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.

Episodes

July 21, 2021 54 min
It was a day in the life of a talented entrepreneur and her family. The kids were headed off to games and an audition, set to showcase their talents. The adults were their chauffeurs and cheerleaders. And then, into this beautiful day came the gunman, an antisemitic assailant to stole the lives of three people. Two of them were Mindy Corporon's son and father, at the synagogue for the young man's audition. How does a person...
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Our picture of widowhood conjures a grey haired woman, maybe a grandmother, mourning the loss of a life long love. But that picture does not always fit the facts. Melissa Gould was young, still raising a child, when her husband, the love of her life, died. How would she move forward into a life she never anticipated? What would support her along the way? In her intimate and illuminating memoir, we learn not only what she relied on ...
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July 7, 2021 55 min
There is a comfort in growing up in a cult; believing absolutely in whatever we are taught, giving members a framework for all the difficulties in life. But for many, there is a terrible price to pay; suspending our own capacity to process information and determine our own truth, denying evident contradictions, limiting our own possibilities. For Angela Himsel, the path away from the cult she was raised in led to a complete reorgan...
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June 30, 2021 53 min
What does it mean to us when we dream about a person in our life who has died? Sometimes we are working to understand the loss or move forward from it. Sometimes we are plagued by the need to know that they are ok. Sometimes we hope for just one more moment, one more time to feel as if they are with us. Whether our dreams are positive or negative, they are significant. Joshua Black had a dream after his father died that changed his...
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June 23, 2021 55 min
Just getting a call that someone you love has died brings grief and profound impact. But what if the second call is from a police officer theorizing that your uncle, your mother's brother, has killed her? This stark and terrifying day sent Kory Marie on a quest not only to navigate her own grief, but to try to discover what had happened. And then, it became clear over time that there were aspects of her mother's life and de...
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June 16, 2021 55 min
What we create as a result of learning to navigate our grief is unique; a creative expression of our deepest lives. For Reid Peterson, creating the Grief Refuge app reflected his deep desire to offer a daily companion to people who had experienced loss. But first he had to work with his own grief for the two men who had fathered him; his father and stepfather. After each of their deaths, he chose to move towards the feelings he was...
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June 9, 2021 54 min
Nothing prepares us for the three words you have cancer. How do people facing this frightening diagnosis navigate the emotional fallout which, for most, will be a significant aspect of their cancer experience? When Cynthia Hayes faced her own diagnosis, she felt ill equipped to help herself. Over time she gathered new skills and trusted advisors to support her. She felt compelled to offer what she had learned, and what she research...
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June 2, 2021 55 min
Faith Wilcox faced the unimaginable. Her healthy, accomplished and intelligent 13 year old was diagnosed with a lethal form of cancer and, despite the best efforts of her health care team, she died in less than a year. In the meantime, Faith had left the bad marriage she had endured for years. She knew she could not help her daughter through this illness and stay married to her husband. Her older daughter faced the loss of her sist...
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May 26, 2021 55 min
When Lily Dulan gave birth to her baby girl, it seemed like the culmination to years of work to create the life she'd envisioned. Despite complications at the start, her child was given a clean bill of health and she and her husband joyfully headed home. But not long after, her beautiful baby Kala died of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome. None of the work she'd done n the past to heal from her traumas prepared her for this. But...
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May 19, 2021 54 min
Arriving for a weekend trip, Lisa Goich was unprepared to hear that her beloved mother had just 2 weeks to live. Suspending her everyday life, Lisa devoted herself to her mother's care, fulfilling a deep commitment to honor their relationship. In the process Lisa's relationship to death itself changed. Resulting in two books; 14 Days: A Mother, A Daughter, a Two-Week Goodbye and I Wonder: A Guided Grief Journal, Lisa applie...
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May 12, 2021 55 min
There is a comfort in growing up in a cult; believing absolutely in whatever we are taught, giving members a framework for all the difficulties in life. But for many, there is a terrible price to pay; suspending our own capacity to process information and determine our own truth, denying evident contradictions, limiting our own possibilities. For Angela Himsel, the path away from the cult she was raised in led to a complete reorgan...
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May 5, 2021 55 min
When the unimaginable happens, each of us enters our own grief language, unique to our deepest selves. When Mike Bernhardt's wife died in 1991, poetry (both writing and reading it) connected him to his own pain and, over time, healing. As time went forward, he wanted to share the gift of poetry with other grievers and began collecting poems that spoke to him, resulting in a compilation; Voices of the Heart. 30 years later, duri...
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April 28, 2021 55 min
Up until recently, families who experienced pregnancy loss, still birth and other reproductive losses had very little to depend on to carry them through the confusing and heartbreaking grief of a loss society often fails to recognize. Recently, several public figures have chosen to talk publicly about these losses in their own lives, opening up the conversation and helping other women who have experienced these losses to know they ...
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April 21, 2021 52 min
How often have you heard someone who has been through loss say they are living their lives to honor the person they lost? This impulse to give back ofter loss is powerful and pure. But the shape it takes varies, showing itself in unique and moving ways. For David Richman, the death of his sister from cancer led to a 5,000 mile bicycle trip to raise money and also to explore existential questions of life and death her illness had aw...
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April 14, 2021 54 min
What turns do our lives take after cancer? Dawn Newton wrote a memoir about the lung cancer that dropped into her life so unexpectedly. It would take nine years for the next chapter in her life as a writer to unfold- novelist. Did coming through a time full of challenge affect the book, The Remnants of Summer? How does she believe facing cancer changed her? Writing a book of fiction that confronts loss and grief could well have bee...
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April 7, 2021 45 min
Of all the words that can touch our lives, you have cancer are some of the most frightening. For Nancy Novack, her diagnosis also made clear how little she knew about this new world and what she would need to face the next steps. Following her successful treatment for Stage IV ovarian cancer, she committed to offer resources to others facing a cancer diagnosis; to offer hope, information and resources to people in the same situatio...
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March 31, 2021 54 min
Singer Amikaeyla has spent her career sharing musical healing with people facing challenges around the world. Out of her own deep experiences with music as a force for healing, her work is fueled by a belief in its magic powers. So what has this last year during a pandemic, when her work was altered and sometimes unrecognizable, been like? What has kept her optimism and personal healing going? What lessons she learned over many yea...
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In a short span of time, Maria Kefalas' husband, father and father-in-law were all diagnosed with life limiting cancer. But none of them knew that would not be the worst thing they would face. Her 2 year old daughter's diagnosis with MLD, an incurable and universally fatal illness, would take her grief to an even deeper place. And facing life with a dying child and husband would seem, at first, impossible. Over time, though...
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March 17, 2021 52 min
How do the lives left behind when parents leave their country and culture impact their first generation children? Esther Amini's parents carried with them the fears, oppressions and traditions they left but also the grit and determination it took to create a new life. Confused as a child about what caused them to behave the way they did, Esther has spent a lifetime seeking to understand them and, ultimately, herself. In the pro...
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March 10, 2021 54 min
In the hardest of times, what moves us, inspires us and takes us that one step further? For Neil Beresin, a counselor and interfaith chaplain, it is often poetry. What he learned during his own most difficult times now serves the people he works with, offering inspiration when all seems bleak. What poems most speak to him and to them? How does he bring poetry into the room for comfort and resonance? And what can we all learn about ...
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