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 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

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.

Why Study Death?

How did I get on this path? Why do I share what I’ve learned about my grandfather’s death? The simple answer is: I have to.

My grandfather died back in the fall of 2014. He would have been 87 years old that coming Wednesday had he not died. It was a beautiful cool Monday morning in October when I said my final farewell to him. I still remember how excitedly he talked about his birthday just two weeks prior to his death. There was no party, though. And I am not sure one was even planned, It’s as if we weren’t sure he’d be with us, in physical form at least, on that day. And he wasn’t.

My grandfather’s death seemed right on schedule for another layer of spiritual growth in my life. I was going through yet another layer of painful “ego shedding”, (to put it politely), and I wasn’t sure I could handle his death. I wasn’t prepared and I was tired. You see, the prior two years of my life had been so challenging and I wasn’t even sure who I was anymore. All my beliefs about myself were being tested, over and over again. I had no strength to fight life anymore and resigned myself to his death. But, surprisingly, it seemed the more I dived into his death experience, the more alive I felt. And when it was all said and done, I felt like I had completed a mastery course in life.

What’s funny is I wouldn’t understand the impact it had on me until many months later. But the changes I would make in my life would propel me into a new level of living. I would begin again, all from a pact between my grandfather and I. I learned there is no death, just a misinformed perception of death based in fear of the unknown.

It’s been almost a year since I began sorting all of death’s teachings, and now it is time to share the gifts that death, (i.e. change), has given me. So forgive me if I stumble with my words from time to time. Bringing forth words from feelings can be difficult.

One thing is for sure, though,

I’ve been touched by death, have you?