An entertaining, enlightening and always supportive podcast hosted by Joshua Black and Shawn Ram. 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 - In 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 - In episode 3 of the Grief Dreams Posdcast we had the please 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 on her website, http://jadekarlingcoaching.com
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 - In 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 - In 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 - In episode 17 (with guest co-host Jade Black) 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 - In Episode 22 (with guest co-host Jade Black), 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 - In Episode 23 (with guest co-host Jade Black) 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 - Episode 26 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 - In Episode 28 (with guest host Jade Black), 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 - In Episode 30 (with guest host Jade Black), 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 - In Episode 32 (with guest host Jade Black), 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 - In Episode 35 (with guest host Jade Black), 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 - Episode 37 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 - In episode 40 (with guest co-host Jade black), 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.