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Faith & Grief Podcast

Faith & Grief Podcast

By The Faith & Grief Team
The Faith & Grief Podcast explores the intersection of faith & grief. Hosted by Shelley Craig, program director for Faith & Grief. We hope the stories & interviews you hear provide some comfort & hope on your grief journey. We are a non-profit that provides grief support programs across the country in-person and online. Learn more at faithandgrief.org
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Episode 10 - A conversation with Leslie Gray Streeter - Author of Black Widow

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Season 3 - Episode 5 - A conversation with Alan Pesky, Social Entrepreneur, Author & Co-founder of the Lee Pesky Learning Center
We sit down for a conversation with Alan Pesky, Social Entrepreneur, Author & Co-founder of the Lee Pesky Learning Center. We discuss his book More to Life Than More and how he found meaning after the loss of his beloved son Lee. More to Life Than More is a memoir of misunderstanding, loss, and learning. After Lee’s death, Alan’s conception of more crumbles. He launches himself into keeping Lee’s memory alive by helping kids in a way he wasn’t able to help his son.  In 25 years, LPLC has benefited more than 100,000 children and has become a national force for early childhood literacy. And for Alan, it has meant getting to know the son he had misunderstood and lost. The guest's opinions expressed in the podcast are solely those of the guest and should not reflect their employer or other associated organization's opinions. The guest's opinions do not reflect the opinion of this podcast or Faith & Grief Ministries.
48:55
October 13, 2021
Season 3 - Episode 4 - A conversation with Roxanne Glaser, artist & creative force behind Superdoodlegirl.com
We welcome artist and creative director of Superdoodlegirl.com, Roxanne Glaser. Roxanne is a self taught artist who also teaches yoga and coaches others in wellness and healing. In our conversation, she shares how her art and her faith supported her healing in her own grief journey after the death of her husband and then recently the death of her sister. Roxanne has created several books and a journal for grief. She also will be hosting Simple, Creative Tools for Healing workshop for us in November, register here. The guest's opinions expressed in the podcast are solely those of the guest and should not reflect their employer or other associated organization's opinions. The guest's opinions do not reflect the opinion of this podcast or Faith & Grief Ministries.
01:03:32
October 6, 2021
Season 3 Episode 2 - Part 2 - A conversation with Music Therapists, Jennefer Dixon & Kathleen Montes from Faith Presbyterian Hospice
Part 2 - Music Therapists, Jennefer Dixon & Kathleen Montes from Faith Presbyterian Hospice are our guests for two episodes of the podcast. We talk about   music therapy in the hospice setting, what hospice are provides and the impact music has at the end of someone's life. Join us for both episodes where Jennefer and Kathleen share their musical talent and their stories of hope. Thanks for Faith Presbyterian Hospice & ForeFront Living for sharing their talented staff. The guest's opinions expressed in the podcast are solely those of the guest and should not reflect their employer or other associated organization's opinions. The guest's opinions do not reflect the opinion of this podcast or Faith & Grief Ministries.
44:17
September 22, 2021
Season 3 Episode 2 - Part 1 - A conversation with Music Therapists, Jennefer Dixon & Kathleen Montes from Faith Presbyterian Hospice
Part 1 - Music Therapists, Jennefer Dixon & Kathleen Montes from Faith Presbyterian Hospice are our guests for two episodes of the podcast. We talk about   music therapy in the hospice setting, what hospice are provides and the impact music has at the end of someone's life. Join us for both episodes where Jennefer and Kathleen share their musical talent and their stories of hope. Thanks for Faith Presbyterian Hospice & ForeFront Living for sharing their talented staff. The guest's opinions expressed in the podcast are solely those of the guest and should not reflect their employer or other associated organization's opinions. The guest's opinions do not reflect the opinion of this podcast or Faith & Grief Ministries.
47:03
September 22, 2021
Episode 1 - Season 3 - A conversation with Terry Bentley Hill, Mental Health Advocate and Attorney
In recognition of National Suicide Prevention Month, we talk with Terry Bentley Hill about her mental health advocacy work and her project StopMindingYourOwnBusiness.org. Terry shares her powerful story with grief as a suicide loss survivor. She has experienced the death by suicide of her daughter and her first husband. As a an attorney and a staunch advocate for the rights of others, particularly those suffering from mental illness, Terry devotes a lot of her time and resources to raising awareness for mental health conditions and treatment. You are not alone - If you are having thoughts of suicide, a mental health professional can help. If you are currently in a state of distress, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (Lifeline) at 1-800-273-TALK (8255), or text the Crisis Text Line (text HELLO to 741741). Both services are free and available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The guest's opinions expressed in the podcast are solely those of the guest and should not reflect their employer or other associated organization's opinions. The guest's opinions do not reflect the opinion of this podcast or Faith & Grief Ministries.
56:51
September 15, 2021
Episode 24 - A conversation with Tyra Damm, Educator & Columnist
We sit down with Tyra Damm to discuss grief, the pandemic and finding ways to remember your loved ones. Tyra is a columnist with the Dallas Morning News and an educator, currently teaching 7th Grade Gifted and Talented Language Arts. We talk about her grief journey after the death of her husband in 2009 and walking that journey as a mother and a writer.  The guest's opinions expressed in the podcast are solely those of the guest and should not reflect their employer or other associated organization's opinions. The guest's opinions do not reflect the opinion of this podcast or Faith & Grief Ministries.
44:29
May 12, 2021
Episode 23 - A conversation with Lindsey Encinias, Suicide Loss Survivor & Suicide Prevention Advocate
We talk with Lindsey Encinias, suicide loss survivor & suicide prevention advocate about loss, sobriety, and grieving during the pandemic. Lindsey has experienced the death of her father and her aunt by suicide. She has also begun her walk-in recovery during the pandemic which she wrote about in an article for The Grit & Grace Project. We talk about how loss affects all of you. The guest's opinions expressed in the podcast are solely those of the guest and should not reflect their employer or other associated organization's opinions. The guest's opinions do not reflect the opinion of this podcast or Faith & Grief Ministries.
35:33
April 28, 2021
Episode 22 - A Conversation with Sara Cobb of My Grief Connection
We talk with Sara Cobb, founder of mygriefconnection.org, a portal for finding grief resources online and in your community. Sara started her website in 2019 after her own frustrating search for grief resources online. Again, she was grieving the loss of a brother; both of her older brothers died over 40 years apart, one in an accident and another in a murder/suicide. Sara talks about how love and faith, and finding purpose in grief are helping on her grief journey. The guest's opinions expressed in the podcast are solely those of the guest and should not reflect their employer or other associated organization's opinions. The guest's opinions do not reflect the opinion of this podcast or Faith & Grief Ministries.
54:08
April 23, 2021
Episode 21 - A conversation with Melissa Gould, author of Widowish & award-winning screenwriter
We talk with Melissa Gould, award-winning screenwriter & author of Widowish. When Melissa became a widow, after the death of her beloved husband, Joel, she found she didn’t look like a widow or act like a widow, but she felt like one. We talk about becoming a young widow, grieving with her daughter and how grief feels now. Widowish is our book club selection for March & April; RSVP for the Faith & Grief Book Club on April 22nd for the book discussion. The guest's opinions expressed in the podcast are solely those of the guest and should not reflect their employer or other associated organization's opinions. The guest's opinions do not reflect the opinion of this podcast or Faith & Grief Ministries.
41:44
April 14, 2021
Episode 20 - A conversation with Bari J. Himes, Educator & founder of In Loving Memory 19, COVID Loss Support Group
We welcome Bari J. Himes, founder of In Loving Memory 19, a COVID loss survivor group she started on Facebook. She started the group after the death of her mother, Rose. She has worked to build a community for COVID loss survivors, so no one has to grieve alone. Bari is also a highly respected educator and brings that experience to her care for others. We talk about loss during the pandemic and how ritual means so much to those who are grieving. Right after we recorded this interview, Bari's family experienced another tragedy, a fire in their home, destroying the part of their home where her mother Rose's belongings were being stored.  The guest's opinions expressed in the podcast are solely those of the guest and should not reflect their employer or other associated organization's opinions. The guest's opinions do not reflect the opinion of this podcast or Faith & Grief Ministries.
35:59
April 7, 2021
Episode 19 - A conversation with Nicole Baker Fulgham, Founder of The Expectations Project
We talk with Nicole Baker Fulgham, Founder & President of The Expectations Project. We talk about her grief journey after her beloved father's death due to COVID-19 and the relentless grief that accompanies a loss during a global pandemic. She wrote an insightful piece for Medium and talk about loss during a global event and how it carries its own burdens for the griever. We talk about how that impacted her grief.  The Expectations Project works to close the education inequality gap by putting hope in action. The Expectations Project engages with the faith community and encourages their time and talents to be invested in their communities' public schools. The guest's opinions expressed in the podcast are solely those of the guest and should not reflect their employer or other associated organization's opinions. The guest's opinions do not reflect the opinion of this podcast or Faith & Grief Ministries.
40:49
March 25, 2021
Episode 18 - A conversation with Jessica White of @jessicawhitephoto, Photographer, Entrepreneur, & Author
We welcome photographer and entrepreneur Jessica White to talk about how she is finding her way after the death of her beloved husband, Nathan. She shares their story, the practices that have brought her comfort, what it's like grieving with children, and the importance of resilience. Follow her journey, @jessicawhitephoto. The guest's opinions expressed in the podcast are solely those of the guest and should not reflect their employer or other associated organization's opinions. The guest's opinions do not reflect the opinion of this podcast or Faith & Grief Ministries.
44:49
March 17, 2021
Episode 17 - A conversation with Rabbi Richard Address of JewishSacredAging.com, on grief and the importance of rituals as we grieve
We sit down to talk with Rabbi Richard F. Address, D.Min, the founder and director of jewishsacredaging.com. Rabbi Address served for over three decades on staff for the Union for Reform Judaism. His work now focused on creating awareness and resources for congregations on the implication of the emerging longevity revolution. We talk about his work, grief during this time, and the importance of rituals, and how they can bring comfort. We also have a great conversation about the Wizard of Oz. The guest's opinions expressed in the podcast are solely those of the guest and should not reflect their employer or other associated organization's opinions. The guest's opinions do not reflect the opinion of this podcast or Faith & Grief Ministries.
48:29
March 10, 2021
Episode 16 - A conversation with Ashley Fields of @Orphan_ish
We sit down and talk with Ashley Fields of @Orphan_ish. She began her Instagram postings in 2019 following the heartbreak of losing her Dad & Mom in three short months. She began blogging about the experience of being an adult orphan and what happened to her when her whole world changed after the death of her parents.  The guest's opinions expressed in the podcast are solely those of the guest and should not reflect their employer or other associated organization's opinions. The guest's opinions do not reflect the opinion of this podcast or Faith & Grief Ministries.
40:26
March 3, 2021
Episode 15 - A conversation with Chris Kocher of COVID Survivors for Change
Our guest for this conversation is COVID Survivors for Change founder Chris Kocher. We talk about a year into the pandemic, what we have learned, and the importance of supporting those who are grieving. You may have seen the empty chair memorials in Washington D.C. and around the country hosted by COVID Survivors for Change. These memorials are just part of their mission. COVID Survivors for Change was started to elevate survivors’ voices, finding community in tragedy, and empowering our neighbors and lawmakers to better respond to this pandemic and future ones, too. The guest's opinions expressed in the podcast are solely those of the guest and should not reflect their employer or other associated organization's opinions. The guest's opinions do not reflect the opinion of this podcast or Faith & Grief Ministries.
33:22
February 24, 2021
Episode 14 - A conversation with Paul Wackym, Chief Cookie Officer of Wackym's Kitchen
In this episode, we talk with entrepreneur and Chief Cookie Officer of Wackym’s Kitchen, Paul Wackym. Our conversation is about a different kind of grief, grief after a catastrophe. Paul talks about living through his home being destroyed by fire and how resilience played a role in his healing. Paul has an amazing background in fashion design, luxury product development, and a successful customer-focused business, which he attributes to grace & resilience. Wackym’s Kitchen was started in 2008, and the award-winning cookies are found in the best grocery stores and specialty stores across the country. The guest's opinions expressed in the podcast are solely those of the guest and should not reflect their employer or other associated organization's opinions. The guest's opinions do not reflect the opinion of this podcast or Faith & Grief Ministries.
41:53
February 17, 2021
Episode 13 - A Conversation with COVID Loss Advocates, Sabila Khan & Marla Sarrel on Creating Community and Purpose
We are joined by COVID loss advocates Sabila Khan & Marla Sarrel on creating community and purpose in the midst of grief. Sabila co-moderates the COVID-19 LOSS SUPPORT FOR FAMILY & FRIENDS Facebook group, which she started after her beloved father's death. The group has supported thousands of grievers during the pandemic. Marla created the #thisjabsforyou campaign to encourage getting vaccinated in memory or honor of someone they love. Marla's husband died early in the pandemic, and she sees this as a way to honor him.   The guest's opinions expressed in the podcast are solely those of the guest and should not reflect their employer or other associated organization's opinions. The guest's opinions do not reflect the opinion of this podcast or Faith & Grief Ministries.
41:24
February 10, 2021
Episode 12 - A conversation founders of the Yellow Heart Memorial, COVID Loss Advocate Rosie Davis & Artist Hannah Ernst
We join COVID Loss Advocate Rosie Davis & Face Of COVID artist Hannah Ernst for a conversation about the Yellow Heart Memorial, currently on exhibit at the Irving Archives and Museum in Irving, Texas. We talk about how Rosie dreamed up the memorial, Hannah's artwork & how it provides comfort for those who have lost a loved one due to COVID. This is the first of a two-part conversation about grief during COVID. Link Here to add your loved one's name to the Yellow Heart Memorial or visit their Facebook page to learn more. The guest's opinions expressed in the podcast are solely those of the guest and should not reflect their employer or other associated organization's opinions. The guest's opinions do not reflect the opinion of this podcast or Faith & Grief Ministries.
27:05
February 7, 2021
Episode 11 - A conversation with Rev. Alice Hernandez on grief in the military
We host Rev. Alice Hernandez again for a discussion on grief in the military. Alice is the Manager of Clinical Pastoral Education Parkland Hospital in Dallas, TX. She supervises students studying to be hospital Chaplains. Alice is also Deputy Wing Chaplain at the Air Force Reserve Joint Reserve Naval Station in Ft. Worth, supporting the 301st Fighter Reserve. We talk about what the last few months have been like for her, those she serves, and talk about personal ways to cope during this time. The guest's opinions expressed in the podcast are solely those of the guest and should not reflect their employer or other associated organization's opinions. The guest's opinions do not reflect the opinion of this podcast or Faith & Grief Ministries.
41:33
January 31, 2021
Episode 10 - A conversation with author & columnist, Bill Tammeus about his new book, Love, Loss and Endurance: A 9/11 Story of Resilience and Hope in an Age of Anxiety
We welcome Bill Tammeus to the podcast to talk about his new book. Love, Loss, and Endurance: A 9/11 Story of Resilience and Hope in an Age of Anxiety.  Bill talks about his and his family's grieving experience after the death of his nephew on 9/11. We also discuss the rise in religious and political extremism and how our country is dealing with this since 9/11. Bill is the former Faith section columnist for The Kansas City Star. He came to The Star in 1970 as a reporter, spent nearly 27 years on the paper’s editorial page, mostly writing the daily "Starbeams" column, and then moved his column in March 2004 to the weekly Faith section. He took formal retirement in mid-2006 but continued as Faith section columnist on a freelance basis until mid-November 2008. In addition to this daily blog, Bill writes columns for The Presbyterian Outlook and, from March 2010 until September 2018, wrote columns for the online edition of the National Catholic Reporter. He also writes a monthly column for Flatland, KCPT-TV's digital magazine. The opinions expressed in the podcast by the guest are solely those of the guest and should not reflect the opinions of their employer or other associated organization. The guest's opinions nor the host do not reflect the opinion of podcasts or Faith & Grief Ministries.
45:56
January 22, 2021
Episode 9 - A conversation with author & entrepreneur Bill Harrison - January's Book Club Author
We meet Bill Harrison, our January Book Club author, and discuss his book, Traveling Solo, but Never Alone. He tells about experiences after the death of his beloved wife, Mary. We talk about the pandemic and how life after the death of a loved one changes but still can be full of joy, travel, and purpose. Join us for the Faith & Grief Book Club discussion Thursday, January 28th at 6:30 CT.  The opinions expressed in the podcast by the guest are solely those of the guest and should not reflect the opinions of their employer or other associated organization. The guest's opinions do not reflect the opinion of podcasts or Faith & Grief Ministries.
29:40
January 13, 2021
Episode 8 - A conversation with Sarah Braden, Founder of ourterminal.com
Episode 8 of our Faith & Grief podcast is live! In this episode, we talk with Sarah Braden, founder of ourterminal.com, a nonprofit created to provide hopeful resources for those facing a terminal diagnosis and their families. In 2015, Sarah Braden sat beside her mom as she received a devastating terminal cancer diagnosis. Over the following five months, Sarah and her family witnessed the grief, hope, and honor it could be to be with someone in their last days.  The opinions expressed in the podcast by the guest are solely those of the guest and should not reflect the opinions of their employer or other associated organization. The guest's opinions do not reflect the opinion of podcasts or Faith & Grief Ministries.
31:56
December 16, 2020
Episode 7 - A conversation with Sara Murphy, Ph.D., on Grief during the 2020 Holidays
This is our second conversation with Sara Murphy, Ph.D., CT., this time we talk about grief during the 2020 holidays. Sara is a death educator and certified thanatologist and a faculty member at the University of Rhode Island. Sara conducts workshops and seminars on death, dying, and bereavement nationwide.  Dr. Murphy can be reached at SaraMurphyDeathEducator@gmail.com. Dr. Murphy is the author of the booklet, “Grieving Alone & Together: Responding to the loss of your Loved One during the COVID-19 Pandemic,” which is a free resource for helping professionals and individuals published by Funeral Service Foundation and available at rememberingalife.com, a great resource offered by the National Funeral Directors Associations for those who are grieving.  The opinions expressed in the podcast by the guest are solely those of the guest and should not reflect the opinions of their employer or other associated organization. The guest's opinions do not reflect the opinion of podcasts or Faith & Grief Ministries.
35:22
December 9, 2020
Episode 6 - A conversation with Melody Chatelle, PR Consultant & Author on Grief & Chronic Illness
We talk with Melody Chatelle about grief and dealing with a chronic illness. She shares both her personal experience and the stories she heard for her book, Journeys of Heartache and Grace.  She talks about the many lessons learned from the young people that she interviewed for the book all of whom faced serious and terminal illnesses. Dr. Melody Chatelle is a well respected and effective veteran of the national and state legislative arenas. Prior to forming Chatelle and Associates, her own political and communications consulting company in 1999, she had a successful career in healthcare administration and communications. The opinions expressed in the podcast by the guest are solely those of the guest and should not reflect their employer or other associated organization's opinions. The guest's opinions do not reflect the opinion of podcasts or Faith & Grief Ministries.
46:12
December 2, 2020
Episode 5 - A conversation about Grief & the Holidays with Chaplain Eric Markinson
Eric Markinson, Hospice Chaplain, joins us for a second visit to talk about grief during the holidays. We talk about how the holidays may be the most wonderful and unusual time of the year when you are grieving. We discuss suggestions on how to find joy in heartache.  The opinions expressed in the podcast by the guest are solely those of the guest and should not reflect their employer or other associated organization's opinions. The guest's opinions do not reflect the opinion of podcasts or Faith & Grief Ministries.
40:06
November 18, 2020
Episode 4 - A conversation with Rev. Alice Hernandez, Hospital & Air Force Reserves Chaplain
In this episode, we talk with Rev. Alice Hernandez about life and grief during the pandemic. Alice is the Manager of Clinical Pastoral Education Parkland Hospital in Dallas, TX. She supervises students studying to be hospital Chaplains. Alice is also Deputy Wing Chaplain at the Air Force Reserve Joint Reserve Naval Station in Ft. Worth, supporting the 301st Fighter Reserve. We talk about what the last few months have been like for her, those she serves, and talk about personal ways to cope during this time. The guest's opinions expressed in the podcast are solely those of the guest and should not reflect their employer or other associated organization's opinions. The guest's opinions do not reflect the opinion of this podcast or Faith & Grief Ministries.
30:07
November 11, 2020
Episode 3 - A conversation with scholar & author Christian M.M. Brady
We sit down with Christian M.M. Brady, Interim Dean of the College of Arts & Sciences at the University of Kentucky, to talk about life during the pandemic and his book, beautiful and terrible things. Christian is an expert on Old Testament lament, and he says as prepared as a person could be for the death of a child, which is to say, not nearly well enough, when his eight-year-old son died suddenly from a fast-moving blood infection. We talk about his family, their grief journey, and what they have done to remember their son by doing things for others. His book is our November & December Book Club selection. Join us and RSVP for the book club discussion on Thursday, December 3rd, at 6:30 pm CT. The opinions expressed in the podcast by the guest are solely those of the guest and should not reflect their employer or other associated organization's opinions. The guest's opinions do not reflect the opinion of podcasts or Faith & Grief Ministries.
47:50
November 4, 2020
Episode 2 - A conversation with authors Jennifer Grant & Roger Hutchison
In this episode, we sit down with authors Jennifer Grant and Roger Hutchison and discuss their latest books on grief for children. Jennifer's latest book is A Little Blue Bottle, which tells the story of a young girl's first grief experience. Jennifer is also an editor & editorial consultant. Roger's book, My Favorite Color is Blue. Sometimes., guides the reader through different emotions and reactions related to grieving, including shock, tears, anger, and hope. Roger serves as the Director of Christian Formation and Parish Life at Palmer Memorial Episcopal Church in Houston, TX. Both are members of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators. The opinions expressed in the podcast by the guest are solely those of the guest and should not reflect their employer or other associated organization's opinions. The guest's opinions do not reflect the opinion of podcasts or Faith & Grief Ministries.
41:37
October 28, 2020
Season 2 - Episode 1 - A conversation with Rev. Michael W. Waters, pastor, author & professor
In this episode, we sit down with Rev. Michael W. Waters to discuss his new #1 best selling children's book, For Beautiful Black Boys Who Believe in a Better World, illustrated by Keisha Morris. The book explores a young boy's experience dealing with violence he sees in the news and community. And as the book cover describes, it is inspired by real-life events and is an honest, intimate look at one family's response to racism and traumatic death, asking the question, How can you change the world? Michael W. Waters is the founding pastor of the Abundant Life African Methodist Episcopal Church in Dallas, Texas. As a pastor, professor, award-winning author, activist, and social commentator, Waters’ words of hope and empowerment inspire national and international audiences. The opinions expressed in the podcast by the guest are solely those of the guest and should not reflect their employer or other associated organization's opinions. The guest's opinions do not reflect the opinion of podcasts or Faith & Grief Ministries.
44:26
October 21, 2020
Episode 12 - A conversation with Maria Quiban Whitesell, Author and Weather Anchor
We talk with Maria Quiban author & weather anchor on Fox 11 Los Angeles about her new book, You Can't Do It Alone. She talks about her husband Sean and their family's experience after his diagnosis of Glioblastoma. She talks about her grief after he died and how she and her son continue to process their grief.  She talks about their love story, the importance of support during treatment, and how a rockstar & a Vice President played a role in their story. The book also shares insights from grief experts on the nature of grief. You Can't Do It Alone is our October Book Club selection. Join us for the book discussion on October 22nd @ 6:30 CT. RSVP at Faithandgrief.org/book-club. The opinions expressed in the podcast by the guest are solely those of the guest and should not reflect the opinions of their employer or other associated organization. The guest's opinions do not reflect the opinion of podcasts or Faith & Grief Ministries.
48:16
September 23, 2020
Episode 11 - A conversation with Sara Murphy, Ph.D., Professor & Death Educator
Our conversation this episode is with Sara Murphy, Ph.D., CT. She is a death educator, certified thanatologist, and a suicidologist. She is a faculty member at the University of Rhode Island and conducts workshops and seminars on death, dying, and bereavement nationwide. Dr. Murphy is the author of the booklet, “Grieving Alone & Together: Responding to the loss of your Loved One during the COVID-19 Pandemic,” which is a free resource for helping professionals and individuals published by Funeral Service Foundation and available at rememberingalife.com, a great resource offered by the National Funeral Directors Associations for those who are grieving. Dr. Murphy can be reached at SaraMurphyDeathEducator@gmail.com. The opinions expressed in the podcast by the guest are solely those of the guest and should not reflect the opinions of their employer or other associated organization. The guest's opinions do not reflect the opinion of podcasts or Faith & Grief Ministries.
50:53
September 9, 2020
Episode 10 - A conversation with Leslie Gray Streeter - Author of Black Widow
Our conversation is with Leslie Gray Streeter, author of the memoir, Black Widow, our Faith & Grief September Book Club selection. As the book jacket says, the book is "a sad-funny journey through grief for people who avoid books with words like "journey" in the title."  Leslie's book writes about navigating her grief after the unexpected death of her husband and the love of her life, Scott. It's a love story that will have you laughing out loud and getting a tissue or two. Learn more about Leslie at lesliegraystreeter.com & RSVP for the book club discussion at faithandgrief.org/book-club. The opinions expressed in the podcast by the guest are solely those of the guest and should not reflect the opinions of their employer or other associated organization. The guest's opinions do not reflect the opinion of podcasts or Faith & Grief Ministries.
41:02
September 2, 2020
Episode 9 - A conversation with Elaine Gantz Wright - Creative Artist
Our conversation in this episode is with Elaine Gantz Wright. She is a writer, ghostwriter, and artist living in Dallas, Texas. She talks about her experience with her grief during this time and the Faith & Grief Weekend Retreat, A Safe Place: a retreat for bereaved parents.  Elaine is the single mother of two extraordinary and brilliant young men — Ian, a gifted visual artist and recent graduate of Purdue University, and Elliot, an insatiable iconoclast and musician, who died suddenly and tragically in a motorcycle accident on August 5, 2018.  As Elaine navigates her grief journey, she is passionate about supporting other healing hearts on this most agonizing of paths.   Learn more about our weekend grief retreats at faithandgrief.org/retreats and about Elaine on her blog elainegantzwright.com.
28:48
August 26, 2020
Episode 8 - Stories from the COVID-19 Frontlines - Healthcare Professionals & Grief
We talk with four healthcare professionals from different parts of the country about their experience during the pandemic and with grief.  We want to thank our guests for sharing their stories with us and for the work they are doing each and every day. First is a conversation with Maddie Ozbrink and Emily Rift, both Physical Therapists in the Cardiac ICU Unit at Ochsner's Health in New Orleans. Maddie & Emily talk about working in one of the first hot spots in the US. Next, we hear from Carrie Schirato, who is an Emergency Department Nurse Practioner at Baylor Univerisity Medical Center in Dallas. Carrie talks about what working in the ED during the pandemic has been like and how her faith has been impacted. And we hear from Rachel Blumenthal, an RN, who works at Rush Medical Center Cardiac IUC Unit in Chicago. Rachel shares her experience as a nurse and as a griever, her husband Mike died unexpectantly in May 2019.   The opinions expressed in the podcast by the guest are solely those of the guest and should not reflect the opinions of their employer or other associated organization. The guest's opinions do not reflect the opinion of podcasts or Faith & Grief Ministries.
54:27
August 19, 2020
Episode 7 - A conversation with NiEtta Reynolds - Host of The Help Show podcast - Mental Health is Vital
We talk with NiEtta Reynolds, host of The Help Show podcast, a podcast dedicated to connecting individuals to mental health care community resources. The podcast was started by NiEtta following the tragic and shocking death of a dear friend. This life-changing event, her friend’s death by suicide, began the journey in starting The Help Show. Listen & learn more at thehelpshow.org & on Apple podcasts. The opinions expressed in the podcast by the guest are solely those of the guest and should not reflect the opinions of their employer or other associated organization. The guest's opinions do not reflect the opinion of podcasts or Faith & Grief Ministries.
26:49
August 12, 2020
Episode 6 - A conversation with Mary Potter Kenyon, author of Refined by Fire, our August Book Club Selection
We talk with author, Mary Potter Kenyon, about her book, Refined By Fire, our August book club selection. Mary talks about what grieving right now during COVID-19 feelings like and about the raw grief stories she shares in her book. As the book cover suggests, “Where is the handbook for widows?” Mary lamented as she planned a funeral for the beloved husband whose triumph over cancer she chronicled in Chemo-Therapist: How Cancer Cured a Marriage. During the ensuing weeks, as she attempted to make sense of his untimely death, she filled two journals, blogged, and read the inspirational writings of others who had gone down the road of grief before her–authors like C.S. Lewis and Madeleine L’Engle. Learn more about the book and our book club atwww.faithandgrief.org/book-club. The opinions expressed in the podcast by the guest are solely those of the guest and should not reflect the opinions of their employer or other associated organization. The guest's opinions do not reflect the opinion of podcasts or Faith & Grief Ministries.
39:17
August 5, 2020
Episode 5 - A conversation with Speaking Grief Producer/Director Lindsey Whissel Fenton & Ajai Blue-Saunders, Speaking Grief Project Participant
On this episode, we talk with Speaking Grief Producer/Director, Lindsey Whissel Fenton, & Ajai Blue-Saunders, who participated in the Speaking Grief project. Speaking Grief is a public media initiative aimed at creating a more grief-aware society by validating the experience of grievers and helping to guide those who wish to support them. Learn more at SpeakingGrief.org. The opinions expressed in the podcast by the guest are solely those of the guest and should not reflect the opinions of their employer or other associated organization. The guest's opinions do not reflect the opinion of podcasts or Faith & Grief Ministries.
37:54
July 29, 2020
Episode 4 - A conversation with Daily Devotionals for Nurses Collection Co-authors, Rev. Dr. Jonanna Bryant, Ms. Onissa Mitchell, and Mrs. Chiketa Kelly-Dale
We welcome three of the authors of The Daily Devotionals for Nurses Collection, Rev. Dr. Jonanna Bryant DNP, Ms. Onissa Mitchell, MSN, RN, APRN-FNP-C, and  Mrs. Chiketa Kelly-Dale, ADN, LPN. We discuss nursing,  grief during the pandemic and the struggles we are all experiencing as we navigate this time. Dr. Bridgette Jenkins, DNP and Dr. Michelle Spears, DNP also contributed to the collection. They are friends who met through Black Nurses Rock, a non-profit dedicated to showcasing the nursing profession and celebrate Black Nurses and their accomplishments. The devotional collection will be out later this summer. The opinions expressed in the podcast by the guest are solely those of the guest and should not reflect the opinions of their employer or other associated organization. The guest's opinions do not reflect the opinion of podcasts or Faith & Grief Ministries.
36:53
July 22, 2020
Episode 3 - A conversation with Chaplain Eric Markinson on grief & the pandemic.
Eric Markinson, Hospice Chaplain from CC Young Senior Living in Dallas joins us to talk about grief during COVID. Eric tells us about his experience working in a senior care facility and where he find comfort during this time. Eric talks about his own experience with grief, after the death of his mother and later his father. Learn more about CC Young Senior Living at ccyoung.org. The opinions expressed in the podcast by the guest are solely those of the guest and should not reflect the opinions of their employer or other associated organization. The guest's opinions do not reflect the opinion of podcasts or Faith & Grief Ministries.
30:50
July 15, 2020
Episode 2 - A conversation with Cat Golden, Founder of Nurses Inspire Nurses.
Our conversation on this episode is with Cat Golden, CEO & Founder of Nurses Inspire Nurses. She and her team at Nurses Inspire Nurses have built a community of over 30,000 nurses around the world. Cat talks about supporting nurses, how the pandemic has impacted nursing and running a small business. You can learn more at nursesinspirenurses.com. The opinions expressed in the podcast by the guest are solely those of the guest and should not reflect the opinions of their employer or other associated organization. The guest's opinions do not reflect the opinion of podcasts or Faith & Grief Ministries.
26:58
July 15, 2020
Episode 1 - A conversation with Fran Shelton, author and Faith & Grief Co-Founder, on love & grief.
In this pilot episode of Faith & Grief your host Shelley Craig sits down to talk with author and Faith & Grief Co-founder,  Fran Shelton. Fran discusses her memoir, No Winter Last Forever; Loving Bob & Loathing Alzheimer's, the book selection for the Faith & Grief monthly book club. Find out more about the book club at faithandgrief.org/book-club. The opinions expressed in the podcast by the guest are solely those of the guest and should not reflect the opinions of their employer or other associated organization. The guest's opinions do not reflect the opinion of podcasts or Faith & Grief Ministries.
41:40
July 14, 2020