Death and Friends: Unacknowledged Grief

April 23, 2015 10:42 PM

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Mondays are exciting days for me. Some people dread Monday as the start of a new workweek, or even get a "case of the Mondays." But Mondays are my favorite day of the week, because it is the day that my daughter, Heidi, and I interview amazing people who have written books, started foundations, made music, created art and done many other marvelous things in the service of honoring loved ones who have died and helping people who have lost loved ones to find hope. I perch in the sound booth at the Outback Studio on Green Street in San Francisco; Heidi calls in from her Manhattan office and guests call in from all over the United States, as well as other far off places such as Canada, Australia, and England. One of the questions we always ask our guests is, "How and why were you drawn to the field of loss and recovery?" I am always inspired and invigorated by our guests' answers, and this week was no different.

Our first guest today was Zaneta Gileno, the Director of Community Based Care for the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors of military loss (TAPS). At the tender age of nine, Zineta lost her dad to complications related to a stroke. Next, Mary Potter Kenyon, author of the bestselling book Coupon...

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