Grief Dreams Podcast

A conversation about life, loss, and grief dreams with an expert in the field, Joshua Black, along with co-host Shawn Ram. Visit griefdreams.ca or Email us at griefdreamspodcast@gmail.com

Episode 41 Justin Wren

Justin Wren left a promising mixed martial arts career to live as one with the Mbuti Pygmies in the Congo. Through his foundation, Fight for the Forgotten, and other benefactors, Wren helped the Pygmies secure their own land and drill wells to support their community. Now with a new motivation for competing, Justin currently fights in Bellator MMA and with every opportunity tells the story of his Pygmy family in the Congo. Defend the weak, love the unloved, empower the voiceless. In this episode, we get to hear Justin's story, find out what motivates him, talk loss, and Justin tells us about some power visions and dreams that have guided him in his journey. 

You can get involved here: http://www.water4.org/fightfortheforgotten/ with Fight for the Forgotten

Get involved with the Lacor, Uganda campaign (DIG DEEPER):  www.water4.org/digdeeper

Watch a video from Justin:

Justin Wren's Facebook Video

Get Justin's Book Here

 

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Episode 40- Jeannette Thompson

Jeannette Thompson works as a spiritual grief counselor and a workshop facilitator. Her life forcefully changed direction after the death of her son. During the next few years her search for answers turned into furthering her education. She trained as a Grief Counsellor at Mohawk College, and trained as a volunteer Crisis worker for the Sexual Assault Centre and the Distress Centre. She then became certified as a Spiritual Psychotherapist and Spiritual Director through the Transformational Arts College of Spiritual and Holistic Training. To find more information on Jeannette please visit her website: http://spiritual-counselling.com In this episode she talks about her life as a mom, the death of her son, how she coped, the dreams that helped her prepare for his death, and a dream she wants to have of him.

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Episode 39-Rachel Gebler Greenberg

Rachel Gebler Greenberg is a writer, storyteller and Ambassador with One Legacy, the Southern California chapter for organ donation where she speaks frequently about death, grief and finding hope after loss. In 1999 she met and married the love of her life, Glenn and then in 2013 he passed away suddenly and unexpectedly from a brain hemorrhage. After the sudden passing of her husband Rachel was thrown into this thing called “grief.” She’s spent the last four years studying what happens to us when we die and has started a foundation, “Connections of Hope,” where she helps others with their grief and finding hope after loss. Rachel talks about her life as a Park Ranger’s daughter, the death of her husband, and 3 dreams she had of him.

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Episode 38 - Grief Dreams Podcast - Nicole Meredith

In episode 38, we had the please to speak with Nicole Meredith. After graduating from Canada’s National Ballet School, Nicole went on to complete both her B.A. and M.A. in English at the University of Toronto. Nicole currently works full-time in communications and marketing, and is a freelance editor and writer. Her two published booked Waiting to Happen: Accidental Injuries in Canada and Outsights: Social Inequalities in Canada can be found here https://www.amazon.com/Nicole-Meredith/e/B01NHAB27G In this episode we talk about her journey into ballet and writing, the death of her grandfather, and what dream she would want to have of him.

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Episode 37 - Father’s Day Podcast with Darwyn Dave

Episode 37 is a special Father's Day Podcast with Darwyn Dave. In this episode we catch up with Darwyn, get the scoop on a conference Joshua attended in La Crosse, Wisconsin (The International Death, Grief and Bereavement Conference), and Joshua and Darwyn talk Father's Day. Both Joshua and Darwyn's fathers' have passed away so we get their perspective of this holiday, and we build some dreams for both in honour of their fathers'. This podcast is dedicated to them, as well as all father's alive and passed away.

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Episode 36 - Grief Dreams Podcast - Caitlyn Gallant

In episode 36, we had the pleasure to speak with Caitlyn Gallant. Caitlyn is currently working towards her Master of Arts in Psychology (Behavioural and Cognitive Neuroscience) at Brock University. The overarching goal of Caitlyn’s research is to aid in the prevention of mild head injuries and educate others about their behavioural, cognitive, and social consequences. Currently, her research focuses on concussive and subconcussive injuries in sports and how they can affect socioemotional functions, such as theory of mind and empathy. Here is Caitlyn's Research Article. In this episode we talk about her research, the death of her grandfather, dreams she had of him, and want dream she wants to have. 

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Episode 35 - Grief Dreams Podcast - Mellie Fricker

In Episode 35 (with guest host Jade Black), we had the pleasure to talk with Mellie Fricker. After losing her grandmother in the summer of 2015, Mellie began exploring her grief. She has become passionate about living life to the fullest, which she believes to be her grandmother's legacy. In this episode we talk about her studying Transpersonal Counselling Psychology, the death of her grandmother, how she continues the bond, a dream she had of her, and what dream she would want to have.

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Episode 34 - Grief Dreams Podcast - Jana DeCristofaro

In Episode 34, we had the pleasure to talk with Jana DeCristofaro. Jana (a Licensed Clinical Social Worker), is the Coordinator of Children's Grief Services at The Dougy Center for Grieving Children & Families in Portland, Oregon. She is also the host of the Dear Dougy podcast which focuses on opening up the often avoided conversation about grief. You can find the The Dougy Center podcast at https://www.dougy.org/grief-resources/podcasts/. In this episode we talk about her journey as a social worker, the many deaths she has experienced, and a dream she wants to have.

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Episode 33 - Grief Dreams Podcast - Patrick Beedling

In Episode 33, we had the pleasure to talk with Patrick Beedling. Patrick works as a psychotherapist (with people who are recovering from motor vehicle accidents) and is the singer-songwriter in the indie rock project named Barbarosa (www.barbarosa.ca). In this episode we talk about our days in high school, his journey into music, the death of his friend, and a dream he wants to have. At the end of the episode you can hear his song "These Lanes".

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Episode 32 - Grief Dreams Podcast - Sharon Ehlers

In Episode 32 (with guest host Jade Black), we had the pleasure to talk with Sharon Ehlers. Sharon is the founding member of Grief Reiki® LCC. She is a Certified Grief Recovery Specialist® with the Grief Recovery Institute®, a Reiki Master Teacher, and an author. In this episode we talk about her journey into Grief Reiki, the loss of her multiple losses (friends, former fiance, and father), and the dreams she had of them. You can find more about Sharon at www.grief-reiki.com

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