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The Nameless Minority: A podcast about the loss of a child.

The Nameless Minority: A podcast about the loss of a child.

By Jerry W Shoemaker
The Nameless Minority is a Podcast that explores the stories and experiences of those who have suffered the ultimate loss. The loss of a child. Cultures all over the world are able to use words to describe those who have lost parents or spouses, but no word exist in the English language.

Join Jerry Shoemaker as he and his guest explore the difficult topic. Discuss and remember those they have lost, and how the healing process starts and continues.
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Episodes with music are only available on Spotify.
I sit down with Cynthia to talk about Rajine, her daughter.
June 19, 2022
Dre Drea Dr. Drea...We miss you
Andrea was a special friend to many. Listen to Lisa, Tasha, Beth, Olivia, and Virginia discuss what she meant to each one of them. Drea was a close friend of mine. Memories, no matter how bittersweet, are still memories. 
January 06, 2022
Grief Journey with Rohanna Shultz
I sit down with Rohanna Shultz to discuss spirituality, grief, medication, and endurance running.  Rohanna is a blogger, ultra runner, marathoner, triathlon athlete, works in the medical field, and is a mother. We discuss what works for us! What we recommend on a grief journey. will take you to multiple podcasts that she has been on and to a link for her blog.
October 30, 2021
"Who are you? Simply I am me!"
On this episode, I take a backseat to let Deme interview her friend, Bessie. Bessie was a child care worker for Deme's kid, Eleni. Listen as they share memories of their kids and talk about the grieving process. 
September 17, 2021
"God's plan is perfect, I just don't have to like it"
I sit down to talk to Melissa about her daughter, Alexis. We discuss faith and the goodness of friends
August 18, 2021
The Canadian Connection
I go Round 2 with Paula TK and Deme the Great. We discuss the afterlife, dreams, the day of the funeral, religion, and a few more topics in the episode. Its a pleasure to chat with these ladies openly on the topic of grief as a parent. To be able to share our thoughts and know that the others are not judging you.  Thank you Paula TK for writing the intro. Thank Eli Shoemaker for recording the intro. 
June 25, 2021
Ty-The Best Big Brother
I sit down with Kassie to discuss Tyrelle(Ty). We get to discuss Ty, religion, grief, and life in general. Kassie has started a business dedicated to Ty. By putting Ty's name in name of the business, she has opened that door for her to be able to discuss Ty's life with people. What a clever way to get them to start the conversation.  Thank you Kassie for sharing Ty with me. 
June 16, 2021
Daisy,the happiest girl in the world!
I sit down with Paula to discuss Daisy. Daisy was the happiest girl in the world. Paula teaches a grief yoga class and writes a grief blog. is the grief blog that she writes. Its raw and honest just like the interview that we did. 
May 20, 2021
Brought to you by the number 16
Jennifer and I sit down to discuss grief on what would have been Bella's 16th birthday. This is a very honest episode. We touch on a lot of things that cross our minds now and then. I hope you enjoy!
May 17, 2021
Golden Girls, Luther Vandross, and Sheila
I sit down with Brittany to discuss her mom, Sheila.
May 14, 2021
Queen Eleni, Zippy, Bob, Puffy, and Vanita
In today's episode, I talk to Demetra about her daughter, Eleni. She was a vibrant young lady. She co-authored a book, A Marshmallow Christmas,  and raised money for SickKIds. SickKids is one of the largest children's hospitals in Toronto, Canada.  Thank you Demetri for sharing your daughter with me. 
April 30, 2021
Memories from a sibling
Today I sit down with Farrah to discuss her brother, Josh. She tells funny stories and what its like to live without her brother.
April 20, 2021
"Its a wolf, Nana"
On the 10th anniversary of Bella's death, we try to focus on the good we had. This is just a small window into the world that was Bella.  We celebrate the life that we got to cherish. A few of the memories we keep floating in our minds.
March 27, 2021
I'm not going to grow up all of the way
Today I sit down with Marcy Larson to discuss Andy's life. We discuss good times and the trying times. Marcy is a mom, pediatrician, and podcast host. Her podcast "Losing a Child: Always Andy's Mom" is a powerful and enlightening view on grief. She has some helpful words for those struggling with the loss of a child.
March 10, 2021
Father, The answer doesn't matter anymore
I sit down with Santa Walt Queen to discuss the loss of his two kids, Jackie and Jill. Jackie and Jill were killed in a car accident involving a semi-truck. Walt is a very religious man. Walt gives God all the credit for helping him get through this accident that took his two girls. Walt is a special soul to be able to do what he does on a daily basis.
February 26, 2021
Bigger than a Whale (Butterflies for Maddie)
I sit down with Donna Morgan to discuss her daughter Maddie. Donna is the CEO/Founder of Butterflies for Maddie. Visit for more information.
February 06, 2021
Ice Ice Baby
I interview Jennifer Shoemaker about how she deals with grief. We discuss some of the good memories and some of the bad. 
January 30, 2021