Tag Archives: death and dying

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.

 

 

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.

 

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

DG 7: Grief Recovery with Laura Jack

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Welcome to another episode of Dying with Grandpa. I apologize for the short hiatus, but we are back with new interviews from some of the most heart based professionals I know. Laura starts us off with the story of her mom’s sudden death and how it nudged her into grief recovery and transformational coaching.

Laura is a Grief Recovery Specialist who specializes in helping people find their light through loss. In this episode, Laura candidly shares her personal journey that demonstrates how one’s life can be transformed through death. She was only 25 when she found herself navigating through her mom’s tragic and sudden death. Eight years later we find her guiding others out of darkness and into their inner light. When asked how Laura came upon a career in grief recovery, she stated, “You don’t choose grief, grief chooses you.” For anyone who has lost a loved one, this is a sweet story of transformation, healing and hope.

If you or someone you know has suffered a loss, Laura has built “her home” on the internet with plenty of resources to help people navigate through the stages of grief and beyond. Her work is not just about recovery, though, it’s about transformation.

For more information about Laura, or to participate in her 7 Days to Thriving program, click here or go to www.laurajack.comLaura Head Shot

To read the article about grief recovery mentioned in this podcast, go to: https://www.griefrecoverymethod.com/comment/14613

To learn more about the Griefwalker movie: http://orphanwisdom.com/griefwalker/

Be well, be love and know you are supported.

DG6: Living Fearlessly with Nancy Shobe

My Mom, Barbara Shobe, and me in a Michigan hospice: April, 2014

My Mom, Barbara Shobe, and me in a Michigan hospice: April, 2014

This episode of Dying with Grandpa features a heartfelt interview with writer and intuitive Nancy Shobe who lost her mother in 2014. Nancy’s beautiful stories about her mother’s death have been well received and published nationally. During our time together, Nancy recounts her experiences at her mother’s side in a Michigan Hospice after her mother was diagnosed with a rare intestinal cancer. Only given 6 weeks to live, Nancy’s mother, Barbara, found peace at the end of her life by letting go of all items she no longer needed, including her residence. Impacted by her mom’s graceful transition, Nancy now lives her life boldly and fearlessly; inspiring others to do the same.

For more information about Nancy, www.shobebiz.com

To learn more about Hospice, click here

To explore more topics around death and dying, letting go, and the Tibetan Book of the Dead, click here

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