An entertaining, enlightening, and always supportive podcast hosted by Dr. Joshua Black and Shawn Ram.
When Joshua or Shawn are not around, Jade Karling Black frequently guest hosts.
On the podcast various guests talk about their life, loss, and any grief dreams they had.
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Episode 1 - In this introduction to the Grief Dreams Podcast, duo Joshua Black and Shawn Ram embark on their quest to provide comfort and fresh insight into the ambiguous world of death and dreaming about our loved ones, the grieving process and finding meaning (or not) and peace.
Episode 2 - Joshua Black and Shawn Ram interview musicians Ola Kiermacz and Chloe Rabideau at Ola's family chocolate store, located in St.Catharines Ontario. Note: This podcast was last minute and the audio quality is not the best due to ambient noise.
Episode 3 - We had the pleasure to talk with Jade Karling Black (the editor of the Grief Dreams Website newsletter and co-author of 2 grief dream academic articles). Jade has authored her own book entitled Quiet Mind, Open Heart. You can also find out more about Jade under "About the Team" Tab.
Episode 4 - Mojan Naisani is in the MA program at Brock University investigating the effects that mindfulness has on well-being.
Episode 5 - Christina Walton is a registered marriage and family therapist, funeral director, and the clinical director at Camp Erin Hamilton. You can find more information about her at www.christinawalton.ca
Episode 6 - We had the pleasure to talk with Dr. Joan Olinger and Ruth Edgett who are writing a book called The Meaning Of Forever. They are currently looking for submissions of personal stories that showcase the soul living on after death (deadline is Sept 1, 2016). To learn more about the book and how to submit your story please visit www.meaningofforever.wordpress.com
Episode 7 - Firoz Alam is the founder and president of We Foundation Bangladesh (www.wefoundationbd.org) that provides education to 400 under privileged children of Bangladesh. He is currently at Brock University studying Social Justice and Equity Studies for his Master's.
Episode 8 - Marybeth Haines is an author, speaker, and educator on pet loss (www.powerofpets365.com).
Episode 9 - Travis Hodges is in the PhD program at Brock University investigating stress in rats and the impact it has on the brain. You can find his published research on google scholar (https://scholar.google.ca/citations?user=at1OhXYAAAAJ&hl=en).
Episode 10 - We had the pleasure to discuss breath work with Dr. Kerri Michalica.
Episode 11 - We (Joshua Black and Shawn Ram) review the journey so far since starting the Grief Dreams Podcast. Shawn's cousin (Justin Ram) sits in on the conversation.
Episode 12 - Mark Gowland is the founder of the largest colour festival in Canada called A MidSummers Dream (http://www.midsummersdream.ca). It is a day of music, yoga, meditation, colour, and festivities.
Episode 13 - Richard Hutton is a Reporter-Photographer for Niagara this Week, covering Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada. Richard has won a pair of Ontario Community Newspaper Awards for his work and has been recognized for his long-time commitment to the industry with the OCNA's Silver Quill Award. Richard discusses the loss of his father and pet cat.
Episode 14 - Kimberly Ryan works for Bereaved Families of Ontario in Hamilton (Ontario) as the manager of programs and volunteer services. Additionally, she holds weekend wellness retreats to bereaved moms (www.bereavedmothersretreat.com) and runs a festival called Angelfest. Kimberly talks about the sudden death of her 27 year old son and the dreams she had of him.
Episode 15 - Caroline Drolet is in the PhD program at Brock University with research interests in belief in a just world, victim blaming, hypocrisy induction paradigm, in/out-group biases, human rights, and prejudice. You can find her published research on researchgate (https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Caroline_Drolet).
Episode 16 - We introduce our new guest co-host Jade Karling Black (from episode 3). We talk about a new grief dreams she had, the Koala Bear Challenge, and a dream Joshua received from a mother who lost her son.
Episode 17 - We had the pleasure to talk with Jen Trussell. Jen is a 5th generation Funeral Director. She became licensed as a Funeral Director in 2004 and currently holds a valid license. In 2012 she completed her Yoga Teaching Training and developed a Holistic Grief Yoga Program. Her website is www.heartshealing.me
Episode 18 - Darwyn Dave is an IT consultant by day and a photographer by night who resides in the Washington, DC metropolitan area. In January of 2016 he started the “Dealing with My Grief” podcast as a way of chronicling his personal grief recovery process. To listen to his podcast please visit www.dealingwithmygrief.com
Episode 19 - Dr. Malvina Skorska recently received her PhD in Psychology from Brock University in St. Catharines, Ontario. The focus of her research is on the development of sexual orientation with a focus on more biological explanations. She is currently continuing this work in a postdoctoral fellowship at Brock University working with Dr. Anthony Bogaert. On the podcast she shares about her loss and dreams about her dog (Max). Here is Malvina's ReasechGate page https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Malvina_Skorska
Episode 20 - Brian Boye has been making independent films for over 15 years. He has to wrote, directed, and produced several award-winning films across a variety of genres. In 2011, Brian began work on his feature-length documentary “Famous Last Words,” spending four years seeking out compelling stories and carefully crafting them together. The film explores what happens when you say goodbye to a loved one for the last time, what was said, and how you grow from the lessons you learned throughout the grief process (www.famouslastwordsfilm.com). Brian talks about dreams he has had of his deceased friend (Bill).
Episode 21 - By day Ashley-Ann Pereira works for the Canadian Red Cross and by night is the Co-Founder of Dreams Inc. (www.dreamsincorporated.today). She is a Social Service Worker graduate from Sheridan College who loves working with youth. Giving back and empowering youth is her purpose in life. Ashley-Ann talks about her loss and dreams of her grandmother.
Episode 22 - We had the pleasure to talk with Manolo Orellana (a member of the Grief Dreams Facebook Group). Along his journey he has lost many loved ones and has faced a considerable amount of obstacles. He has managed to keep his sanity and with that, hopes to help anyone listening to find their light. He talks about the death of his father, brother, friend, and dogs. He shares a couple dreams that he had of his brother. Manolo would like to give his respects to Mynor, Botts, Colin, Kilo, and Jermain, who were all good friends that he didn’t mention on air “RIP My Brothers”.
Episode 23 - We had the pleasure to talk with Dr. Corrine Seeley. Corrine is a pediatric sleep specialist and sleep educator at Rebirth Wellness Centre and founder of Baby Sleep Solutions by Dr Seeley (www.sleepbydrseeley.com). After 10 years in the sleep research (Ph.D. in Sleep Neuroscience) and becoming a mom herself, she has dedicated her professional life to sharing her expertise with families and helping parents achieve great sleep for their babies. Corrine shares about the death of her grandmother.
Episode 24 - Megan Brain specializes in paper sculpture designs and has been primarily creating work for the Walt Disney Imagineering division. She has exhibited her work in galleries and her paper sculptures have been featured in children’s television shows (e.g. Tangled Before Ever After in 2017), TV commercials (e.g. Toujeo in 2015), and film (e.g. end credits for Dreamworks "Madagascar 2" in 2008, and paper character designs for Laika’s “Kubo and the Two Strings” in 2016). Megan talks about her mother's dementia, her death, and the dream of her. You can find more information about Megan on her website (www.meganbrain.com) or on Instagram (@mb_papersculpt).
Episode 25 - Dr. Mari Dias is a full professor in Counseling at Johnson & Wales University in Providence, RI. She holds a doctorate in Educational Leadership and a Master’s degree in Counseling. Mari is a nationally certified counselor and holds certifications in both grief counseling (Institute of Health Care Professionals), and complicated grief (from Columbia University). In addition, Mari holds a fellowship in Thanatology (from Association for Death Education and Counseling), is a volunteer for hospice with both end of life and bereavement support, Director of GracePointe Grief Center and talk show host of “Journeys with GracePointe Grief (www.gracepointegrief.com). She is currently working on her first novel “Life of Sighs” which focuses on loss and grief. Mari talks about her life journey, loss of her grandmother and father, and a dream of her father.
Episode 26 - This is a quick update podcast with Joshua and Shawn. We talk about our goal to start releasing 2 episodes a week, our next update podcast (Q & A...send in your questions), and Shawn's management style at work.
Episode 27 - Jessica Leung is a Chinese-Canadian singer-songwriter from Richmond Hill, Ontario, Canada. She talks about singing the national anthem at the Toronto Raptors basketball games, her musical journey, and the loss of her grandparents. At the end of the episode you can hear Jessica’s song “Thank You, I Love You”. You can find more about Jessica on SoundCloud (https://soundcloud.com/jessleungmusic).
Episode 28 - We had the pleasure to speak with Tania Joy Antonio. Tania is the Author of “THE AFFIRMATION STATION”. In this episode we talk about her book, affirmations, the loss of her father, and the dreams of him. You can find more about Tania at www.taniaantonio.com
Episode 29 - We had the pleasure to speak with Katie Faust about her love for rugby, the death of her rugby teammate, and her MA research (at Brock University) that explores the culture of grief in sports.
Episode 30 - We had the pleasure to talk with J. Wesley (a prose poet). Much of his work aims to inspire while focusing on relationships from a male perspective. In this episode we talk about his journey into writing, his first book "From Heartbreak to Love Notes", the death of his grandmother and friends, and a dream of his friends. His work can be found on www.writehiswrongs.com.
Episode 31 - Sabrina Must uses the written word to inspire others to be authentic and raw. She is the author of "Must Girls Love", a memoir, and "Living Witnesses", a Holocaust survivor series. In this episode we talk about her journey into writing, the death of her sister, grief after suicide, forgiveness, and a dream about her sister. You can find more about Sabrina at www.SabrinaMust.com
Episode 32 - We had the pleasure to talk with Sharon Ehlers. Sharon is the founding member of Grief Reiki® LCC. She is a Certified Grief Recovery Specialist® with the Grief Recovery Institute®, a Reiki Master Teacher, and an author. In this episode we talk about her journey into Grief Reiki, the loss of her multiple losses (friends, former fiance, and father), and the dreams she had of them. You can find more about Sharon at
Episode 33 - Patrick Beedling works as a psychotherapist (with people who are recovering from motor vehicle accidents) and is the singer-songwriter in the indie rock project named Barbarosa (www.barbarosa.ca). In this episode we talk about our days in high school, his journey into music, the death of his friend, and a dream he wants to have. At the end of the episode you can hear his song "These Lanes".
Episode 34 - Jana DeCristofaro (a Licensed Clinical Social Worker), is the Coordinator of Children's Grief Services at The Dougy Center for Grieving Children & Families in Portland, Oregon. She is also the host of the Dear Dougy podcast which focuses on opening up the often avoided conversation about grief. You can find the The Dougy Center podcast at https://www.dougy.org/grief-resources/podcasts/. In this episode we talk about her journey as a social worker, the many deaths she has experienced, and a dream she wants to have.
Episode 35 - We had the pleasure to talk with Mellie Fricker. After losing her grandmother in the summer of 2015, Mellie began exploring her grief. She has become passionate about living life to the fullest, which she believes to be her grandmother's legacy. In this episode we talk about her studying Transpersonal Counselling Psychology, the death of her grandmother, how she continues the bond, a dream she had of her, and what dream she would want to have.
Episode 36 - Caitlyn Gallant is currently working towards her Master of Arts in Psychology (Behavioural and Cognitive Neuroscience) at Brock University. The overarching goal of Caitlyn’s research is to aid in the prevention of mild head injuries and educate others about their behavioural, cognitive, and social consequences. Currently, her research focuses on concussive and subconcussive injuries in sports and how they can affect socioemotional functions, such as theory of mind and empathy. In this episode we talk about her research, the death of her grandfather, dreams she had of him, and want dream she wants to have. Your can find Caitlyn's work here.
Episode 37 - This is a special Father's Day Podcast with Darwyn Dave. In this episode we catch up with Darwyn, get the scoop on a conference Joshua attended in La Crosse, Wisconsin (The International Death, Grief and Bereavement Conference), and Joshua and Darwyn talk Father's Day. Both Joshua and Darwyn's fathers' have passed away so we get their perspective of this holiday, and we build some dreams for both in honour of their fathers'. This podcast is dedicated to them, as well as all father's alive and passed away.
Episode 38 - After graduating from Canada’s National Ballet School, Nicole Meredith went on to complete both her B.A. and M.A. in English at the University of Toronto. Nicole currently works full-time in communications and marketing, and is a freelance editor and writer. Her two published booked Waiting to Happen: Accidental Injuries in Canada and Outsights: Social Inequalities in Canadacan be found here https://www.amazon.com/Nicole-Meredith/e/B01NHAB27G In this episode we talk about her journey into ballet and writing, the death of her grandfather, and what dream she would want to have of him.
Episode 39 - Rachel Gebler Greenberg is a writer, storyteller and Ambassador with One Legacy, the Southern California chapter for organ donation where she speaks frequently about death, grief and finding hope after loss. In 1999 she met and married the love of her life, Glenn and then in 2013 he passed away suddenly and unexpectedly from a brain hemorrhage. After the sudden passing of her husband Rachel was thrown into this thing called “grief.” She’s spent the last four years studying what happens to us when we die and has started a foundation, “Connections of Hope,” where she helps others with their grief and finding hope after loss. Rachel talks about her life as a Park Ranger’s daughter, the death of her husband, and 3 dreams she had of him.
Episode 40 - We talk with Jeannette Thompson. Jeannette works as a spiritual grief counsellor and a workshop facilitator. Her life forcefully changed direction after the death of her son. During the next few years her search for answers turned into furthering her education. She trained as a Grief Counsellor at Mohawk College, and trained as a volunteer Crisis worker for the Sexual Assault Centre and the Distress Centre. She then became certified as a Spiritual Psychotherapist and Spiritual Director through the Transformational Arts College of Spiritual and Holistic Training. To find more information on Jeannette please visit her website: http://spiritual-counselling.com In this episode she talks about her life as a mom, the death of her son, how she coped, the dreams that helped her prepare for his death, and a dream she wants to have of him.
Episode 41 - We get to hear JustinWren's story of his early childhood experiences with being bullied and why he left a promising mixed martial arts career to live with the Mbuti Pygmies in the Congo. Additionally, we talk about his fight for the forgotten, his experience with powerful visions and dreams, his loss, and what dream he wants to have. You can get involved with Fight for the Forgotten here: http://www.water4.org/fightfortheforgotten/
Episode 42 - Bonnie Tompkins holds a Bachelor of Public Health with a specializing in Palliative Care. She currently works with Pallium Canada as the Compassionate Communities National Lead, which has her focusing on mobilizing compassionate communities across Canada. She has also lead two compassionate community (CC) initiative in Burlington and Niagara West Ontario. We talked about her work with compassionate communities, her journey with her dying husband, her grief journey, dreams of him, and a dream she wants to have of him. You can follow Bonnie on Twitter @ph4pc
Episode 43 - Cheryl Jones is Manager of Professional Education at the Women’s Cancer Resource Center (Oakland, CA), where she developed, manages and teaches in their Continuing Education program. Also, Cheryl is the host of the radio show Good Grief, a grief counselor, and cancer educator. In this episode we talk about her journey with her dying wife, her grief, her radio show, dreams she has had of her, and a dream she wants to have. You can find more about Cheryl at
Episode 44 - Allen Klein is an award winning professional speaker and best-selling author of 25 books. A couple book titles include: The Healing Power of Humor, Learning to Laugh When You Feel Like Crying, and You Can’t Ruin My Day. In this episode we talk about his journey into being a writer and public speaker, the death of his wife, the dreams he had with her, and a dream he wants to have. You can find more about him at www.allenklein.com
Episode 45 - Dr. Tim Murphy is an associate professor of Psychology at Brock University; however, his path was not exactly straight. He was heavily involved as a drummer in competitive pipe bands and even won a world championship in 1987. After his math degree he drove a truck for 7 years during which time, he met Wendy, a wonderful woman he would eventually marry. She convinced him to return to university and they completed M.A. degrees in Psychology at Brock University and had just begun their PhDs when Wendy passed away. In 1997 he created a scholarship in Wendy’s name (https://brocku.ca/social-sciences/departments-and-centres/psychology/graduate-programs/current-students/wendy-murphy ) and continues to raise funds to support it by running a golf tournament each fall (this year it is on Sept 9th, 2017). To know more about Tim please see https://brocku.ca/psychology/people/murphy.htm.
Episode 46 - Mary Howe is the Founder and Director of the not-for-profit business SonFlower Stables. Her success is focused on her ability to intuitively connect with the horses, and empathically connect with each participant of the various programs in an effort to heal mental and psychological trauma. In this episode Mary talks about how horses saved her life, her non-profit organization, the death of her horse, a dream she had of it, and a dream she wants to have. For more information http://sonflowerstables.com
Episode 47 - Robin Chodak is a Certified Grief, Life, and Spiritual Coach, a Certified Master NLP Practitioner and a Reiki Practitioner. Robin left her job as a computer software systems analyst for over 20 years after the suicide of her husband in 2005. Her journey led to her transformation. She discovered new passions, to write, to teach, to encourage and to coach others. In this episode we talk about the death of her husband, the struggles of dealing with a death by suicide, a dream she had of him, and a dream she wants to have. For more information about Robin go to: http://www.robinchodak.com
Episode 48 - Diane Murphy is a Family Support Coordinator for DonateLife Queensland in Australia. She is an accredited Mental Health Social Worker with almost forty years of experience in counselling, employee relations practitioner, consultant, and mediator operating within the public and private sectors including as a guest specialist lecturer at Australian Catholic University. Diane has provided bereavement counselling for families of DonateLife over seventeen years and has extensive knowledge of the issues relevant to families on the grief journey. In this episode Diane talks about her journey working with the bereaved, grief dreams in her practice, the death of her parents and her baby (through miscarriage), and her dreams of her deceased parents.
Episode 49 - Steve Morrison is an ordained minister and has officiated over 1200 funerals. In 2016 Steve launched his own business called Oh My Grief which provides information and resources to individuals, as well as education and training for professional organizations. He is presently working on his Doctor of Ministry where he is considering the relationship between faith and grief. In this episode we talk about funerals, Oh My Grief, his PhD topic, dreams in the Bible, powerful dreams in his life, the death of his friends, a grief dream of one of them, and a dream he would like to have. For more information about Steve visit www.ohmygrief.com
Episode 50 - Anna Seewald is the founder of Authentic Parenting®. She is a speaker, author and a parent educator. As a child she survived through a severe earthquake, but her young mom died (among others). She has been through trauma, pain, and a lot suffering. With a strong passion helping children, Anna dedicated her life working with abused, neglected, orphaned, institutionalized children and juvenile delinquents. After nearly 20 years she realized that it is through helping parents she can help children. In this episode we talked about life after the earthquake, her grief journey, authentic parenting, grief dreams, and a dream she wants to have with her mother. You can find more about Anna at www.authenticparenting.com
Episode 51 - Brian Lehmann's photography career has taken him to over 30 countries around the world. Although most proud of his Fulbright scholarship, he’s been published worldwide in newspapers and magazines. He first appeared in National Geographic Magazine in April 2015 after documenting a unique death culture in Indonesia. In this episode we talk about his photography career, his series called ‘The Living Dead’, dreams of two influential photo editors and his grandmother, and a dream he wants to have. To find more about Brian and see his photography visit http://www.brianlehmann.com or on Instagram @brianlehmannphotography
Episode 52 - Shelby Forsythia is an Intuitive Grief Guide and host of the podcast Coming Back: Conversations on life after loss. After her mom’s death in 2013, she became what she calls a “student of grief” and now writes, speaks, and teaches others about the transformational power of grief and loss. Shelby is a Certified Grief Recovery Specialist® and Reiki Practitioner. In this episode we talk about her journey with grief, her podcast, dreams of her mom, and a dream she wants to have of her.
Episode 53 - Steve Leder is the Senior Rabbi of Wilshire Boulevard Temple in Los Angeles and the author of such critically acclaimed books as The Extraordinary Nature of Ordinary Things and More Money Than God: Living a Rich Life without Losing Your Soul. He has just published his new book titled More Beautiful Than Before. In this episode we talk about how he found his calling to be a Rabbi, his own pain and depression, how suffering can transform, forgiveness, grief dreams, his father’s Alzheimer’s, dreams he has of his father now, and a dream he would want to have.
Episode 54 - In this update episode we (Shawn, Joshua, and Jade) talk about the journey this last year with the podcast, Joshua’s love for dreams, our next episodes, the contest (ends Jan. 14, 2018), and what dream of the deceased we want to have this Christmas.
Episode 55 - In this episode we recap some of the grief dreams guests have shared of their deceased loved ones. This is Part 1 of 2.
Episode 56 - In this episode we recap some of the grief dreams guests have shared of their deceased loved ones. This is Part 2 of 2.
Episode 57 - Eileen Doyon is an author. Her book series is called Unforgettable Faces and Stories. She has released seven books to date with her most recent being “Starting Over, Stories of New Beginnings”. In this episode we talk about her writing career, the power of writing your own story, the death of her parents and brother, and dreams she had of them. For more information you can visit her website www.UnforgettableFacesandStories.com
Episode 58 - Melissa Lyons is the author of the picture book “I will Always Love You”. Melissa is passionate about comforting, healing, and cultivating a mindset that allows us to get the most out of our experiences. Her mission is to share the joy and freedom that is created when we live in the moment and consciously choose our thoughts and reactions. In this episode we talk about her journey into writing, the death of her pets, and a dream she wants to have of her deceased grandparents. To know more about Melissa please visit www.ChooseToChoose.Today
Episode 59 - Justina Gioia is a Sex, Love & Relationship Coach and law of attraction expert. She works with both men and women who are experiencing issues in the realm of sex, love and relationships. In this episode we talk about her journey into her field, Valentine’s Day, the death of her dog and grandmother, a dream of her grandmother, and a dream she wants to have of her great grandmother. To see resources we talked about in this episode (e.g. meditation, photos of the jewelry box, etc.) please visit http://www.justinagioia.com/griefdreams
Episode 60 - Matthew Kocel is a throat singer, sound healer, multi-instrumentalist, composer and recording artist with over 3 decades experience as a performer and multi-disciplinary healing arts practitioner. Accompanied by humble acoustic instruments and ancient technology, Matthew's live performances have impacted people from all walks of life internationally from Canada & USA to Central and South America. In this episode we talk about his journey into throat singing, being with his father as he was dying from cancer, a grief dream of his father and dogs, and a dream he wants to have of his mother. For more information on Matthew please visit his website: OmShaman.com , Facebook: Matthew Kocel Cosmic Throat Singer, Twitter: @matthewkocel, or Instagram: @matthew_sound_healing
Episode 61 - Mary Jo Heyen is a Natural Dreamwork practitioner and meditation practitioner. A most precious and humble part of Mary Jo’s dream practice is as a hospice volunteer, a dream specialist, exploring the dreams and visions of those dying in hospice, their families and grief groups. In this episode we talk about her journey with dreams, dreams of the dying and the bereaved, the death of her father, a grief dream she had, and a dream she would like to have with her father. For more information on Mary Jo please visit https://maryjoheyen.com
Episode 62 - Christopher Hall is the Chief Executive Officer of the Australian Centre for Grief and Bereavement. He is a psychologist who has developed a specialization in the field of grief and bereavement over the past 25 years. Chris has trained many health and education professionals in grief theory and interventions both in Australia and internationally. In this episode we discuss his journey into the field, the Australian Centre for Grief and Bereavement, the death and dreams of his father, and a dream he wants to have. You can find Chris on Twitter @cwhall or at the Australian Centre for Grief and Bereavement (www.grief.org.au).
Episode 63 - Barbara Gaughen-Muller, President of the United Nations Association (Santa Barbara Tri-County chapter), speaker, and co-author of Revolutionary Conversations. Barbara experienced unstoppable fires that raged for weeks throughout her community, only to be shortly followed by a wave of deadly mudslides. Something unexpected emerged from this horrible situation: peace. In this episode we talk about her journey into being part of the UN, the fires and floods, finding peace, death of her husband, dreams she had of him, and a dream she wants to have. You can find more about Barbara here: https://www.thriveglobal.com/authors/7554-barbara-gaughen-muller, http://www.revolutionaryconversations.net, and https://www.unasb.org
Episode 64 - Annah Elizabeth is The Five Facets founder and creator of The Five Facets Philosophy on Healing™. She is a guest lecturer, workshop facilitator, Continuing Ed instructor, published author, speaker, personal coach, and a dually-certified energy healer and instructor. In this episode we talk about The Five Facets, the death of her son, the dream that saved her life, and a dream she wants to have. To find more about Annah you can visit her Website: thefivefacetsofhealing.com, Facebook: @annahelizabethhealgrief, IG: @thefivefacetsofhealing, Twitter: @thefivefacets, or LinkedIn: Annah Elizabeth
Episode 65 - Rabbi Daniel Cohen has served in the rabbinate for over twenty years and currently serves as senior Rabbi at Congregation Agudath Sholom in Stamford, CT, the largest modern orthodox synagogue in New England. He is also co-host with Reverend Greg Doll of the nationally syndicated radio show "The Rabbi and the Reverend" Sunday mornings at 11 AM and evenings at 9 PM. He speaks frequently on leading a life of legacy, and is the author of the new book, What Will They Say About You When You're Gone: Creating a Life of Legacy. In this episode we talk his journey being a rabbi, legacy, courage, the death of his mother, and a dream he wants to have of her. To know more about Rabbi Daniel Cohen you can visit https://www.rabbidanielcohen.com/
Episode 66 - Christine Bergsma is an award-winning screenwriter and course developer. In partnership with professionals in the fields of psychology and medicine, Bergsma created Journaling Through, a collection of Guided Self-Help Journals designed to help others navigate their respective “rollercoaster” life experiences. In this episode we talk about life in South Africa, the benefits of journaling, the death and dream of her aunt, and a dream she wants to have. To know more about Christine, please visit https://www.journalingthrough.ca
Episode 67 - Daniella Grsic is a children’s author and Registered Early Childhood Educator with the Hamilton-Wentworth Catholic District School Board. Daniella has published two children’s books entitled Deep Down Inside and Lucky Stars. In this episode we talk about her books, the death of two family members and two dogs, dreams of them, and a dream she wants to have. To learn more about Daniella please visit www.DaniellaGrsic.ca
Episode 68 - Natalie Proulx is a licensed funeral director, who owns and operates Facing The Sun – Funeral Celebrant, Bereavement Support and Wedding Officiant services. She is on the board of directors for Bereavement Ontario Network and has completed multiple certifications within Traumatic Loss, Child & Infant Loss, and Disenfranchised Grief. In this episode we talk about her journey into being a funeral director, pregnancy and infant loss, her own miscarriage, dreams of miscarriage, and a dream she wants to have. To know more about Natalie please visit http://facingthesun.life/
Episode 69 - Rami Shami has been serving within Hospice Palliative Care for close to thirty years. He is currently involved in an innovative and exciting project with Journey Home Hospice, that will increase accessibility of Hospice Palliative Care services to individuals who are homeless (or vulnerably housed) and living with a life limiting illness. In this episode we talk about Hospice Palliative Care, Journey Home Hospice, dreams of the deceased, and a dream he wants to have. To find out more about Rami and Journey Home Hospice please visit: https://www.ramishami.com , https://www.thecourseatthecentre.com , https://journeyhomehospice.ca
Episode 70 - Skye Dyer a singer/songwriter who released her first album in 2014 called “Letting Go”. She has spent years touring on her own and with her father. The death of her father in 2015 changed her life immensely, not only in losing him as her father but also losing her stage partner. She has begun to write articles for The Reset and has recently became a mom. In this episode we talk about her journey being a new mom, her grief, continuing bonds, and dreams of her father. You can find more about Skye at https://www.skyedyer.com, https://thereset.com/?s=Skye+Dyer, and on Instagram @skyedyer
Episode 71 - Dallas Shirley is a Registered Clinical Counsellor who provides Children's Counselling and Family Counselling for non-profit organizations. She currently works as the Children's Services Manager at Abbotsford Hospice Society and a Grief Specialist for the Abbotsford School District. Dallas is also the author of a books series called Woodland Wisdom Books, which are guides for parents, caregivers, educators, counsellor, and other adults who help to support children dealing with difficult issues. In this episode we talk about her journey into helping bereaved children, children’s grief and their grief dreams, her grief journey, and a dream she wants to have. You can find more about Dallas and her books here http://www.woodlandwisdombooks.com/
Episode 72 - Rev. Andrew Vitale is the Bereavement Coordinator - Spiritual Counselor for Northern Illinois Hospice. He has been working in spiritual and bereavement care for over 30 years. Additionally, Andrew is on the planning committee for International Conference on Death, Grief and Bereavement at University of Wisconsin - La Crosse. The conference this year is on June 3-6, 2018. In this episode we talk about the conference, his journey being a bereavement coordinator, the death of his father and friend, and a dream he wants to have. You can find more information about the conference here https://www.uwlax.edu/conted/dgb/
Episode 73 - Dr. Christopher Kerr is the Chief Executive Officer & Chief Medical Officer for Hospice Buffalo. Dr. Kerr’s research examines patient’s dreams and visions at the end of life. The results of his studies generated enormous response in the non-medical community, both nationally and internationally. Dr. Kerr has overseen the integration and expansion of palliative care into local hospitals and developed one of the nation’s largest home-based palliative care programs, Home Connections, and Essential Care for Children. In this episode we talk about his journey becoming a doctor, dreams and visions at the end of life, the death of his father, and a dream he would like to have. Here is the link to his TEDx Talk “I See Dead People: Dreams and Visions of the Dying?” https://youtu.be/rbnBe-vXGQM. This link to the film he is making called “Death Is But A Dream” http://deathisbutadreamfilm.com. This link is to Hospice Buffalo https://www.hospicebuffalo.com
Episode 74 - Sebastian Slovin grew up in the beach community of La Jolla, California, and spent much of his childhood in and around the ocean. As a young adult, he had the opportunity to travel extensively and experience many of the world’s great surf spots as a professional bodyboarder. He is the author of The Adventures of Enu and Ashes in the Ocean (book trailer: https://vimeo.com/256088154) Sebastian is also co-founder of Nature Unplugged, which focuses on cultivating healthy relationships with technology and reconnecting to nature. In this episode we talk about bodyboarding, the death of his father by suicide, his grief journey, dreams of his father, and a dream he wants to have of him. You can find more information about Sebastian at https://www.sebastianslovin.com, Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SebastianSlovinAuthor/, and Instagram: @sebastianslovin
Episode 75 - This is a special Father's Day episode where Shawn Ram interviews Joshua Black and Darwyn Dave.
Episode 76 - Serena Dyer has co-authored a book with her father, Dr. Wayne Dyer, titled Don’t Die With Your Music Still In You, and she is a contributor to Huffington Post, Mind Body Green, and Positively Positive. She regularly appeared on stage with her father at Hay House events and is a featured speaker at spiritual, motivational and wellness events around the United States. Her subject matter covers a wide range of topics, but she always seeks to share her personal spiritual perspective in a way that encourages introspection and personal growth. It was only 9 months ago that her stepson (Mason) died and put her on a path of self-discovery. In this episode we talk about her life with Mason, his death, her grief journey, the 3 dreams she had of him, and a dream she wants to have. To read her blog post on her grief dreams - http://serenadyer.com/be-careful-with-your-thoughts/ You can find more information about Serena at www.serenadyer.com, Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/officialserenadyer/, and Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/serenadyerpisoni/
Episode 77 - This is our Grief Dream recap episode. We recap some grief dream conversations on the podcast (since January 2018).
Episode 78 - This is our Grief Dream recap episode. We recap some grief dream conversations on the podcast (since April 2018).
Episode 79 - This is an update episode with Joshua and Shawn. We talk about Shawn's first grief dream and our new channels on YouTube and IG TV.
Episode 80 - Chelsey Gallant is a mother of 3 children. In 2013, both her father and best friend died. In this episode we talk about her grief and spiritual journey, sobriety, and dreams of her father and best friend.
Episode 81 - Isaac Taitz is a graduate student in clinical psychology at Palo Alto University. Isaac conducted a study on the cultural differences of grief dreams. In 2012, Isaac won the Student Research Award from IASD on his honours thesis on lucid dreams in depression. Since undergraduate, he’s become interested in researching clinical applications of dreaming. In this episode we talk about lucid dreaming, his research study on grief dreams, and his dreams of the deceased.
Episode 82 - Molly Schultz is a stay at home mom of 5 kids under the age of 6. Molly’s dad was diagnosed with pancreatic just a few months after her twins were born. Before he died, he signed over custody of his son (Molly’s half-brother) Easton to her. Molly recently started a blog this summer to document the grief journey she walks through with her kids, as well as the everyday life of her young family. In this episode we talk about raising 5 kids, the death of her father, her grief journey, and her 2 grief dreams. Here is a link to the blog Molly wrote on her Grief Dreams https://www.triedandtruemama.com/blog/grief-dreams. You can follow along with her at @triedandtruemama on Instagram and Facebook.
Episode 83 - Sheaya Biddle is a Spiritual Grief Coach, who helps grievers discover what they believe the afterlife to be, and teaches grievers how to connect with their loved ones in a way that feels calming and peaceful for them. After the sudden death of her mom, Sheaya re-routed her entire path and quit her job as a Human Resource professional after having a grief dream where her mom showed up. In this episode we talk about memories of her mom, the death of her mom, her spiritual journey, being a Spiritual Grief Coach, and 2 grief dreams of her mom. You can find out more about Sheaya at www.sheayabiddle.com or join Grief Resilience Facebook support group at https://www.facebook.com/groups/griefresilience/
Episode 84 - Orley Culverhouse is an accredited music therapist (MTA) and children's program coordinator working in a hospice setting. Her work includes supporting children/youth and their families facing a terminal illness or death of a loved one, as well residents of hospice and their families. In this episode we talk about music therapy, the death of her friend, and 2 grief dreams of her friend. Two songs that remind Orley of her friend are Taylor Swift (I Knew You Were Trouble) https://youtu.be/vNoKguSdy4Y and Aqua (Dr. Jones) https://youtu.be/HKsuK3s0kcI
Episode 85 - Andy Zaremba is a leader in the human consciousness and optimization communities. In 2013, Andy and his brother Mike, partnered to create the Float House franchise, Canada’s leading flotation therapy centres, which now have eight locations across Western Canada.In addition, Andy co-hosts (again with brother, Mike) the Vancouver Real podcast, a digital media leader in the human consciousness space. In this episode we talk about floating, his personal growth, the death of his grandmother, continuing bonds through ayahuasca, and a dream he wants to have of his grandmother. You can find more about Andy and floating here: https://www.andyzaremba.com/, Instagram @andyzaremba, and https://floathouse.ca.
Episode 86 - Dr. Sameet Kumar is a clinical psychologist who has worked with adults who have cancer as well as their caregivers and families for nearly 20 years. He specializes in palliative, end-of-life and bereavement care. His professional interests also include meditation, spiritual coping, resilience and well-being. He is the author of the bestselling Grieving Mindfully: A Compassionate and Spiritual Approach to Coping with Loss, The Mindful Path Through Worry and Ruminationand the workbook Mindfulness for Prolonged Grief. In this episode we talk about working with the dying and the bereaved, mindfulness, the death of his mother, and grief dreams of her. You can find more about Dr. Sameet Kumar on twitter (@sameetkumar) and Facebook (Sameet Kumar, Ph.D.).
Episode 87 - Joanne McCall runs Media Positioning Consultations, which helps people to become Media Darlings. Her secret sauce is helping authors, speakers, coaches and entrepreneurs position themselves and their books, deliver fantastic interviews, and capture media attention through the various media channels now available. In this episode we talk about becoming a media consultant, following your dreams, tips for getting your message out, the death of her sister, and grief dreams. To find more about Joanne visit www.joannemccall.com
Episode 88 - Barbara Morningstar began serving in the hospice field over twenty years ago. During that time she worked on staff at three different hospice societies within the province of British Columbia, Canada. Over her many years in the hospice field, Barbara has supported thousands of people during their tender life transition. She recently wrote a book titled “Honoring the Mystery; Uplifting Insights from the Language, Visions, and Dreams of the Dying.” In this episode we talked about how a grief dream of her friend shaped her life, experiences working in the hospice field, her new book, the death and grief dreams of her husband, and a grief dream she wants to have. To find more about Barbara visit www.inautumnscocoon.com
Episode 89 - Megan Devine is a Pacific Northwest writer, speaker, and grief advocate. She is the founder of Refuge In Grief, a hub of grief education and outreach, where she leads people through some of the most devastating times of their lives. Megan is the author of the book, It’s OK That You’re Not OK: Meeting Grief & Loss in a Culture That Doesn’t Understand. In this episode we talk about sitting with suffering, coping through the tango, the death of her husband, sleeping issues following the loss, and grief dreams of her husband. To find more about Megan visit https://www.refugeingrief.com
Episode 90 - Sandra Roman is a Mother of 5 children, 1 of which is now an angel in heaven. Sandra has recently started a blog page called “Good Grief Relief” after losing her son Matthew, in 2016. In her blog she is offering support to other bereaved parents on their grief journey with child loss. She is currently working on her first book that details the tragic story of the loss of her son, Matthew and the renewed hope that she has discovered on her journey. Sandra has been involved in multiple women’s ministries in both USA and Mexico. Additionally, she is a member of International Cruise Victims, Inc. (a non-profit) in hopes of being a strong voice for awareness and lobbying congress for change. In this episode we talk about the death of her son, rebuilding her faith, grief dreams about her son from her child and friend, her own grief dreams, and the international cruise victims organization. You can find more about Sandra at www.goodgriefrelief.com, Instagram (@goodgriefrelief), and the International Cruise Victims, Inc. - www.internationalcruisevictims.org
Episode 91 - Haley Harris-Bloom works as a nurse in the emergency department. She enjoys the privilege of helping treat people during their most vulnerable times. After a series of close family and friends died Haley has devoted her time outside of work to researching grief. She realized a gap in grief resources for the bereaved during this process and is currently creating GriefGuide, the first interactive-self counseling app to help people navigate grief. In this episode we talk about being a nurse, the death of 2 cousins and childhood best friend while she was in school, her Kickstarter campaign to develop the GriefGuide App, and 2 of her grief dreams. Her Kickstarter campaign to develop the GriefGuide App can be found here: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/griefguide/griefguide-the-interactive-self-counseling-app
Episode 92 (Orca Love Part 1) - Mark Leiren-Young is a playwright, screenwriter, journalist, satirist, director and author. His latest book, The Killer Whale Who Changed The World, is a national bestseller. He hosts the popular podcast Skaana and wrote and directed the award-winning documentary, The Hundred-Year-Old Whale.He was described by The National Post as “Canada’s go to guy for dolphins, whales, and trees”. In this episode we discuss everything Orca (how they live, communicate, mourn, etc.). We start off the show by talking about a mother Orca, called Tahlequah (J35), who carried her dead calf for 17 days in British Columbia this past Summer. Additionally, we talk about other Orca stories, the grandmother hypothesis, his latest Orca book and documentary, his grief when certain Orca’s died, and a dream he wants to have of Granny (a deceased Orca). You can find more about Mark at: http://leiren-young.com, @leirenyoung on Twitter and Instagram, and https://www.skaana.org
Episode 93 (Orca Love Part 2) - Rayne Benu is cinematographer of the award-winning documentary, The Hundred-Year-Old Whale and producer of Skaana- a podcast about orcas, oceans and the environment. A nationally published festival and theatre photographer, Rayne has a rich history creating digital and multimedia artworks, corporate design, interactive media and storytelling using metaphor, myths and symbolic languages, abstract/meditative painting and filmmaking (directing, editing, sound and video). She now lives on Vancouver Island, where she spends her free time filming local celebrities from J-Pod with her partner Mark (from Episode 92). In this episode we discuss her love of animals, Orca filming and photography, developing a friendship with Granny (an Orca), grieving for Granny and her Pod, processing her grief through painting, her dream about Tahlequah (a grieving Orca), and a dream she wants to have of Granny and her grandmother. You can find more about Rayne at: http://www.tavrayne.photos, @open2om on Twitter, and https://www.skaana.org
Episode 94 - Gary Andrews is an illustrator and animator who worked on Fireman Sam and for Disney. After his wife Joy died of Sepsis in 2017, he started to doodle his grief each day and share it on social media. Check out his doodles on Instagram and Twitter @garyscribbler. In this episode we talk about his love of art, his wife Joy, her death, his and his children’s grief, doodle a day, and grief dreams he has had.
Episode 95 - Jess Etchemendy formed 174 Supply Company, which is a discussion of how grief can be transformed through creativity. After the death of his brother, Jess’s trade has become the vehicle he uses to transform his grief. 174 was the motorcycle numbers of his younger brother. Jess’s mission is for the world to look past my brother’s addiction to see a kid who passionately loved living and desired adventure. In this episode we talk all about leather and being a Leathersmith, his brother’s life and addiction, how he continues a bond with his brother (e.g., riding, leathering, etc.), and grief dreams of his brother. You can find more about him at https://www.174supplyco.com and Instagram: @174supplyco and @companioncollective.
Episode 96 - Jan Warner is the author of Grief Day by Day: Simple Practices and Daily Guidance for Living With Loss. When her beloved husband Artie died nine years ago, she felt as though she had died too. To give her life meaning after the loss she started the Grief Speaks Out Facebook page, that is a supportive worldwide community with over 2.5 million likes. In this episode we talk about her relationship with her husband, his death and her grief, authoring her first book on grief, differences she has noticed in people’s grief, and her grief dreams of her husband.
Episode 97 - While sorting through his father’s belongings, Joe Agostinelli found a letter that was written to him from his father before his battle with leukemia came to an end. The letter had a profound impact on Joe, detailing his father’s love and pride, as well as his continued hopes and dreams for him. At the time of his father’s passing, Joe and his wife had just welcomed a son into the world. These two monumental events happening so close together put Joe on a path of self, societal, and (end of) life examination, inspiring him to create Ultimo Gifts, a service that allows you to keep giving gifts and heartfelt reminders after you have passed on. In this episode we talk about his father’s illness and death, being a father himself, finding his father’s letter, Ultimo Gifts, and two dreams of his father. You can find more about him at https://www.ultimogifts.com/, and on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook @UltimoGifts
Episode 98 - Devan Christian is a Registered Clinical Counsellor in British Columbia’s Fraser Valley. After experiencing many deaths in her own life, she pursued a career path in which she could support those who were experiencing their own grief and loss. Five year ago, she started working in the Hospice Child & Youth and Adult Bereavement Programs; now, she supports those in her surrounding communities with their grief, mental well-being, caregiver stress and life transitions through her private practice in Chilliwack, BC, as well as through her local Community Mental Health Centre. In this episode we talk about her many losses, continuing bonds, starting her private practice, tips for grieving over the holidays, and her own grief dreams. You can find more about Devan at http://www.devanceciliacounselling.com/
Episode 99 - This is our first Guest Grief Dream Update Episode with Darwyn Dave from Episode 18. In this episode we talk about his recent loss of his mother, his first grief dream of her, and preparing for the holidays.
Episode 100 - In this update episode we (Joshua and Shawn) talk about reaching our 100th episode, Joshua getting his PhD, our new donation options, and plans for 2019. An article from Brock University discussing Joshua’s research - https://brocku.ca/brock-news/2018/12/grief-dreams-can-provide-comfort-and-healing-during-holidays/
Episode 101 - This is our Grief Dream recap episode. We recap some grief dream conversations on the podcast (since August 2018).
Episode 102 - Pennie Hunt is a speaker, author, and the President and founder of Journey Through, LLC. Her book is titled “Love Your Life-No Matter What - 76 Tips to Live Life with Love and Gratitude.” She also writes a weekly blog called “Writings From The Corner of Spirit & Brave.” In this episode we talk about a series of life changing events (including the death of her son and dog), her weekly blog, getting a memorial tattoo, and grief dreams of her son and dog. You can find more information on Pennie at www.PennieHunt.com
Episode 103 - Aditi Loveridge is a Certified Life Coach, Mindfulness Meditation Teacher, and owner of Pregnancy Loss Healing. Aditi supports mothers in their journeys after pregnancy or infant loss. Her work includes supporting mothers who have recently experienced loss, are trying to conceive after loss of any kind (pregnancy/infant loss, failed IVF, missed adoption), pregnant again after loss, and those still struggling after the birth of their baby. Aditi helps mothers who have experienced loss to reconnect with trust so that they can step beyond anxiety and fear. In this episode we talk about her grief journey following 2 miscarriages, starting her business, issues people can face after pregnancy loss, tips for helping others through pregnancy loss, and a grief dream of her child. You can find more about Aditi at www.pregnancylosshealing.com, on Facebook: @pregnancylosshealing, and on Instagram: @pregnancylosshealing
Episode 104 - Heather Varner is an east-coast born and bred Canadian who moved to Ontario with her then-boyfriend (now-fiancé) after her mother died in 2014. In the 4.5 years since, Heather has dealt with her grief through therapy, faith, and plenty of writing. She has written pieces about grief and loss that have been published by Time, xoJane, and Elite Daily, and shares her grief journey through her Instagram account @stormsandsilverlinings. At the start of this calendar year she launched a blog called Storms and Silver Linings. In this episode we talk about her love of reading and writing, her relationship with her mother, the death of her mother, writing her grief, and grief dreams of her mother.
Episode 105 - Dr. Beth Allen (AKA Bif Naked) is a prominent alternative artist, performer and songwriter. Throughout her remarkable career, Beth embarked on seemingly endless international tours, several feature films and multiple television roles, only to be struck down with breast cancer at the age of 37. She would discover her passion for advocacy, as a triumphant survivor and someone who helps others first. She wrote her biography in 2016 called “I, Bificus”. In this episode we talk about her music career, breast cancer journey, palliative care volunteering, and death of her father, friend, and dogs. Find more on her at Bifnaked.com, Facebook, instagram and twitter @bifnaked.
Episode 106 - As a full-time photographer from Canada, Jay Perry has travelled the country and beyond to capture the moments and memories that matter. Following a photo trip to Haiti in 2010, Jay discovered his passion for helping others. He has since dedicated his time and talent to numerous charitable efforts, while founding his own establishment aptly named Friends With Hearts. Jay recently released his book “My Dad Got Sick” that talks about his experiences taking care of his dying father. We talk about being in a band, becoming a photographer, starting Friends With Hearts, taking care of his dying father, writing his book, his grief, and dreams of his father. For a closer glimpse into Jay’s life, check out www.jayperry.ca, www.friendswithhearts.com, www.mydadgotsick.com or his personal Instagram @jayperry
Episode 107 - Rachel Leoman and her cousin Hannah Brown created the podcast So Dreamy (Twitter/Insta: @SoDreamySnack) with the intent of creating a safe and fun space for dreamers to share, hear, and discuss dreams of all kinds. They both have been interested in dreams for as long as they can remember. In this episode we talk about dreams in general, the So Dreamy Podcast, their losses (Rachel’s mom and Hannah’s brother, grandmother, and uncle), and Hannah’s dreams of her deceased grandmother.
Episode 108 - Kevin Toolis is a BAFTA winning film maker and writer of the acclaimed death guide My Father’s Wake: How the Irish Teach Us to Live, Love and Die. Toolis has reported on famines, wars and plagues all over the world for The New York Times and The Guardian. As a documentary maker he has filmed in the middle east and directed the Emmy-nominated Cult of the Suicide Bomber television history series. He is also producer/ director of a compelling new stage work Wonders of the Wake that revives the lost art of Irish keening and celebrates the ancient rite of the Irish Wake. In this episode we talk all about the Irish Wake, the death of his brother and father, grief dreams in the Irish culture, grief dreams in families of suicide bombers, and his own grief dreams of those he reports on. You can find more about Kevin at www.myfatherswake.com or on Twitter @KevinToolis
Episode 109 - Rebecca MacDonald is a self-taught memorial jewelry artist working and living in Ontario with her husband and dog. Since immigrating to Canada 10 years ago, Rebecca has experienced loss many times as she moved throughout the country. Her Grandpa has been a huge inspiration in her life and dealing with his passing from the other side of the Atlantic ocean has been one of her biggest struggles so far. By fostering connections with animals, she has also been able to connect with others. Through her work, she is learning how to manage her grief while helping others with their loss through her jewelry making. In this episode we talk about her immigration from Ireland, her love of pets, starting her business making memorial jewelry, the death of her dog and grandpa, and a grief dream of her grandpa. Rebecca’s work can be found on Instagram, Pinterest, and Facebook @petmemorialjewelry or on www.craftlovecraftlife.com
Episode 110 - In this episode we talk about where she has been the last 4 months, the new podcast logo, reflections on reaching over 100 episodes, and new events we are hosting.