human being? How would he carry his dad in his life going forward? It was twenty years later when Zander found his father's catalogue of photographs, taken over a long career. Begun as a desire to get his work out there, it became an exploration of Zander's relatio...
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Some people think that dying people increasingly speak nonsense, losing their grip on reality. But Lisa Smartt, a linguist trained to pay deep attention to words, realized as her father was dying that what he was saying was coherent and deeply moving, pointing to a world which she little understood and inviting an exploration of what he might be talking about. After his death, she hurtled headlong into a mission; collecting final w...
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August 3, 2022 57 min
Right at the beginning of her relationship with the love of her life, Joni Sensel had the disturbing epiphany that she would not have him for long. It turned out to be true. But before he died, it pushed her to engage fully and with all of her self for every moment with him. And, contrary to the fact and science-based self she was used to, even losing him proved to her that intuition and mystery are real. How did their love, her gr...
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July 27, 2022 52 min
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 Chor...
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July 20, 2022 55 min
How can we open up conversations with children about the heavy subjects; illness, death, grief? For Sherrie Barch, the answer came in the form of an allegory about the ways that our dead loved ones continue to be connected with those who love them. In talking with her own children about hard subjects, including the Type 1 Diabetes diagnoses of two of her children within a year. Her story has helped many parents to talk with their k...
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July 13, 2022 55 min
An expert in helping others navigate their emotions, grief taught Mary Lamia how to come to terms with the unsolvable emotions after loss. That experience led her to conclude that grief is something to BE with more than something to get over, and that made all the difference. Her fifth book emphasized the point by declaring, Grief Isn't Something to Get Over. She now supports others to honestly allow grief to live inside them a...
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July 6, 2022 55 min
Sometimes change comes by way of a fire that burns us to the ground. Losing everything he thought was important to him, Adam Hall embarked on a quest to remake his life but ended up remaking himself. What are the most important things to discover in our lives? How do we step through grief to the life we are called to live? How do we let go of what no longer serves us? Adam had to come to terms with the worst losses of his life to a...
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June 29, 2022 56 min
A project to bring poetry and art to a community in grief after 9/11 evolved into an ongoing community of artists committed to offering peace, hope and inspiration. As we continue to need encouragement to face troubling times, Elizabeth Hack collaborates with artists to create works of beauty to feed the soul. Editing a publication for just that purpose has evolved into a calling. She returns to Good Grief to share what feeds her a...
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When our friends and loved ones face a crisis, we often don't know what to say. Do we say anything at all? What if we say the wrong thing? Nearly everyone who has faced a hard time has heard things that weren't so helpful. But worse yet is silence, saying nothing. Emily McDowell faced such a time and, as a graphic designer, she chose to respond by doing what she loved- creating cards that say what is most helpful in bad tim...
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June 15, 2022 55 min
Sherry Walling experienced losses of very different kinds in a short period of time. Only five months after her beloved father died of cancer, her brother killed himself. Her world was thrown into an uproar and, as a psychologist by trade, she was unable to find ground. allowing herself to follow her own instincts, over time she learned to listen differently to herself and her clients. and the greatest comfort she felt was while sh...
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June 8, 2022 55 min
After her fiancee's father died, Erica Buist became terrified of death itself. Afraid to venture outside and anxious about the other people she loved dying too, her life narrowed to an alarming degree. She resolved that once she was able to go out of the house, she would explore the ways people around the world helped themselves through loss and grief. How did they handle it? In trips around the globe, she faced her own fears a...
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June 1, 2022 56 min
Judy Lipson's family had more than their share of loss and no skills at talking about them. After the deaths of her two sisters Judy put her head down and went on, not believing she could face her grief. In the process, she was unable to come to terms with the losses or find a way to incorporate her only two siblings into her life going forward. But thirty years later, she finally allowed herself to grieve them, fully and deepl...
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May 25, 2022 57 min
When we experience loss our first and most intense desire is to get back to who we were before the tragedy. When that isn't possible, we can become lost in an endless loop of desire for our old self. But it is in accepting the loss a building our new self that our hopes for a future self live. Michele Neff Hernandez learned the truth about this when her beloved husband died suddenly. Where was the capable woman who could make t...
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May 18, 2022 54 min
Michelle Cleveland coaches her clients to be the best versions of themselves.The lessons she learned from two of her children who had learning differences taught her to meet her clients where they are and support them in their individuality. What informs her work even more deeply is what it took for her to create a good life after the suicides of two of her sons. She has been able to find meaning and purpose both in her coaching an...
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May 11, 2022 55 min
Differences are what make humans endlessly evolving, and interesting. But often people who are different are shunned, oppressed and misunderstood. Mickey Rowe was seen as different both because of being legally blind and because he is autistic. Getting the world to believe he had unique and powerful skills to offer took a superhuman effort. His different abilities were less limiting than other people's inability to give him wha...
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May 4, 2022 42 min
Over a lifetime, what has given you the gift of shift? There's no way around those painful and difficult circumstances that come to us all, but what ultimately allows us to move forward with new wisdom? Ann Papayoti has experienced deep sorrow and loss, painful circumstance and yes, transformation. All of it led her to her life work- coaching other people towards lives of meaning and self realization! Join us to learn how she d...
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April 27, 2022 55 min
Ken Ross grew up immersed in the work of his mother, Elisabeth Kubler-Ross. Unlike most people in the West, he was immersed in a world where death, dying and grief wer openly talked about and explored. How did he come to view his unique experience with the pioneering author of On Death and Dying? We will talk about his mother's work, his childhood and how he carries her work forward, honoring the legacy she left. We'll also...
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April 27, 2022 55 min
Ken Ross grew up immersed in the work of his mother, Elisabeth Kubler-Ross. Unlike most people in the West, he was immersed in a world where death, dying and grief wer openly talked about and explored. How did he come to view his unique experience with the pioneering author of On Death and Dying? We will talk about his mother's work, his childhood and how he carries her work forward, honoring the legacy she left. We'll also...
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April 20, 2022 55 min
Living what he considered a charmed life, Ivan Maisel was completely unprepared for the unexpected loss of his 21 year old son from suicide. The decisions he made in those first terrible hours, days, weeks, gave him a way forward as he struggled to learn how to live with the unimaginable. He and his family would be open about the loss. They would not hide the cause of his death. He and his family would not judge the way they each g...
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April 13, 2022 55 min
Living a lifetime without his father, Jonathan Wess developed a clear vision of what he would have gained from that relationship. Only four years old when his father died, he missed out on the opportunity to learn from his father, to hear how he felt about his life and to receive the legacy of his father's memories. As an adult, this led Jonathan to a passion for collecting stories; stories to remember loved ones by and stories...
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