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 72 - Rev. Andrew Vitale

Rev. Andrew Vitale is the Bereavement Coordinator - Spiritual Counselor for Northern Illinois Hospice. He has been working in spiritual and bereavement care for over 30 years. Additionally, Andrew is on the planning committee for International Conference on Death, Grief and Bereavement at University of Wisconsin - La Crosse. The conference this year is on June 3-6, 2018. In this episode we talk about the conference, his journey being a bereavement coordinator, the death of his father and friend, and a dream he wants to have. You can find more information about the conference here https://www.uwlax.edu/conted/dgb/

 

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Episode 71 - Dallas Shirley

Dallas Shirley is a Registered Clinical Counsellor who provides Children's Counselling and Family Counselling for non-profit organizations. She currently works as the Children's Services Manager at Abbotsford Hospice Society and a Grief Specialist for the Abbotsford School District. Dallas is also the author of a books series called Woodland Wisdom Books, which are guides for parents, caregivers, educators, counsellor, and other adults who help to support children dealing with difficult issues. In this episode we talk about her journey into helping bereaved children, children’s grief and their grief dreams, her grief journey, and a dream she wants to have. You can find more about Dallas and her books here http://www.woodlandwisdombooks.com/

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Episode 68 - Natalie Proulx

Natalie Proulx is a licensed funeral director, who owns and operates Facing The Sun – Funeral Celebrant, Bereavement Support and Wedding Officiant services. She is on the board of directors for Bereavement Ontario Network and has completed multiple certifications within Traumatic Loss, Child & Infant Loss, and Disenfranchised Grief. In this episode we talk about her journey into being a funeral director, pregnancy and infant loss, her own miscarriage, dreams of miscarriage, and a dream she wants to have.

 

To know more about Natalie please visit http://facingthesun.life/

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Episode 53 - Steve Leder

Steve Leder is the Senior Rabbi of Wilshire Boulevard Temple in Los Angeles and the author of such critically acclaimed books as The Extraordinary Nature of Ordinary Things and More Money Than God: Living a Rich Life without Losing Your Soul. He has just published his new book titled More Beautiful Than Before. In this episode we talk about how he found his calling to be a Rabbi, his own pain and depression, how suffering can transform, forgiveness, grief dreams, his father’s Alzheimer’s, dreams he has of his father now, and a dream he would want to have.

 

Here is a link to his sermon titled "What I have learned about death" that he discusses on the podcast http://jewishjournal.com/culture/religion/yom_kippur/225598/what-have-i-learned-about-death/

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Episode 52 - Shelby Forsythia

Shelby Forsythia is an Intuitive Grief Guide and host of the podcast Coming Back: Conversations on life after loss. After her mom’s death in 2013, she became what she calls a “student of grief” and now writes, speaks, and teaches others about the transformational power of grief and loss. Shelby is a Certified Grief Recovery Specialist® and Reiki Practitioner. In this episode we talk about her journey with grief, her podcast, dreams of her mom, and a dream she wants to have of her.

For more of her work and to listen to her podcast visit http://www.shelbyforsythia.com/

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Episode 49 - Steve Morrison

Steve Morrison is an ordained minister and has officiated over 1200 funerals. In 2016 Steve launched his own business called Oh My Grief which provides information and resources to individuals, as well as education and training for professional organizations. He is presently working on his Doctor of Ministry where he is considering the relationship between faith and grief. In this episode we talk about funerals, Oh My Grief, his PhD topic, dreams in the Bible, powerful dreams in his life, the death of his friends, a grief dream of one of them, and a dream he would like to have.

For more information about Steve visit www.ohmygrief.com

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Episode 48 - Diane Murphy

Diane is a Family Support Coordinator for DonateLife Queensland in Australia. She is an accredited Mental Health Social Worker with almost forty years of experience in counselling, employee relations practitioner, consultant, and mediator operating within the public and private sectors including as a guest specialist lecturer at Australian Catholic University. Diane has provided bereavement counselling for families of DonateLife over seventeen years and has extensive knowledge of the issues relevant to families on the grief journey. She works from a strengths-based and values-aware position in her counselling and coordination role. In this episode Diane talks about her journey working with the bereaved, grief dreams in her practice, the death of her parents and her baby (through miscarriage), and her dreams of her parents.

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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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