Grief Dreams Podcast

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E151 - Becky Aud-Jennison - The Death Dialogues Project

Becky Aud-Jennison had a lengthy career in human services, starting as a nurses aide, then nurse, then clinical mental health professional and mind-body practitioner. In 2018 Becky created The Death Dialogues Project with an aim of getting conversations surrounding dying, death, grief and the aftermath out of the closet.


In this episode we talk about cultural differences between USA and New Zealand, the death of her brother, having a good death, creating The Death Dialogues Project, continuing bonds with her brother and mother, grief dreams of her father, mom, brother, and Ram Dass.


You can find more about The Death Dialogues Project at and on Instagram and Facebook.



E150 - Andrea Wilson Woods - Being a Mother for Her Sister

Andrea Wilson Woods is a writer who loves to tell stories, and a patient advocate who founded the nonprofit Blue Faery: The Adrienne Wilson Liver Cancer Association. Andrea is the CEO and co-founder of Cancer University, a for-profit, social-benefit, digital health company. With Cancer U, Andrea synergizes her talents of coaching, writing, teaching, and advocacy. Andrea obtained her master’s degree in professional writing from the University of Southern California; her nonfiction writing has won national awards. Her newest book is a medical memoir titled Better Off Bald: A Life in 147 Days


In this episode we talk about her life as a sister/legal guardian, her sister/daughter’s depression and cancer journey, her new book, giving her loved one a good death, meeting a stranger at her loved one's gravesite, and grief dreams of her. 


You can find more about Andrea here:


If you use the promo code: GRIEFDREAMS at, you will receive a free lifetime membership to Cancer University

E149 - Janna Lopez - Midlife Identity Loss and Grief

Janna Lopez has over 25 years in media, communications, and editorial endeavors. She has spent the last ten years as owner, publisher and editor of several regional magazines. As a word enthusiast, she's helped multi-million dollar companies craft their stories, and currently leads workshops and coaches clients about midlife identity loss and grief. She is the author of the new book, Me, My Selfie, & Eye: A Midlife Conversation about Lost Identity, Grief, and Seeing Who You Are.


In this episode we talk about midlife identify loss and grief, her midlife issues (grandmother loss, divorce, and job loss), reflecting on her own mortality, who are we beyond roles, her new book, a grief dream of her grandmother, and a dream during her midlife issues.


To know more about Janna visit

E148 - Dr. Sarah Neustadter - Surviving the Suicide of a Beloved

Dr. Sarah Neustadter is a licensed psychologist based in Los Angeles, specializing in suicide prevention, loss, and grief, including those grieving the suicide of a loved one. She has over a decade of professional experience identifying and treating those at risk of suicide, especially teenagers. She holds a PhD in clinical and transpersonal psychology from the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology in Palo Alto, California. She is the author of the Love You Like the Sky: Surviving the Suicide of a Beloved. 


In this episode we talk about the suicide of her boyfriend while in grad school, grieving his death, her book, suicide prevention, and grief dreams.


You can learn more about Sarah here:


E147 - Guest Update - Dr. Christopher Kerr

Dr. Christopher Kerr is the CEO and chief medical officer at Hospice Buffalo. Born and raised in Toronto, Kerr earned his MD as well as a PhD in neurobiology and completed his residency in internal medicine at the University of Rochester. His research has received international attention and has been featured in The New York TimesAtlantic Monthly, and the BBC. His new book called Death Is But a Dream: Finding Hope and Meaning at Life's End is being released February 11, 2020.


In this episode we talk about his new book being released, his research at Hospice Buffalo on end-of-life dreams and visions, his documentary, giving a voice to the dying and the bereaved, end-of-life dreams and visions of horses?, and grief dreams.


You can find more about his new book here:


Here is the link to his TEDx Talk “I See Dead People: Dreams and Visions of the Dying?” 


Link to the research page at Hospice Buffalo:


Rerelease: E73 - Dr. Christopher Kerr - End-Of-Life Dreams and Visions

We rereleased this episode (E73) as our next episode features an update on the guest.


Dr. Christopher Kerr is the Chief Executive Officer & Chief Medical Officer for Hospice Buffalo. Dr. Kerr’s research examines patient’s dreams and visions at the end of life. The results of his studies generated enormous response in the non-medical community, both nationally and internationally. Dr. Kerr has overseen the integration and expansion of palliative care into local hospitals and developed one of the nation’s largest home-based palliative care programs, Home Connections, and Essential Care for Children. In this episode we talk about his journey becoming a doctor, dreams and visions at the end of life, the death of his father, and a dream he would like to have.


Here is the link to his TEDx Talk “I See Dead People: Dreams and Visions of the Dying?” 


This link is to Hospice Buffalo

E146 - Kay Makavel - Believe in Yourself

Kay Makavel is a recording artist from the Bronx who raps and sings. Her music is raw, real, and lyrical. She speaks her truth through her music and speaks for those who don’t have a voice. In 2019 she graduated Buffalo State College, released her second mixtape called “The Minute Mixtape Reloaded”, had several music videos released, and was featured in the show Rhythm & Flow on Netflix which is a hip-hop competition show judged by T. I., Cardi B, and Chance the Rapper. During the competition she also preformed in front of Jadakiss, who was one of her brother’s favorite rappers before he died when she was 13.


In this episode we talk about believing in yourself, being authentic, putting yourself first, being on Rhythm & Flow, majoring in Sociology, her grief journey, and grief dreams of her brother before and after his death.


You can follow Kay on Instagram @KayMakavel


Her mixtapes and other music can be found here:

E145 - 2019 Grief Dream Recaps - Part 2

Posted by griefdreamspodcast in Grief Dreams, Grief, loss, grief and bereavement, dreams

In this episode (Part 2) we recap some of the dream conversations we had with guests in 2019.

E144 - 2019 Grief Dream Recaps - Part 1

In this episode (Part 1) we recap some of the dream conversations we had with guests in 2019.

Rerelease: 2018 Grief Dream Recaps - Part 3

Posted by griefdreamspodcast in Grief Dreams, Grief, grief and bereavement, dreams

We have decided to rerelease our past Grief Dream Recap episodes as we make our 2019 ones. In this episode we recap some of the dream conversations we have had with guests in 2018 (originally episode 101). 

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