Dealing with Grief – Free Interviews

Dealing with grief is hard work, please listen to these free interviews by clicking on the title of each topic.  I know you will find the information shared by these experts worth your time. ~JoAnne Funch

Permission to Heal From Grief

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Diana Sebzda, she is Grief counselor; Director of Bereavement for Karen Ann Quinlan Hospice and the Joseph T. Quinlan Bereavement Center in New Jersey;   She has a Masters in Applied Clinical Psychology; Licensed Professional Counselor in state of NJ; Certified Thanatologist (Educator on Dying, Death and Grief); Member of ADEC (American Death Education Council) and AAB (American Academy of Bereavement)  and she recently started a website called



How To Move From The Past Into The Future Following a Significant Death

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Gail Wirtanen is the founder of SISU Life Coaching where she specializes transforming life after loss.  She likes to refer to herself as your partner in making changes in your life.

Gail lost her husband Jim to cancer 2003.  She has also lost both her parents and  recently  she lost one of her best friends.


N0 One Prepares You For Widowhood

And the challenges that younger  widows/widowers face

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Michele is the Founding President, and Executive Director, of the Soaring Spirits Loss Foundation. Her creative energy and passion for helping other widowed people is the driving force behind the SSLF National Conference on Widowhood, and the Camp Widow Program.

Michele lost her husband Phillip Hernandez in a cycling accident in 2005, he was 39 years old and Michele was 35.



NO ONE PREPARES YOU FOR WIDOWHOOD (recording no longer available)

And the challenges that older widows/widowers face.

Miriam Neff lost her husband Bob in 2006 at the age of 64. She has 4 adult children and three grandchildren.  Miriam started an non-profit ministry called Widow Connection and has written a book called “From One Widow To Another” Miriam’s website offers practical information and links to resources.  Miriam also serves widows in Africa through her ministry and share the common bond of widowhood and healing.



Grief – Love Yourself Live Your Spirit

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Sonia Choquette is an internationally acclaimed author, story teller, spiritual teacher and intuitive guide.

She is a third generation intuitive and prolific writer, her books have sold over a million copies worldwide including her NY Times Bestseller The Answer Is Simple…. Love Yourself, Live Your Spirit.

Sonia is passionate, dynamic, powerful, and direct in her ability to instantly liberate people from the limitations and fears and leads them to create a far  more effective, spirit guided successful life which she insists is “our natural way.”

Love After Loss

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Ellen Gerst is a Grief Recovery Specialist®, Relationship Coach/Consultant, and the author of several books on grief, which were born out of her own experiences as a young widow.

Having successfully navigated the grief journey, Ellen shares her “been there/done that” perspective on how to emerge from mourning with renewed energy and a zest for life. In her newest book, Love After Loss: Writing The Rest of Your Story, the reader is presented with a workable blueprint for redesigning his or her future to include a new love connection. To learn more about Ellen go to her website:

The Importance of Forgiveness in Grief

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Michele DeVille is an author, speaker and life coach with a passion for inspiring change and helping others to create and live their best life possible.

Michele has a BA in Psychology and went on to receive her certification as a Life Coach. Michele has also served as a volunteer Grief Counselor and speaker for several organizations.

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How To Find Meaning Following a Significant Loss

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Mary Jane Hurley Brant has worked for  30 years as a Human Relations Counselor with a concentration in Jungian studies and depth psychology. She is  a Certified Group Psychotherapist and Leader of Simple Abundance Seminars and Workshops. She has worked with hundreds of individuals, couples and groups to bring a deeper understanding and meaning into their lives. She  also has worked over two decades with hospice patients who while dying have taught her much about the meaning of life.  Her spiritual calling is to serve God by helping people live with great courage, define and meet personal goals, learn to be more honest with themselves and others, and discover their true and loving spirits.   She has a  private practice is in Bryn Mawr, PA.  Her website is;

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