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 http://julierennieparalegal.com/
March 11, 2020
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 www.jannalopez.com
September 26, 2019
Lauren Kane-Lysak is an Pet Taxidermist, Mortician, artist, and animal lover. After high school, she worked in a funeral home where she found that the corporate nature and lack of creative opportunity left her drained. She became interested in taxidermy after meeting a bird taxidermist in real life while volunteering at the San Bernardino County Museum. Lauren has made it her goal to work with pets, and preserve their tangible memory for eternity.
In this episode we talk about her journey into pet taxidermy, all things pet taxidermy, the death of her pet rat and grandmother, and grief dreams of her grandmother.
You can find more about Lauren here:
August 10, 2019
Marlene Rodgers works as a story editor on feature films and documentary television series, and makes short films driven by her personal passions. Her most recent film is a collaboration with her husband, Franco Pante. DREAMS OF THE DEAD tells the story of Marlene’s journey in the aftermath of the sudden and accidental death of her grandmother, Baka, and the vivid dreams that were intrinsic to navigating that loss. Visit the film’s website at www.dreamsofthedead.com to post your own memory of a loved one, and view the 18-minute film at www.nsi-canada.ca/2019/07/dreams-of-the-dead/.
In this episode we talk about how she got started working in film, her newest film ‘DREAMS OF THE DEAD’, the death of her grandmother, her grandmother's house, and grief dreams of her.
July 29, 2019
Kayla Moryoussef is a Community Worker/Registered Social Service Worker from Toronto who has been volunteering and working in end-of-life/palliative care for over seven years. She is a Death Educator, Death Doula candidate with Home Hospice Association, and project manager for all of their Death Cafés across southern Ontario. Kayla truly believes in the profound power of a ‘good death’ and its lasting effects on healthy individuals, families, and communities at-large. At the age of fifteen, Kayla’s life was profoundly changed by baring witness to the death of her grandmother, a primary parent and the one of the most formative figures in her life to this day.
In this episode we talk about getting becoming a death doula, the coming death boom in our culture, the death of her grandmother and dogs, her memorial tattoos, Death Cafés, and grief dreams of grandmother.
You can find more about Kayla at www.GoodDeath.ca or on Instagram and Facebook @GoodDeathDoula
June 10, 2019
Dr. Pei Grant is the Research Director at Hospice Buffalo, one of the largest hospice and palliative care organizations in Western New York. Her research encompasses a diverse range of projects from programmatic studies to psychosocial research, to medical projects. Her work has been recognized nationally and internationally to be innovative and enhancing quality of care to new levels. She believes that while it is important to find ways to lead a meaningful life, she advocates for people to focus on what it takes to have a meaningful death.
In this episode we talk about how she got started working at Hospice Buffalo, her research on end-of-life dreams and visions, her research on the Photographs of Meaning Program in family caregivers, the death of her grandparents and baby through miscarriage, and a grief dream of her maternal grandmother.
You can find her on Twitter @Peigrant and IG @Peicgrant . Here is a link to Hospice Buffalo’s research page https://www.hospicebuffalo.com/healthcare-providers/research/
To hear more about Hospice Buffalo's research on end-of-life dreams and visions, just download Dr. Christopher Kerr's episode on this podcast (episode 73).
March 6, 2019
Rachel Leoman and her cousin Hannah Brown created the podcast So Dreamy (Twitter/Insta: @SoDreamySnack) with the intent of creating a safe and fun space for dreamers to share, hear, and discuss dreams of all kinds. They both have been interested in dreams for as long as they can remember.
In this episode we talk about dreams in general, the So Dreamy Podcast, their losses (Rachel’s mom and Hannah’s brother, grandmother, and uncle), and Hannah’s dreams of her deceased grandmother.
Check out episode 14, 33, and 41 on the So Dreamy Podcast to hear them talk about specific grief dreams.
September 11, 2018
Andy Zaremba is a leader in the human consciousness and optimization communities. In 2013, Andy and his brother Mike, partnered to create the Float House franchise, Canada’s leading flotation therapy centres, which now have eight locations across Western Canada.In addition, Andy co-hosts (again with brother, Mike) the Vancouver Real podcast, a digital media leader in the human consciousness space. In this episode we talk about floating, his personal growth, the death of his grandmother, continuing bonds through ayahuasca, and a dream he wants to have of his grandmother.
You can find more about Andy here:
You can find more about Floating here:
What is floating? YouTube video - https://youtu.be/kPgTiYZXGtY
February 13, 2018
Justina Gioia is a Sex, Love & Relationship Coach and law of attraction expert. She works with both men and women who are experiencing issues in the realm of sex, love and relationships. In this episode we talk about her journey into her field, Valentine’s Day, the death of her dog and grandmother, a dream of her grandmother, and a party grief dream she wants to have.
To see resources we talked about in this episode (e.g. meditation, photos of the jewelry box, etc.) please visit http://www.justinagioia.com/griefdreams
February 4, 2018
Melissa Lyons is the author of the picture book “I will Always Love You”. Melissa is passionate about comforting, healing, and cultivating a mindset that allows us to get the most out of our experiences. Her mission is to share the joy and freedom that is created when we live in the moment and consciously choose our thoughts and reactions. In this episode we talk about her journey into writing, the death of her pets, and a dream she wants to have of her deceased grandparents.
To know more about Melissa please visit www.ChooseToChoose.Today
November 9, 2017
Brian Lehmann's photography career has taken him to over 30 countries around the world. Brian’s excitement and energy toward photography are displayed in the speaking engagements and workshops he teaches. Although most proud of his Fulbright scholarship, he’s been published worldwide in newspapers and magazines. He first appeared in National Geographic Magazine in April 2015 after documenting a unique death culture in Indonesia. In this episode we talk about his photography career, his series called ‘The Living Dead’, dreams of two influential photo editors and his grandmother, and a dream he wants to have.
To find more about Brian and see his photography visit http://www.brianlehmann.com or on Instagram @brianlehmannphotography
November 2, 2017
Anna Seewald is the founder of Authentic Parenting®. She is a speaker, author and a parent educator. As a child she survived through a severe earthquake, but her young mom died (among others). She has been through trauma, pain, and a lot suffering. With a strong passion helping children, Anna dedicated her life working with abused, neglected, orphaned, institutionalized children and juvenile delinquents. After nearly 20 years she realized that it is through helping parents she can help children. In this episode we talk about her life after the earthquake, her grief journey, authentic parenting, grief dreams, and a dream she wants to have of her mom.
You can find more about Anna at www.authenticparenting.com
June 7, 2017
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.
April 30, 2017
In Episode 30 (with guest host Jade Black), we had the pleasure to talk with J. Wesley (a prose poet). Much of his work aims to inspire while focusing on relationships from a male perspective. In this episode we talk about his journey into writing, his first book "From Heartbreak to Love Notes", the death of his grandmother and friends, and a dream of his friends. His work can be found on www.writehiswrongs.com.
April 19, 2017
Jessica Leung is a Chinese-Canadian singer-songwriter from Richmond Hill, Ontario, Canada. She talks about singing the national anthem at the Toronto Raptors basketball games, her musical journey, and the loss of her grandparents. At the end of the episode you can hear Jessica’s song “Thank You, I Love You”. You can find more about Jessica on SoundCloud (https://soundcloud.com/jessleungmusic).