Cheryl Espinosa-Jones

Cheryl Jones is a grief counselor and the host of Good Grief radio at VoiceAmerica. During her education as a Marriage and Family Therapist, her first wife was diagnosed with Multiple Myeloma, which was at the time a uniformly terminal illness with a six month to one year prognosis. In the eight years that followed, Cheryl engaged daily in the work of preparing for her death. She was trained during this period by Stephen and Ondrea Levine (Who Dies and Grieving Into Life and Death) and Richard Olney (founder of Self-Acceptance Training). After her wife’s death, Cheryl immersed herself in her own multifaceted grief, startled by frequent moments of joy.! ! Along with her private therapy practice, Cheryl is Manager of Professional Education at the Women’s Cancer Resource Center in Oakland, CA. She has trained extensively with Erving Polster, leader in the field of gestalt therapy and author of Everybody’s Life is Worth a Novel. Previously, she was Clinical Director at the Alternative Family Project, which served the therapeutic needs of LGBTQ families in San Francisco. She also wrote a column for the San Francisco Bay Times called Motherlines and ran Considering Parenthood groups for the LGBT community. Website: Good Grief host page:


The Blessing, 14 Feb 2017

Revolutionary Act: Choosing Love When Death is All Around, 08 Aug 2016

After Father’s Death, Daughter Recalls His Deep Devotion, 09 Jul 2016

Thank You, Stephen Levine, 19 Jan 2016

First Christmas Without Mom, 22 Dec 2015

Letter to a Loved One, Twenty Years Later, 01 Nov 2015

Emergency 2009: A Father Falls, 14 Jun 2015

Mourning Mother, 25 Nov 2014

Wildest Dreams: How We Can Learn to Grieve, 08 Sep 2014