Ep 6 Cassie Barrett: Green Burials and Reverence for Death

“Get comfortable with being uncomfortable.” Cassie Barrett has been a death worker since 2010 and is the Director of Operations at Carolina Memorial Sanctuary, a conservation and green cemetery located in Western North Carolina. Since she was a kid, Cassie … Read More

Ep 5 Chris Dierkes: Landing at Sweet Sorrow

“The reason we meditate is to learn how to die.” In this conversation with Soul Interpreter, Chris Dierkes, we explore learning to live by being with the dead, the place of “sweet sorrow” in grief, and death as our last … Read More

Ep 4 Lisa Hartley: Celebrating the Call to Grief

Grief is a call to consciousness Lisa Hartley is a Celebrant based in Vancouver, BC. In this conversation, we talk about the call to grief as a gift, Lisa’s own journey of loss, and (of course) her work as she … Read More

Ep 3 Ellen Ercolini: The un-logic of grief

“We were a mighty tribe, but we were rudderless. It forced me to grow up very quickly.” Ellen Ercolini is a business strategist and gifted coach, and while that may be what you learn about her first, there is so … Read More

Ep 2 Keri-Anne Livingstone: Daring to Grieve

“It was honouring. Like going to war. I had to send it up to be healed.” Today, we dive deep into the relationship “half-pipe” between Joy and Grief with Coach, Mother, Speaker, and Empathic Leader, Keri-Anne Livingstone. When Keri-Anne suddenly … Read More

The Whys Wisdom of Grief

Early last week, I rose early to prepare for what felt like an important date with grief. My cousin, who left behind a young family and was only five days into his thirtieth year, was being laid to rest. I … Read More

Good Grief (It’s the holidays)

I have a love/slightly contentious relationship with Christmas. I love the spirit of giving pieces of my heart to my most loved. I love going to church (any one will do) to soak in words of hope, to hear “Be … Read More

Relationships with Ghosts

As you read this (through the magic of technology) I am nearing the end of an epic hiking journey. I am hiking, for the second time in 10 years, the West Coast Trail on Vancouver Island. (If you would like … Read More

Notes on a Book

I am writing a book. I’m not sure if you’re aware, but you don’t get to just declare that you’re writing a book without a whole lot of, well, writing (much like you can’t “declare” bankruptcy by yelling it out). … Read More

Dying Wishes

I recently said goodbye to my beloved Basset Hound, Baxter. It’s been almost a month without him, and while that is a blog post on its own, I want to share some things I noticed in the letting-him-go-ness of it … Read More