Rank #1: E158 - Chelsea Rushton - The Other Side of Chelshotel
Chelsea Rushton holds a BFA in Creative Writing and an MFA in Visual Art. Her art practice integrates somatics, ritual, and spirituality to explore how creative process can document and facilitate personal and collective growth and evolution. She works as a Technical Writer in the Department of Architecture at the University of California, Berkeley. Her parents both died suddenly, within eight months of each other, in 2018, when they were 69 and 71.
In this episode we talk with Chelsea about her passion for creative writing and visual art, the death of both her parents, the challenges of grieving multiple losses, her art series called The Other Side, and grief dreams of her parents.
You can find more on Chelsea at www.chelshotel.com or on IG @chelshotel
A video link to know more about Hilma af Klint (the person Chelsea wants to dream about) https://youtu.be/CHdud9km7bQ
May 30 2020
Rank #2: Episode 3 - Jade Black
In episode 3 of the Grief Dreams Posdcast we had the please to talk with Jade Karling Black (the editor of the Grief Dreams Website newsletter and co-author of 2 grief dream academic articles). Jade has authored her own book entitled Quiet Mind, Open Heart. You can also find out more about her on the grief dreams website http://www.griefdreams.ca/grief-dreams-team/
May 01 2016
Rank #3: Episode 78 - Grief Dream Recaps - E04
In this episode we recap some of the dream conversations we have had with guests since April 2018. This is Episode 4.
Jul 19 2018
Rank #4: E144 - 2019 Grief Dream Recaps - Part 1
In this episode (Part 1) we recap some of the dream conversations we had with guests in 2019.
Jan 13 2020
Rank #5: Episode 22 - Manolo Orellana
In Episode 22 (with guest co-host Jade Black), we had the pleasure to talk with Manolo Orellana (a member of the Grief Dreams Facebook Group). Along his journey he has lost many loved ones and has faced a considerable amount of obstacles. He has managed to keep his sanity and with that, hopes to help anyone listening to find their light. He talks about the death of his father, brother, friend, and dogs. He shares a couple dreams that he had of his brother. Manolo would like to give his respects to Mynor, Botts, Colin, Kilo, and Jermain, who were all good friends that he didn’t mention on air “RIP My Brothers”.
Mar 18 2017
Rank #6: E127 - Kayla Moryoussef - Good Death Doula
Kayla Moryoussef is a Community Worker/Registered Social Service Worker from Toronto who has been volunteering and working in end-of-life/palliative care for over seven years. She is a Death Educator, Death Doula candidate with Home Hospice Association, and project manager for all of their Death Cafés across southern Ontario. Kayla truly believes in the profound power of a ‘good death’ and its lasting effects on healthy individuals, families, and communities at-large. At the age of fifteen, Kayla’s life was profoundly changed by baring witness to the death of her grandmother, a primary parent and the one of the most formative figures in her life to this day.
In this episode we talk about getting becoming a death doula, the coming death boom in our culture, the death of her grandmother and dogs, her memorial tattoos, Death Cafés, and grief dreams of grandmother.
You can find more about Kayla at www.GoodDeath.ca or on Instagram and Facebook @GoodDeathDoula
Jul 29 2019
Rank #7: Episode 38 - Nicole Meredith
After graduating from Canada’s National Ballet School, Nicole Meredith went on to complete both her B.A. and M.A. in English at the University of Toronto. Nicole currently works full-time in communications and marketing, and is a freelance editor and writer. Her two published booked Waiting to Happen: Accidental Injuries in Canada and Outsights: Social Inequalities in Canada can be found here https://www.amazon.com/Nicole-Meredith/e/B01NHAB27G In this episode we talk about her journey into ballet and writing, the death of her grandfather, and what dream she would want to have of him.
Jun 26 2017
Rank #8: Episode 4 - Mojan Naisani
Mojan Naisani is in the MA program at Brock University investigating the effects that mindfulness has on well-being.
Jul 03 2016
Rank #9: Episode 111 - Monica Meade - Forgiveness After Loss
Monica Meade is currently working in private practice as a clinical therapist with Whole Balance Health, specializing in Grief, and Trauma therapy utilizing EMDR (Eye Movement, Desensitization, and Reprocessing), in Colorado Springs, CO. Monica’s pursuit of becoming a grief counselor was born out of necessity. After the death of two immediate family members, she struggled to find hope for herself in the healing process. She has made it her goal to reach out to others during their grief journey to bring love and light to the healing process.
In this episode we talk about EMDR, the death of her daughter and niece, forgiveness, and grief dreams of her daughter and niece.
Apr 03 2019
Rank #10: Episode 109 - Rebecca MacDonald - Even in Sadness, There is Beauty
Rebecca MacDonald is a self-taught memorial jewelry artist working and living in Ontario with her husband and dog. Since immigrating to Canada 10 years ago, Rebecca has experienced loss many times as she moved throughout the country. Her Grandpa has been a huge inspiration in her life and dealing with his passing from the other side of the Atlantic ocean has been one of her biggest struggles so far. By fostering connections with animals, she has also been able to connect with others. Through her work, she is learning how to manage her grief while helping others with their loss through her jewelry making.
In this episode we talk about her immigration from Ireland, her love of pets, starting her business making memorial jewelry, the death of her dog and grandpa, and a grief dream of her grandpa.
Rebecca’s work can be found on Instagram, Pinterest, and Facebook
@comfortconnects or on www.comfortconnects.com
Mar 20 2019
Rank #11: Episode 73 - Dr. Christopher Kerr
Dr. Christopher Kerr is the Chief Executive Officer & Chief Medical Officer for Hospice Buffalo. Dr. Kerr’s research examines patient’s dreams and visions at the end of life. The results of his studies generated enormous response in the non-medical community, both nationally and internationally. Dr. Kerr has overseen the integration and expansion of palliative care into local hospitals and developed one of the nation’s largest home-based palliative care programs, Home Connections, and Essential Care for Children. In this episode we talk about his journey becoming a doctor, dreams and visions at the end of life, the death of his father, and a dream he would like to have.
Here is the link to his TEDx Talk “I See Dead People: Dreams and Visions of the Dying?” https://youtu.be/rbnBe-vXGQM
This link to the film he is making called “Death Is But A Dream”. http://deathisbutadreamfilm.com
This link is to Hospice Buffalo https://www.hospicebuffalo.com
Jun 02 2018
Rank #12: Episode 6 - Dr. Joan Olinger/Ruth Edgett
In episode 6 we had the pleasure to talk with Dr. Joan Olinger and Ruth Edgett who are writing a book called The Meaning Of Forever. They are currently looking for submissions of personal stories that showcase the soul living on after death (deadline is Sept 1, 2016). To learn more about the book and how to submit your story please visit
Aug 17 2016
Rank #13: Episode 19 - Dr. Malvina Skorska
Dr. Malvina Skorska recently received her PhD in Psychology from Brock University in St. Catharines, Ontario. The focus of her research is on the development of sexual orientation with a focus on more biological explanations. She is currently continuing this work in a postdoctoral fellowship at Brock University working with Dr. Anthony Bogaert. On the podcast she shares about her loss and dreams about her dog (Max). Here is Malvina's ReasechGate page https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Malvina_Skorska
Feb 25 2017
Rank #14: E140 - Marlie Rowell - 'Night School' After A Suicide
Marlie Rowell is a sassy word/mixed media artist, author, & lecturer. Her life changed after she became a suicide widow. She is now the self-proclaimed queen of suicide widow etiquette reformation.
In this episode we talk about her life with her husband, her husband’s depression, the stigma around mental illness, her husband’s suicide, the stigma around suicide, finding proper support, and her multiple grief dreams during 'night school'.
You can find more about Marlie here: www.suicidewidowetiquette.com
Nov 21 2019
Rank #15: Episode 14 - Kimberly Ryan
Kimberly Ryan works for Bereaved Families of Ontario in Hamilton (Ontario) as the Manager of Programs and Volunteer Services. Additionally, she holds weekend wellness retreats to bereaved moms (www.bereavedmothersretreat.com) and runs a festival called Angelfest. Kimberly talks about the sudden death of her 27 year old son and the dreams she had of him.
Jan 14 2017
Rank #16: E157 - Dr. Virginia Marsico - From Bruiser to Wall-E
Dr. Virginia Marsico is a Chiropractic Physician currently practicing in central Florida. After treating patients with conventional chiropractic care, she realized that many of the obstacles preventing her patients from achieving optimal health were not physical in origin. She now focuses on helping patients become their best by focusing on the mind-body-gut connection through functional medicine, addressing underlying issues involving emotional and physiological imbalances in the body.
In this episode we talk about moving to Los Angeles by herself, getting her first dog there, finding her now husband, chiropractic care, facing fears, the death of her dog, getting a new pet, and a grief dream of her dog.
You can find more of Dr. Marsico on IG @drmarsico
May 23 2020
Rank #17: Episode 101 - Grief Dream Recaps - E05
In this episode we recap some of the dream conversations we have had with guests since August 2018. This is episode 5.
Jan 15 2019
Rank #18: Episode 69 - Rami Shami
Rami Shami has been serving within Hospice Palliative Care for close to thirty years. He is currently involved in an innovative and exciting project with Journey Home Hospice, that will increase accessibility of Hospice Palliative Care services to individuals who are homeless (or vulnerably housed) and living with a life limiting illness. In this episode we talk about Hospice Palliative Care, Journey Home Hospice, dreams of the deceased, and a dream he wants to have.
To find out more about Rami and Journey Home Hospice please visit:
Apr 28 2018
Rank #19: Episode 85 - Andy Zaremba
Andy Zaremba is a leader in the human consciousness and optimization communities. In 2013, Andy and his brother Mike, partnered to create the Float House franchise, Canada’s leading flotation therapy centres, which now have eight locations across Western Canada.In addition, Andy co-hosts (again with brother, Mike) the Vancouver Real podcast, a digital media leader in the human consciousness space. In this episode we talk about floating, his personal growth, the death of his grandmother, continuing bonds through ayahuasca, and a dream he wants to have of his grandmother.
You can find more about Andy here:
You can find more about Floating here:
What is floating? YouTube video - https://youtu.be/kPgTiYZXGtY
Sep 11 2018
Rank #20: E137 - Dave Marteau - The English Book of the Dead
Dave Marteau is a mental health professional and a writer who has worked for 30 years with and for those close to death in hospital, rehab, prison and hospice settings. Between 2000 and 2012 he was clinical drug adviser to the UK government, and more recently he has worked for the European Union and the United Nations. Dave is the author of The English Book of the Dead, a personal and scientific exploration of mortality. Dave's sister Elizabeth took her own life at 31, and his son Jack was killed crossing the road aged 21, hit by a speeding driver.
In this episode we talk about working in the mental health field, mental health issues of his sister, the death of his sister and son, issues faced after both types of loss, grief dreams of his sister and son, his wife’s grief dream of their son, and his new book.
You can find more about Dave at www.englishbookofthedead.com
Oct 21 2019