April 2, 2021
Jill Campbell began her career running lines with Morgan Freeman at the Public Theatre. Since 2005, Jill has worked as a producer, director and writer on many different films that have had worldwide distribution and screened on Netflix, Amazon, Kanopy, BBC, Urban Movie Channel and Sky TV. Jill’s newest film released in 2020, SEAT 20D, premiered at Hampton’s Doc Fest and Canada’s prestigious Art Fifa (The International Festival of Films on Art). This documentary explores the grief journey of those after the bombing of Pan Am Flight 101 in 1988 and Suse Lowenstein monumental sculpture titled "Dark Elegy".
In this episode we talk about how she became a documentarian, her filming process, her newest documentary SEAT 20D, Dark Elegy by Suse Lowenstein, Jill’s father’s death, filming her father’s last days, the death of her dog, and grief dreams of her dog and father.
You can find more information on SEAT 20D at www.seat20d.com. Links to watching the documentary can be found on the website and it is now showing at Le Fifa - https://lefifa.com/en/catalog/seat-20d
You can watch the trailer here: https://vimeo.com/368323602
March 27, 2021
A. Olivia Nelson is a two-time widow in her twenties who, in the span of five years, said goodbye to family and friends alongside major non-death losses. Having to face grief in a variety of situations, she gained deep insight into our broken grief culture: grieving people lack support and those who want to help don't know how. To heal this gap, Nelson formed Learning About Grief, a website on which she shares personal stories, coping resources, and a virtual grief group for the bereaved and their supporters. Her vision is to change how we perceive grief.
In this episode we talked about being a two-time widow, the challenges in both deaths, coping with her grief while moving, dating after loss, texting the deceased, her desire to educate others about grief, and grief dreams of both of her deceased partners.
You can find more about A. Olivia Nelson on Instagram @LearningAboutGrief, Twitter @LearnAboutGrief, or learningaboutgrief.com.
March 19, 2021
Krista Brenner is a Thanadoula / End-of-Life Doula, Grief & Bereavement Coach, Funeral Celebrant, Indian Head Massage Facilitator, Recreation Therapist, Reiki Master-Teacher, and Crystal Therapist. She is educated in Thanatology, Funeral Pre-Planning, and Funeral Services. From the experience and education she has obtained, she created Soul Circle, a company focusing on these disciplines. Krista is also the Kitchener-Waterloo Co-Representative for the Bereavement Ontario Network.
In this episode we talk about her journey to become an end-of-life doula, her business, her relationship with her brother and grandmother, the death of both of them, and grief dreams of her brother and grandmother.
You can find more about Krista here: www.thesoulcircle.ca
March 10, 2021
Tara K. Michaud is a high school English teacher and a New Hampshire native. Tara’s brother, Tory, was murdered while at work in December of 2006. For eight years prior to his death, she dreamt of his death.
In this episode we talk about being a high school teacher during the pandemic, her relationship with her brother, dreaming of her brother's death, the events of his death, her grief journey, and a dream she had of her brother after his death.
February 19, 2021
In this episode we talk with Darwyn Dave about his challenges in 2020, the love shown from his podcast listeners, a co-worker's death and GoFundMe page, and the amount of deaths during the pandemic.
To find more about Darwyn visit http://www.dealingwithmygrief.com/
You can find Freddy Davila’s GoFundMe Page here https://gofund.me/b34762c5
February 16, 2021
In this episode we talk about the challenges and successes in 2020, the ‘Calling of the Heart’ short film, our new online courses, and 2021.
You can find the Calling of the Heart short film at https://www.callingoftheheart.ca/
You can find our online courses at https://www.griefdreams.ca/online-courses . Type in the coupon code 21OFF at the checkout to get 21% off. This offer ends March 1, 2021.
February 3, 2021
In this episode (Part 2), we recap some of the dream conversations we had with guests in 2020.
January 25, 2021
In this episode (Part 1), we recap some of the dream conversations we had with guests in 2020.
December 19, 2020
Bailee Rainwater is a Nashville-based singer-songwriter who graduated from Belmont University with a degree in songwriting and music business. Before the pandemic, she was playing shows in Illinois, Kentucky, Missouri, Alabama, Tennessee and Georgia. While she hopes to return to performing after Covid, she is currently focusing on writing full-time, running her small bed and breakfast and becoming a certified pilates instructor. Her new song “Christmastime” is now streaming on music platforms everywhere.
In this episode we talk about being a singer-songwriter, having the courage to pursue your dreams, creativity, her new song “Christmastime”, the multiple losses in her life, and grief dreams.
You can find more about Bailee on Instagram @baileerainwater
December 15, 2020
Dr. Leslie Ellis is a teacher, author, and psychotherapist. She is currently offering online dream work instruction based on her book, A Clinician’s Guide to Dream Therapy (published in 2019). She also offers individual dream work sessions and training in somatic approaches to psychotherapy. Leslie has a PhD in Clinical Psychology from the Chicago School of Professional Psychology and a Masters from Pacific Graduate Institute. She is vice president and a Certifying Coordinator with The International Focusing Institute.
In this episode we talk about her interest in dreams, the benefits of dream work, how dreams reflect waking life, pandemic dreams, grief dreams, possible dreams over the holidays, pet loss, her ambiguous loss with the disappearance of her cat, and the dreams she had of him afterwards.
You can find more about Dr. Ellis here https://drleslieellis.com/
Her blog post of grief dreams can be found here https://drleslieellis.com/how-your-dreams-help-you-grieve-2/
December 11, 2020
FAVVKES (pronounced "fox") is a Canadian artist and songwriter. FAVVKES brings you 90s nostalgia with a 2020 attitude. Her alternative, rock-pop style is reminiscent of artists like Courtney Love and Garbage, while bringing charisma and fresh fashion like Gwen Stefani. FAVVKES is preparing her solo debut, and she unapologetically touches on sensitive subject matter surrounding mental health. Her songs deliver strong messages on what it means to deal with social anxiety, depression, acceptance and inclusivity. Through her music and platform, FAVVKES' goal is to become a strong advocate for mental health and the LBGTQ+ community, while she takes on the world with her magnetic and meaningful music. Her new song "Black Dove" is now out.
In this episode we talk about finding her love for music, using music as a way to cope, mental health challenges and self-care over the holidays, her new song Black Dove, living your truth, the multiple deaths in her life, and grief dreams of her grandmother.
You can find more about FAVVKES at http://favvkes.com/ and her new music video for Black Dove can be found here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g4m4feler_s
December 5, 2020
Allison Gilbert is an Emmy award-winning journalist, author, workshop leader, and keynote speaker. She is the author of Passed and Present: Keeping Memories of Loved Ones Alive, and the critically acclaimed books Parentless Parents: How the Loss of Our Mothers and Fathers Impacts the Way We Raise Our Children, and Always Too Soon: Voices of Support for Those Who Have Lost Both Parents. She is also co-editor of Covering Catastrophe, the definitive historical record of how broadcast journalists covered 9/11. Allison’s work has been featured in The New York Times, The Atlantic, The Huffington Post, and on NPR, CNN, FOX, MSNBC, CBS, and ABC. She also serves on the Board of Directors for the National Alliance for Grieving Children and the Advisory Board for the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors, the preeminent national organization providing grief support to families of America’s fallen heroes.
In this episode we talk about grieving during the holidays during the pandemic, being supportive for a friend who is grieving, the importance of word choice, holiday activities for children to remember those who have died, her new online courses, the death of her mom and dad, and grief dreams.
You can learn more about Allison here: www.allisongilbert.com.
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:
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, Podbean.com (https://griefdreamspodcast.podbean.com), and many other podcasting platforms.
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: www.SherrieDunlevy.com