In the shows below, Beverly Molnder interviews experts on topics related to our book, Heartfelt Memorial Services: Your Guide for Planning Meaningful Funerals, Celebrations of Life and Times of Remembrance.
Beverly’s radio show is Affirmative Prayer – Activating the Power of YES. Her show is about putting our hearts, minds, and voices behind the highest and best intentions of what we want—for ourselves, our loved ones, and our communities. Whatever we think, say, or do becomes a prayer to the universe, so learn to use this power wisely! Join Rev. Beverly Molander for Affirmative Prayer: Activating the Power of YES as she chats with a wide variety of well-known and respected guests from around the world to find out how they activated their own Power of YES—in relationships, health, prosperity, creative self-expression, or with organizations that make a positive impact. Instead of saying, “No, I don’t want that,” you’ll be saying, “Yes, yes, yes, that’s the kind of life and world I want!”
For Those of Us Who Are Grieving—The Eight Words That Can Renew Your Life
Monday, March 23, 2015
Barbara Rubel is an expert in traumatic loss, death by suicide, and bereavement. Why? Because she had to find a way to get through it herself. Her dad committed suicide on the same day she gave birth to triplets. If you are suffering from grief, do yourself a life-changing favor and go to her website www.griefworkcenter.com, read her book But I Didn’t Say Goodbye, read Thin Threads: Grief to Renewal, and look her up at www.opentohope.com. Instead of posttraumatic stress, we talk about posttraumatic growth. You won’t treat your grief the same way after listening to this show.
Going From Grief to Grace—Chaz Wesley Describes the TEAR Model That Can Help You Do It
Monday, March 16, 2015
Grieving is not a linear process. Sometimes everything crashes in at once; sometimes there is a feeling of grace; sometimes you just don’t know what to think or do. Chaz Wesley is a grief expert and host of From Grief to Grace on Unity Online Radio. He says the grief journey really begins when we can accept that the loss is real. Then we experience the pain. The New Normal is where we learn how to move on and live fully, even in the absence of what we lost. Chaz describes his own grief journey and how he eventually found his New Normal. There is grace, mercy, and goodness in your personal journey as well.
Dr. Gloria Horsley, Open to Hope Foundation
Monday, December 15, 2014
Grief and loss is difficult any time of the year, and when the holidays come around, it’s particularly painful. Whether your loss is recent or long ago, there are things we can do to recover. Dr. Gloria Horsley, cofounder of Open to Hope, describes how we can expect to go through our grief after the first, second, and third years, and even into the future. Are you a friend of the person grieving? Here are some suggestions: Just show up and sit, bear witness to the loss, don’t try to be profound or philosophical, and do an act of kindness (like walk the dog). You’ll find what you need at www.opentohope.com.
Life Transitions and Rites of Passage: Portals to Conscious Elderhood
Monday, November 24, 2014
Ron Pevny has some questions and some possible answers for boomers who are coming of age in a new way. Ron has created a new model for aging and shows us how we are not entering the twilight of our years, but a new dawn. Let’s identify new goals, navigate grief and loss, discover new ways to contribute, and uncover avenues of profound personal development. Sounds like fun! See Ron’s website CenterForConsciousEldering.com
Barbara Ann and Pete Simone—Kids’ Grief Relief
Monday, November 17, 2014
Children’s Grief Awareness Day is November 20, always held the Thursday before Thanksgiving. Our special guests, Barbara Ann and Pete Simone, founded Kids’ Grief Relief out of Fripp Island, South Carolina, when they realized how many children are in pain with the grief and loss they suffer when a loved one dies. How do children move beyond the loss of a parent or sibling? It may take a while, but it can happen. The Simones explain the most important needs of a child during this crucial time and tell us about some activities and rituals that can honor their loss and help them heal.
Joshua Slocum, Funeral Consumer’s Alliance
Monday, July 14, 2014
Have you been involved in funeral planning lately? Did you know that embalming is not required in the 50 states; and neither is a coffin or casket for a ground burial? The Federal Trade Commission has a Funeral Rule booklet that is good to know about before you need it. It requires disclosure from funeral homes before you pay money or sign on the dotted line. It could save you a lot of money and anxiety. Joshua Slocum, executive director of the Funeral Consumer’s Alliance, tells us how we can be more proactive in planning for that ultimate day. Go to Funerals.org for this and much more information.
Death Cafe Mark LaRocca-Pitts, Atlanta, Georgia, and Kim Ryder, Ettalong Beach, Australia
Monday, May 12, 2014
Come and join us at the Death Café! It sounds foreboding, but there are more than 300 Death Cafés with more than 3,000 participants in Europe, North America, and Australia. Kim Ryder is a mom of a tiny daughter and a doula (midwife) who helps families move through the death process of their loved one. She founded a Death Café in Ettalong Beach in Australia. Mark LaRocca-Pitts is a board certified chaplain and is cofounder of the Death Café in Atlanta, Georgia. The Death Café is a safe and friendly setting to discuss death, dying, and end of life concerns while enjoying tea and cake! More info at deathcafe.com.
Francis Weller: Entering the Healing Ground: Grief, Ritual, and the Soul of the World
Monday, March 10, 2014
Author Francis Weller says that we all have grief—for our lost selves, our loved ones, our community, the environment, and the world—and that grief unexpressed “hardens and becomes solid like a stone.”’ This unprocessed grief is often diagnosed as depression. There are rituals we can do, together or by ourselves, that can help us contain our grief and then release it. What a wonderful way to Activate the Power of Yes. Visit WisdomBridge.net
Iris Bolton: Leader in Suicide Prevention and Therapy for Those Who Are Left Behind
Monday, February 17, 2014
Iris Bolton, a leader in suicide prevention, offers excellent insight and suggestions, but if you are hurting or know someone who is, go directly to the free 24-hour Suicide Hotline at 1-800-273-8255 (TALK). For information on counseling and other resources in your area, go to the American Association of Suicidology, 202-237-2280 or The Link National Resource Center at 404 256-2919. Signs to look for: not/too much eating or sleeping, giving things away, talk about not being here in the future. Talk and take action to get professional help.
Russell Shippee and Dave Savage
Monday, August 19, 2013
Are you sick of the way you are living your life? Is the way you are living it making you sick? That’s what happened to Beverly’s guest, Russell Shippee, author of Our Journey Is Our Work: Creating My Obituary. Today Russell is Activating the Power of Yes by making a difference, to his community, his family, and himself. Do you feel like your life is off course? Are you letting someone/something else do the steering? You can be the captain of your life once again. Also joining us is Dave Savage, coauthor of The Best Memorial Service.
Kate’s Club for Children and Teens Who Have Lost a Parent or Sibling Through Death
Monday, August 12, 2013
What would it be like to be a child and lose a parent or sibling through death? Kate Atwood and Emily Hawkins know all too well how this kind of loss can have a haunting impact on the rest of a child’s life. That’s why Kate’s Club was founded—to empower children and teens facing life after the death of a parent or sibling. There is a way to Activate the Power of Yes to life, even while going through the grieving process. If you or a friend or family member are going through this experience, do not miss this show. KatesClub.org and National Alliance for Grieving Children, ChildrenGrieve.org
Dave Savage, Memory Keepers Video
Monday, June 3, 2013
Got any family plans for Father’s Day, Fourth of July or summertime? Dave Savage, Memory Keepers Video, gives some helpful tips on how to record your family tributes and stories as a legacy for generations to come. Don’t know where to start? He’ll suggest how to get organized and what kinds of questions to ask. That’s Activating the Power of Yes in a family way!
Sona Mehring, Founder of CaringBridge
Monday, February 20, 2012
If you’ve ever had a loved one in a significant health challenge, you know how important it is to keep open lines of communication among the patient, caregivers, family and friends. Sona Mehring founded CaringBridge, an organization that provides free websites so caregivers and patients can add health updates and photos to share their story, while visitors to the website leave messages of love, hope and compassion in the guestbook. Ms. Mehring tells us what got her started on this compassionate service and where the organization is headed next. For more information, go to CaringBridge.org.