Grief Dreams Podcast
E178 - Holly Barker - Grief Anonymous

E178 - Holly Barker - Grief Anonymous

December 1, 2020

Holly Barker is the founder of Grief Anonymous, an online and group support organization developed to support those who are grieving the loss of a loved one. Her husband of 14 years and the father of her son died in 2014 at the age of 41 after an eight-year battle with malignant melanoma skin cancer. Holly’s mission is to continue to see Grief Anonymous be a national support organization.


In this episode we talk about being a caregiver for her husband while he had cancer, the dreams she started to have, writing about her experience, the death of her husband, establishing Grief Anonymous, the death of her grandmother, and grief dreams of her deceased husband and grandmother.


You can find more about Holly here:

E177 - Matthew Bocchi - Sway

E177 - Matthew Bocchi - Sway

November 21, 2020

At the age of nine, Matthew Bocchi’s father died in 2001 on 9/11 in the World Trade Center. He began an obsessive quest to find out exactly how he died. Now, twenty-eight and sober, he teaches a clear and intricate lesson: no matter how far you fall, you can always rise again. No matter how far you stray, you can always find your way home. And no matter how wide you sway, you can always pick up the pieces and stand tall. His new book "Sway" is a unique story full of heartbreak and despair, grief and uncertainty, but most importantly, happiness.


In this episode we talk about the death of his father on 9/11, issues trying to process the death as a child (e.g., trying to figure the cause of death at the same time being a victim of sexual abuse), using drugs to cope, the experience of overcoming his addictions, finding happiness again, writing his new book "Sway", and grief dreams of his father.


You can find this podcast on iTunes, Stitcher, Spotify, (, and many other podcasting platforms.

E176 - Sherrie Dunlevy - How Can I Help?

E176 - Sherrie Dunlevy - How Can I Help?

November 9, 2020

Sherrie Dunlevy is a best selling author, speaker, podcaster, inspirationinsta, and grieving mom. Her best selling book is called “How Can I Help?: Your go-to guide for helping loved ones through life’s difficulties.” Sherrie is the host of the “Graduating Grief” podcast. Sherrie has also designed a Graduating Grief program and community for women.


In this episode we talk about her career as a TV news anchor, the death of her 29 day old child, the difficulties reporting the news while grieving, her secondary losses after his death (e.g., friendships ending), why she wanted to write the book “How Can I Help?”, how we can help others after a loss, and grief dreams.


You can find more about Sherrie here:

E175 - Tamsin Grainger -  Shiatsu and Grief

E175 - Tamsin Grainger - Shiatsu and Grief

October 29, 2020

Tamsin Grainger is a touch therapist based in Edinburgh, Scotland, and has worked in this area for 30 years. She specializes in Shiatsu, a Japanese acupressure massage modality. In 2000, Tamsin opened The Shiatsu School Edinburgh (training professional and post graduate practitioners, and beginners). She was the Chair and a board member for the Shiatsu Society (UK) and is a member of the Complementary and Natural healthcare Council (UK). Additionally, she teaches Shiatsu internationally. Tamsin just released her first book, Working with Death and Loss in Shiatsu Practice, a guide to holistic bodywork in palliative care.


In this episode we talk about her journey into Shiatsu, grief and Shiatsu, giving Shiatsu to her father before he died, her new book, her miscarriage experiences, the continuing bond with her father and challenges with forgiveness, and grief dreams of her father and unborn children.


You can find more about Tamsin here:



Facebook: TamsinShiatsu

LinkedIn: Tamsin Grainger

Twitter: @tamsinshiatsu

Pinterest: Tamsin Grainger


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E174 - Gregor Collins - The Accidental Caregiver

E174 - Gregor Collins - The Accidental Caregiver

October 14, 2020

Gregor Collins is an author, speaker, actor and contributor living in New York. He started his career in Los Angeles producing reality TV before shifting gears to acting, performing on stage, on television and in independent feature films. His writing and acting have been featured in “The Los Angeles Times,” “The Guardian,” “Huffington Post,” “Publishers Weekly,” “Cinema Editor Magazine” and others, as well as on Off-Broadway stages across New York. Collins travels the globe with his memoir ”The Accidental Caregiver: How I Met, Loved and Lost Legendary Holocaust Refugee Maria Altmann,” sharing with audiences his experience caring for Altmann, who was portrayed by Helen Mirren in the movie ”Woman in Gold.” (2015). His newest book released this year is The accidental caregiver Part 2: Saying YES to a world without Altmann. Collins also created and curates ”Humans in My Phone,” an ongoing micro-documentary series featuring the humans in his phone.


In this episode we talk about how he became a caregiver, caregiving for Maria Altmann, developing a memorable bond with her, grieving her loss, travelling to Austria in her memory, writing his two books, finding hope again after loss, and grief dreams of her.


You can find more about Gregor at or follow him on Instagram (@gregorgcollins)

E173 - Dr. Kimberly Mascaro - Announcing Dreams

E173 - Dr. Kimberly Mascaro - Announcing Dreams

October 2, 2020

Dr. Kimberly R. Mascaro wears many hats, in addition to her role as a psychologist. Dr. Mascaro has worked in the fields of mental/behavioral health (having supervised outpatient clinics and other therapeutic programs), as well as higher education, for over 20 years. She holds a license to practice psychotherapy in the state of California. Her primary focus is on women’s issues – in particular, navigating life’s big transitions, as well as treating trauma, anxiety, and grief/loss. She integrates many areas of her training and experience, including traditional talk therapies with art, dreamwork, hypnotherapy, meditation (such as yoga nidra), and somatic approaches. As for research and writing, Dr. Mascaro’s most recent publication is Extraordinary Dreams: Visions, Announcements and Premonitions Across time and Place (2018, McFarland). Dr. Mascaro gives presentations and leads workshops nationally and internationally.


In this episode we talk about announcing dreams, the power of dreams, how she started valuing dreams, hosting and speaking at the Dreamwork Summit (Oct. 13-16, 2020), and grief dreams of her relatives and Anthony Bourdain.


To find more about Kimberly, you can visit

To register for the Dreamwork Summit visit


E172 - Guest Update - Shelby Forsythia

E172 - Guest Update - Shelby Forsythia

September 24, 2020

In this guest update episode we talk with Shelby Forsythia from episodes 52 and 130. Shelby is the author of Your Grief, Your Way and Permission to Grieve and podcast host of Coming Back: Conversations on Life After Loss. After the unexpected death of her mother in 2013, she became a “student of grief” and set out on a lifetime mission to explore the oft-misunderstood human experience of loss. Through her books, podcast, and live events, she helps grieving people reclaim their power and peace of mind after devastating loss. Shelby is also a Certified Grief Recovery Specialist®, Reiki Level II Practitioner, and Intuitive Grief Guide. Her work has been featured on Huffington Post, Bustle, and The Oprah Magazine.


In this episode we talk about her new book “Your Grief, Your Way”, the process of writing it during the pandemic, specific entries in the book, and the topic of grief dreams.


You can find more about Shelby at

E171 - Patricia de Picciotto - Neshama Journey

E171 - Patricia de Picciotto - Neshama Journey

September 16, 2020

Patricia de Picciotto was born in Hong Kong from Lebanese parents, and raised in Geneva, Switzerland until she graduated from college with a BA in Marketing and Communication. She then spent a couple of years in London to study for her GIA (graduate gemologist) and worked in Jewelry. Patricia then lived in Sao Paulo, Brazil, for ten years, where she met her husband, had three kids and founded a jewelry line, Pasha Joias. She moved to New York over five years ago, where she became an art guide in the City. Since her mother’s passing after a two year battle with pancreatic cancer, she is dedicated to normalize grief and raise grief consciousness through her @neshamajourney project on Instagram and beyond. 


In this episode we talk about living in multiple places, being in Brazil with her mother, her love of art history, her mother and stepfather getting sick, the death of her stepfather and mother, the Jewish funeral and mourning process, grief dreams of her mother, and her Instagram account.

E170 - Jason Wendroff-Rawnicki - The Power of Smell

E170 - Jason Wendroff-Rawnicki - The Power of Smell

September 10, 2020

Jason Wendroff-Rawnicki is a certified yoga educator and dōTERRA Essential Oil specialist, who has a MA in psychology. He co-founded Shine Yoga Center in New Jersey and travels nationally & internationally leading classes, workshops, retreats and educating about the benefits and powers of essential oils. In June of 1998, his sister Lauren died in a car accident. Knowing that he needed more than talk therapy to deal with his grief, Jason turned toward a body-centered approach. Yoga, meditation, mindfulness, healthy lifestyle and essential oils became that path towards recovery.


In this episode we talk about essential oils, the power of smell after loss, the death of his sister, volunteering with compassionate friends, and grief dreams of his sister.


You can find more on Jason here:


FaceBook: Sibling Support -


Instagram: OilmanJason

Twitter: @ShineYogaNJ


E169 - Barron Steffen - The Final Gift

E169 - Barron Steffen - The Final Gift

September 4, 2020

Barron Steffen is a longtime student on the spiritual path of Siddha Yoga, a big band crooner, and a widower. He has been a big wave surfer, a 1980s Italian pop singer, and an award-winning elementary school teacher. Steffen has now fully transitioned from the elementary school classroom to his company, The Yoga of Mindset, where he teaches children and adults how to use their thoughts so they're not used by them. Barron recently published the book The Final Gift of the Beloved: Her Disappearance-13 Days 


In this episode we talk about his interest in Siddha Yoga, the death of his wife, the 13 days after, finding meaning after the loss, his book, and grief dreams of his wife.


You can find more about Barron here

E168 - Lindsey Whissel Fenton - Speaking Grief

E168 - Lindsey Whissel Fenton - Speaking Grief

August 28, 2020

Lindsey Whissel Fenton is a senior producer at WPSU, the PBS/NPR affiliate station in Central Pennsylvania. She’s an Emmy award-winning storyteller who is passionate about using public media to build empathy. Lindsey produced, directed, and wrote the documentary Speaking Grief and continues to produce content for the initiative’s website and social media presence. 


In this episode we talk about Shotokan karate, how karate relates to grief, the Speaking Grief documentary, learning to speak grief, holding space for grief, grief dreams mentioned within the documentary interviews, and her own grief.


To view the Speaking Grief documentary (starting August 30, 2020) visit



Facebook: @wpsugrief

Instagram: @wpsugrief

E167 - Julie Rennie - A Conversation With Dr. Black’s Mother

E167 - Julie Rennie - A Conversation With Dr. Black’s Mother

August 21, 2020

Julie Rennie has done Accounting and Income Tax for most of her career primarily as a self-employed individual and currently runs a law practice as a Licensed Paralegal out of Kitchener, Ontario, Canada. Julie married Mark Black (Dr. Joshua Black’s father) in 1977 spending the next few decades as Julie Black. The positive blessings and outcomes from this marriage were building her faith in God and being a mother to her 4 children: Rebecca, Nathaniel, Joshua and Rachel. The marriage suffered challenges based on Mark’s excessive consumption of alcohol and poor coping skills. After the marriage ended, Julie remarried John Rennie. 


In this episode we talk about the death of her grandmother, meeting Mark, their relationship, her health issues, being more open about her struggles, processing her emotions, and Mark's death.



You can find more about Julie’s paralegal practice at

E166 - Dr. T.J. Wray - Grief Dreams and the Bible

E166 - Dr. T.J. Wray - Grief Dreams and the Bible

August 12, 2020

Dr. T.J. Wray is a Professor of Religious Studies at Salve Regina University in Newport, Rhode Island where she teaches a diverse array of classes, ranging from grief and loss to women of the Bible. A prolific writer, Dr. Wray is the author of many articles and books, including the best-selling “Surviving the Death of a Sibling: Living Through Grief When an Adult Brother or Sister Dies” and “Grief Dreams: How They Help Heal Us After the Death of a Loved One”. A popular biblical scholar, she has also written: "The Birth of Satan: Tracing the Devil's Biblical Roots; "Good Girls, Bad Girls: The Enduring Lessons of Twelve Women of the Old Testament"; "Good Girls, Bad Girls of the New Testament"; "What the Bible Really Tells Us: The Essential Guide for Biblical Literacy". Dr. Wray has appeared on National Public Radio, several documentaries on the History Channel, and various other television and radio programs across the country and abroad. An intrepid traveler, she has lead tours to biblical lands, studied at the Tantur Ecumenical Institute in Jerusalem and participated in archaeological excavations in Israel.


In this episode we talk about becoming a biblical scholar, dreams and grief in the Bible, the birth of the Devil in the Bible, the death of her brother, grief after the death of an adult sibling, and grief dreams of her brother.


You can find more information about Dr. T.J. Wray at and


Here is the Next Avenue article we discussed on the podcast: What Are Grief Dreams?


E165 - Flora Baker - The Adult Orphan Club

E165 - Flora Baker - The Adult Orphan Club

August 5, 2020

Flora Baker is a travel writer and author from London, UK. Flora was 20 years old when her mum died suddenly of breast cancer, and 29 when her dad died of fibrosis. After a decade of grieving, Flora now uses her personal narrative writing and her online presence to engage with the global grief community and help others through their own experiences of loss. Flora’s new book, ‘The Adult Orphan Club’, is a part memoir, part guide to grief which aims to be a companion to those coping with bereavement. 


In this episode we talk about her love of travelling around the world, the death of her parents, her grief journey, traveling to cope after loss, her new book ‘The Adult Orphan Club’, her Instagram video, and grief dreams of her parents.


You can read more from Flora at, follow her on Twitter and Instagram at @FloraBaker, and find ‘The Adult Orphan Club’ on Amazon

E164 - Philip Goldberg - Spiritual Practice for Crazy Times

E164 - Philip Goldberg - Spiritual Practice for Crazy Times

July 29, 2020

Philip Goldberg is the author or co-author of some 25 books published in more than a dozen languages; a public speaker and workshop leader; a spiritual counselor, meditation teacher and ordained Interfaith Minister. A Los Angeles resident, he cohosts the Spirit Matters podcast, leads American Veda Tours and blogs regularly on Elephant Journal and Spirituality & Health. His book American Veda was named by Huffington Post and Library Journal as one of the Top 10 Religion Books of 2010; it was followed in 2018 by the popular biography The Life of Yogananda. His newest book Spiritual Practice for Crazy Times, is set to be released on August 4th


In this episode we talk about his newest book Spiritual Practice for Crazy Times, becoming a writer, Paramahansa Yogananda, grief dreams of Yogananda, the love and loss of Philip’s mother, grief dreams of his mother, father, and friends.



You can find more about Philip here:

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