Good Grief with Cheryl Jones

Motivational

On Good Grief we explore the losses that define our lives. Each week, we talk with people who have transformed themselves through the profound act of grieving. Why settle for surviving? Say yes to the many experiences that embody loss! Grief can teach you where your strengths are, and ignite your courage. It can heighten your awareness of what is important to you and help you let go of what is not.brbr On Good Grief, we are inspired by people who have made something miraculous out of their deepest heartaches! We listen as they share how they have walked through their own exquisite pain and what they have gained as a result. We come away ready to follow our own dreams to a deeper, more meaningful time on this beautiful earth! Listen for Good Grief, broadcast live every Wednesday at 2 PM Pacific Time on the VoiceAmerica Health and Wellness Channel.

Location:

Tempe, AZ

Description:

On Good Grief we explore the losses that define our lives. Each week, we talk with people who have transformed themselves through the profound act of grieving. Why settle for surviving? Say yes to the many experiences that embody loss! Grief can teach you where your strengths are, and ignite your courage. It can heighten your awareness of what is important to you and help you let go of what is not.brbr On Good Grief, we are inspired by people who have made something miraculous out of their deepest heartaches! We listen as they share how they have walked through their own exquisite pain and what they have gained as a result. We come away ready to follow our own dreams to a deeper, more meaningful time on this beautiful earth! Listen for Good Grief, broadcast live every Wednesday at 2 PM Pacific Time on the VoiceAmerica Health and Wellness Channel.

Language:

English


Episodes

Encore Widowish

4/12/2023
Our picture of widowhood conjures a grey haired woman, maybe a grandmother, mourning the loss of a life long love. But that picture does not always fit the facts. Melissa Gould was young, still raising a child, when her husband, the love of her life, died. How would she move forward into a life she never anticipated? What would support her along the way? In her intimate and illuminating memoir, we learn not only what she relied on to reimagine her life, but also what she slowly began to...

Duration:00:53:46

Encore Re-membering Lives

4/5/2023
How do we continue to weave the stories of the people we love into our lives after they die. What threads keep us connected to them, as they continue to impact our lives and inform our hearts? Lorraine Hedtke teaches people how to keep these stories present and how to mourn, yet continue to feel our relationships with those we have lost. Through teaching, writing and speaking, she helps others to re-remember, to value the experiences we've had in relationships and to create a pathway for the...

Duration:00:56:28

Encore I LOVED IT ALL

3/29/2023
Angelo Merendino is a photographer who started taking pictures of his wife as soon as he fell for her. His photo journaling became a calling when, five months after they were married, Jennifer was diagnosed with breast cancer. When he shared his photos in essay form, they went viral on Facebook, leading to appearances in the press and a TEDX talk. In this hour, Angelo will share what he wants people to know about how to support their friends and family dealing with cancer. We’ll talk about...

Duration:00:56:28

Encore Leaving the Witness

3/22/2023
Religions like Jehovah's Witness promise their followers certainty and safety. Leaders demand obedience to proscribed standards of behavior, beliefs and practices. But what happens when a follower begins to doubt? For Amber Scorah, leaving the Witness meant giving up everyone and everything in her life. On top of this severing of every tie, she would have to live with uncertainty in a way she never had before. Growing up in the culture, which she now saw as a cult, brought what she thought...

Duration:00:57:31

Encore It is Well With My Soul

3/15/2023
Recovering from a divorce and dealing with his father’s terminal diagnosis, Robert Pruitt faced the lowest point in his life. But hearing his father was ill, he knew he would regret missing any of it. In the next three months until his dad’s death, Robert wrote in his journal and embarked on a crash course in living and dying. How did these losses and the work he did to respond to them lead to a life of purpose and meaning, teaching others to share the gifts they are with the world? Robert...

Duration:00:55:54

Encore Grief: A Love Story

3/8/2023
When all we know leaves us unprepared for loss, we must find a new way to respond. And when suicide is involved, the weight of what could have been can be weighty. Tara Caffelle’s former husband and good friend died, and she was left to sort out what she could have done, knowing she had done all she could. In her grief, she found her life.

Duration:00:56:04

Encore If You Sit Very Still

3/1/2023
When Marian Partington was 25 years old, her 21 year old sister vanished. She and her family would not know what happened for 20 years, leaving them in a state of suspended animation, moving forward and yet not. As Marian lived her life, forming relationships, having children and making a career, there was a frozen place which could not thaw until her sister's body was finally found and those responsible were identified. Yet she knew that the way forward must include an attempt to forgive....

Duration:00:55:26

Encore The Four Sacred Gifts

2/22/2023
How has modern life disconnected us from our wisdom? Anita Sanchez shares the prophecies of indigenous elders who see a path towards reconnection and understanding.Join us to learn how to embody these principles; the power to forgive the unforgivable, the power to heal, the power of unity and the power of hope. These four gifts applied to our problems of living can change the way we operate as a society. They can even change boardrooms and businesses, bringing human understanding back to our...

Duration:00:56:03

Encore Extreme Measures

2/15/2023
As medicine advances, it is harder and harder to accept the moment when it is time to face death and make the most of our remaining time. Dr. Jessica Zitter is a fierce advocate for asking the tough questions. Is doing everything always best? And how do we support each other when doing more is doing harm? How do we face the sense of failure, both as doctors and patients, which often comes with suspending treatment? As a physician she came to realize the moral quandary created for doctors...

Duration:00:57:27

Encore After This

2/8/2023
As human beings, we wonder what awaits us after this life is over. When death has come to those near us, the question often becomes compelling! In her quest to understand the many ways people think about what comes next, Claire Bidwell Smith investigated and wrote about various beliefs and practices about the time after death. How do each of us imagine or believe it to be? How does this connect or disconnect us from those we love after their deaths? What can we gain by asking these questions...

Duration:00:56:04

Encore Living While Dying

2/1/2023
What finally causes us to begin to explore the impact of death in our lives? For Cathy Zheutlin it was the deaths around her. As her mother's partner and several friends moved towards the end of their lives, she watched how they found their way to full living regardless of their failing health. As a person who seeks answers she became curious about how this was possible, how they could become comfortable with death. She was aware of her own fear. And knowing that her beloved mother would...

Duration:00:53:58

Encore This Party's Dead

1/25/2023
After her fiancee's father died, Erica Buist became terrified of death itself. Afraid to venture outside and anxious about the other people she loved dying too, her life narrowed to an alarming degree. She resolved that once she was able to go out of the house, she would explore the ways people around the world helped themselves through loss and grief. How did they handle it? In trips around the globe, she faced her own fears and learned a little about death along the way.

Duration:00:55:53

Encore Time Flies When You're Alive

1/18/2023
How does a life change when the person you're closest to in the world dies? For Paul Linke, that person was his wife and the mother of his three children. When she died of breast cancer at 37, he entered a new landscape. As an actor and writer, the natural outgrowth of his loss and mourning was the creation of a one man show about the loss and his response to it. This then led to continued performances of the work around the world. He went on to marry again and have a fourth child. But how...

Duration:00:55:12

Encore When Breath Becomes Air

1/11/2023
When Dr. Paul Kalanithi faced a stage IV lung cancer diagnosis in his last year as a neurosurgical resident, his wife, Dr. Lucy Kalanithi faced it with him. In the twenty-two months that followed, they continued to work, had a child and he wrote a best selling book . But since his death, how have her grief and her love showed themselves? She made sure that his book, when Breath Becomes Air, was published and promoted, most importantly by her. She carried his love forward into her own life...

Duration:00:53:49

Heartbreak to Hope

1/4/2023
In grief, creative expression can speak to our heartache and capture the ways we cope with heartbreak. Kara Bowman writes poetry to describe the grief she witnesses in her work and what she feels when loss touches her life. How was she drawn to poetry and how has it helped her? We'll talk about the language of grief and the comfort in seeing your experience captured in words.

Duration:00:56:16

Safe Harbor

12/28/2022
Although Donna Kendrick had planned for the future of her family, she was completely unprepared for her new role as sole planner when her husband suddenly took his own life. Wading through the decisions she needed to make right away and the ones that took years to navigate, she realized that for widows and widowers who had no experience, the task might be insurmountable! Over time, as her own process of re building was more complete, she realized she could become a valuable resource for...

Duration:00:55:57

Salt Water

12/21/2022
Margo Fowkes' son lived with cancer for almost a decade before he finally died. In her grief, she noticed that work places were not equipped to support or even acknowledge the griever. Inspired by her son's power to live his life fully even under the threat of his death, she set out to bring change to the businesses and organizations she worked with when it came to how they handled grief. In the process she developed a supportive network of business people committed to improving business...

Duration:00:55:15

Still Mine

12/14/2022
Helping children to grieve in a culture that is uncomfortable with loss can be a difficult task. That's why it's so important that parents and the other important people in children's lives have resources to help. Still Mine faces loss directly while encouraging young children to keep those they've lost alive by remembering what they used to do together and honoring their love. What brings an author to write about grief in a picture book? What can we share about helping young children...

Duration:00:53:53

Free Spirited

12/7/2022
When Suzanne Falter's daughter died unexpectedly, she could no longer maintain the pace or frenzy that had dominated her life. She was thrust into a world of spiritual quest, looking to her continued experience of her daughter's energy to show her the way. In the process she would have to learn to surrender to life instead of willing it to go her way. As she found her own center and her own deeper wisdom, she found a joy she had never known. Her daughter had, miraculously, become her teacher...

Duration:00:55:41

A Widow's Guide to Healing

11/30/2022
After the loss of her husband to a rare cancer, Kristin Meekhof searched for the book that would tell her, step by step, the answer to the question what do I do now?! She never found it, despite finding many other books of comfort. And so, after her own grief had found its place in her new life, she decided to write the book she had wanted. Enlisting the help of a former colleague and friend (and also a therapist) they wrote the book, clearly spelling out what needs attention in the days,...

Duration:00:52:41