Despite amazing advances in medical science and technology, the mortality rate for human beings stands at 100 percent. Yet, in the face of this statistical reality, death still manages to come as a shock.
Join Elizabeth Fournier, host of KKPZ's show "Until We Meet Again" as we gently open up conversations about death in a culture that often is left wondering what to say or do in response. Please join us every Thursday at 2pm on KKPZ-AM, 1330, Portland, Oregon.
Jethro Heiko is one of the creators of the conversational game called Hello, an easy, non-threatening way to start a conversation with your family and friends about what matters most. Jethro learned how meaningful and surprisingly joyful these conversations about what matters most can be, and was struck that people do not have to wait until there is a health crisis to have, and benefit from these conversations .
You can find the game at www.commonpractice.com.
Janet Haney, an author and creative journaling teacher who encourages her students to be brave and keep going! She recently wrote Write Your Way Through Change, a 21-day Devotional Journal for Grief & Major Life Transitions.
Robert Leigh Pruitt, II is a national and internationally recognized leadership trainer and motivational speaker. He is the author of several books including It Is Well with My Soul, Watching Daddy Live!
Angelo Merendino is a freelance photographer for Corbis News and Getty Images. Angelo’s photographs have been exhibited in New York City, Washington, D.C. and Rome, Italy.
Angelo's photo-documentary, The Battle We Didn’t Choose – My Wife’s Fight with Breast Cancer, has received worldwide recognition. Intimate, honest, and moving, Angelo’s photographs offer viewers a look inside the day-to-day life of a young couple facing breast cancer together.
To learn more: www.angelomerendino.com
My guest today is Alysha Lacey, Program Director at the Dougy Center, also known as the National Center for Grieving Children & Families is a nonprofit organization based in Portland, Oregon that offers support groups and services to grieving children and young adults. Its peer support program and network of children's grief services make the organization the first of its kind in the United States.
My guest today is Marlie Rowell, a woman trying to undo the stigma around mental illness through art after her husband died by suicide. She calls herself a suicide widow and has a website called Suicide Widow Etiquette, featuring her art and stages of grief.
Amy Wright Glenn earned her MA in Religion and Education, she is a birth doula, hospital chaplain, and founder of the Institute for the Study of Birth, Breath, and Death. Amy is the author of Birth, Breath, and Death: Meditations on Motherhood, Chaplaincy, and Life as a Doula. I’m talking to her today about her latest book, Holding Space: On Loving, Dying, and Letting Go.
Her story is engaging, powerful, and heart-wrenching. Her book contains an honest look at the first year of a widow’s grief captures the immense difficulty of learning how to accept the unacceptable while transforming loss into positive change.
100% of proceeds go to the John Petropoulos Memorial Fund. WOW!
Winner of 3 international book awards, Touching, profound and poignant, this book gently and sensitively takes the child on the journey of the soul, reminding them that this life is only ever temporary and that wherever they go, the spirit of a loved one or pet always travels with them.
At 20 weeks pregnant, Lindsey R. Dennis and her husband were told the child she was carrying would not live due to a fatal diagnosis. Later, in another stunning blow, they were told the same news with her second pregnancy. They chose to celebrate both lives alongside a community, both local and online, of hundreds of thousands as she carried each child to term only to bury them 14 months apart from each other.
Experiencing the loss of a baby is one of the worst things that can happen to a parent. My guest today is Stacy Verdick Case, a spirit-filled woman whose relationship with God became very strained after the death of her very young son, Marshall. Stacy was 5 months pregnant when she gave birth to her first child, but he unfortunately was too small to survive.
You can learn more about her here: http://www.peonylanedesigns.com/
The Good Grief Devotional offers wise, honest companionship to those who struggle with the death of a loved one, a divorce, the loss of a job, or another major life transition. Pastor Brent D. Christianson's fifty-two devotions follow the ten stages of grief outlined in Granger Westberg's helpful book, Good Grief.
Heather Michet is a Ceremonialist, Songstress and healing guide who believes in the healing power of ceremony and music to guide and support us through our grief.
Find out more at www.purplecrowsings.com
Jill Murphy Long: filmmaker, storyteller and brain tumor survivor. On March 28th, 1979, she was 15 years old and delivering The York Dispatch newspaper to her neighborhood of sleepy Penn Oaks South, Pennsylvania, less than 13 miles from the Three Mile Island nuclear power plant. Elizabeth talks with Jill about her tireless pursuit to use story in order to spotlight environmental and societal injustices.
To find out more and see how you can get involved: https://www.jmlfilms.com/
Deon opened the first alkaline hydrolysis facility in the Portland metro area, a natural water-based cremation process, that speeds up the body's natural decomposition after death. The process leaves a significantly smaller carbon footprint on the earth and uses only one-tenth of the energy of flame cremation.