Nancy Light , BSN, RN, MPS has worked in the healthcare field for over 45 years. She was the Chief Nursing Officer for Crouse Hospital in Syracuse, NY until joining Francis House as the Resident Care Coordinator. Nancy served as Chief Operating Officer and then as Executive
Director until her retirement in December 2020. During her tenure, she mentored many individuals and developing homes in the area of the social model of hospice care. Nancy serves on the professional advisory committees for Nascentia Healthcare and Hospice of Central New York as well as volunteering for Francis House.
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Sharon Willow is a certified marriage and family counselor, bereavement counselor, reiki practitioner, authentic movement practitioner and poet. She has years of experience teaching meditation, simple tai chi movements, breath and energy techniques, visualization and writing to relieve stress and create health for a better quality of life. She assists individuals in thawing the frozen places of trauma or stressful life circumstances that have caused disease. Sharon supports those who work with her to lean in and allow their unique relationship with grief’s rhythm to ebb and flow, encouraging their personal journey with loss to be felt. Through this work resilience is built, fear lessens, and trust grows as moments of rest and peace develop and strengthen. She assists families with graveside ceremonies as well as helping stage home environments for comfort and healing for living/dying well. She is a death doula, sitting bedside with the dying and supporting families as they say goodbye to loved ones and enter the post death grief process. Destress and confusion can arise between family members as a loved one dies. Sharon’s vast experience working with families in this difficult time helps families find comfort, understanding and support. She honors each individual’s experience, knowing we all grieve differently. Forever changed by loss, Sharon believes as we grow a greater wisdom of self in our allowing grief to be a companion to renewal, we can regain our footing and manage our life’s path.
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Sirena Cotton, wife of Rodney. Mother of Mace, Robert, Darius and Christopher. Godmother to Jamar and Grandmother of 11. After her youngest son Christopher was murdered in 2007, Sirena started an anti-violence not for profit organization called Roc the Peace Inc. Her organization has organized free community events that focuses on victims who have been impacted by the senseless violence that has plagued her community of Rochester NY. 2019 will be the 10thannual Roc the Peace festival. Sirena and members of her family is in the 1st of 3 documentaries regarding violence. It’s called “Voices of Violence”. Sirena partners with several organizations in which she goes into both elementary and Jr. High schools speaking to children about living a non -violent culture. She is involved with the “Safe Summer Initiative” among a host of numerous Community based projects. She and her Roc the Peace team have also joined the Roc Against Gun Violence Coalition. Recently Sirena have started a Roc the Peace in OUR Community Ministry within First Genesis Baptist Church. The focus of this program is for Children whom have lost their parent or siblings to violence either by death or Prison. On 9/25/2018 Sirena and her Roc the Peace team organized the National Day of Remembrance of Murder Victims. This was held @ First Genesis B.C. and will now be an annual event hosted by Roc the Peace. A certificate of Special Mayoral Designation was given to her in recognition of this day.
To Reach Sirena:
Call/text: (585) 708-9787
Donations may be sent via:
PayPal to firstname.lastname@example.org
Cash app $ SIRENARTP
Mail to p o box 24084 Rochester NY 14624
Karen is a transformational life and parenting empowerment coach, an emotional rebalancing therapist, Energy Alignment Method Mentor and mother of three wonderful sons. She is the founder of Parenting Magic, a parenting method that enables parents to connect and communicate with their children in a conscious and confident way and author of the Amazon No 1 best-selling book, ‘Parenting Magic: A New Approach to Behaviour & Communication.’ A seed sower, thought leader, way shower and change maker. J A qualified NLP (Neuro Linguistic Programming) Master Practitioner and Hypnotherapist, life coach, and one of the first Energy Alignment Method mentors to be qualified in the world.
To Reach Karen:
Visit Karen's website and schedule your complimentary Clarity Call!
Eleanor devotes her life to helping others find their “Fresh Start” and completely renew their life through her programs, coaching and speaking. Eleanor is a start fresh expert who delivers high-energy keynotes presentations that challenge audiences to maintain their focus and pay attention to what matters most in their life. Audiences love her described as the light hearted, hilarious and the busiest bee in the room. She earned her MBA from Ashford University. Her strong background in the medical and collegiate world taught her learning, development and managing small clinical corporate teams with grueling deadlines makes her the perfect fit to push you forward in your transformation to jump start your life.
Contact Eleanor: www.eleanorward.com
Matthew Marini is an Advance Planning Funeral Director with Dignity Memorial. From their website, www.dignitymemorial.com, are the following thoughts:
"The personal sacrifices made by members of the armed forces cannot be overestimated. We deeply appreciate those who have served our country with courage and selflessness, and Dignity Memorial® providers are honored to do our part in turn by caring for military veterans and their families. If you are a veteran or the spouse, parent or child of a veteran, it’s important to be aware of the benefits that may be available to you. It is also important to know that these benefits do not come automatically and must be requested in advance, typically through applications and forms outlining service history and burial intent. We have many years of planning funerals for veterans and can help with this process. We can also help ensure that you or your veteran loved one is honored with a proper military funeral as well as personal touches that reflect his or her unique personality."
Contact Dignity Memorial: 800-343-4464
Dr. A. Peter Ziarnowski is a Clinical Psychologist who has worked with Service men and women and with veterans for almost 5 decades. During his 5-year career in the Army he served as a Psychologist both at Letterman Army Medical Center in San Francisco and at the US Military Academy at West Point. Since 1977 he has been counseling veterans in different capacities within the Department of Veterans Affairs. He currently is the Director at the Rochester Vet Center, a Readjustment Counseling Center for war zone veterans and their families. Dr. Ziarnowski has over 35 years of teaching experience as an adjunct professor at Monroe Community College as well as a couple of decades at the Rochester Institute of Technology.
To Find a Nearby Vet Center:
For the Rochester, NY, Vet Center:
Rochester Vet Center, 2000 S. Winton Rd., Bldg. 5, Suite 201, Rochester, NY 14618
Dr. Joshua Black is a grief researcher, speaker, author, consultant, online course instructor, and host of the Grief Dreams Podcast. He has focused all of his MA and PhD research (in psychology) on investigating dreams in bereavement (also known as grief dreams) and continuing bonds from many types of loss (including prenatal loss and pet loss). Most of his academic research and publications have specifically been on dreams of the deceased. Dr. Black is considered one of the world’s leading academic experts in grief dreams. Due to the lack of academic research in this field, Dr. Black has focused his efforts on raising awareness on grief dreams through doing talks, interviews, and developing an online Grief Dreams course. Additionally, he developed a grief dreams website (www.griefdreams.ca) and runs several social media accounts (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Clubhouse @griefdreams).
Brian's spiritual quest after Shayna's transition combined scientific, spiritual and philosophic tenets. This combination of knowledge makes him a sought out resource as an expert on the topic of death. As he offers us a better understanding of various signs we can look for, he also suggests we become more open to noticing these signs, which can offer support and a sense of continued connection to our loved ones. Brian is a Chemical Engineer, a Life Coach, an Entrepreneur and wears many other hats. His book, Grief 2 Growth: Planted, Not Buried, How to Survive and Thrive After Life's Greatest Challenges is available through his website or on Amazon.
Amy Pickard , age 52, lives in Los Angeles, where she is powered by the sun and rock and roll. She grew up in Dayton, Ohio, and at the age of 16, she might have been the youngest VJ to ever introduce a video, which she did while working on a local cable access music video show. As the Martha Quinn of Dayton, she was able to interview and hang out with all of her favorite bands.
Propelled by her Anglophilic obsession, Amy followed in Chrissie Hynde’s footsteps and moved to London where she worked as a DJ at a 50’s theme restaurant. She also had frequent engagements as a music and pop culture contributor for the BBC. Amy lived in London off and on for several years, interspersed with stints in New York City and Chicago. In 2000, she settled in Los Angeles, where she has worked for VH1, BBC Radio 2 and countless other outlets. As a freelance video producer, she has interviewed Academy Award winners and covered numerous red carpet events and press junkets.
In 2012, Amy's mom died suddenly and unexpectedly. While grieving her mother's death and sorting through her mother's paperwork in an effort to wrap up her financial affairs, Amy went through what she describes as a "tectonic, spiritual transformation." She discovered her cosmic calling: to create an unconventional advance planning company that would help everyone put their affairs in order and document their end-of-life wishes in order to prevent the pain and red tape from ‘the death duties’. Thus Amy's business, Good To Go!, was born. She joked that she went from “VIP to RIP” in her career.
But Good to Go! is not your typical advance planning process. Amy's mission is to change the cultural narrative on how we view death preparedness, dying and the aftermath with a sense of humor, cocktails and a rock and roll death-themed soundtrack, she guides people through their end of life paperwork. Before the pandemic, she facilitated G2G! parties in person. In 2020, they are done by video conferencing.
In 2014, she drove across the U.S. on her own, giving Good To Go! pop-up parties with people of all ages and all walks of life in cities all over the country. All the participants in these parties received Amy's unique workbook “The Departure File” where they can document important overlooked information for their loved ones and make their passing easier on those still living.
In 2016, Amy's dad died unexpectedly, and she was once again launched into the grief of losing a parent. This time, however, thanks to Good To Go!, Amy had clear direction on how her dad wanted his life celebrated, and she was spared countless hours of confusion and difficulty in how to wrap up his affairs. Amy’s dad had prepared for his death by attending one of her parties last year and completing his Departure File. Amy did not have to make one single gut-wrenching decision regarding her father's care in the hospital or after his death due to her Dad's thoughtful completion of the Good To Go! paperwork.
Amy aspires to be a vibrational catalyst, envisions corporations offering Good To Go! as an employee benefit, and dreams of partnering with inspirational leaders such as Richard Branson to create more meaningful and compassionate end-of-life experiences in our culture (Virgin Nursing Homes, anyone?). She is proud to empower people of all ages to complete their advance planning.
To reach Amy:
All Social Networks: @goodtogopeace
Renowned author and bereavement celebrity joins us today to discuss what happens when bereavement and theological beliefs collide. Rev. Dr. Terri Daniel is certified in Death, Dying and Bereavement and is also a Certified Clinical Trauma Specialist, whose life's work is focused on teaching people how to perceive death, grief and loss in a new way. In the last 12 years she has published four books, earned three academic degrees, found a way to reconcile atheism with mysticism, and helped hundreds of people learn to live, die and grieve more consciously. She is an end-of-life educator, an interfaith clinical chaplain and a trauma specialist certified in death, dying and bereavement by the Association for Death Education and counseling, and in trauma counseling by the International Association of Trauma Professionals. She conducts workshops worldwide for bereaved individuals and bereavement professionals, teaching meditative, ceremonial and therapeutic processes that focus on inner transformation rather than external events. Her work is acclaimed by physicians, hospice workers, grief counselors and clergy for its investigation into the relationship between spirituality and psychology. She is the founder of the Conference on Death and Afterlife Studies, and the Ask Doctor Death podcast. Terri has a BA in Religious Studies from Marylhurst University, an MA in Pastoral Care from Fordham University, and a Doctor of Ministry in Pastoral Care and Counseling from the San Francisco Theological Seminary.
Melissa Pennel is a writer, podcaster, and life coach living in Northern California. She has a keen interest in understanding the human condition and communicating how we can navigate a world that is at once beautiful and terrible. Her written work has been featured in publications such as Tiny Buddha, Elephant Journal, and Her View From Home. She’s the author of “Questions You’ll Wish You Asked: A Keepsake Journal for Mothers and Daughters” which stemmed from the grief of losing her mother before asking important questions. A version for mothers and sons is being published in April 2021.
To Contact Marie:
Join Melissa's email list: https://followyourfirecoaching.us15.list-manage.com/subscribe?u=a6540cb0d94d133550263b619&id=64600cec07
Link to the podcast ("Follow Your Fire: Purpose, Confidence and Truth to Untame Your Life"): https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/follow-your-fire-purpose-confidence-truth-to-untame/id1492609543