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.


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 proces


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

UPDATE, November 2018: I am pleased to announce the arrival of Teresa’s book, Soul Love, How a Dog Taught Me to Breathe Again. This book is more than a memoir, Teresa brilliantly brings grace and love into the hands of her readers. I feel another podcast interview coming soon. 🙂 To get your copy of Soul Love, click here.


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


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

DG5: Wisdom from a Death Midwife

Beth McDonaldWelcome to another episode of Dying with Grandpa. I had to call this episode, “Wisdom from a Death Midwife” because our guest, Beth McDonald, had so much wisdom to share. Beth was called to the work of death midwifery after developing a deep wisdom about death through many experiences that shaped her life in unexpected ways. To me, Beth is a living example of the hippocratic oath, “First do no harm.” She has a special gift for helping people live their best life and for assisting people through the good death.

For more information about Beth, you can visit her website here: BethMcDonaldConsulting

Ho’oponopono Prayer
I love you
I am sorry
Please forgive me
Thank you


DG3: A Death Story with Jamie Kingsley

This podcast episode features our first guest, Jamie Kingsley. Jamie shares her experience of being in the room with her father as he transitioned eight years ago. She will also give us her insights about the death process and the life lessons she’s taken forward from her experience, shaping her passion for helping people choose their change.

For more information about Jamie, check out her website: www.jamiekingsley.com

Jamie and I Recording the Podcast
Jamie and I Recording the Podcast

DG2: What Death Teaches Us about Change


Why do we have a hard time with change?

In this episode I will share more about my grandfather’s death and what I learned about death as a transition. We’ll be exploring what I learned about beginnings and endings as I tended to my grandfather’s transition. I will also be sharing my insights about how energy moves through change and how we can tune into changes with less fear and more confidence.

DG1: Near Death Experiences: Coming Back to Life

Welcome to our first full episode. Yippee!

Have you or someone you loved been impacted by a near death experience? In this episode I will introduce myself and share more about how I came into this work, including my near death experience (NDE). We will use P.M.H. Atwater’s book, Near Death Experiences: The Rest of the Story, to explore the topic of integration and what it’s like to make changes after a near death experience.

If you’d like more information about NDE’s, I recommend visiting Atwater’s research website


A Brief Introduction to Dying with Grandpa Podcast

Welcome to the Dying with Grandpa Podcast! This is a short introduction to the podcast.

This podcast comes from my strong desire to provide a safe space to share thoughts and experiences. Since my grandfather’s death last fall, I’ve been obsessed with the topic of death and what it really means “to die.” In this intro I share one of the first experiences I had losing a loved one and what it taught me about fear.