21 episodes

Do we ever move on from grief, or do we just learn to live with it? In Season 2 of All There Is, Anderson Cooper continues his deeply personal journey to understand his own feelings of grief in all its complexities, and in moving and honest discussions, learn from others who’ve experienced life-altering losses. All There Is with Anderson Cooper is about the people we lose, the people left behind, and how we can live on – with loss and with love.

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    • Society & Culture
    • 4.8 • 920 Ratings

Do we ever move on from grief, or do we just learn to live with it? In Season 2 of All There Is, Anderson Cooper continues his deeply personal journey to understand his own feelings of grief in all its complexities, and in moving and honest discussions, learn from others who’ve experienced life-altering losses. All There Is with Anderson Cooper is about the people we lose, the people left behind, and how we can live on – with loss and with love.

    Sharing Our Grief

    Sharing Our Grief

    This episode, the season finale, is a reminder that none of us is alone in our grief. Anderson shares some of the thousands of extraordinarily moving voicemail messages he’s received from listeners.
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    • 35 min
    A Son’s Struggle, A Father’s Grief

    A Son’s Struggle, A Father’s Grief

    Charlie Shelin was an exceptionally bright child who worked hard for years to keep the dark thoughts in his head from consuming him. In this moving conversation, his dad, Randy, talks with Anderson about Charlie’s mental health struggles and the layers of grief their family has lived with for years. 
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    • 32 min
    Mama Shu: Turning Loss Into Love

    Mama Shu: Turning Loss Into Love

    Shamayim Harris, known in Detroit as Mama Shu, knows all too well the pain of loss. In 2007 her 2-year-old son Jakobi Ra was killed in a hit and run accident, and in 2021 her other son Chinyelu was murdered. Mama Shu talks with Anderson about how she worked hard to, in her words, “turn my grief into glory and my loss into love.” Focusing on one block in her neighborhood, she began cleaning up blighted properties and has created the non-profit Avalon Village, which aims to be a safe and welcoming space for kids in her community. “This is grief,” she tells Anderson, “it just looks beautiful.”
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    • 28 min
    Nicole Chung: Carrying Memories Alone

    Nicole Chung: Carrying Memories Alone

    When best-selling author Nicole Chung’s adoptive parents died, she felt all alone. Her family had unraveled, and there was no one else who remembered what she was like as a little girl. Nicole speaks with Anderson about carrying her parents’ memories alone and the search for her birth parents, which led to a series of surprising discoveries.
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    • 37 min
    Ashley Judd: Grief, Love and Naomi

    Ashley Judd: Grief, Love and Naomi

    When Naomi Judd died by suicide in 2022, after a long struggle with mental illness, her daughter Ashley found her. In this deeply moving, revealing, and insightful conversation Ashley Judd talks about the trauma she has worked hard to face, the grief she now feels, and how her mother’s spirit is still very much alive in her life.
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    • 41 min
    Revisiting Stephen Colbert: Grateful for Grief

    Revisiting Stephen Colbert: Grateful for Grief

    The podcast is taking a short break, new episodes of All There Is will return January 10th. In the meantime, we are sharing Anderson's powerful conversation with Stephen Colbert from the first season of the podcast. Can we learn to love the things we most wish had never happened? Can we really become grateful for grief? Heartbreak? The deaths of loved ones? Stephen believes we can and explains why and how. It is a deeply moving, thought-provoking, and at times funny conversation that Anderson says has had a major impact on his life.
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    • 52 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
920 Ratings

920 Ratings

Kayak cutie ,

Infertility

I just listened to Katie‘s story about Everly. Before I had my children, now 34 & 36, I had years of infertility. At one point I wrote a journal entry about my sorrow around not being able to get pregnant. I had had 27 periods to that point. I now know it was a grief that definitely isn’t talked about. Thank you for this series. I have had a lot of loss and so many of these stories hold my heart and validate my feelings.

Howardjtennis ,

Amazing

Anderson, the courage you show in sharing your own grief story of loss and bringing these real life stories of others grief is life affirming and so powerful. I applaud you!! And thank you. 🙏🏼

smurfette123 ,

Thank you

Oh Anderson, how much do I enjoy listening to your podcasts. They bring so many different emotions but most of all they bring me appreciation for the little things in life. My 22 year old daughter just lost her boyfriend of 51/2 years in October 2023. He was 21, and we still have no answers as to why. She found him on their couch unconscious. It wasn’t suicide, it wasn’t a drug overdose. We simply do not know. Watching your child in so much pain is on of the worst things I will ever deal with in my life. I want so badly to take her pain away, but I can’t. We just live day by day, sometimes moment to moment and try to live this “new” normal. Keeping her close and keeping her safe. That’s all we can do. What I struggle with the most is what do I say to my child who has lost the love of her life? It’s heartbreaking. Somehow your voice and your interviews give me so much hope. Thank you Anderson!
Jennifer

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