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DG17: End of Life Expert Deanna Cochran

This is a must listen to! If you’ve ever wondered what and who to ask with regards to end of life care, you’ve come to the right place.

Deanna Cochran, RN of Quality of Life Care, LLC is one of the most well known experts in end of life guidance and palliative care advocacy and education. She founded Quality of Life Care, LLC (QLC), in 2006.

QLC was created to bring awareness, information, resources and support to people and their families living with life-limiting illness, including their circle of family, friends, and trusted advisers. Deanna trains and mentors end of life guides, including (but not limited to) those who go by the title of Death Doula, Death Coach, and End of Life Caregiver.

For more information, visit the Quality of Life website.

 

 

DG16: Love is the Healer, Death is a Vehicle

Susan Gobin Book

Susan Gobin is a delightful woman to know. She is a massage therapist, teacher and author of the book, “Love is the Healer, Death is the Vehicle.” Susan and I had a candid conversation about the death process, energetics and lessons learned in early Fall. What I appreciate most about Susan’s story, (and the way she captured it in her book), is her unguarded willingness to share her story with such little fluff. The book is written in a vulnerable, honest way which allows the reader to understand both the hardships families face and the gifts one can receive at end of life. For those who resonate with spiritual initiation through death and soul contracts, it is a good, (and probably familiar), read.

Suggested Reading:  “When Breath Become Air”

 

DG15: One Year Anniversary Podcast with Jamie Kingsley

janisunderwoodinterviewjamiekingsleyIt’s been a year since the podcast started and I am so grateful to everyone who has shared their expertise and stories with me. This project is so special to me, it was birthed from something deep within me, something that said my journey with Grandpa during his death was worth sharing. It’s been two years since he died yet he continues to shape and guide my life in so many ways. I feel he is with me every step of the way, and encouraging me to help others get their stories about death and dying told.

Jamie Kingsley was Dying with Grandpa’s first guest. We met at a business function and connected right away. I was thrilled when she agreed to come on the podcast to share her story about her dad’s death. So much has happened since that interview and Jamie has, once again, agreed to share her story with us. This time, though, her story  is a bit more personal but one that needs to be openly shared, especially with our young people.jamiekingsleypodcast

If you’ve ever felt low enough to contemplate suicide, you know how hard it is to imagine life getting any better. Jamie’s life seemed perfect on the outside, but like many of us who grew up in the 70s and 80s, the loneliness of being an independent and self sufficient young adult felt overwhelming and isolated.

This is one of the first venues Jamie has agreed to share “the story she didn’t want to share” with others. She believes God has shaped her professional career over the past year, prompting her to share this story with church groups, women’s groups, and young adults. I am so honored to have her on the podcast.

Please join us and share this podcast with those who may be feeling alone or overwhelmed.

To get to know more about Jamie, visit www.jamiekingsley.com. Her website is filled with great resources, too.

To visit some of the topics we discussed in this podcast, I recommend listening to past interviews with Bill Filetti and Tracy Caraway.

Click here to listen to last year’s interview with Jamie.

 

DG14: Sparkles in the Heart

Be a part of the glitter of life. Joanna lost her father, her rock, to a heart attack in 2004.  As she and her family sat in the hospital waiting room hoping for good news, Joanna’s sister thought about her young children. How would they comprehend the loss of their grandfather? Would they know and remember him?

August 2016 HeadshotA conversation between Joanna and her sister led to an idea and Sparkles in the Heart was born. The Sparkles in the Heart project is designed to help children share memories of their loved ones and let them go in an active way.

In this podcast Joanna shares the experiences she’s had with both children and adults as they participate in the Sparkles in the Heart process.  She finds that sharing memories of loved ones with this process helps fill one’s heart space, helping them heal.

The project is still in the works and Joanna hopes to have materials created within the next year. Joanna’s contact info is featured in the podcast recording. She’d love to hear your thoughts about the project as well as your personal stories.

 

DG13: The Cellophane Cage

BillFilettiBill Filetti was going about his normal life when he suddenly fell ill. A visit to the ER revealed meningitis and encephalitis, compromising his entire nervous system. Bill would spend the next 7 days in the hospital where his lucidity decreased more and more. And even though others have shared some of the conversations he had during those 7 days, he remembers nothing.

Bill survived his near death experience but found himself in a body that wasn’t his. Once a runner and able to keep up with the demands of daily life, Bill became “caged” in a body with little dexterity and loss of  balance. And though an excruciating recovery followed, his illness would bring him an unexpected gift, the gift of life. You see, Bill had kidney cancer and had he not been ill, chances are he wouldn’t have known until it was too late.

Bill’s life changing experience has given him the opportunity to share his story with many others, including men’s groups. His journey serves as the basis for his upcoming book, “The Cellophane Cage”. Bill’s agreed to keep us posted on the book’s release. For now, we can enjoy his insights on near death, physical health and emotional growth.

 

DG12: Grief, Support and Process with Laurie

Laurie LGiving permission to die is one of the most loving things we can do for the people we love when they are going through transition. Laurie Leiker is no stranger to death, her quiet strength attracts those in need of comfort and strength. Though Laurie is not professionally involved in death and dying, she has given comfort to many people at end of life.

This podcast is so great because Laurie offers multiple perspectives on death. It is filled with lots of “wisdom gems”.  Her stories highlight the individual’s struggle with emotions, grief and faith. Other wisdom comes through her reflections on support, reminding us to honor one another as we navigate through death and dying in our own way.

Additionally, Laurie shares her wisdom about the grief process and the body’s innate desire for life.

To learn more about Laurie, visit her website at www.smallbizcoaching.net

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If you’d like to know more about supporting the dying through transition, including protocols for letting go, I recommend www.sharedcrossing.com.

DG11: Handling Spiritual Crisis

unnamedLisa Wheeler knows what it’s like to feel alone. In 2008, she found herself “dying” on multiple levels with no place to turn to. Through her experiences she would learn a new process for shedding her “old self” and a new way of being in the world.

Lisa bravely moved into a deeper level of compassion for herself and others like her, giving her the skills needed to build a safe haven for those struggling to find a point of origin in “alternate realities”.

Lisa now provides a safe haven for those who are in spiritual crisis or spiritual emergencies and I am deeply grateful for her willingness to share her personal story with others.

For more information about Lisa, visit: www.safehavenaustin.com

Click here for an article on spirituality and the impact it can have on relationships.

 

DG10: Healing Relationships with the Akashic Records

EO Photo Sept 2014We have all experienced difficulties with family members or friends. Ongoing difficult relationships with loved ones can be hard to navigate and hard to heal.

What happens when we run out of time? What if our loved one dies before we can make peace with them? Can we
heal the relationship after our loved one has passed?

In this episode, Ernesto Ortiz, author of “The Akashic Records: Sacred Exploration of Your Soul’s Journey Within the Wisdom of the Collective Consciousness”, explains how we can let go of past hurts with loved ones through the power of forgiveness. His work with the Akashic Records has helped many people identify and heal difficult relationship patterns in their lives. Ernesto shares how the Akashic Records can provide healing for us and our loved ones, including loved ones who have already transitioned.

For more information about Ernesto, to purchase his book, or to find a certified Akashic Records Consultant, click here.

www.journey2theheart.com

 

 

DG9: How to Survive Change and Loss with Teresa Bitner

DSCN1409Hi there, this Dying with Grandpa Podcast episode features Teresa Bitner of Bold Fulfilled Life Coach. From an early age, Teresa connected with the process of death. She seemed to know death was part of the cycle of life and what to do. Since then, she has had several experiences with death that have shaped who she is and how she supports her clients now. During our time together Teresa openly shares several ofPic TB her stories, including the sudden loss of her husband and her mother’s more recent transition process.

I really like this workbook for end of life conversations: http://www.agingwithdignity.org/five-wishes/five-wishes-online

To learn more about Teresa, visit www.boldfulfilledlifecoach.com

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DG 8: Signposts of Dying with Martha Jo Atkins

12421278_10153702557194130_207274133_nDying with Grandpa is proud to feature Martha Jo Atkins, professional counselor and death educator. Martha Jo has been teaching about death and dying for 25 years and has recently published a book called Signposts of Dying: What You Need to Know.

In our time together Martha Jo shares her insights about the transition process and explains how her personal experiences with death ignited her desire to learn more, creating PhD level research on death and dying. Her work has impacted the lives of many people, from the old to the young.

The Kindle Edition of Martha Jo’s book is available now with a paper copy scheduled to come out this month. It is a must have for families and professional caretakers. For more inSignpostsformation about the book, click here.

If you’d like more information about Martha Jo or her services, visit her death and dying institute at www.marthajoatkins.com 

Watch Martha Jo’s  TEDx talk

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