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Where's The Grief?
62 minutes | 6 days ago
Ep 110 - Comedian Ronny Pascale
In this episode, I interview comedian and improv performer Ronny Pasquale! It's been 15 years since Ronny's mother died at the age of 39, when Ronny himself was just 20. He has since managed to combine parts of his pain with his love of dead-mother jokes as a way to cope with the difficult parts of life without her. We talk about how important being about to have tough conversations can be, as well as just how tough it can be to write jokes about topics the audience might be trying NOT to think about. Follow Ronny on Twitter and IG @RonnyPascale
102 minutes | 2 months ago
Ep 109 - Comedian Myq Kaplan
I don't know who NEEDS to hear this episode right now, but I hope it's a lot! Here's my interview with comedian Myq Kaplan, who manages to create humor out of the intersection of wordplay and philosophy. Enjoy an in depth discussion about the ways that human nature has us alternately hide/express our true feelings, and the power of truly connecting with other humans. Follow Myq at @myqkaplan across social media, or HERE! Check out his podcast Broccoli and Ice Cream! Get Myq's Album AKA here!
68 minutes | 2 months ago
Ep 108 - Ken Levy and Sam Feldman
In this episode, I sat down to talk with Ken Levy and Sam Feldman, two of the founders of The National Widowers Organization. Having each lost their wives, both Sam and Ken struggled to find a place where widowers (and men in general) were allowed to be vulnerable and open about their feelings, leading to them stepping up to help others while helping themselves. Check out the National Widowers Organization here!
66 minutes | 2 months ago
Episode 107 - Podcaster Jayme Ails
In this episode, I welcome fellow grief podcaster, Jayme Ails! After the death of her mother to cancer 4 years ago, Jayme struggled to find her way, and ultimately started a podcast about grief (and how the fuck to deal with it) called Grief Unfiltered! We talk about the importance of semantics, and of cutting through the BS to get to a real conversation, especially about difficult topics. Follow Jayme on IG @GriefUnfiltered!
56 minutes | 3 months ago
Episode 106 - Jason Rosenthal
Jason Rosenthal is a widower who became nationally known after his wife wrote a heart-wrenching column days before her death. He is now sharing his insight about love, loss and living again in his new memoir, "My Wife Said You May Want To Marry Me." We talk about the importance of family support, and the need to connect with people, as well as how to carry someones legacy forward while also creating a legacy of ones own. Go to jasonbrosenthal.com to find out more about Jason, and where to get the book! Follow him on IG @JasonBRosenthal
66 minutes | 4 months ago
Ep 105 - Comedian AMarie Castillo
In this episode, I interview comedian AMarie Castillo to talk about the difficulties of losing her best friend. After her best friend Bex was murdered last year, AMarie struggled to make sense of not just what happened, but how to find a peaceful way forward. We talk about the importance of the family we choose and the community we have to support us. Follow Amarie on all social media @Part_Time_Bro
70 minutes | 4 months ago
Ep 104 - Comedian Sharon Simon
In this episode, I interview comedian Sharon Simon! A veteran of the NYC standup community, Sharon has dealt with a number of losses, including her mother 10 years ago, and more recently an aunt and her cousin. We talk about how important it is to have a space to speak your truth and claim ownership of your story. We also talk about the difficulties of having to grieve during quarantine. Follow Sharon's YouTube page Simon Says Laugh! Follow her online at SimonSaysLaugh.com
64 minutes | 4 months ago
Ep 103 - Mary FitzGerald
In this episode, I interview Mary FitzGerald, CEO of the Eluna Network, a non-profit that supports children and families impacted by grief or addiction. No stranger to loss herself, Mary’s brother Dennis died not too long before she became a mother, as well as beginning to find her reluctant calling in the field of grief and mental health support. We talk about how important having peer support can be, and how much kids AND adults benefit just from having their issues acknowledged. Go to https://elunanetwork.org/ to find out more about support in your area. Follow Eluna on FB!
64 minutes | 5 months ago
Ep 102 - Maria Quiban Whitesell
In this episode, I talk with Good Day LA's on air meteorologist and author Maria Quiban Whitesell about her new book, "You Can't Do It Alone; A Widow's Journey Through Loss, Grief and Life After." After the death of her husband Sean to brain cancer, Maria has managed to cultivate the community she needed to help her cope with life after loss, and how to keep Sean's memory and legacy alive, as well as how to talk to their son about what happened. Find out where to get the book at https://YouCantDoItAloneBook.com Follow all things Maria at https://mariaquiban.com
69 minutes | 5 months ago
Episode 101 - Jim Mendrinos
In this episode, my first in the quarantine era, I interview comedian Jim Mendrinos! A veteran of the stand up comedy scene (his is Mr. Comedy 101 as far as I'm concerned), Jim has suffered through a number of losses, including his sister Mary in 1992 to the Aids epidemic. We also talk about the loss of his parents as well as parts of himself. A truly enlightening conversation with a guy I already thought I knew pretty well! Follow Jim online at http://worldsbestcomic.com Get his book, The Complete Idiots Guide To Comedy Writing
82 minutes | 5 months ago
Episode 100 w Dr. Heidi Horsley and Author Elizabeth Devita-Raeburn
Hooray! I made it to 100 episodes! In this milestone episode, I interview Dr. Heidi Horsley (episode 29) and Author Elizabeth Devita-Raeburn. (episode 27) Heidi's brother Scott died at 17 and altered the course of her life, as she currently keeps his memory alive in many ways including running the Open to Hope Foundation, a non-profit helping people find hope after loss. She also is recovering from having contracted Covid-19. Elizabeth's is the author of "The Empty Room," which is widely considered THE book on sibling grief, which she wrote in dealing with the loss of her brother Ted, who died from an auto-immune disease that kept him quarantined in a hospital room for 8 years before taking his life. https://www.opentohope.com
106 minutes | 5 months ago
Ep 99 - Harry Terjanian and Stephanie Sottile
In this episode, I had my first interview with more than one person! I sat down with Harry Terjanian and Stephanie Sottile, who have lived together for many years and have dealt with many of the ups and downs of comedy tragedy and life together. We talk about our late friend Joseph Rocha as well as a number of other comedy losses. We also talk about the loss of their dog Chubby, and how we are seemingly allowed to grieve the loss of a pet more openly than a person. Harry Co-Hosts the podcast Man School 202 w Dante Nero! Make sure and follow Harry and Steph's show, The Unwanted!
74 minutes | 6 months ago
Ep. 98 - Jessica Rotondi
In this episode I interview comedian Jessica Rotondi! Jessica's good childhood friend Amy died while they were in college, of still unknown reasons. We talk about how to navigate the difficulties of grieving someone who isn't still a fixture in your life, as well as how to give yourself permission to grieve at all. Follow Jessica @jessieroro13 on Twitter AND Instagram!
75 minutes | 6 months ago
Episode 97 - John Sardella
In this episode, I interviewed author John Sardella to talk about his newly published book, "A Journey Without A Map," about his wife Margaret's battle and ultimate death from cancer. He has stayed connected to people by sharing personal stories of life after loss. Follow John and get the book at https://www.johnsardella.com
92 minutes | 6 months ago
Ep 96 - Erin Davis
In this episode, I interview Canadian radio personality Erin Davis! As one of Canada's most recognizable and beloved voices, the birth and life of Erin's daughter Lauren unfolded in real time with her listeners. After Laurens untimely death in May of 2015, Erin's own journey of grief and loss similarly took place somewhat publicly. In her new book, "Mourning has Broken," Erin details her experiences to bring hope and healing to the rest of us. Follow all thins Erin Davis at www.erindavis.com Get "Mourning Has Broken" on Amazon
68 minutes | 6 months ago
Ep 95 - Sarah Goldman
In This episode, I interviewed Sarah Illiatovitch-Goldman, director of the Hearts to Art Summer Camp - a summer camp experience for kids aged 7-14 who have unfortunately lost their parents. Being a kid is hard enough, but being a kid with adult problems can be even tougher. "The loss is what unites us, but it is not what defines us." -Sarah Goldman Find out more about the Hearts to Art Summer camp, which is in association with Chicago's Auditorium Theater Follow Hearts to Art on Facebook!
74 minutes | 7 months ago
Ep. 94 - Emily Carrus
In this episode, I sat down with writer Emily Carrus. Emily's husband Daniel died by suicide 5 years ago, at the age of 36. Suddenly finding herself to be a single mother while grieving the death of her husband, Emily takes us through the process by which she has managed not just to survive but to thrive despite the inherent difficulties of having to do it all on her own.
88 minutes | 8 months ago
Remembering Brian Baron
Once again, sadly, another friend who I had the honor of interviewing on this podcast has passed away. On March 18th, 2020, Brian Baron died from cancer that seemingly came out of nowhere and took him from us in just a month from diagnosis to death. I'm grateful to have had this conversation with him, and his message to make the most of the time we have left and to cherish those we love is as apt as ever right now. RIP Brian Baron... May his spirit live on.
69 minutes | 8 months ago
Ep. 93 - Author Chris Meyer
In this episode, Jordon talks with author and funeral director Chris Meyer! After years toiling in the entertainment industry as an underpaid screenwriter, Chris fell into the funeral industry somewhat by accident, and has since made it his calling, learning about how to live a complete life from the ways that people talk about death. His book "Life in 20 Lessons; What a Funeral Guy Discovered About Life, From Death" is available wherever books are sold! Find out how to get the book here!
101 minutes | 9 months ago
Ep 92 - Comedian Rob Ryan
In this episode, Jordon talk with comedian Rob Ryan! Rob's mother died when he was 19 after many years of alcohol abuse, and his brother Tim died by suicide a few years later. We talk about the difficulty that just talking about suicide brings, as well as the different ways in which we push ourselves to deal with the realities. We also have a discussion on how to write jokes about seemingly unfunny topics. Follow Rob on social media @RobRyanRocks Check out his website RobRyanRocks.com Get Rob's Ablum, "Non-Alcoholic" Here!
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