Good Grief with Cheryl Jones

July 27, 2016
Hosted by Cheryl Jones

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Good Grief with Cheryl Jones

Wednesday at 2 PM Pacific Time on 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.

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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Cheryl Jones

Cheryl Jones is a grief counselor. During her education as a Marriage and Family Therapist, her first wife was diagnosed with Multiple Myeloma, which was at the time a uniformly terminal illness with a six month to one year prognosis. In the eight years that followed, Cheryl engaged daily in the work of preparing for her death. She received training during this period from Stephen and Ondrea Levine (Who Dies and Grieving Into Life and Death) and Richard Olney (founder of Self-Acceptance Training). After her wife’s death, Cheryl immersed herself in her own multifaceted grief, surprised by frequent moments of joy.

Cheryl is a consultant and group leader at the Free Therapy Program of the Women’s Cancer Resource Center. She has trained extensively with Erving Polster, leader in the field of gestalt therapy and author of Everybody’s Life is worth a Novel. She was Clinical Director at the Alternative Family Project, which served the therapeutic needs of LGBTQ families in San Francisco. She also wrote a column called Motherlines for the San Francisco Bay Times and ran Considering Parenthood groups for the LGBT community.

Before becoming a therapist, Cheryl enjoyed careers as a musician, a restaurant owner and a carpenter. She still enjoys singing with the Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir, eating food in outstanding Bay Area locations and remodeling her Craftsman. She lives with her wife in Oakland, California and especially savors time with her family and friends.

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Joules Evans

Joules Evans describes herself as “occasionally radioactive with a chance of superpowers,” which she uses to fight cancer. She’s the author of Shaken But Not Stirred... a Chemo Cocktail and is working on several other books, including Bottoms Up...”Getting Over” Cancer. Joules is a contributor to “A Year of Living Sincerely”, a VLOG in honor of Vanessa Blust Tiemeier of The Live Sincerely Project. She videos for a series, Take Down Cancer, close to once a day. As an activist in the fight for a breast cancer cure, Joules acts as exhibition coordinator/ consultant for The SCAR Project, fashion photographer David Jay’s project to bring awareness to breast cancer by exhibiting his photographs of young survivors. She facilitated a SCAR Project exhibit in Cincinnati, Ohio. Joules also works with The Dragonfly Foundation, a Cincinnati organization whose mission is to bring comfort and joy to kids fighting cancer. joulesevans.wordpress.com. View Guest page

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Kevin Thaddeus Fisher-Paulson


Kevin Thaddeus Fisher-Paulson lives with his husband Brian, their two sons, and their four rescue dogs in San Francisco. When not writing, he serves as Captain of the Honor Guard for the San Francisco Sheriffs Department. He earned a degree in American Studies from the University of Notre Dame in 1980 and subsequently studied writing with Dorothy Allison, Jessica Hagedorn and Steve Abbott and has attended courses at the University of Iowa and the University of Oregon. Kevin contributed regularly as a writer to The Sentinel, and his stories and poems have been seen in The James White Literary Review, Amethyst, Oberon, RFD and Suburban Wilderness. His essay, Virtue Enough for Miss Grrrl was published as part of an anthology, When Love Lasts Forever, by Pilgrim Press. His plays and monologues have been produced in the ODC Summerfest, Theater Rhinoceros, and the National AIDS Theater Festival. Kevin contributes irregularly to the National Public Radio Perspective Series View Guest page

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Zoe Fitzgerald Carter

Zoe FitzGerald Carter is the author of the memoir, Imperfect Endings: A Daughter's Story of Love, Loss, and Letting Go, an account of her mother's decision to end her own life after a long battle with Parkinson's Disease. Imperfect Endings, published by Simon & Schuster, was excerpted in O magazine, chosen as a finalist for the National MS Society's Books for a Better Life Awards in the "Inspirational Memoir" category, and was a Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writer's pick. People magazine says Imperfect Endings "coaxes beauty from the bleak" and Paula Span of The New York Times wrote, "I could quote from this book all day." Zoe was born in Paris, France and grew up in Washington D.C. A lifelong writer and graduate of Columbia Journalism School, Zoe has written for numerous publications including The New York Times, The San Francisco Chronicle, Salon and Vogue. She is a proud member of the San Francisco Writers Grotto where she teaches classes in memoir and is currently at work on a book about race. She also plays guitar and sings in an indie stringband called Do Wrong Right. View Guest page

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Dr. Michael Fratkin

Dr. Michael Fratkin is a father, husband, brother, son, and physician, He is dedicated to the well being of his community. Since completing his training, he has made his home and built his family in rural Northern California. He has served his community in primary care in a community clinic system, as a medical director of the local hospice, as a leader in the community hospital medical staff, and a transformative voice for improving the experience of people facing the end of life. At a time of great demographic and cultural change in our society, Dr. Fratkin has created ResolutionCare to insure capable and soulful care of everyone, everywhere as they approach the completion of life. View Guest page

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Rabbi Mel Glazer



Rabbi Mel Glazer has been the Rabbi of Temple Shalom in Colorado Springs, CO since July 2007. A 1974 ordainee of The Jewish Theological Seminary in New York City, he received his Doctor of Ministry (concentration in death and mourning) degree from Princeton Theological Seminary in 1995, and his Doctor of Divinity degree in 2001. He has served congregations in the United States, Canada and South Africa. He is the author of “When Death Visits A Jewish Home: 99 Actions For Mourners” (Fall 2007) and “And God Created Hope: Finding Your Way Through Grief with Lessons from Early Biblical Stories” (Del Capo Publishers, Jan. 2007).

His latest book is “A GPS For Grief and Healing (2014).” In addition, he has contributed articles and chapters on grief and mourning to numerous publications. He has been a member of the Board of Kavod V’Nichum, an international organization which supports the creation of local groups which care for the dead and their families. He has participated in their Conferences, and has led sessions on “The Double Silence: In and Out of Tahara.”

He has led bereavement groups and enjoys helping people move “from mourning to morning.” Find out more about Mel at http://www.griefok.com. View Guest page

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Dawn Gross


Dawn Gross earned her BA from USC and a combined MD and PhD from Tufts University School of Medicine. She completed her residency in Internal Medicine at Tufts and received fellowship training at Stanford in Hematology and Bone Marrow Transplant. Dawn became a hospice physician after her father’s death and was subsequently invited to attend on the palliative care team at UCSF. She has recently joined the Palliative Care Committee in San Francisco’s Department of Aging, as well as become host for the first of its kind live, call-in radio program, Dying To Talk. Compelled by her experiences as a mother, hospice and palliative care provider and caregiver to her father at the end of his life, Dawn continues to speak and write extensively and is hard at work on her first book. View Guest page

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Jordan Grumet


Jordan Grumet was born in Evanston, Illinois in 1973. His interest in becoming a doctor formed when his father, an oncologist, died in the early eighties. He graduated from the University of Michigan and moved to Chicago and received his medical degree from Northwestern University. After relocating to St. Louis for residency, he returned to Evanston and now practices Internal Medicine in Northbrook, Illinois. He is the acting medical director of two nursing facilities and is an associate medical director of hospice and palliative care. Jordan is married and has two children. Jordan’s chapbook of poetry, Primary Care, was released by The Lives You Touch publications in winter 2012. His short stories have appeared in Pulse: Voices from the Heart of Medicine and Medical Economics. He is also a frequent contributor to the popular physician web site KevinMD. Jordan updates his blog regularly (www.jordan-inmyhumbleopinion.blogspot.com) and can be followed on twitter (@jordangrumet). View Guest page

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Elizabeth Hack


Elizabeth Hack is the founding director and editor of San Francisco Peace and Hope, a literary arts publication. The anthology is a collection of poetry and artwork with local and international voices that offers a positive vision for peace and hope in the world. Ms. Hack founded SFPH the day after 9/11 and it was part of her personal grieving process since she has strong family ties to NYC. The book recently received a Gold Seal award at the Dancing Poetry Festival held at the Legion of Honor. View Guest page

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Robin Hammond

The winner of numerous awards including a World Press Photo prize, the RF Kennedy Journalism Award, the W.Eugene Smith Award for Humanistic Photography, and four Amnesty International awards for Human Rights journalism, Robin Hammond has dedicated his career to documenting human rights and development issues around the world through long term photographic projects. His latest work on homophobia and trans-phobia, Where Love Is Illegal, has become a popular social media campaign that shares stories of discrimination and supports advocacy groups in Africa. Robin is the founder of Witness Change, a non-profit organization dedicated to advancing human rights through highly visual story telling. View Guest page

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Chelsea Hanson

Chelsea Hanson is an author, grief educator, and founder of www.WithSympathyGifts.com, which is an online gift shop that helps you remember and honor the lives of loved ones with beautiful and lasting memorials. Chelsea’s published works and grief support programs have been used by over 700 funeral homes across the country to provide comfort, hope and inspiration to those who have lost loved ones. Because she has the unique combination of being heart-based and brilliant at business (owning 2 successful businesses and working in corporate banking), she can help your spiritual business bloom in ways that feed your bottom line and authentic spirit as well as serve others by applying your exceptional gifts. Inspired by the loss of her parents, the underlying theme of her work is to help you make each day count by living a purposeful life in honor of those who have gone before you. View Guest page

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Edie Hartshorne



Edie Hartshorne, M.S.W., and certified Feldenkrais® Practitioner combining spiritual inquiry with music, poetry, and somatic practice. With over 35 years of counseling experience using meditation, somatic practices and music, Edie's guidance promotes new insights and a sense of well being.

For the last two decades Edie has dedicated her work as a musician to creating peace. Specializing in meditative music, she composes and records on Japanese Koto, Native American, bamboo and clay flutes. She’s performed with Thich Nhat Hahn and the Dali Lama and was elected a Fellow of the World Academy of Art and Science. Her audio recordings are available for performances, retreats or conferences. Edie's prize winning memoir Light in Blue Shadows has offered solace and hope to hundreds of bereaved families and individuals. In a series of finely rendered vignettes, Hartshorne unfolds the emotional and spiritual odyssey following the unexpected death of her 20 year-old son. www.edie.hartshorne.net View Guest page

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Lorraine Hedtke


Lorraine Hedtke MSW, ACSW, LCSW, Ph.D. is employed by California State University San Bernardino where she coordinates and teaches the MS graduate counseling & PPS credential programs. She also is the founder of The Fabula Center, a counseling and training center located in Southern California. Lorraine teaches about death, dying and bereavement throughout the US and internationally. Her unique ideas and practices are drawn from narrative therapy and represent a departure from the conventional models of grief psychology. Her articles have appeared in numerous professional journals and magazines. She, along with John Winslade, co-authored “Remembering lives: conversations with the dying and the bereaved” (Baywood, 2004). Her children’s book, My Grandmother is Always with Me (2005; 2014, 2nd edition), is written with her daughter, Addie. Her text, Breathing life into the stories of the dead: Constructing bereavement support groups (2012) is available from Taos Publishing View Guest page

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Jethro Heiko

Jethro Heiko is a Partner in the Action Mill, a human-centered design firm in Philadelphia. The Action Mill improves communication and decision-making about end-of-life care. Following the death of his father 20 years ago, Jethro founded REFLECT, the 5 College Bereavement Support Program, which worked to help college students cope with the terminal illness or death of a loved one. View Guest page

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Dr. Clifton Hicks

Dr. Clifton Hicks is the Founder of Urban-based Adventures ™: Adventure-based Psychotherapy™. He is also a Psychiatric Social Worker for the Department of Public Health in San Francisco, CA, providing individual, group, and family psychotherapy. In both capacities, Dr. Hicks specializes in the treatment of trauma for under-served children of color and their families in San Francisco and the Bay Area. Dr. Hicks has provided Continuing Education Units (CEU) Training to clinicians on Adventure-based Psychotherapy™, conducted Community-based Seminars on trauma and continues to provide ongoing In-Service Trainings to Educators in the San Francisco Unified School District on helping traumatized children learn. Recently, he was spotlighted in the San Francisco Chronicle, “An Uphill Climb” and highlighted in The RV Project Blog: “Climbing to Repair a Child”. The San Francisco Board of Supervisors has also recognized his work. View Guest page

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Katherine Ingram, MA



Katherine Ingram, MA, is a writer, therapist and soul coach. She received degrees from Northwestern University, the University of San Francisco, and did doctoral work in depth psychology at Pacifica Graduate Institute in Santa Barbara. For almost two decades she has actively studied Jungian psychology, Taoism, metaphysics, and Native American spiritual traditions. Her first book, Washing the Bones: A Memoir of Love, Loss and Transformation, was awarded a 2014 Nautilus silver medal and the Next Generation Indie Book Award and she is a contributing author to Unwavering Strength, being released in February. For five years she has written a regular column titled Soul Matters, about life at the intersection of spirit and matter, for the Jacksonville Review. She lives with her family in the beautiful wine country of Southern Oregon. Find out more at www.katherineingram.com View Guest page

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Susan Jacobi

Susan Jacobi, host of the groundbreaking podcast, Conversations That Heal, author of How to love yourself: The Hope after child abuse and speaker, is committed to speaking about the impact of childhood trauma on the adult survivors. Susan has healed from her own personal journey of severe childhood abuse and has turned her hardships around to create a positive path for her life. Practicing healthy ways to think, feel and act is where the hope lives to a life we dream of. Susan can be reached at susan jacobi dot com or email susan at susan jacobi dot com. View Guest page

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Nick Jehlen

Nick Jehlen is the lead designer of My Gift of Grace, a conversation game for living and dying well. He specializes in designing tools and processes for challenging conversations creating workplaces that support empathy and communication. The tools and methods that Nick has developed as a partner at The Action Mill break the limiting beliefs that organizations and individuals have about their ability to affect change.! View Guest page

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Stephanie Johnson

Stephanie Anne Johnson is a second-generation theater practitioner. She has been a lighting designer working locally, nationally, and internationally for over forty years. She is also a visual artist who has had two one-person shows in San Francisco. Dr. Johnson is a founding faculty member at California State University, Monterey Bay in the Visual and Public Art Department. As an educator she has taught courses in art history, studio art, and service learning. She holds degrees in Theater (B.F.A. - Emerson College, Boston), Interdisciplinary Studies (M.A. – S.F. State University), Art (M.F.A. - University of California, Berkeley) and a PhD in Interdisciplinary Studies with an emphasis in Public Policy (Union Institute & University, Cincinnati). Her play Every Twenty One Days: Cancer, Yoga, and Me has been performed in Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Berkeley. Her new play Mrs Reiff and the Counterfeit Shop will be performed at the Jewish Community Center in Berkeley on January. View Guest page

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Kara Jones


Kara LC Jones co-founded The Creative Grief Studio in 2011 with Cath Duncan to begin offering a continuing education program that would explore the intersection of grief and creativity. Their work is steeped in their personal experiences of learning to live wholeheartedly after loss and is informed by over 25 years of collective professional practice. The Studio now hosts a full professional Certification program offered twice a year, on-going short course for professional development, as well as a newly launched Summer Playshops program that is offering experiential sessions for personal development, too. See CreativeGriefStudio.com for details. Kara is an Author and Artist as well as a Carnegie Mellon University Graduate, certified in both Appreciative Inquiry/ Whole Systems Coaching with the Hero's Journey as a key model + as a Reiki Master Teacher. To learn more about Kara and follow Kara's blog visit MotherHenna.com. View Guest page

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Rev. Denah Joseph

Rev. Denah Joseph is a California licensed marriage and family therapist who has specialized in traumatic grief for 35 years. In her 50’s she became a hospital chaplain to more comfortably integrate her interest in spirituality into her psychological work. She currently works as the chaplain at UCSF Medical Center’s palliative care service, addressing the emotional and spiritual needs of the seriously ill and their families. She is an ordained Buddhist minister and pastoral caregiver in the Theravada lineage and is board certified as a Buddhist chaplain by the Association of Professional Chaplains. Besides caring for patients and families who are receiving palliative care in a hospital setting, Denah is passionate about education, and has worked with numerous groups in hospitals and non-profits on issues of resilience and sustainable practice in high-loss work environments, including oncology and ICU units, physicians-in-training programs, and hospice programs. View Guest page

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Dr. Lucy Kalanithi


Dr. Lucy Kalanithi is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine at the Stanford School of Medicine and widow of Dr. Paul Kalanithi, author #1 New York Times bestselling memoir, When Breath Becomes Air, for which she wrote the epilogue. She completed her medical degree at Yale, residency at University of California-San Francisco, and post-doc fellowship at Stanford's Clinical Excellence Research Center. In the 22 months between Paul's diagnosis and his death from stage IV lung cancer (2015), they continued to work as physicians (he as chief neurosurgical resident at Stanford) and had a baby daughter. At the cross-section of her medical career and her personal experience walking with Paul, she has special interests in healthcare value, meaning in medicine, patient-centered care and end-of-life care. She has been interviewed by PBS NewsHour, Charlie Rose, NPR's Morning Edition, yahoo news with Katie Couric, and the New York Times. She lives in the Bay Area with her daughter, Cady. View Guest page

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Barbara Karnes


Barbara Karnes, RN, is an internationally respected speaker, educator, author and thought leader on end of life. She is a renowned authority, explaining the dying process to families, healthcare professionals and communities. Her books, including Gone From My Sight, are used in hospice environments throughout the country.
Barbara has held both clinical and leadership positions, including staff nurse, clinical supervisor and executive director at Hospice Care of Mid America in Kansa City, MI, as well and Olathe Medical Center and Home Health in Olathe Kansas. She received the Heart of Health Care Award from Kansas University Nursing, the Horizon Award for Education from Nebraska Methodist College and the International Humanitarian Woman of the Year 2015 from the World Humanitarian Awards.
Barbara has traveled the country speaking about end of life issues and the dynamics of dying at conferences, state associations, colleges, nursing schools, hospitals and local hospices. View Guest page

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Terrance Kelly



Terrance Kelly has been called everything from “a man of great passion and conviction” to a “demanding taskmaster” to “an absolute musical genius.” And to prove them all, he has garnered extensive credentials in both gospel and jazz music. His operatic range and jubilant emotion make him a popular soloist as well as an accomplished director, composer, and arranger. His credits include choral arrangements on albums by Linda Ronstadt and the Kronos Quartet and gospel arrangements of popular music for TV and video soundtracks. In addition, he wrote or arranged most of the music on each Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir album. Terrance received an Emmy Award in 1995 for his choral arrangement of OIGC’s KGO-TV public service announcement. In 2005, he received a “Local Heroes Award” from KQED Television for his directorship of the Oakland Interfaith Youth Choir and was also honored at the Gospel Music Awards. In 2013, he was awarded the Dr. Edwin Hawkins Excellence Award. View Guest page

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Mary Potter Kenyon



Mary Potter Kenyon graduated from University of NorthernIowa with a BA in Psychology and is the Director of the Winthrop Public Library. She is widely published in magazines, newspapers, and anthologies. Her essay on the connection between grief and creativity was published in the January/February 2013 issue of Poets & Writers magazine.

Mary writes a weekly couponing column for the Dubuque Telegraph Herald newspaper and conducts writing workshops for libraries, community colleges, and bookstores. Mary’s does presentations and public speaking on the topics of writing, utilizing your talents in your everyday life, and finding hope and healing in grief. Coupon Crazy: The Science, the Savings, and the Stories Behind America’s Extreme Obsession was published by Familius in 2013. Chemo-Therapist: How Cancer Cured a Marriage was released in April 2014. Refined By Fire: A Journey of Grief and Grace was released in October. Mary lives in Manchester, Iowa, with three of her eight children. View Guest page

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Azim Khamisa


Azim Khamisa is an inspiration. Hailed by dignitaries such as the Dalai Lama, Former President Bill Clinton and Al Gore, Azim carries his inspirational message of forgiveness, peace and hope into a world in desperate need of each. Following the loss of his only son Tariq in 1995 to a senseless, gang-related murder, Azim chose the path of forgiveness and compassion rather than revenge and bitterness, and this amazing choice led to the establishment of the Tariq Khamisa Foundation and the subsequent forgiveness movement which has reached millions. Azim is an award winning author, international speaker, and peace advocate. Website: www.AzimKhamisa.com View Guest page

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Rachel Kodanaz



Rachel Kodanaz is an author, speaker and coach who provides encouragement to those who are suffering a loss or setback. Overcoming her own adversary following the sudden death of her husband, leaving her with a two-year-old daughter, and her experience in the management of large corporations led her to develop and publish resources about how to support grief and loss in the workplace. Rachel holds a BS in Business Administration from Bryant University. She is a columnist for Living with Loss Magazine and has published numerous articles on grief; a Grief in the Workplace Management guide and her book, Living with Loss One Day at a Time, have received international acclaim. Rachel speaks nationally to organizations and has appeared on Good Morning America. Rachel is available for speaking appearances, educational programs, interviews, and community outreach. She has inspired thousands of people with her unique blend of presentations and workshops. Her authentic, down to earth messages are sure to inspire you to learn, laugh, and live. More information is available at www.rachelkodanaz.com. View Guest page

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Dr. Kiley Krekorian Hanish



Kiley Krekorian Hanish, OTD, OTR/L is a bereaved mother and occupational therapist living in Los Angeles. She is interested in the transformative aspects of grief, specifically how storytelling, meaningful activities, experiences, and environment contribute to healing after loss. Kiley and her husband Sean are creators of the Emmy-nominated film Return to Zero starring Minnie Driver and Paul Adelstein. It is based on their personal experience of their son Norbert, who was stillborn, and is the first feature film to tackle the taboo subject of stillbirth. Through Return to Zero Kiley has found much healing. Her willingness to share her story and most vulnerable life moments has connected her to a community of families who have endured the unimaginable death of a baby, leaving her feeling less isolated in her grief. This experience inspired her to create the Return to Zero Center for Healing, which through retreats, research, education, and outreach will help others live wholeheartedly after loss View Guest page

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Anne Kubitsky

Anne Kubitsky is a biologist-turned-artist and community leader of The Look for the Good Project, a worldwide gratitude initiative. She is author/illustrator of a number of books, a popular speaker, and has been featured on MSNBC and WNPR as well as in The Huffington Post, Good Housekeeping, and Reader's Digest. www.annekubitsky.com View Guest page

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Robert Emile Lesoine

Robert Emile Lesoine, MA, Ed. is an educator, musician, writer, singer, and composer. His poetry, stories, and articles have been published in a number of alternative journals. He brings the strength and compassion developed through years of teaching music to inner-city children and teens to his support for survivors of suicide. Meditation and the study of Buddhism have been the ground of his daily life since 1990, and they lend a deep spiritual base to the healing process he offers in his book, Unfinished Conversation. His own experience of healing his grief through writing is the basis of the book and of his support for other survivors. Robert’s website, www.unfinishedconversation.com offers many resources for those healing from suicide and loss. He is the father of an adult son, Charlie, and lives in Santa Monica, California, with his wife Amy and their new dog Frisbee. View Guest page

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Mark Liebenow


Mark Liebenow writes about grief for The Huffington Post and on his blog Widowers Grief (widowersgrief.blogspot.com). He is the author of four books, and his essays, poems, and reviews have been published in journals like Colorado Review, Hayden’s Ferry, Fifth Wednesday, DMQ Review, Open to Hope, Under the Sun, and The Good Men Project. His work has won the River Teeth Book Award, the Chautauqua Creative Nonfiction Prize, Literal Latte’s Essay Award, been nominated for two Pushcart Prizes, and named a notable essay by Best American Essays 2012.
His account of hiking in Yosemite to deal with his wife’s death, Mountains of Light, was published by the University of Nebraska Press. He has also written about the theology of fools. Five of his poems have been set to music, including a choral arrangement with soprano saxophone, and several were published in a letterpress anthology. In his spare time, he helps on the organic farm of friends. View Guest page

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Sybil Lockhart

Sybil Lockhart is a former lab scientist and teacher, current science writer and mother, compulsive journal writer and inchoate novelist. She was trained in psychology at the University of California, Berkeley; in science and education at San Francisco State University; and in cell and molecular neuroscience at Brandeis University, where she received her Ph.D. in 1994. Her teaching experience includes English and French at Maybeck High, biology and physiology at Brandeis, neuroscience at U.C. Berkeley, expository essay at Classroom Matters, and English at Bentley School. Her writing has appeared in anthologies, scientific journals, parenting magazines and a children’s magazine. Sybil is also one of the creators of Literary Mama Magazine, where she wrote her column, Mama in the Middle. Her book Mother in the Middle was developed from that column and published by Touchstone/Simon Schuster in 2009. View Guest page

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Joy Loverde

Joy Loverde is the best-selling author of The Complete Eldercare Planner: Where to Start, Which Questions to Ask, How to Find Help.
She is a Keynote Speaker who employs expertise based on experience. Joy offers keynotes to the mature market, family caregivers, and the professionals who assist them. Her keynotes have included the National Institutes of Health, American Business Women’s Association, American Seniors Housing Association, Society of Human Resource Management and Xerox Women’s International Conference. As a Mature-Market Consultant, Joy offers her expertise to attorneys, financial planners, clergy, healthcare providers, senior housing administrators, and other members of the fast-growing eldercare advisory industry. She has been interviewed and represented products relevant to the eldercare industry on many platforms, including the Today Show, CBS Early Show, CNN, Fox News, NPR, ABC News, and Bloomberg. View Guest page

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Cynthia Luce

Cynthia Luce is a mother, friend and compassionate woman sharing her book, Invisible Girl, to inspire you to implement change. She wants you to see what is necessary so we can collectively work to help save or alter the path of our youth. She is an inspirational speaker and advocate for change. For more information visit www.cynthia-luce.com View Guest page

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Johanna Lunn


Award-winning producer, director, and writer, Johanna Lunn has crafted, and assisted in crafting, many compelling, entertaining, and profoundly thought-provoking programs during her 20+ years in the business. Her work has received eight Gemini nominations (Canadian equivalent of an Emmy) and taken home three awards. In addition to producing more than 150 hours of television series and one-offs as an in-house executive producer, she has made independent documentaries for her own companies, Wild East Productions and Centre East Media, and won best documentary at Hot Docs International Film Festival for her moving and timely film, Forgiveness: Stories for Our Time. Johanna has worked as Director of Programming for Alliance Atlantis and played a key role in the launch of IFC—The Independent Film Channel Canada. Prior to that she was Head of Independent Production for CTV, Canada’s #1 network. She created View-finders, the first competitive international children’s film festival in English View Guest page

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Stu Maddux


Stu Maddux is a multi-award winning filmmaker with international credits whose many goals include strengthening the queer community by bringing together its different generations.
His films include Gen Silent, the widely used documentary about Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender older people hiding their lives to survive discrimination, bullying and abuse.
His first documentary as an independent filmmaker was the critically-acclaimed Bob and Jack’s 52-Year Adventure about an Army sergeant who began an affair with his commanding officer in 1952. The two men came out to the troops in their unit and are still together a half-century later. View Guest page

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Gary Malkin

Gary Malkin is a multiple Emmy® and Clio® awardwinning composer, producer, performer and public speaker dedicated to making a difference in the world by creating music-driven media and experiences that inspire the heart and catalyze individual and societal healing. As a keynote presenter, he is passionate about the vital role music, media, and the arts can play during these extraordinary times of change as an innovative tool to enhance our humanity, deepen our sense of meaning during the transitions of our lives, and cultivate greater emotional intelligence in an increasingly complex and distracted world. Through his public engagements, he serves healthcare, corporate, and faith communities addressing themes such as Creativity, Integrative Health, Cross-Cultural Healing, Care for the Caregiver, Healing through Music and the Arts, End of Life Care and Media for a Sustainable World. To learn more about Gary’s work , visit www.wisdomoftheworld.com o r www.whatmakesyourheartsing.net. View Guest page

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Elaine Mansfield



Elaine Mansfield’s book Leaning into Love: A Spiritual Journey through Grief was published by Larson Publications in October 2014. Elaine writes from a spiritual perspective that reflects over forty years as a student of philosophy, meditation, Jungian psychology, mythology, and meditation. Elaine gave a TEDx talk called “Good Grief! What I Learned from Loss” on November 8, 2014 with TEDx ChemungRiver at Corning Museum of Glass in Corning, NY.

After a career as a health counselor and writer, Elaine’s work has focused on bereavement and loss since her husband’s death in 2008. Elaine facilitates bereavement support groups at Hospicare and Palliative Care Services in Ithaca, NY and writes for the Hospicare newsletter and website. She also writes a weekly blog about the adventures and lessons of life and loss, leads workshops, and lectures on bereavement topics. Her articles have been published in The Healing Muse (print journal and on line), Open to Hope, Shambhala Sunspace, KirstyTV, Caring.com, Alzheimers.net, GriefHealing, and elephantjournal.

Elaine and her husband Vic became students of the Dalai Lama on his first visit to the United States in 1979. Six weeks before Vic’s death, he taught with the Dalai Lama in a science and religion colloquium and the Dalai Lama wrote an introduction for Vic’s last book, Tibetan Buddhism and Modern Physics: Toward a Union of Love and Knowledge. View Guest page

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Rev. Zenju Earthlyn Manuel, Ph.D.


Rev. Zenju Earthlyn Manuel, Ph.D., is an author and ordained Zen Buddhist priest. She combines Zen meditation, intuitive knowing, and indigenous ritual in a path of liberation. She is the guiding teacher of Still Breathing Meditation Community. She is the author of Tell Me Something about Buddhism with a foreword by Thich Nhat Hanh and The Black Angel Cards: 36 Oracles and Messages. Her most recent book is The Way of Tenderness: Awakening Through Race, Sexuality, and Gender with a foreword by Charles Johnson, author Middle Passages and many Buddhist books. View Guest page

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Dr. Ivy Margulies



Ivy Margulies, PsyD of Angels Born Still is a clinical psychologist in Los Angeles specializing in maternal mental health, including stillbirth, miscarriage, infertility, postpartum mood and anxiety disorders, and newborn loss. Ivy brings mindfulness, ritual, and awareness to the mind-body-spirit connection through meditation, visualization, and breath work. In addition to Dr. Margulies' clinical practice, she is a death midwife, assisting and helping educate the family on processes associated with the transition of life into death, at any age. The work Ivy does is designed to create a sacred space for parents who have lost their newborn for reasons that are unknown and make no sense. She is dedicated to improving the care and information families need in the hospital. Dr. Margulies is a member of the Los Angeles County Perinatal Mental Health Task Force, working to reduce the stigma and shame around maternal mental health issues while raising awareness of the #1 complication of pregnancy and childbirth. View Guest page

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Laura Mayer

Laura Mayer, founder of SoulDancing Healing Practice, is an International healer, teacher and inspirational speaker. She is the author of Unlocking the Invisible Child: A Journey from Heartbreak to Bliss, co-author in ‘Healing from Within’ part of the best selling series Adventures in Manifesting and is currently writing her second book, Step Up to the Plate: Heal for Real. Laura knows first hand what it means to heal for real™. She utilizes an integrative approach to Inner Child healing for personal transformation, bridging decades of clinical experience with her spiritual knowing, along with her intuitive prowess, into a road map for anyone willing to step up and take healing into their own hands. For additional information on her programs and individual sessions visit www.dancingheartdancinghands.com View Guest page

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Peggy McGuire



Peggy McGuire joined the staff of the Women's Cancer Resource Center (WCRC) as Executive Director in 2005. Founded in 1986, WCRC's staff and volunteers provide case management, high intensity cancer navigation, information and referral, community resources, support groups, psychotherapy, financial assistance, in-home support, cancer and wellness education and targeted outreach to underserved communities. All services are offered free of charge. Peggy is a non-profit leader motivated by a deep commitment to this sector as a vehicle for social change. She served on Rosalynn Carter's staff during the Carter administration and has held leadership positions at Kaiser Permanente, Golden Gate University, Leadership High School and the Ronald McDonald House of San Francisco. Says Peggy, "In working with people facing prolonged illness, grief, death and dying, I've witnessed the profound personal healing made possible by engagement in a community of support. " View Guest page

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Kath McIntyre

Kath McIntyre holds a Bachelor of Arts Honours in Screen Studies from Flinders University and has worked as an Assistant Director on over 12 feature films and numerous Television series. Kath has produced/directed 14 hours of broadcast factual television and has worked for Channel 4 UK, PBS USA, Film Australia, Network 10, Channel 9, and SBS. After working in production for almost 20 years Kath went back for a Graduate Diploma in Grief and Palliative Care Counselling from Adelaide University in 2011, then started working as a grief counsellor and making films and content involving grief and loss. View Guest page

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Diane Meier


Diane E. Meier, MD is Director of the Center to Advance Palliative Care (CAPC), a national organization devoted to increasing access to palliative care in the United States. Under her leadership the number of palliative care programs in U.S. hospitals has more than tripled in the last decade. She is co-director of the Patty and Jay Baker National Palliative Care Center; Vice-Chair for Public Policy and Professor of Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine; Catherine Gaisman Professor of Medical Ethics; and was founder and Director of the Hertzberg Palliative Care Institute, all at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. Dr. Meier’s numerous grants and awards include a MacArthur Fellowship, acknowledgement as one of 20 People Who Make Healthcare Better and AARP. She's Principal Investigator of an NCI-funded multisite study on hospital palliative care services in cancer patients and consults on numerous projects evaluating palliative care. View Guest page

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Angelo Merendino

Angelo Merendino's photo-documentary, The Battle We Didn’t Choose – My Wife’s Fight With Breast Cancer, has received worldwide recognition. Intimate, honest, and moving, Angelo’s photographs offer viewers a look inside the day-to-day life of a young couple facing breast cancer together. More than a story about loss, this is a story about love and life. Based in Cleveland, Ohio, Angelo does freelance work for both Corbis News and Getty Images. Angelo’s photographs have been exhibited in New York City, Washington, D.C. and Rome, Italy. Online features have appeared on The New Yorker Photo Booth, The Huffington Post and The Guardian. Printed press includes The New York Times, The USA Today and Polka. View Guest page

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Kate Munger



Kate Munger of the Threshold Choir has devoted herself to creating non-hierarchical, collaborative models for singing, community-building and fellowship for over 40 years. In 2000 she founded the first of over 130 Threshold Choirs worldwide, singing tribes for those of us who love choral singing and want to offer it in service, those of us who are called to sing at the bedsides of people who are dying, in coma, newborns and folks who are incarcerated. kateamunger@gmail.com View Guest page

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Barbara Musser


Barbara Musser is an intimacy and sexuality speaker, educator, coach, facilitator and author. Diagnosed with breast cancer in 1989, as a young single woman, she has benefitted thousands with her programs to re-ignite intimacy, sexuality and relationships after cancer.
Founder/ CEO of Sexy After Cancer, she authored Sexy After Cancer ~ Meeting Your Inner Aphrodite on the Breast Cancer Journey. She’s a member the American Association of Sex Educators, Counselors and Therapists and the International Society for the Study of Women’s Sexual Health. She writes the Sexy Saturdays blog, hosts the Inspire Program for Breast Cancer Wellness Magazine and writes for Breast Cancer Answers and Nou magazine.
Barbara is the "sexpert" in Melanie Young’s Getting Things off My Chest and has contributed chapters to 10 to Thrive ~ A Comprehensive, Easy-to-read Guide to Life After Cancer for Young Adults and to American Breast Care’s Faces of Inspiration (Finding Your Joy). View Guest page

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Marie Mutsuki Mockett



Marie Mutsuki Mockett was born and raised in California to a Japanese mother and American father, and graduated from Columbia University with a degree in East Asian Languages and Civilizations. Her first novel, Picking Bones from Ash, was shortlisted for the Saroyan International Prize for Writing, and a finalist for the Paterson Prize. She has written for The New York Times, Salon, National Geographic, Glamour, and more and has been a guest on Talk of the Nation and All Things Considered on NPR. In 2013, Marie was awarded a Fellowship by the NEA and Japan US Friendship Commission, which enabled her to live in Japan. While there, she was featured in the NHK (Japanese National Broadcasting) Documentary, Venerating the Departed, which was broadcast internationally several times. In her spare time, Marie loves to take dance class, read, travel, study languages, knit, listen to live music, enjoy old and new friends and birdwatch. She lives in San Francisco with her husband and son. View Guest page

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Lily Myers Kaplan

Lily Myers Kaplan’s thirty year career, prior to establishing Spirit of Resh Foundation, centered on guiding people to create lives of meaning and purpose as a form of healing. She has worked with hundreds of people individually, on retreats in wild settings, and through workshops at her company, SoulWorks (www.aboutsoulworks.com). Lily currently offers counseling and consulting through the Spirit of Resh Foundation (www.reshfoundation.org). Foundational to Lily’s work is a love of the natural world, a value for service, and her belief that connection to soul revitalizes life. She holds a master’s degree in culture and spirituality from The Sophia Center of Holy Names College. In addition to her private counseling practice she has been a graduate program director, a hospice volunteer manager, and an executive director of a small non-profit organization. Lily says, “My most valued credential is my personal experience of living a soul-path grounded in the everyday world.” View Guest page

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Julie Saeger Nierenberg



Julie Saeger Nierenberg is a freelance writer and editor, lifelong educator and artist. A proud parent and "grand-partner," Julie lives with her spouse in Canada. Inspired by the experience of her father’s dying and death, Julie published a short memoir about her family’s grief and loss. Daddy, this is it. Being-with My Dying Dad launched a true journey of connection and transformation, as Julie reached out to share it with those who assist the dying and bereaved. Since her book's publication, Julie received numerous end-of-life perspectives from others, some of which will soon be available in a next book called Journey's End: Death, Dying and the End of Life, coauthored with Victoria Brewster, MSW. Writing and publishing in this heart-led direction, Julie hopes to contribute to a cultural shift in how we prepare and support others in the final chapter of life. Julie also enjoys editing legacy writing, fiction and nonfiction works; she feels privileged to help writers succeed. View Guest page

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Jessica Nutik Zitter, M.D.

Jessica Nutik Zitter, M.D. is board certified in both Critical Care and Palliative Care medicine. Despite being trained at top medical centers, she was shocked at how ill-prepared she was to help patients die well, propelling her to enter the world of palliative care medicine before it became an official subspecialty. She has been published in the New York Times, The Atlantic, The Huffington Post, The San Francisco Chronicle, Journal of the American Medical Association, the Journal of Palliative Medicine, and the Journal of Participatory Medicine. She completed an Internal Medicine residency at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston and a Pulmonary/Critical Care fellowship at the University of California, San Francisco. She co-founded Vital Decisions, assisting patients in end of life care decisions. She attends on the ICU and Palliative Care Medicine services at Highland Hospital in Oakland, California and is hard at work on her first book. Find her at jessicazitter.com. View Guest page

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Naomi Shihab Nye

Naomi Shihab Nye lives in old downtown San Antonio, Texas, a block from the sleepy river. She has written or edited 30 previous books including Red Suitcase, Fuel, and You and Yours with BOA Editions, Ltd. Her collection 19 Varieties of Gazelle: Poems of the Middle East was a finalist for the National Book Award, and her collection Honeybee was awarded an Arab-American Book Award. Her poetry anthologies include Time You Let Me In, What Have You Lost?, and This Same Sky.She is also the author of the novels Habibi and Going. Her book of short-short fiction from Greenwillow books is called There is No Distance Now. She is the two-time winner of the Jane Addams Book Award for Peace & Justice, and four-time winner of the Pushcart Prize, as wekk as the recipient of several fellowships, including a Lannan Fellowship, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and the Witter Bynner Fellowship from the Library of Congress. She is currently serving on the Board of Chancellors for the Academy of American Poets. View Guest page

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Mary O’Malley


Mary O’Malley is an author, counselor, speaker, and awakening mentor. Her books include What’s in the Way IS the Way, The Gift of Our Compulsions, Belonging to Life and The Magical Forest of Aliveness. Her work evolved from a powerful awakening which set Mary on the path to changing her whole relationship with the challenges of life, freeing herself from a lifelong struggle with darkness. Since that time, Mary has taught extensively throughout the United States, Canada and Denmark. She is an inspirational speaker who leads retreats that transform people’s lives. She also provides individual counseling, and offers ongoing groups where people can come together to experience the miracle of Awakening. Her strength lies in her ability to be fully present in the moment, integrating information, technique and insight with simplicity and compassion. www.maryomalley.com and www.whatsinthewayistheway.com View Guest page

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Frank Ostaseski

Frank Ostaseski is a pioneer in contemplative end of life care. He cofounded the first Buddhist hospice in America, Zen Hospice Project, and created the Metta Institute, providing education on mindful and compassionate end of life care. He has been widely featured in the media, including Bill Moyers’ On Our Own Terms, The Oprah Winfrey Show, and numerous print publications. He was honored by H.H. Dalai Lama for his years of compassionate service to the dying and their families. He is a welcome speaker in such venues as Harvard Medical School, Mayo Clinic and the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization. Frank leads two multiyear training programs, the End of Life Practitioner Program and the Spirit Rock Heavenly Messengers Program. His CD series, Being a Compassionate Companion, focuses on grief as a path to wholeness. Frank’s website, www.mettainstitute.org, is a link to all of Frank’s work, including several short videos various aspects of end of life care. View Guest page

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Sonika Ozdoba

Sonika Ozdoba, a Zimbabwe-born writer, artist and musician, has written her first book – a memoir that encompasses a series of life experiences that were put into motion by a dramatic and life-changing event. After working as a professional opera and concert singer for seventeen years, Sonika very suddenly lost her voice. This incident forced her to leave her profession, and to embark on an intense spiritual journey in search of her true identity and purpose. “The Soul with Two Voices” is a fascinating story of how she discovered the voice that was hidden beneath her performing artist voice, and how it finally broke through the “mask” to reveal the voice she needed to find. In a story that spans three continents, and includes key defining moments in Zimbabwe, South Africa, England, Switzerland and California, Sonika takes us on an incredible journey of self-discovery and intense personal transformation that is, in itself, a truly life-changing experience. View Guest page

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Deborah Pardes

Deborah Pardes studied Creative Writing at The Johns Hopkins University, and received her BA from Barnard College at Columbia University. She is the founding director of Artists for Literacy, an organization that uses the power of art to make books accessible to low-level readers. Deborah is also a founding producer for LitRemix, a new online learning platform that encourages the exploration and creation of art inspired by literature. Additionally, Deborah is a critically acclaimed producer and songwriter with 8 CD’s to her name. View Guest page

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Dave Pelzer


Dave Pelzer is a sought-after keynote speaker on the subject of resilience, and a recipient of the National Jefferson Award. He is the author of the New York Times bestselling book, A Child Called It, and seven other books. His new book, Too Close To Me, provides an honest and courageous look at how, no matter your upbringing, everyone can strive for excellence in life, including a happy marriage, a positive relationship with your children, and a satisfying career. View Guest page

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Bridgett Perry

Bridgett Perry was diagnosed in 2013 with stage IV ovarian carcinoma. She has been a lifelong learner of spiritual teachings, prompted by the sudden death of her brother, and the loss of two close friends before the age of 20. Over the years, cancer took the lives of several more friends and loved ones. With each loss, she experienced a deepened awareness of grief, and the uncanny beauty of witnessing death. Now, her own life has been pulled into the vortex of cancer. Out of the entanglement of grief and loss have come incredible gifts of self-acceptance, self-awareness, profound relationships, and an increasing willingness to experience life as it unfolds. Today, Bridgett lives in upstate NY, sharing with her wife a commitment to living from the heart. As a personal coach, Bridgett offers guidance through life’s transitions, challenges, and transformations. You can learn more and read her blog at bridgetperry.com View Guest page

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Michelle Peticolas

Grief transformation specialist, filmmaker, sociologist and speaker, Michelle Peticolas is dedicated to shifting the way people deal with death. In response to the loss of her own parents, she produced the award-winning film series, Secrets of Life and Death, focusing on death as an impetus for personal and spiritual change. Her twenty-five plus years with a Sufi Master from Baghdad (continuing to this day) are evident in the films. She uses the films in workshops throughout the San Francisco Bay Area, including JFK University, The Cancer Support Community, UCSF’s Helen Diller Cancer Clinic, Charlotte Maxwell Complimentary Care, Alta Bates and John Muir. In her private practice, using breath-work, guided visualizations, role-play, body awareness, dream work, and thought reframing, Michelle helps her clients navigate their grief and discover new life possibilities. She is committed to helping grievers release their pain to discover life's greater possibilities. View Guest page

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Jan Phillips

Jan Phillips is an artist, author, workshop director and social activist. She’s Executive Director of the Livingkindness Foundation and co-founder of Syracuse Cultural Workers. She's taught in 23 countries, made a peace pilgrimage around the world, produced 2 CDs of original music and creates videos on the power of creativity to transform consciousness. Her books include The Art of Original Thinking-The Making of a Thought Leader, Divining the Body, Marry Your Muse, God is at Eye Level—Photography as a Healing Art, Making Peace, Born Gay, and A Waist is a Terrible Thing to Mind. As an artist/speaker, Jan brings music, poetry, and images to all her audiences, using the arts to inspire and inform. Blending east and west, art and activism, reflection and ritual, Jan’s transformational presentations provoke original thinking and evolutionary action. With stories, humor and cutting edge creativity, she connects the dots between science, spirituality and social action.www.janphillips.com View Guest page

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Caron Post

Caron Post received her doctorate in clinical psychology from New York University. She is a clinical psychologist who works with adolescents and adults who are struggling with depression anxiety, trauma and loss as well as parent child relationships and perinatal mental health. She is the founding Executive Director of Maternal Mental Health Now and maintains a private practice and lectures in Los Angeles, California. View Guest page

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Robert Pruitt

Robert Pruitt provides leadership training, motivational speaking, workshops, seminars and spiritual life coaching around the world. His programs for growth support youth and adults to share the gift they are with the world. Robert works with Dr. Iyanla Vanzant, Host of Iyanla Fix My Life and creator of InnerVisions, providing public workshops and a coaching certification program, which Robert directs. His work has been acknowledged with a Congressional Stem Champion Award (2011), and the Influencer Award from The Gridiron Foundation (2013). Robert has appeared on Iyanla Fix My Life, Egyptian TV (Cairo), CNN, Oprah and Peace from Broken Pieces with Iyanla Vanzant. He has hosted two radio shows (The Gift and Mining the Heart) and authored several books, including Out of the Box: Sharing the Gift You Are With the World and It is Well with My Soul: Watching Daddy Live. Robert and his wife enjoy a combined family of four children and three grandchildren. www.RobertPruitt.com View Guest page

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Nora McInerny Purmort


Nora McInerny Purmort is a Contributing Editor for Elle.com, and a frequent contributor to Cosmo.com, the Huffington Post, and the Star-Tribune. She has been featured on NPR, Slate, TIME, Entertainment Tonight, Refinery29, and more. Nora is the founder of Still Kickin and lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota, with her son, Ralph. They really like it there. View Guest page

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Ann Randolph



Ann Randolph is a playwright and performer. Her shows, including LOVELAND, Squeeze Box (produced by Mel Brooks) Down Home, Shelter, and Miss America have won numerous awards and played to sold out crowds nationally and internationally. Her personal essays and interviews have been featured on NPR, PBS and the BBC. Ann has performed her original material in countless comedy shows with fellow comedians including Will Ferrell, Kat Williams, Cheri Oteri, Maria Bamford, Drew Hastings, Mo Collins, Thomas Lennon and Ben Garant. As member of the WGA, she has written for Gullane Pictures, Lifetime TV, Brooksfilms, PAX, Klasky Csupo in addition to writing the series pilot for If the Show Fits, Wear It. As a nationally recognized educator and keynote speaker she has spoken and performed at universities, conferences, and mind/body/spirit centers. Her widely popular “Write Your Life” workshops are offered across the US with annual stops at Kripalu, the Omega Institute and Esalen. View Guest page

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Rachel Naomi Remen, M.D.

Rachel Naomi Remen, M.D. is Clinical Professor of Family and Community Medicine at UCSF School of Medicine and Founder and Director of the Institute for the Study of Health and Illness at Commonweal. She is one of the best-known early pioneers of Holistic and Integrative Medicine. As a medical educator, therapist and teacher, Dr. Remen has enabled many thousands of physicians to practice medicine from the heart and thousands of patients to remember their power to heal. Her groundbreaking curriculum for medical students, The Healer’s Art, is taught in nearly half of America’s medical schools and 7 countries abroad. A master storyteller and observer of life, her bestselling books have sold more than a million copies and are translated into 22 languages. Dr. Remen has had Crohn’s disease for more than 60 years and her work is a unique blend of the wisdom, strength and viewpoints of both doctor and patient. View Guest page

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Deborah Rich, PhD

Deborah Rich, PhD, is a Licensed Psychologist and Certified Perinatal Loss Caregiver. Dr. Deb Rich, Founder of Shoshana Center for Reproductive Health Psychology, is a Minnesota pioneer in reproductive health psychology, providing clinical care, consultation and professional training for over 25 years. She is credentialed by Bereavement Services, RTS as a perinatal bereavement caregiver and organizational coordinator, and serves on their National Faculty. In June 2013, Dr. Rich was among the first multidisciplinary cohort receiving Perinatal Loss Caregiver certification by the National Board for Certification of Hospice and Palliative Care Nurses. She is one of only a handful of mental health professionals in the field nationwide. This summer, Dr. Rich launched a perinatal bereavement training workshop for psychotherapists. Deb’s work honors the memory of her first child, a daughter named Shoshana, who was stillborn a week before her due date in August 1985. You can find Dr. Deb Rich at www.shoshanacenter.com View Guest page

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Melinda Richardson

Melinda Richardson is a Motivational speaker, Certified DoD Mediator, Lecturer, Parent Advocate, Certified Grief Recovery Coach and CEO/Founder of Emerging Beyond. She travels extensively throughout the nations with a unique gifting that assists in facilitating inner healing, wholeness and recovery to those who are “emotionally incomplete” due to the trauma associated with unresolved loss. She is passionate about this process of recovery not mere support, but WHOLENESS, which brings about results through Faith & Hope. Melinda also has a foundation within Emerging Beyond named A’Myracle’s Touch. Her desire is to see the miraculous healing process give hope to all who have suffered the loss of a child by mirroring the concept of the butterfly’s metamorphosis, thus producing a beautiful ending out of a tragic event. All are welcome to EMERGE BEYOND with us! It’s not a journey either of us would have chosen but we’ve discovered how to make “lemonade out of lemons”! View Guest page

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Betsy Rose



Betsy Rose is a singer/ songwriter whose music blends compassion, mindfulness, depth and humor. She’s presented and sung for educators, hospice workers, parents, and spiritual communities. Visionaries such as Thich Nhat Hanh, Matthew Fox, and Joanna Macy have used her music in their work. Betsy’s a long time leader in the family practice program at Spirit Rock Meditation Center.

After Sept 11, Betsy created Singing For Peace, non professional singers who gather in public to sing songs of healing and peace. She’s a frequent voice at public gatherings for peace, reconciliation and justice. Her numerous recordings include Welcome To The Circle, songs of empowerment and healing especially for women and Calm Down Boogie, children’s music celebrating the joys of mindfulness, simple living, earth care and family bonds. Her latest recording is Long For This World, songs of loss, remembrance and comfort for those experiencing bereavement. www.betsyrosemusic.org View Guest page

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Aida Salazar

Aida Salazar is a multidisciplinary writer, educator, arts administrator and mother that uses text to explore issues of identity and social justice.
With an MFA in Writing from the California Institute of the Arts, her writing has appeared in the Huffington Post and Women and Performance: Journal of Feminist Theory. She was a resident writer at Hedgebrook Writer’s Colony attended Squaw Valley Writer’s Workshop.
She currently lives in Oakland, CA with her husband, Latin jazz musician, John Santos and home-schools her two fiery artist children for whom many of her children’s stories have been written.
Her story, By the Light of the Moon, is being adapted into a ballet production by choreographer, Isabelle Sjahsam for the Sonoma Conservatory of Dance. This Chicana ballet will be one of the few of its kind in ballet history.
She is at work on a novel in verse for middle grades and a book-length memoir, In the Womb of Love, about the death of her first-born infant child. View Guest page

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Liz Salmi


Liz has blogged about her brain cancer experience since her diagnosis, just one week after her 29th birthday. Her website, TheLizArmy.com, now receives over 30,000 visits each year. Cofounder of Brain Tumor Social Media (#BTSM), a patient-run community for patients, caregivers and clinicians, Liz connects people diagnosed with brain tumors around the world. She speaks regularly on how healthcare professionals and patients are connecting through digital media, including a TEDx Talk (2013) on how patients are using the Internet to form their own support networks. In 2016, Liz participated in the Stanford Medicine X conference as an e-Patient delegate, and is featured in the documentary The Open Patient: Healing Through Sharing. Liz is director of communications for the Coalition for Compassionate Care of California, insuring all people with chronic or serious illnesses receive education on advance care planning and have access to quality, patient-centered palliative care View Guest page

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Brendon & Justine Schulz

Brendon & Justine Schulz live in the Barossa Valley, South Australia. Brendon works as a Development Services Coordinator in planning and development assessment. Justine is a middle school teacher who is currently at home caring for their youngest child and also undertaking relief teaching when the opportunity arises. They have two boys, Regan aged 10 and Lucas aged 4, and Sophie, who died in a tragic accident beneath a hydraulic massage table in Adelaide in 2009, at the age of 18 months.  In memory of Sophie and to help other families and friends of children who have died, Brendon and Justine agreed to participate in a documentary which follows them as they cope with the sudden death of their beautiful daughter, and associated coronial inquest. ‘Remembering Sophie’ gives hope to others struggling with their grief, and helps raise awareness of the dangers of height adjustable treatment beds and tables with the aim of saving other children from death or serious injury. View Guest page

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Kelley Scott



Kelley Scott, RN, BSN, CHPN, has cared for dying people throughout a 29 year nursing career. Her clinical experience includes inpatient oncology, bone marrow transplant, chronic ventilator patients, home hospice case management, and palliative consulting. Ms. Scott is the Executive Director of Clarehouse, a social model hospice providing a loving home and care for dying people in need. She co-founded Clarehouse and has overseen all aspects of start-up and development. Nationally, she provides consulting to aspiring social model hospices. She is a member of Sigma Theta Tau, Association of Fundraising Professionals, and maintains specialty certification in the Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association. In 2008, her work with Clarehouse was recognized by the Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association with the Innovation in End-of-Life Nursing Care Award. Ms. Scott is a frequent speaker in end-of-life care and education, and non-profit start-up and development. View Guest page

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Purvi Shah


Purvi Shah, long-time Bay Area resident, identified a way to leverage training and a career in design and hard-won experience in dealing with pediatric cancer for a compassion project. As Executive Director of Kids & Art Foundation, she helps other families confront the disease. The Foundation teams children touched by cancer with artists. Shah founded Kids & Art in 2008 after her son Amaey was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia. She sought a way to make a difference for her own child and thousands more like him. It also served to create some order in her overturned world. Amaey passed away after battling the disease for six of his nine years in 2011, fighting ALL twice and developing chemo-induced AML. Shah offers a lot to the community with her many talents as entrepreneur, connector, artist and writer. She’s also a certified yoga teacher. The Foundation is both a loving tribute to her son, Amaey, and a place where her son, Arjun, now a teen, also has a role. View Guest page

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Tara Shuman

Tara Shuman is a public high school English and history teacher. In August 2012, Tara was diagnosed with an aggressive form of breast cancer. She was 32 years old, with no family history. She immediately began to write about her journey as a way to cope and update friends and family. Thousands of people all across the world soon began to follow Tara’s blog (www.tarabeatscancer.com). Tara is a member of the Patient Family Advisory Council at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and helps to raise funds for cancer research and patient care year-round. She is the proud founder of the non-profit organization, Writing Saves Lives, and a true believer in the healing powers of writing. Tara lives in Canton, Massachusetts with her husband Brian and their two children, Teddy and Annabel. She is grateful for each day and believes deeply in the value of truth, humor, hope, love, and hard work. Tara recently published a memoir, Hope Is a Good Breakfast, which she describes as a dream come true. View Guest page

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Claire Bidwell Smith

Claire Bidwell Smith lives in Los Angeles. She is a psychotherapist specializing in grief, and the author of the memoir The Rules of Inheritance (Penguin 2012), soon to be a major motion picture starring Jennifer Lawrence. Claire received a BA in creative writing from The New School and a MA in clinical psychology from Antioch University. She has written for many publications including The Huffington Post, Salon.com, Slate, BlackBook Magazine and Chicago Public Radio. Her background includes travel and food writing, working for nonprofits like Dave Eggers’ literacy center 826LA, and bereavement counseling for hospice. Claire is available for one on one therapy for issues related to grief and will be co-facilitating a Transformational Grief Retreat in Ojai, California January 24-26, 2014. She is currently working on her second book. View Guest page

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Nancee Sobonya

Nancee Sobonya, MA is a minister/teacher of the Diamond Approach guiding people on their inner journey of self-discovery in the Bay Area and Europe. She is also a Grief Counselor and Educator and the producer/director of The Gifts of Grief. She presents this highly acclaimed educational documentary at conferences, churches, retreats and hospices worldwide. Nancee has been working in the field of death and bereavement for the past 28 years. Her website is http://www.giftsofgrief.com/ View Guest page

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Barry and Maya Spector

Maya Spector is a poet, storyteller, ritualist, retired children’s librarian, and trained SoulCollage® facilitator. She is the author of a book of poetry, The Persephone Cycle, and has been published in a number of poetry anthologies. Maya has performed in Great Night of Rumi, Great Night of Soul Poetry and Rumi’s Caravan events in the San Francisco Bay Area. She blogs at www.hangingoutwithhecate.blogspot.com. Barry Spector is the author of award winning Madness At The Gates Of The City: The Myth Of American Innocence. He's lectured at several Bay Area graduate schools and Osher Lifelong Learning. His writing looks at contemporary cultural and political events from the perspectives of mythology, archetypal psychology and indigenous wisdom traditions. He serves on the planning committee of the Redwood Men’s Center and performs regularly as part of Rumi’s Caravan. Maya and Barry have been leading grief rituals for over fifteen years. Their website is: www.barryandmayaspector.com View Guest page

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Rachel Stephenson


Rachel Stephenson is a writer, speaker, educator, and administrator who is living fully with grief. She is currently the University Director of the CUNY Service Corps at The City University of New York, and her professional experience includes designing and implementing innovative experiential education programs in civic engagement, workforce development, and youth development; writing interactive curricula; facilitating/emceeing professional development workshops and special events; fundraising; and more at a range of educational institutions and non-profit organizations in New York City. She is married with three daughters. Though Rachel has not spent her career in the world of grief and bereavement, she has spent her life thinking about her own grief – her mother died suddenly when Rachel was five – and knowing that she would one day revisit her own story to connect with others about navigating loss. Facebook fan page: https://www.facebook.com/rachelmariestephenson/ View Guest page

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J. Dietrich “Diet” Stroeh

J. Dietrich “Diet” Stroeh is an engineer whose projects range from great to small. His first book, The Man Who Made it Rain (co-written with Michael McCarthy) is based on his management of the Marin Municipal Water District in the midst of one of the worst droughts on record. He founded Stuber-Stroeh Associations, a civil engineering firm that grew into CSW/Stuber-Stroeh Engineering Group in Novato, California, located in Sonoma County and Sacramento. He is a Director of the Golden Gate Bridge Highway and Transportation District, member of the California State Earthquake Committee and sits on the Board of Directors of the Bank of Marin. He is active in the community and has sat on many state wide and national boards. His hobbies include working in his shop on wood projects, restoring cars, tending to the garden and spending time with friends and family. He lives in Marin County with his wife. Three Months: A Caretakers Journey From Heartbreak to Healing, is his second book. View Guest page

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Tom Sweetman



Author Tom Sweetman wrote “From Grief to Greatness: A Collection of True Stories and Lessons on Living Life after Loss” following the passing of his mother in 2012 due to cancer. He realized that the average person is not prepared for the array of emotions that accompany loss, and he wrote his book as a way to help others struggling with similar situations.

Through stories of how others have gone from grief to greatness, the work offers hope and relatability to those experiencing grief and looking for inspiration to help them through this tough time. It offers a chance to turn pain into potential for those who know they have more to give to the world. Sweetman wants to offer relief to those feeling isolated after the loss of someone or something important in their life.

The book is available on Kindle: http://amzn.to/10vPUuT View Guest page

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Therèse Tappouni


Therèse Tappouni is the author of six published books—four of which have received major awards—and creator of two meditation/visualization CDs with her voice over the Prague Symphony Orchestra. Her latest book is The Gifts of Grief: Finding Light in the Darkness of Loss. She recently collaborated with Grammy®-nominated composer Michael Hoppé on his CD “Tapestry”. She is the founder of Whole Heart, which she dedicates to helping people live a balanced, loving and creative life. She teaches writing workshops, workshops for women in mid-life, grief workshops, resilience workshops and coaching created from her certification as a HeartMath® Trainer and her studies with transformational teacher Jean Houston. She has also trained in many other modalities, including Somatic Intuitive Training™ and Time Dimension Therapy™. View Guest page

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Dena Taylor

A month before she was to celebrate her 40th birthday in Italy, single, freelance writer Dena Taylor was diagnosed with breast cancer, and indefinitely postponed her trip. Instead of strolling through the Old Country and flirting with Italian men, she grappled with fear and sadness, and guilt about a rather strong dislike of pink ribbons. Several months of treatment and a few uncomfortable breast cancer awareness events later, Dena accepted that she was diagnosed with a disease, not a cause, and resolved to support research but ultimately live life undefined by cancer. Nearly complete and available for representation, I Don't Wanna Be Pink is Dena’s candid, sharp-witted memoir about reclaiming love, sex and adventure in the wake of cancer. Dena is an award-winning copywriting, and has written for Austin Woman magazine, Fresh Yarn, Yankee Pot Roast, and the Seeking Shama- and Cancer, Cancer bo-Bancer blogs. She currently lives in Denver, Colorado. Learn more at www.denataylor.com View Guest page

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Lorrain Taylor

Lorrain Taylor is Founder/CEO of 1000 Mothers to Prevent Violence. She founded the organization in response to the murders of her 22 year old twin sons on February 8, 2000 in Oakland, CA. A community organizer/activist, Lorrain serves as Advisor to the Oakland Police Department. In 2013, her nonprofit, 1000 Mothers to Prevent Violence was featured community based organization at OPD Open House. A prayer warrior and renowned gospel recording artist, she has recorded and written 2 CDs. Hers awards and honors include ABC 7 TV Profiles of Excellence, the Oakland A's Bullpen Relief Award, The Bay Area Jefferson Award and Legal Community Against Violence Distinguished Leadership Award. Lorrain was named by Ebony Magazine as one of the 100 most influential African Americans in the USA (2013) along with Oprah Winfrey, TD Jakes, Magic Johnson and others. She holds a BPA, MHROD, Nonprofit Management Certificate and MSW (candidate). A mother of three sons, she has one living son, Gregory, Jr. View Guest page

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Lyna Tevenaz Jones

LYNA TEVENAZ JONES is a writer, motivational speaker, and spiritual mentor. She lives with her two daughters in Westchester, NY. Originally from Normandy, France, Lyna moved to the U.S in 2001 to begin a new life and pursue her dreams. She earned an Associate Degree in Liberal Arts from Brigham Young University in Idaho, and earned her Life Coach certification through the World Coaching Institute. Lyna is a regular contributor to the inspirational blog Live Through the Heart and the lifestyle e-magazine Greenwich Girl. Her articles have been featured on Womenforone.com and Elephant Journal. As a motivational speaker, Lyna holds monthly lectures in Westchester and holds a weekly teaching spot on the spiritual radio show Awakening Together. She is the founder of A Course in Miracles Live, a digital network for spiritual seekers and students of metaphysics. FROM ASHES TO THE MOON, her memoir on abandonment, abuse, and spirituality is scheduled to be published Summer 2015. lynajones.com View Guest page

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David Tuccaro Jr.

David Tuccaro Jr. is a Mikisew Cree First Nation who overcame his fight with Leukemia, chronicled in his memoir, Bad to the Bone: The True Story of David Tuccaro Jr. Born and raised in Ft. McMurray, Canada. He shares his tumultuous journey of self-discovery through pain, hopelessness and the feeling of inadequacy to inspire others to overcome adversity. After finding his purpose, he is living out his passion of teaching others to save lives by registering to become a bone marrow donor. David spends his free time with his family and enjoying music. For more information about David Tuccaro Jr. visit: www.davidtuccaro.com View Guest page

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Eleanor Vincent


Eleanor Vincent is an award-winning writer whose memoir, Swimming with Maya: A Mother’s Story, was nominated for the Independent Publisher Book Award in 2004 and was reissued by Dream of Things press in 2013. Appearing on the New York Times best-seller list twice, the book was called “engaging” by Booklist. Swimming with Maya chronicles the life and death of Eleanor’s nineteen-year-old daughter, who was thrown from a horse and pronounced brain-dead at the hospital. Eleanor donated her daughter’s organs to critically ill patients and poignantly describes her friendship with the middle-aged man who received Maya’s heart. Eleanor is a national spokesperson on grief recovery and organ donation, appearing on CNN and San Francisco’s Evening Magazine. She has also been featured in the San Francisco Chronicle and interviewed on radio and television programs around the country. Eleanor received an MFA in Creative Writing from Mills College. www.eleanorvincent.com View Guest page

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Lynn Waldrop

As a Medical Intuitive, Lynn Waldrop is known as "The Body Channel" and energetically dives into the each of the body systems of her clients (such as the nervous system, organ systems…). The body talks to her showing her areas of "dis-ease" AND the means to change it while she is in there! Lynn is the Creator of “The Body Channel”, a Certified Color Therapy & Tuning Fork Master, Reiki Master & Certified Access Consciousness Facilitator and 3-Day Body Class Facilitator. Lynn empowers her clients to create and generate change in their own life & body! Life is like Play Dough; if you don’t like what you have created, laugh at it, smash it, and create something new! View Guest page

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Lynette Wallworth

Lynette Wallworth is an Australian artist/filmmaker whose immersive video installations and film works reflect on the connections between people and the natural world, as well as exploring fragile human states of grace. Her work uses immersive environments, interactive technologies with gestural interfaces and narrative long form film to engage with viewers. Her most recent works include the feature documentary TENDER tracing the beginnings of a community-led funeral company and CORAL an immersive film for full-dome digital planetariums with an augmented reality companion work. Wallworth’s work has been shown at the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts and the American Museum of Natural History, New York; the Sundance Film Festival; the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, Melbourne; the Smithsonian, Washington; Royal Observatory Greenwich for the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad; Auckland Triennial; Adelaide Biennial; Brighton Festival and the Vienna Festival among many others. Wallworth has been awarded an International Fellowship from Arts Council England, a New Media Arts Fellowship from the Australia Council for the Arts, the inaugural Australian Film, Television and Radio School Creative Fellowship in 2010 and the AIDC David and Joan Williams Documentary Fellowship in 2014. View Guest page

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Harriet Warshaw

Harriet Warshaw is the Executive Director of The Conversation Project, a public engagement campaign to get everyone’s end of life wishes expressed and respected. Harriet brings over thirty-five years of management experience in both the public and private sectors. These include senior positions at The Boston Hospital for Women, New England Baptist Hospital, Genzyme Corporation and the New England Healthcare Institute. In addition she has held elected office in the Town of Wellesley, Ma including 10 years on the Wellesley Board of Health and 9 years as a member of the Wellesley Board of Selectmen. She has served on numerous commissions and boards including chairing Combine Jewish Philanthropies’ Commission on Caring and Social Justice and as President of Temple Beth Elohim, Wellesley, MA Board of Trustees. It was a commitment made to her mother as she was dying that drew her to this work. Harriet’s mom wanted Harriet to help others die as graciously and with as much compassion as she did. View Guest page

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Lucinda Weatherby

Lucinda Weatherby, MA (psychology) is a writer and grief counselor who has a passion for sharing her experience of her infant son’s birth, life, and death. Her memoir, Five Hours: How My Brief Son’s Life Changed Everything has been described as brave, beautiful, and accessible. She runs support groups and does individual sessions for bereaved parents and is a board member of WinterSpring, a grief support nonprofit in Southern Oregon. She loves to hear from readers and anyone interested in grief. She can be reached through her website, www.fivehoursbook.com. View Guest page

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Woody Weingarten

Woody Weingarten, author of Rollercoaster: How a man can survive his partner’s breast cancer, can’t remember when he couldn’t talk — or play with words. His first poem was published in high school, but when his hormones announced the arrival of adulthood, he decided to eat rather than rhyme. So he switched to journalism, jumpstarting his career in New York almost 60 years ago. Now he’s a columnist, reviewer-critic, blogger and publisher — despite being “retired.” Earlier, he was executive editor and writer for daily and weekly publications in California, Florida, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and New York for five decades. He won writing awards for public service and investigation, features, columns, editorials and news. Woody, whose previous spouse died after her breast cancer metastasized, also has published newspapers, and written a national column. The father of two and grandfather of three, he's lived in San Anselmo, California, for 29 years. He figures he’ll stay. View Guest page

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Francis Weller

Francis Weller, MFT, is a psychotherapist, writer and soul activist synthesizes disciplines to create pathways to “unforgotten wisdom” in the heart of the psyche. Author of The Wild Edge of Sorrow: Rituals of Renewal and the Sacred Work of Grief, he is widely published was featured inThe Sun magazine (October 2015. His organization, WisdomBridge, offers educational programs integrating the wisdom from traditional cultures with the insights and knowledge gathered from western poetic, psychological and spiritual practices. Francis received a B.A. from the University of Wisconsin Green Bay and two Master’s Degrees from JFK University (Clinical Psych and Transpersonal Psych). He is on staff at Commonweal Cancer Help Program, and is a frequent presenter and keynote speaker. He has taught at Sonoma State University, the Sophia Center in Oakland and the Minnesota Men's Conference and is currently completing his second book, A Trail on the Ground: Tracking the Ways of the Indigenous Soul. View Guest page

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Susanne West



Susanne West is a Professor of Psychology and teaches in the B.A. Psychology and Consciousness and Transformative Studies programs at JFK University. She is also a life coach and the founder of Insight to Action Coaching. Susanne is the author of Soul Care for Caregivers: How to Help Yourself While Helping Others. www.susannewest.com View Guest page

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Claire Willis


Claire B. Willis is a clinical social worker, an ordained lay Buddhist chaplain and a yoga teacher. In her private practice, she has spent over two decades working with oncology patients and with end-of-life issues. A co-founder of Facing Cancer Together: A Community of Hope, Claire is also an adjunct faculty member at the Andover Newton Theological School and a former group facilitator and instructor at The Wellness Community. She earned an M.A. from Episcopal Divinity School and a MSW and a M.Ed from Boston University. Claire lives in Brookline, Massachusetts. (Author photo © 2013 Marnie Crawford Samuelson) View Guest page

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Bart Windrum

Bart Windrum, a lay person, became an end-of-life reform advocate after his parents’ sudden hospitalized demises. Bart helps civilians identify, assess, mitigate, and overcome the everyday obstacles to peaceful dying. Recognized and endorsed by ethicists, doctors, nurses, policymakers, spiritual leaders, healthcare think tanks, healthcare visionaries and activists, Bart’s body of work includes: the (unadopted) state initiative The Option to Die in PEACE; the award-winning book Notes from the Waiting Room: Managing a Loved One’s End-of-Life Hospitalization; the TEDx talk Dying IN Peace to Die AT Peace: New Terms of Engagement; the Never Say Die Rap; the Journal of Participatory Medicine article It’s Time to Account for Medical Error in Top Ten Causes of Death Charts; Windrum’s Matrix of Dying Terms, and the in-depth program To Die in Peace: Our Rights of Passage. Bart founded and curates the Facebook group To Die in Peace: Overcoming Obstacles, currently with over 650 members. View Guest page

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Terri Wingham

A breast cancer diagnosis at the age of 30 changed everything for Terri Wingham. Inspired by the isolation and depression she felt when treatment ended, Terri left her corporate job in 2011 and packed her bags for a volunteer trip in Africa. Since then, she's lived out of her suitcase so she can build the Fresh Chapter Alliance Foundation. She loves helping other cancer patients and survivors discover fresh possibilities, purpose, and connections in their lives through volunteer programs and bucket-list adventures. Terri is a daughter, sister, friend, travel junkie, global volunteer, motivational speaker, wine lover, photographer and writer. Although cancer may be part of her story, it’s far from the whole story. www.afreshchapter.com View Guest page

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Dr. Karen Wyatt

Dr. Karen Wyatt author of the book What Really Matters: 7 Lessons for Living from the Stories of the Dying, spent most of her 25-year career in medicine caring for patients in challenging settings such as nursing homes, hospices, free clinics and homeless shelters. Her work with patients who were facing the end of life inspired her to write What Really Matters, which describes the spiritual lessons she learned from her hospice patients. Dr. Wyatt also hosts End-of-Life University, an online interview series that features conversations with experts who work in all aspects of end-of-life care. She is widely regarded as a thought-leader in the effort to transform the way we care for our dying in the U.S. In addition, she is valued for her application of spiritual principles to illness and healthcare and teaches that in order to live life fully we must each overcome our fear of death and embrace the difficulties that life brings us. Learn more about her work at www.karenwyattmd.com. View Guest page

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Tom Zuba



Tom Zuba is a life coach, author and speaker teaching people all over the world a new way to do grief. Tom offers those living with the death of someone they love dearly the tools, knowledge, and wisdom to create a full, joy-filled life.

In 1990, Tom’s 18-month-old daughter Erin died suddenly. His 43-year-old wife Trici died equally as suddenly on New Year’s Day 1999 and his 13-year-old son Rory died from brain cancer in 2005. Tom and his son Sean are exploring life one day at a time in Rockford, Illinois.

Tom’s first book “Permission to Mourn: A New Way to Do Grief” is available in paperback and as an eBook at both Amazon.com and Barnesandnoble.com.

To learn more visit www.TomZuba.com, join Tom’s Healing Circle on Facebook (www.facebook.com/tomzuba1), follow Tom on Twitter @ TomZuba and visit his Youtube Channel. View Guest page

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