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"Bereaved But Still Me" is a podcast for the bereaved community that was formerly known as "Heart to Heart with Michael." As we entered Season 5, we decided to rebrand our podcast to make it easier for the bereaved community to find us.

We are happy to announce that "Heart to Heart with Michael," was nominated for a 2020 WEGO Health Award. "Heart to Heart with Michael" was a finalist in the Health Podcast category. This was a great honor for our podcast.

"Bereaved But Still Me" is a product of the Hearts Unite the Globe Network of Podcasts. Our Host is Michael Liben, our Producer is Nancy Taylor Jensen, and our Executive Producer is Anna Jaworski. Our monthly program has been designed to empower, educate, and support the bereaved community. New episodes are broadcast every 1st Thursday of the month.
For more information about the "Bereaved But Still Me," please check out our website: www.heartsunitetheglobe.org and look at the "Bereaved But Still Me" tab.

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Bereaved But Still Me Anna Jaworski

    • Health & Fitness
    • 5.0 • 8 Ratings

"Bereaved But Still Me" is a podcast for the bereaved community that was formerly known as "Heart to Heart with Michael." As we entered Season 5, we decided to rebrand our podcast to make it easier for the bereaved community to find us.

We are happy to announce that "Heart to Heart with Michael," was nominated for a 2020 WEGO Health Award. "Heart to Heart with Michael" was a finalist in the Health Podcast category. This was a great honor for our podcast.

"Bereaved But Still Me" is a product of the Hearts Unite the Globe Network of Podcasts. Our Host is Michael Liben, our Producer is Nancy Taylor Jensen, and our Executive Producer is Anna Jaworski. Our monthly program has been designed to empower, educate, and support the bereaved community. New episodes are broadcast every 1st Thursday of the month.
For more information about the "Bereaved But Still Me," please check out our website: www.heartsunitetheglobe.org and look at the "Bereaved But Still Me" tab.

Become a supporter of this podcast: https://www.spreaker.com/podcast/bereaved-but-still-me--2108929/support.

    A Parent’s Tale of Grief, Special Needs and the Healing Power of Writing

    A Parent’s Tale of Grief, Special Needs and the Healing Power of Writing

    Join us in this episode as our host Michael Liben opens up about the complexities of explaining death to his children and welcomes the insights of James Robinson who did likewise with his little ones. Together, they'll explore James' son Nadav's impactful life, marked by a congenital heart defect, and the unwavering spirit it revealed. His story, though filled with vulnerability, is a testament to the remarkable endurance of love and the human soul.

    Parenting children with special medical needs is unique, often requiring parents to balance transparency with the preservation of childhood innocence. In this heartfelt exchange, between bereaved fathers Michael and James, they recount the promises made to their children to be forthright in the face of life-altering medical conditions. Discover how their children surprised them with their remarkable adaptability, and how the definition of 'normal' was reshaped within the walls of a home where love and medical care were intertwined.

    They conclude this episode by traversing the path of healing that unfolds in the wake of profound loss. James shares his family's transformative road trip across America, an exploration of grief and remembrance following Nadav's passing. This moving experience culminates in the creation of "More Than We Expected: Five Years with a Remarkable Child," a memoir by James that seeks to offer comfort and connection to those on similar journeys. Through these stories, we honor the legacies of our loved ones and the infinite capacity of the human heart to heal and embrace resilience.

    To Order James' book, use this link: https://www.amazon.com/More-Than-We-Expected-Remarkable/dp/1637588224

    Or you can visit his website here: https://morethanamemoir.com/

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    • 34 min
    Toni Alexander: Taking Small Steps Through Grief's Passage of Time

    Toni Alexander: Taking Small Steps Through Grief's Passage of Time

    How can a person suffering tremendous loss get unstuck in grief? Have you ever felt as though you’re wearing cement boots of grief? How can we move forward in our grief?

    Join us in this fascinating episode with Toni Alexander. As a bereaved person herself, Toni Alexander attacks the grief process from within. As an author, she looks on grief from a more philosophical perspective. As a teacher, she has brought her lessons from loss forward to help guide others on their grief journey.

    Toni is no stranger to grief. She has lost both of her parents and a spouse. The death of her mother hit her particularly hard and inspired her book, Mom’s Dying? Encouragement for the Journey, and Embracing Life Changes: Praising Through Pain where she interviewed other people who had experienced losses to assist them with loss through suicide, illness, and other life-altering events. She is here today to give us guidance on how to navigate the difficult experiences of getting unstuck in grief and how to help us move forward in our grief.

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    Moving Forward: Taking Time to Love Yourself: https://www.amazon.com/MOVING-FORWARD-Taking-Time-Yourself-ebook/dp/B0973ZLJG8?ref_=ast_author_mpb
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    • 27 min
    Melinda's Encore: Phil Proctor's Tribute to Life, Love, and Laughter

    Melinda's Encore: Phil Proctor's Tribute to Life, Love, and Laughter

    Returning guest, Phil Proctor, is a man who needs no introduction. An actor, voice actor, writer, producer, comedian, podcaster and founding member of the Firesign Theatre quartet. Phil has been in the entertainment industry for 50 years, and In this episode, he talks with host, Michael Liben about the love of his life -- his soulmate, Melinda Peterson, who died suddenly after more than thirty years of marriage. In this episode, Phil discusses his love, his loss and how he found, in his words, laugh after death.


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    • 49 min
    Companion Pet Loss - From Grief to Inspiration with Erica Messer

    Companion Pet Loss - From Grief to Inspiration with Erica Messer

    Erica Messer talks with Bereaved But Still Me host Michael Liben about pet loss and how she wasn’t able to find resources to help her cope with her grief. After losing her beloved cat, Wolfgang, she discovered a need for pet-loss resources. With her mother’s encouragement, she started Wolfie’s Wish, a company providing resources for those who are grieving the loss of a pet.

    Erica’s website: https://wolfieswish.com/

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    • 32 min
    Surviving the Unbearable: The Resilience of a Father's Love

    Surviving the Unbearable: The Resilience of a Father's Love

    Have you ever wondered how the human heart manages to bear the unbearable? How it picks up the shattered pieces and eventually finds its way to healing? Our guest for today's episode, Roy Martin, opens up about a tragic event that forever changed his life - the loss of his beloved daughter, Tawny, to a drunk driver. Join us as Roy paints a vivid image of Tawny's life, her vivacious spirit, and the sobering reality of her sudden demise. This heartrending narration not only brings to light the devastating aftermath of drunk driving, but also underscores the priceless value of each moment spent with loved ones.

    As we continue our discussion, we shift our focus towards the labyrinth of grief and the process of recovery. We delve into the heartache, guilt, and regret that ensued in the wake of Tawny's demise, and the impact it had on Roy's family, particularly his son, Noah. Amidst deep sorrow, however, blooms a ray of hope. Roy shares how, with time, they found a way to remember Tawny without being submerged in grief. This conversation sheds light on the unique ways people deal with loss and offers valuable insights into navigating your own path to healing. This episode is a testament to the resilience of the human spirit and the power of love that persists, even in the face of overwhelming sorrow.

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    • 29 min
    A Celebration of the Life of Wilodene Perry

    A Celebration of the Life of Wilodene Perry

    Today, we gather around the digital campfire to share the enchanting and hard-hitting story of Wilodene, a tenacious woman who lived with seizures for decades before her genetic heart condition, Long Q-T Syndrome, was discovered. Inviting us through the pages of this striking tale is her daughter, Jackie Renfrow, who returns to brighten our podcast with her stories of hope, resilience, and advocacy. As a special memory, Jackie and her mother appeared on our podcast together, their shared hope being that their story could potentially save someone else’s life.

    The journey didn't end with just Wilodene. Jackie's narrative continues as she traces the impact of Long Q-T Syndrome on her family over the course of seven decades. She recounts the measures she had to implement to protect her loved ones from potentially fatal seizures. Jackie's story is punctuated with moments of fear, especially for her grandchildren and great-grandson, but she meets these challenges head-on, embodying the courage and resilience that her mother passed down to her.

    As we traverse this journey with Jackie, we're given an intimate glimpse into her efforts to comfort her mother in the face of death, while also securing professional help and community support. Jackie’s plans for advocacy work in raising awareness about Long Q-T Syndrome form the cornerstone of our conversation, showcasing her commitment to continue her mother's legacy. Join us for this heartwarming tribute to a woman who defied her condition to live a full life and to a daughter who continues the fight with hope, resilience, and advocacy.

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    • 28 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
8 Ratings

8 Ratings

MugsyInC-bus ,

Great Podcast!

I was inspired afterclistening to the interview with Tara Reynolds about her cancer/hospice journey that lead her to creating her “Wings of Love” oracle deck. I am a grateful 5-star subscriber - THANK YOU! ~Mugsy from Daytona Beach FL

David Richman Author ,

Awesome host and show

Michael is a great host! We had a meaningful and deep talk, and I'm truly honored to be a part of his community!

Anna Texas Heart Mom ,

Dividing Grief by Sharing the Joy

“Heart to Heart with Michael” is a special podcast which talks about losing someone you love. He talks about a subject that most people are afraid to talk about. By sharing our grief we divide our sorrows and by celebrating life, we multiply the joy we had with our loved ones. As a guest on the program, the podcast was therapeutic for me. As a listener, I always learn something from the stories that are shared. I highly recommend this podcast.

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