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A Good Goodbye: Gail Rubin

December 18, 2014

Gail Rubin, CT, is author and host of the award-winning book and television series A Good Goodbye: Funeral Planning for Those Who Don’t Plan to Die. She’s a Certified Thanatologist, that’s a death educator, a Certified Funeral Celebrant and a speaker who uses humor and films to get conversations started on death, dying, advance directives […]

Dr. David Fajgenbaum: Support Network For Grieving College Students

November 20, 2014

While a student at Georgetown University, David Fajgenbaum, MD, MSc founded Students of National Students of AMF Support Network, a peer-led grief support group and service program, in memory of his mother, Anne Marie Fajgenbaum. Dispite health challenges David carries on with his work and is currently an MBA Candidate at The Wharton School of Business. […]

Rebecca Soffer: Modern Loss Coping with Grief in a Digital World

October 30, 2014

Rebecca Soffer is the co-founder of Modern Loss a website geared to young adults addressing the many permutations of loss, from miscarriages to a parent’s death.  Ms. Soffer lost both her parents, her mother to an automobile accident and her father to a heart attack. https://audio.opentohope.com/Rebecca-Soffer.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download

Jill Smolowe: Resilience In A Time of Grief

October 16, 2014

Within 17 months award-winning journalist and author Jill Smolowe lost her husband, sister, and mother.   Jill, a senior writer for People, desiring to help others, used her experience to write Four Funerals and a Wedding:  Resilience In A Time Of Grief. Jill then became a grief and transition coach helping clients learn how to restore […]

Navigating Grief and Trials: Kathleen D. Hamilton

July 24, 2014

Kathleen D. Hamilton has suffered a number of tragedies including the deaths of her mother and twelve year old daughter.  She has coped with a brain-injured son and has grieved two broken marriages. Reaching out to help others she has been a facilitator with “The Compassionate Friends” and has worked in the funeral industry. She […]

Handling Grief, Loss of Our Parents: Nina Impala

July 3, 2014

Nina Impala has both personal and professional experience with bereavement.  She has lost both parents and has recruited and trained hospice volunteers.  Nina is a Spiritual Grief Counselor who gives people tools to cope through her process of using HeartSight™.  She is the author of Dearly Departed: What I Learned About Living From The Dying. […]

Julie Saeger Nierenberg: Death of My Dad

June 26, 2014

Julie is a writer, editor and author coach. Inspired by the journey of love and release through her father’s end of life. Julie writes to contribute to a cultural shift in how we prepare ourselves and support others in the final chapter of life. She is the author of Daddy, this is it. Being-with My […]

Jill Kraft Thompson Rebuilding A Life After Losing Five People

June 19, 2014

Jill Kraft Thompson had a life filled with love: an adoring husband, two young precious sons, a devoted mother, and a close extended family. Jill’s story begins as everyone’s worst nightmare. In 2002 she lost five close family members in a car crash that she survived. Her beloved young sons, husband, mother and niece were […]

Danita Ogandaga: Overcoming the Orphaned Spirit

June 5, 2014

Danita Ogandaga is the founder Hope Starts Today and the Orphan No More podcast. She lost both of her parents by the age of twenty-one. She teaches on the topics of grief, restoration, hope and resilience. She is the author of the audio book Overcoming the Orphan Spirit. https://audio.opentohope.com/Danita-Ogandaga.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download