Rank #1: Episode 36 - Alissa Atkinson
In this episode, Jordon sits down with bartender Alissa Atkinson, whose brother James died three years ago in a freak motorcycle accident.
We talk about the difficulty of denial versus acceptance, what it means to have a vested interest in wanting to believe in otherworldly energies, and how to cope with stupid questions and/or comments that people make.
You can visit Alissa behind the bar at Precious Metal in Bushwick most nights,
Precious Metal is located at 143 Troutman St in brooklyn
Follow them on Twitter @PreciousMetalBar
Follow Alissa on Instagram @AlissaMayNot
Nov 21 2016
Rank #2: Episode 46 - Keith Price
In this episode, Jordon sits down with fellow podcaster and comedian Keith Price. Keith's mother suffered from alzheimer's disease as well as dementia later in her life, which ultimately took her life. Finally Keith would have the time to spend with his father and have the relationship that he always wanted with him. Except that his father died just 6 weeks later. Despite not having the time to really enjoy it, Keith did manage to make the most of his final days.
We talk about how important community is, and how having friends who let us be ourselves make the journey back into the light bearable. We also talk about how and why we laugh in tough moments, and how healing it can be to take a step back from the immediacy of a loss and point out the ridiculousness of the human experience.
Check out Keith's Podcast, KEITH PRICE'S CURTAIN CALL and revel in his love and experience with the NYC theater elite.
May 31 2017
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Rank #3: Episode 39 - Christian Finnegan
Christian Finnegan has lost both of his brothers - his younger brother to heart failure at the age of 19 in 2001, and his older brother to a heart attack at 36 in 2008. In this episode we talk about how one's role within a family change after the death, and how difficult it can be to maintain an identity that is tied to a life that no longer exists.
We also talk about how to remember the full person that died, and not just an idealized version of who they were.
Follow Christian on Twitter @ChristFinnegan
Check him out online at ChristianFinnegan.com
Feb 13 2017
Rank #4: Episode 29 - Heidi Horsley
In this episode, Jordon turns the tables on Dr. Heidi Horsley, who has interviewed Jordon on both her Radio and TV shows several times.
Dr. Heidi Horsley is an internationally known grief expert, licensed psychologist, social worker and bereaved sibling. She co-hosts the award winning television series and radio show, Open to Hope. She is an Adjunct Professor at Columbia University and in private practice in Manhattan. Dr. Heidi speaks throughout the country, on finding hope following trauma and tragedy.
Find out more about Heidi and all the good work she does at http://www.opentohope.com/
Follow her on twitter https://twitter.com/opentohope
May 16 2016
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Rank #5: Ep 87 - Author Shelby Forsythia
In this episode, Jordon interviews author Shelby Forsythia, author of Permission to Grieve and host of her own podcast, Coming Back: Conversations on Life After Loss. After the unexpected death of her mother in 2013, Shelby became what she calls a “student of grief” as she helps others on the path back into the light.
Nov 25 2019
Rank #6: Ep. 90 - Sharon Spell
In this episode, I talk to comedian and storyteller Sharon Spell! Sharon's parents died just 18 days apart in 2011. As a comedian Sharon almost immediately began talking about her loss onstage, and has since gone on to share stories on the RISK podcast, on her own show Gens Stories, and is a Moth StorySLAM winner.
We talk about the importance of community, and of the difficulty in doing jokes about hard topics.
Follow Sharon at SharonSpell.com!
Jan 21 2020
Rank #7: Episode 65 - Mitch Carmody
In this episode recorded at the 2018 Compassionate Friends National Conference in St. Louis, MO, Jordon sits down with Mitch Carmody, a writer, artist, grief educator and a nationally recognized motivational speaker. He is the author of several books, and hosts his own Radio Show “Grief Chat”. He is a Grief Facilitator for the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (T.A.P.S) of military loss, member of The Association of Death Education and Counseling (A.D.E.C.) and has served on the National Board of Directors for The Compassionate Friends, the largest grief support organization in the world.
After losing his twin sister in an accident in 1985 and then his son to cancer in 1987 Mitch has dedicated his life to serving the bereaved in any way he can.
His is truly a story of hope and perseverance.
Follow all the good that he does at http://heartlightstudios.net
Aug 27 2018
Rank #8: Episode 76 - Bobby Lockwood
In this episode I sat down with comedian Bobby Lockwood to talk about life after the death of his father to pancreatic cancer. We talk about how men are taught to grieve, and how using distractions for your grief as a coping mechanism can only work for so long.
Bobby has his own podcast called Mooncamp - Check it out here!
Apr 09 2019
Rank #9: Episode 22 - Clayton Fletcher
In this Episode, Jordon sits down to talk with Comedian, Musician and Professional Poker Player Clayton Fletcher!
Clayton's father Ashton Fletcher, himself a well known and respected pillar of the Jazz community passed away 7 months ago, leaving behind a family that, although deep in grief, is also bolstered by having had such a magnanimous and joyful leader for so long.
We talk a lot about the structure of comedy, and how important it is to be present in one's life, regardless of the twists and turns that it takes, and to always be full of gratitude for the things that we have had.
Follow Clayton on Twitter @ClaytonComic
Find out more about the Ashton Fletcher Scholarship fund and when the next benefit show is at http://fletchermusicschool.bandcamp.com/
Jan 08 2016
Rank #10: Episode 79 - Tom Nemec
In this episode, Jordon welcomes comedian and author Tom Nemic. Tom's father died when he was in High School, and his mother in 2000, but the biggest loss we focus on his that of his childhood, and the adulthood of a girlfriends son. We talk about the importance of having a community, and the difficulty we all have in being honest with ourselves.
Jun 04 2019
Rank #11: Episode 80 - Kelly Carlin
In this episode, Jordon talks to author Kelly Carlin, about the ups and downs of dealing with life and loss. Her book, "A Carlin Home Companion; Growing up with George," details her upbringing and the ever evolving relationship we have with our parents and ourselves. After losing her mother rather privately, and then her father so publicly, Kelly has found a refreshing and honest outlook on how to move forward despite adversity. We also talk about the importance of community and how much it matters that we give ourselves permission to go through it however we go through it.
Follow all things Kelly at http://thekellycarlinsite.com
Jun 19 2019
Rank #12: Jason Wendroff-Rawnicki
In this episode, I sat down with Yogi and Essential Oils specialist Jason Wendroff to talk about sibling grief! I met Jason on an episode of Open to Hope and subsequently got to hang out with him at this years TCF conference in Philadelphia. It's been 21 years since the death of his sister Lauren, and its taken time for Jason to find the right balance to help others along with himself. We talk about the importance of having peer support, gratitude, and the understanding that we all need to find our own path back into the light.
Check out Jason's Essential Oils page: http://my.doterra.com//shineyogacenter
Sep 17 2019
Rank #13: Episode 52 - Jonas Barnes
In this episode, Jordon sits down with comedian Jonas Barnes, who has dealt with multiple losses over the course of his life, but can track most of his ways of coping with life to the death of his father when he was just 13 years old. Now having outlived his dad (who died of a possible drug overdose) Jonas has a unique perspective on addiction and depression that have helped shape his view of both himself and the struggles we all face as we move through different phases of living. We talk about how to learn from our pasts in taking ownership of our futures, as well as the importance of being able to say Fuck when it really matters.
Jonas is also about to start his own podcast focused on addiction and mental health at large called The Process (keep an eye out as it's not been released yet)
Follow him on Twitter or Facebook @JonasBarnes
Follow him on Instagram at @JonasBarnesComedy
Oct 27 2017
Rank #14: Episode 74 - Anne Brener
In this episode, I sat down with Rabbi Anne Brener to discuss the new updated and expanded version of her book, "Mourning and Mitzvah," now celebrating its 25th year in publication.
Anne became a Rabbi who deals with mourning after her mother and sister both died within a few months of each other. She continues to be a source of hope, enriched by her own experiences with loss and personal growth and her belief in the healing power of ritual, communication, and community organization. We discuss the importance of having a community to grieve with, as well as how we interpret the many signs that our lost loved ones send us.
Follow her on Facebook for more info on what she does.
BUY HER BOOK! Check out "Mourning and Mitzvah" on Amazon!
As always, feel free to Email Me at WheresTheGrief@gmail.com
Follow me on Twitter @WheresThe Grief
Mar 11 2019
Rank #15: EPISODE 50 - LIVE FROM ZINC BAR!
Episode 50 is here!
I'm so excited that I made it to 50 episodes, and I commemorated it by recording this show LIVE at the Zinc Bar in the West Village in NYC!
I changed up the format of the show a little bit to showcase some of my favorite prior guests who actually have material in their acts about loss, followed by a panel discussion on what it's like to do that type of material, and where the desire to connect with an audience can lead you!
Featuring comedy from Janice Messitte, who lost her husband two weeks after their wedding. Follow her on FB to find out where she's performing next!
Evan Williams lost his brother when he was 19, and his mother just a year later. Check him out online and follow him on twitter and instagram! https://evanwilliamscomedy.com/
Frank Liotti, in addition to his many live performances around the city (which can be found at his website - FrankLiotti.com ) also has a podcast of his own called FAT PIG, which he co-hosts with Jessica Kirson. Listen and subscribe here!
Follow him on Twitter @Frank_Liotti
Sep 15 2017
Rank #16: Episode 25 - Harmony Jupiter
Jordon and Harmony have been friends for nearly 10 years, having met at their local Compassionate Friends sibling group shortly after the death of Harmony's sister Hannah. Having just finished a recent run of her One-Woman-Musical "Afraid of Karma," Harmony reflects on the impact of doing the show, and what she's learned in the 10 years since her sisters death.
Find out more about her show at http://afraidofkarma.com/
Follow her on Twitter @HarmonyJupiter1
Feb 29 2016
Rank #17: Episode 66 - Lori Sommer
In this episode, I sat down with comedian Lori Sommer! Lori initially reached out to me to talk about the loss of the love of her life, and as life would have it, just two weeks prior to our interview the comedy world lost one of our own -- Poppi Kramer died unexpectedly and left so many of us wondering how to move forward.
Lori and I talk about the importance of community, of looking for silver linings, and how much it means to be able to have a place to express one's feelings.
Lori performs regularly all over the city, but can often be found at the new Westside Comedy Club - Check out their upcoming events to see her.
She also performs regularly with Bon Bon Burlesque! Follow them on FB to find out more!
Sep 11 2018
Rank #18: Episode 31 - Chris Faga
In this episode, Jordon sits down with fellow Native NY’er, podcaster and comedian Chris Faga.
Chris’s mother died of a drug overdose when he was 16 years old, and his father died of a stroke only a few years later. We discuss how hard it is to lose your parents at such a young age, and how it can prepare you for other losses down the line.
We also talk about the death of his cousin Lisa, and how important it is to remember and share the funny stories of those who have passed.
Check out Chris’s podcast High Society Radio at http://newtrashcity.com/
Follow Chris on Twitter @HSRadioShow
Aug 15 2016
Rank #19: Episode 30 and a half - Regrounding
Well, after a much needed break, I am back.
In this episode I explain myself and my absence, and hopefully also share a few stories you may relate or connect to.
Please "like" the FB page for the show and you'll always know whats going on!
Aug 11 2016
Rank #20: Episode 37 - Stephan Crump
In this episode Jordon sits down with Grammy nominated musician Stephan Crump, who recently released an album called Rhombal as a response to the loss of his brother to cancer.
We talk about the importance of the sibling relationship, and the twists and turns they often take, and the power of forgiveness when all is said and done. We also talk about how music can represent so many different things.
The music itself is quite moving, and the track at the end of this episode is Pulling Pillars (Outro for Patty), the song that we discuss in our interview.
From Stephan Crump on what the album is about:
"Rhombal is not about sadness. much more, its a commemoration of a death well-confronted, of a spiritual evolution i witnessed in my brother during our last days together, and of how close we left each other after what had been, for many years, a very troubled relationship."
Follow Stephan on Twitter @Crumbletones
To find out more about the album go to Stephan's website here!
You can purchase the album Here (on stephans website)
or HERE via iTunes.
Dec 29 2016