From Grief to Grace

| with Chaz Wesley | Thursday at 5:00 p.m. CT
From Grief to Grace

Program Overview

Transformational Coach and Grief Expert Chaz Wesley is your host on this weekly journey, From Grief to Grace—an inspirational hour of hope, healing, and humor. An ordained interfaith minister who’s been described as “Midwife to the Dying” by spiritual leaders across the nation, Chaz is a powerful, dynamic, and energetic presence who encourages listeners to honor the process of exploring new horizons of cultural perceptions of loss, love, and life.

Combining engaging interviews and inspirational music from the most transformational voices of our day, Chaz and his guests Light a Candle in Your Name as, together, we embark on a journey of empowerment, significance, support, and grace.

Join the conversation online via Twitter (@chazspeaks) or our Facebook page, and take another step on the journey From Grief to Grace.

The ideas and opinions expressed on this program do not necessarily reflect the teachings of Unity. Unity respects a wide range of spiritual thoughts and beliefs, as reflected in the diverse range of subjects presented on Unity Online Radio.

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  • Episode: The Light
    Original air date: Thursday, September 22, 2016
    Episode Description:
    On today’s journey From Grief to Grace, host Chaz Wesley interviews author Keidi Keating, whose books The Light: A Book of Wisdom and Experiences From the Light bring together a collection of astounding and inspiring true stories. They also share insights from renowned teachers and authors such as don Miguel Ruiz, Neale Donald Walsch, Barbara Marx Hubbard, and many more. The Light presents profound guidance for discovering inner light, living from the heart, oneness with humanity in a spiritual realm, and connection to others through service.
  • Original air date: Thursday, August 25, 2016
    Episode Description:
    On today’s program, host Chaz Wesley speaks with trauma specialist, grief guide, and author Georgena Eggleston about personal loss, permission, and assurance. With an awareness of synergetic methods and self-care strategies, Georgena explains the difference between raw, fragile, and gentle grief—and how discovery and curiousity helps one move beyond grief.

    Georgena teaches mindful grieving and intentional mourning so people have the tools to discover where grief lives in the body—and how to release it and replace the thoughts that keep us stuck in the grief loop.
  • Original air date: Thursday, August 18, 2016
    Episode Description:
    Compassionate listening is a practice that provides a road map for those in grief. It allows one to reach deep into the heart and "discover the power within, and unleash your divine potential." It is also a hallmark of Silent Unity® and the theme for this year’s Unity World Day of Prayer.
     
    On today’s journey From Grief to Grace, Rev. Patricia Bass, interim vice president of Silent Unity, joins host Chaz Wesley in affirming the old adage, “What one heart cannot bear alone, many hearts can bear together.” 
  • Original air date: Thursday, August 11, 2016
    Episode Description:
    Part Two of Two:

    On today’s program, host Chaz Wesley shares more guidance, more questions, and more reflective meaning in our search for trust and clarity in a world shattered by loss and grief. Join us on the journey, From Grief to Grace ...
  • Original air date: Thursday, July 28, 2016
    Episode Description:
    Loss and grief shatters the world we have known, presenting a reflective challenge to our normal experiences of meaning. On today’s program, host Chaz Wesley shares guiding questions, which allow for trust and carity to become companions on our journey From Grief To Grace.
  • Original air date: Thursday, June 16, 2016
    Episode Description:
    Author Maribeth Ditmars shares her personal journey From Grief to Grace in an intimate, brave retelling of how losing two sons has forever changed a family’s life. Her testimonial of illness, death, loss, and love has inspired two books (Christopher’s Journey and The Bald-Headed Princess) and a new blog, Journeys of the Heart. Listen in as Maribeth and host Chaz Wesley share the wonders of life, wisdom, and laughter.
  • Original air date: Thursday, June 02, 2016
    Episode Description:
    On today’s journey From Grief to Grace, host Chaz Wesley shares simple practices and in-depth understandings of what grief teaches us about ourselves and how it guides us to a life more fully lived, expressed, and appreciated.
  • Original air date: Thursday, May 19, 2016
    Episode Description:
    Of the many responses you may expect to hear from a griever, laughter can be the most surprising. It is common, however, for people to find humor and use laughter in times of sorrow—both as a defense mechanism and as a coping strategy. On today’s journey From Grief to Grace, award-winning author, poet, and essayist Mark Liebenow joins host Chaz Wesley to honor a history of cultures and religions that boasts ministries of fools, clowns, humor, and compassion—all of which provide evidence that when we can laugh at death, then death doesn’t win.
  • Original air date: Thursday, April 21, 2016
    Episode Description:
    Do you feel as if you’re barely getting by day-to-day? Does the emotional roller coaster of your grief experience leave you wondering if you’re the only person in the world feeling this low?
     
    On today’s journey From Grief to Grace, grief coach Laura Jack joins host Chaz Wesley to guide us step-by-step through a process of patience, perseverance, and discovery—identifying who you are after loss and how to recreate the life of your choice.
  • Original air date: Thursday, March 24, 2016
    Episode Description:
    In her TEDxCUNY Talk, Rachel Stephenson shares her own experience of loss and grief, speaking loudly about grieving quietly. The writer and speaker joins host Chaz Wesley to share a personal journey From Grief to Grace, the cost of hiding one’s grief—and why she believes it’s vital to break the silence.
     
  • Original air date: Thursday, March 10, 2016
    Episode Description:
    Your relationship with your pet is special—a bond that is different than those human beings share, yet every bit as significant and meaningful. With the loss of a dearly beloved pet, people often resort to incorrect mechanisms to deal with their grief, often trying to move too quickly from their loss (dismissing the real impact), or even attempting to replace the pet immediately.
     
    On today’s journey From Grief to Grace, author Russell Friedman joins host Chaz Wesley to discuss the common myths that limit us from trusting our natural reactions to loss while offering effective guidance in dealing with the loss of your pet(s) and finding peace. 
  • Original air date: Thursday, February 25, 2016
    Episode Description:
    On today’s journey From Grief to Grace, host Chaz Wesley shares perspectives of two seemingly opposite feelings—grief and love—and offers insights into a greater understanding of the true nature of our inner knowing: we grieve, not only because we have lost, but because we have loved.
  • Original air date: Thursday, January 28, 2016
    Episode Description:
    Busy, successful people grieve too. And our guest today personifies just that. Founder and CEO of InnerView Consulting Group and editor in chief of ExcellStyle magazine Carmen White Janak joins host Chaz Wesley to share a personal journey From Grief to Graceone whose expression of mindfulness and emotional self-care is witnessed by the many who rely on her daily presence.
     
    The author of What’s Hiding in Your Lingerie Drawer? Janak is a master facilitator, consultant, and speaker who has more than 25 years' experience coaching others in unleashing their gifts by discovering and reimagining their unlimited potential. 
  • Original air date: Thursday, January 21, 2016
    Episode Description:
    On today’s journey From Grief to Grace, Board Certified Holistic Health Coach and Wellness Inventory Facilitator Branda Piersall joins host Chaz Wesley to share the importance of self-care. With 20 years of experience as a hospice nurse, Coach Branda has firsthand knowledge of the pressures caregivers face as well as the impact such stress has on the body temple.
     
    Having received her health coach training from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, where she was trained in more than 100 dietary theories, Coach Branda is an affiliate coach with Wesley Enterprises and offers a whole-person approach—including, but not limited to, diet and exercise to reclaiming one’s birthright of health and well-being.
  • Original air date: Thursday, December 17, 2015
    Episode Description:
    Sean’s life was wondrously mixed with joy and sorrow, pain and success, addiction and inspiration. On today’s journey From Grief to Grace with Chaz Wesley, Sue Baggett-Spears beautifully honors a personal and spiritual evolution through grief and healing after her husband’s death—and how hope brought her back to life.
      
    Sue Baggett-Spears is a licensed Unity teacher and serves as spiritual leader at Unity of Springfield, Missouri.
  • Original air date: Thursday, December 03, 2015
    Episode Description:
    Author, blogger, and comedian Barry Friedman is known for his radio commentary on NPR, articles in Esquire magazine, and a stand-up shtick that can best be described as “comedy with an edge.”
     
    On today’s journey From Grief to Grace, the comedian joins host Chaz Wesley to share the memories of his 24-year-old son Paul—and offer a recommended daily dose of life’s best medicine.
     
  • Original air date: Thursday, November 19, 2015
    Episode Description:
    For grievers, the season that once brought joy may heighten an awareness of the feeling of despair and intense pain. What can you do when the world is saying “Let’s be merry!” while you are feeling “I must honor my sorrow?”
     
    Join host Chaz Wesley on today’s journey From Grief to Grace as he offers coping skills and suggestions for both adults and children, while validating that the holidays do not suspend one’s grief—or healing.
  • Original air date: Thursday, November 05, 2015
    Episode Description:
    In her new book, The Listening Project: Lessons of Life, Love, and Listening to God, author Christine C. Williams tells the true story of a woman who decides to make an unusual and quirky deal with God to become a better listener. What starts out as a step-by-step business model approach to learn about listening to the Divine voice within soon turns into a far more personal and unexpected journey of loss, grief, healing, and love.
     
    The author joins host Chaz Wesley on today’s journey From Grief to Grace to share her experiences of sorrows and joys, and to encourage listeners to explore the ways we listen to God, and the inherent human challenges and rewards of hearing and following divine guidance.
     
  • Episode: Sacred Steps
    Original air date: Thursday, October 22, 2015
    Episode Description:
    Just as each new awareness throughout our journey is necessary for us to learn and evolve as spiritual beings, each experience of life reveals the opportunity to trust the process. Join host Chaz Wesley on today’s journey From Grief to Grace as he honors each sacred step of loss and love.
  • Original air date: Thursday, September 24, 2015
    Episode Description:
    Her debut novel, Moments in Time, is strongly inspired by author Nina C. Payne’s real-life experiences. Having lost her brother, who also happened to be her best friend, in 2012 of cancer and then her father four months later to a broken heart, the book explores the obstacles many of us face and the courage it takes to overcome them.

    A yoga instructor who has studied the philosophical, psychological, and physiological side of it, the author joins Chaz Wesley on the journey From Grief to Grace to share her path of self-discovery and the story that emerged—literally.
     
  • Original air date: Thursday, September 10, 2015
    Episode Description:
    Join host Chaz Wesley on this special episode marking Unity World Day of Prayer and the 125th anniversary of Silent Unity®. Providing a road map for so many in their time of need, the prayer partners at Silent Unity offer active, compassionate listening to many grievers on a day-to-day basis as they travel the journey, From Grief to Grace.
     
    Listen in as Chaz honors several different aspects of prayer, meditation, and affirmations—all of which honor the adage, “What one heart cannot bear alone, many hearts can bear together.” 
  • Episode: Love Is ...
    Original air date: Thursday, August 27, 2015
    Episode Description:
    Love is the most universally recognized, and most frequently misinterpreted, of the Unity Twelve Powers—and yet it is an everyday part of life. Join host Chaz Wesley as he talks about agape love (that which enables us to live in harmony with all that is) and a greater understanding of divine love, which he explains as the freedom from our story of anything other than One Power that heals, prospers, attracts, and makes real all that is of God—and all that we call Good.
     
  • Original air date: Thursday, August 13, 2015
    Episode Description:
    Not only is it none of your business what people think of you, the beliefs behind their thoughts and the words used are not usually about you to begin with. They’re about the consciousness of the person speaking them—a projection of their individual thinking and their own reality. When we take things personally—especially in our time of grief—we feel offended or attacked and then become defensive; and defense is the first act of war. 

    When we allow ourselves permission to be immune to the opinions and actions of others, we avoid many upsets in life—including becoming the victim of suffering. In the same regard, whatever you feel and say (to others or to yourself) is simply a reflection of the way you're seeing the world in this now-moment. Regardless of the circumstances, we are always choosing to take something personally—or not. Join host Chaz Wesley as he shares how one choice leads to (a consciousness of) hell, and the other to a greater knowing of peace.


  • Original air date: Thursday, July 30, 2015
    Episode Description:
    You feel this urge to do something different. Something that can help people heal their hurting hearts—but you think, “What could I possibly do that would make a difference?” And yet, the urge keeps calling you.

    Join host Chaz Wesley and grief expert Ann Leach on today’s journey From Grief to Grace as they share tips and insights of supporting others by getting in touch with your own past to help others cope with their present.
  • Original air date: Thursday, July 16, 2015
    Episode Description:
    Join host Chaz Wesley on today’s journey From Grief to Grace as he gives voice to the mystery of life, loss, and the process of change—not as a problem to be fixed, rather as an invitation to actualize the wisdom and compassion that make us both fully human while honoring the evident manifestations of the Divine.   
  • Original air date: Thursday, June 18, 2015
    Episode Description:
    Whether you are in the midst of caregiving, saying goodbye, or planning a funeral or time of remembrance, Beverly Molander’s new book Heartfelt Memorial Services (cowritten by Dave Savage) provides comfort, reassurance, plans of action, and a voice of grace. The author joins host Chaz Wesley to share thoughts and ideas about creating meaningful experiences when families gather on the journey, From Grief to Grace.
  • Original air date: Thursday, June 11, 2015
    Episode Description:
    Coach Robin Tilly returns to the program to share a new project with which she needs YOUR help! Through her creative writing venues, Robin is currently gathering stories for her blog and upcoming book titled Widow’s Walk. Be a part of this exciting new venture by sharing your journey, From Grief to Grace. (Submissions may be sent to robin@robintilly.com.)
  • Original air date: Thursday, June 04, 2015
    Episode Description:
    On today’s journey From Grief to Grace, Certified Intrinsic Coach, shamanic practitioner, and author Paula Rosenfeld joins host Chaz Wesley to discuss the global phenomenon of the Oneness Blessing.
     
    The Oneness Blessing, also known as Deeksha, is a nondenominational transfer of energy from one person to another. It works in a neuro-biological way, activating the frontal lobe of the brain and deactivating the parietal lobe. Deeksha can catalyze a letting go of resistance to people and situations, relief from tension and stress, and a shift in brain function opening the heart, quieting the chattering mind, and allowing for an infusion of grace.
     
  • Original air date: Thursday, May 28, 2015
    Episode Description:
    Megan Devine is the author of Everything Is Not Okay, and creator of the popular Writing Your Grief courses. An engaging teacher, speaker, licensed psychotherapist, and popular blogger, Megan knows grief firsthand.
     
    After the accidental death (by drowning) in 2009 of her partner Matt, Megan quit the counseling field and took up a brief career as a farmer and cheesemaker. While the quiet rhythm of farming suited her, she couldn’t bear the thought of newly-grieving people enduring the wasteland of support she’d found when first widowed.
     
    The author joins host Chaz Wesley to discuss what she describes as her “love letter to people in pain” as she journeys with others, From Grief to Grace ...
  • Original air date: Thursday, May 14, 2015
    Episode Description:
    Jasmina Agrillo Scherr knows about resilience. Jasmina has lived through personal upheaval, illness, and stressful conditions throughout much of her life. Her near-death experience while fighting a brain tumor brought her to a place of surrender, where she found the strength to carry on and rise from adversity to a place of wholeness.
     
    Her new book Mirror of My Soul, Sanctum of My Heart is a spiritual memoir and inspiring treatise about how heart-resonance, intuition, and resilience can get you past the tough times and into the thrive times! The author joins host Chaz Wesley to talk about resiliency, soul, and heart—on the journey, From Grief to Grace.
  • Original air date: Thursday, May 07, 2015
    Episode Description:
    As freedom rings more and more for LGBTQ people, it also drums up the shadows of sadness, loneliness, self-destruction, and internalized homophobia, which this disenfranchised group has known for centuries. Mark Anthony Lord joins host Chaz Wesley to look at those shadows and honor the pain that is real.
     
    No stranger to New Thought circles, Mark will share his vision for the Global Pride Summit (June 1–5, 2015) and introduce the line up of very special guests whose voices will usher in truth, inner transformation, and healing.
  • Original air date: Thursday, April 30, 2015
    Episode Description:
    After Trauma to Art founder Lauren Muscarella’s mother died, she avoided coping for years. She went on to write the book she wanted to find when she was struggling to find meaning and ways to honor her mother’s memory.
     
    Lauren’s book, Alice’s Law, acknowledges the unique and individual experience of grief, offers ideas and practical steps to healing, and honors the role remembrance plays in our ability, not to move on, but to thrive. The author joins host Chaz Wesley to discuss her journey, From Grief to Grace ...
     
     
  • Original air date: Thursday, April 16, 2015
    Episode Description:
    When Annie Broadbent’s mother died, one of the most difficult parts of her experience was seeing her friends and extended family paralyzed by their fear of saying or doing the wrong thing. Frustrated and saddened by her own experience, Annie decided to share her story and the stories of others as a means to shed light on the emotions felt by the bereaved and how best to support someone grieving.
     
    Broadbent’s book, We Need to Talk About Grief: How to Be a Friend to the One Who’s Left Behind, is a resource to assist those navigating the common pitfalls, such as choosing appropriate words of comfort, offering support, and knowing when to offer a gesture of kindness.
  • Original air date: Thursday, April 09, 2015
    Episode Description:
    Join host Chaz Wesley as he guides listeners through the foundational understanding that grief is the whole-person response (emotional, physical, and spiritual) to the loss of someone or something important. By clarifying the terminology associated with bereavement, Chaz will devote today’s episode to what he calls the "three faces of grief"—Mind, Body, and Spirit.
     
    While old paradigms of grief therapy focused on grief as mental or emotional suffering, new grieving ideas create new ways of thinking about loss, address healing the bodily effects, and honor the spiritual struggles. Join Chaz as he explains the basics of effective grieving by attending to all dimensions of a person.
  • Original air date: Thursday, March 26, 2015
    Episode Description:
    Mark Liebenow is an award-winning author, poet, theologian, and photographer. His most recent book, Mountains of Light: Seasons of Reflection in Yosemite, combines his many talents to showcase his personal encounters with nature, spirit, and the wisdom held in the mystery of it all. 
     
    Joining host Chaz Wesley to discuss how going into nature to deal with the death of his wife became his healing balm, the author shares an aspect of grief’s landscape through narrative, meditation, and the perspective of one widower through the lens of reflection.
  • Original air date: Thursday, March 19, 2015
    Episode Description:
    Elaine Mansfield is a writer and bereavement facilitator whose spiritual perspective and insightful wisdom reflects more than 40 years as a student of Jungian psychology, mythology, Buddhism, and meditative practices. Her popular TEDx talk, "Good Grief! What I Learned From Loss," speaks to her belief that there is power in grieving both intentionally and purposefully.
     
    Mansfield’s best-selling book, Leaning Into Love: A Spiritual Journey Through Grief, is a memoir that beautifully honors her husband’s life and death, their love, and her personal and spiritual evolution through grief and healing. Sharing the transformative and ongoing love beyond their time together and into her new life, the author joins host Chaz Wesley to discuss her journey, From Grief to Grace ...
  • Original air date: Thursday, March 12, 2015
    Episode Description:
    The fourth edition of The Rainbow Bridge: Bridge to Inner Peace and to World Peace has been endorsed by H.H. the 14th Dalai Lama, New York Times best-selling authors, and a growing chorus of prestigious global luminaries. The recipient of 16 literary awards, the book illuminates the common ground in the world’s major wisdom tradition, also known as universal principles.
     
    Author Brent Hunter joins host Chaz Wesley to share the vision of peace and unity that comes from deep inside the heart of humanity, offering a road map to honor both life and death, and the great mystery of All That Is.
  • Original air date: Thursday, February 26, 2015
    Episode Description:
    Death shatters the world we have known, presenting a reflective challenge to our normal experiences of meaning. On today’s program, we discover the profound resources myth can offer as we grieve the loss of a loved one and contemplate our own mortality.
     
    With a Ph.D. in mythological studies, Kay Todd is the author of The Gift of Grief. Kay joins host Chaz Wesley to explore how the wellspring of the unconscious can guide us through the necessary encounter with meaninglessness and suffering; how archetypal patterns expressed in myth influence the way we address grief, loss, and trauma; and how changing our myths of grieving can make deep and necessary personal and social changes.
  • Original air date: Thursday, February 19, 2015
    Episode Description:
    The death of a loved one is something most of us don’t want to contemplate. Sooner or later, however, we all must confront the loss of family members and friends.
     
    Mark E. Hundley, M.Ed., LPC, and author of Awaken to Good Mourning: An Essential and Practical Guide for Coping With Grief, faced such a loss much sooner than expected when his wife died from injuries sustained in an automobile accident, leaving Mark a widower with a 7-year-old daughter. Through this devastation, the author made it his life’s mission to help children and families experience “good mourning” during which grief can actually become a healthy, positive, and healing experience.
  • Original air date: Thursday, February 12, 2015
    Episode Description:
    Toneille Bent is a transformational coach with Wesley Enterprises and founder of Essence-tial Truths Coaching. Coach Toneille shares coping skills and stress relief through a practical, easy-to-remember exercise she calls ‘Push PAUSE on Panic’—an inspiring new modality of practicing peace in the midst of crisis.
     
    Coach Toneille joins host Chaz Wesley to guide listeners through a strategic action plan of essence, empowerment, and effectiveness—sharing a road map of how to live life ‘On Purpose’ as we travel the journey, From Grief to Grace.
  • Original air date: Thursday, February 05, 2015
    Episode Description:
    At the age of 14, Amy Wright Glenn began to question the Mormon faith of her family, taking the first step of embarking on a lifelong personal and scholarly quest for Truth. While teaching comparative religion and philosophy, Amy was drawn to the work of supporting women through labor and holding compassionate space for the dying.
     
    In her book, Birth, Breath, and Death: Meditations on Motherhood, Chaplaincy, and Life as a Doula, Amy shares moving talks of birth and death while drawing on her work as a birth doula, hospital chaplain, as well as her own experience of motherhood—entwining story, philosophy, and poetic reflection into transforming narratives full of compassion and grace.
  • Original air date: Thursday, January 29, 2015
    Episode Description:
    Permission is the key to a healthy grief experience. Giving yourself permission to grieve in your own way, and on your own terms, is the best gift you can give yourself.
     
    Host Chaz Wesley and fellow coach, Ann Leach, have developed a new line of grief-related products and services (found at www.youhavepermission.com) that honors the significance in understanding that grief must be grieved individually, as well as shared. Ann, a certified grief specialist and founder of the global grief support community known as "Life Preservers," returns to our program to share insights and coping skills toward one’s healing, growth, and transformation.
  • Original air date: Thursday, January 22, 2015
    Episode Description:
    Imbolc, the Celtic name for the point exactly between winter solstice and spring equinox, marks the beginning of the return of the light and is considered an especially auspicious time for creation because our intuitive nature is more fully available to the new beginnings calling us forth.
     
    Judy Herzl, estuary artist, book birther, and founder of Connecting the Dots consultancy agency, joins host Chaz Wesley as we put our ear to the earth of our own body and listen deeply to the question on our heart and the responding impulses coming from our soul.
  • Original air date: Thursday, December 18, 2014
    Episode Description:
    Robin Tilly, an associate coach with Chaz Wesley Enterprises, specializes in creative ways to explore the impact of loss and grief. Robin believes that by granting ourselves permission to allow grief to have a seat at the table, we can better accept the emotional effects of one’s sorrow.
     
    Combining her passion for ritual and symbolism, Coach Robin guides us through a process of harnessing the power of creativity as a way to alleviate the pain of the present and transform it into a meaningful practice toward healing on the journey, From Grief to Grace.
  • Original air date: Thursday, December 11, 2014
    Episode Description:
    A “parent’s worst nightmare” scenario played out in the life of successful businesswoman and married mother of four, Donna Visocky, after her daughter was killed in a car accident just one mile from home. Donna’s powerful and compelling new book, I’ll Meet You at the Base of the Mountain, transcends other books about grieving by shining a light on the discovery of life. The author joins host Chaz Wesley and honors the journey from grief to healing, from fear to love, and from the valley of despair to a greater perspective of hope from the top of the mountain.
  • Original air date: Thursday, December 04, 2014
    Episode Description:
    Following the death of his mother in 2012, Tom Sweetman wrote From Grief to Greatness: A Collection of True Stories and Lessons on Living Life After Loss as a way to help others struggling with the array of emotions that accompany loss.
     
    For those hoping to gain a clearer perspective of potential and possibility through their experience of loss, the author joins host Chaz Wesley to share the inspirational accounts of his own and others he has met on the journey who have created moments to remember while honoring the legacy of their loved one and the life of one another.
     
  • Original air date: Thursday, November 20, 2014
    Episode Description:
    Author Michelle Baker’s new book, The Canoe, is a soulful, poetic story set in 1912 between a woman and a boy who never meet, and their parallel lives at a time of collective grief. Side by side, the woman and boy weave a discourse between youth and middle age, between love and death, and between dual rites of passage: coming of age and coming to terms with loss.
     
    Baker says she would like to "contemplate parallel stories, how when one event happens, there are always a million other things happening as well.” And so, that will be our course on today’s journey, From Grief to Grace.
  • Original air date: Thursday, November 13, 2014
    Episode Description:
    Temple Hayes knows firsthand what it is to die to your true self and your dreams. Her remarkable new book, When Did You Die? is designed to inspire you to become more alive, more authentic, more youthful, and more energetic! A much-needed wake-up call for an emotionally and spiritually drained generation, the book offers a profound eight-step program to propel you to a healthier, happier, and more prosperous life.
     
    Author and fellow host on Unity Online Radio, Rev. Temple Hayes joins Rev. Chaz Wesley to share her journey From Grief to Grace and introduce practical ways to actually go through fear and not let it stop you.
     
  • Original air date: Thursday, October 30, 2014
    Episode Description:
    She wrote her first song at age 11 and went on to open for such acts as John Denver and Steve Martin, produce over a dozen solo albums, and perform at Carnegie Hall. She’s known for her musical gifts, among many other "Amazing Things"—and she is no stranger to grief.
     
    After losing several members of her immediate family, inspirational singer/songwriter Megon McDonough joins host Chaz Wesley on the journey, From Grief To Grace, to share how grace allowed her to move through the autumn leaves of life and behold the tree that still stands.
  • Original air date: Thursday, October 16, 2014
    Episode Description:
    Life coach Amy Anfinson believes in choice. Host Chaz Wesley shares his favorite definition of grace as being that of choice. With a shared passion for guiding others through major life transitions, Amy and Chaz discuss how coaching can help empower you, transform your understanding, and expand your awareness of how grace is ever present and always available.
  • Original air date: Thursday, October 09, 2014
    Episode Description:
    Jill Kraft Thompson had a life filled with love: an adoring husband, two young sons, a devoted mother, and a close extended family. Then in an instant, she lost her five closest family members in a car crash that she herself barely survived.
     
    The author of the new book Finding Jill joins host Chaz Wesley to share the coping strategies that gave her the courage to risk love, marriage, and motherhood again—demonstrating the triumph of love over unspeakable tragedy.
  • Original air date: Thursday, October 02, 2014
    Episode Description:
    Grief is often most associated with physical death, although it is experienced in almost every aspect of our lives. From breakups or divorce, to geographical or career moves, or simply the changing seasons of one’s life, grief is a part of our very existence.
    Certified Grief Recovery Specialist and transformational life coach Laura Jack joins host Chaz Wesley on the journey, From Grief to Grace, to share a holistic approach to healing through loss—guiding the bereaved from a place of merely surviving to actually thriving!
  • Original air date: Thursday, September 25, 2014
    Episode Description:
    Author Gayle A. Huntress gracefully weaves the details of a true story about a girl growing up in a small New England town who loses both parents to cancer and inherits—with her brothers—a farm, a gold Cadillac, and the task of growing up. Beyond Words chronicles their heartbreaking loss, the redemptive power of love, and the community that saw them through. The author joins host Chaz Wesley to share what it means to rebuild a life after unimaginable loss and the astonishing process of transforming grief into joy.
  • Original air date: Thursday, September 18, 2014
    Episode Description:
    Unencumbered by religious agendas and pat answers, Encountering the Edge: What People Told Me Before They Died is a book that satisfies our curiosity concerning what people believe in, shrug their shoulders at, laugh at, and most care about as they enter Act 3, Scene 3, of their lives.
    Author and hospice chaplain Rabbi Karen B. Kaplan joins host Chaz Wesley for an up-close and unique view of the least-discussed, yet deeply important, part of life.
  • Original air date: Thursday, September 11, 2014
    Episode Description:
    For 20 years, Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS) has offered immediate and long-term emotional help, hope, and healing to anyone grieving the death of a loved one in military service to America, regardless of their relationship to the deceased or the circumstances of the death.
    To honor this special day of remembering one of our nation’s greatest tragedies, specially trained peer mentors from TAPS join host Chaz Wesley to bring awareness to their mission of supporting survivors and comforting the bereaved.
  • Original air date: Thursday, September 04, 2014
    Episode Description:
    Jack Fowler began playing music in church, was signed to a major contract at 19, and was classically trained by the time he started performing with well-known contemporary Christian artists, such as Kathy Troccoli, and traveling the world with Conversations With God author, Neale Donald Walsch.
    Jack’s focus shifted to using his music and speaking gifts as a healing agent to inspire, challenge, and spark changes in all who would listen—including his work with the LGBT community and Unity churches from coast to coast. Jack joins host Chaz Wesley to share his music and his soul on the journey, From Grief to Grace.
  • Original air date: Thursday, August 21, 2014
    Episode Description:
    Certified life coach and fellow Unity Online Radio personality Carla McClellan joins host Chaz Wesley to share her personal journey From Grief to Grace—a path of great loss as well as growth.

    With 30 years' experience in health and healing professions, including being the current director of the Unity Life Coaching Center, Coach Carla safely and sacredly bridges the often-divided worlds of spirituality and science, further connecting us to the emotional experiences of grief while affirming hope and well-being.
  • Original air date: Thursday, August 14, 2014
    Episode Description:
    “Suicide brings us closer than our own breath to the risks of being touched, and NOT being touched by each other’s pain,” writes blogger Rev. Kelly Isola. With recent deaths such as Robin Williams, the subject of suicide is forefront in our minds—and with it comes a roller coaster of emotions.

    The author joins host Rev. Chaz Wesley to discuss what she describes as “wanting to understand how we as living, breathing, talking, walking portions of divinity, can rejoice in the mystery of being human when touched in such painful ways.”
  • Original air date: Thursday, July 31, 2014
    Episode Description:
    Divorce is ... (We’ll let you finish that sentence.) 

    Inspirational speaker and singer/songwriter, Lorena Smith, has penned her tale of divorce, change, falling apart, forgiveness, and once again finding her individual voice. Her new book, From Chaos to Castles, is an intimate collection of thoughts which moves readers from tears to laughter while offering wisdom and hope.
     
    The author joins host Chaz Wesley on the journey From Grief to Grace, sharing her path of self-discovery, her music, and her own unique story—all of which leads to our own examination of life and love.
  • Original air date: Thursday, July 24, 2014
    Episode Description:
    Growing up in a family that lived and worked in a small-town funeral home, Tom Ellis learned early in life about death and grief. Declaring he would not follow in his father’s footsteps as a funeral director, in the delicious irony that is life, he returned home to do just that.

    His life experiences and compassion for others led him to becoming past executive director of Center for Grief, Loss, and Transition, a therapist, and author of This Thing Called Grief: New Understandings of Loss. Join host Chaz Wesley as he interviews Tom on the journey, From Grief to Grace.
  • Original air date: Thursday, July 17, 2014
    Episode Description:
    Her book, Deep Change: Befriending the Unknown, explores the seven shifts of transformation, taking us beyond merely rearranging the design of our lives, to change the way we experience our self and our world.
     
    Author Susan P. Plummer, Ph.D., joins host Chaz Wesley to discuss our connection with the deeper currents of our divine inheritance and how we can embrace our true heritage of compassion, freedom, and belonging.
     
  • Original air date: Thursday, July 10, 2014
    Episode Description:
    Founder of National Grief Awareness Day, Angie Cartwright, discusses with host Chaz Wesley a special opportunity to help raise awareness about loss and its painful impact. 
     
    With a mission to bring grief out of the darkness and unite with grievers around the world, Angie explains why August 30 has been chosen as Grief Awareness Day and shares exciting new projects and possibilities for grievers on the journey From Grief to Grace.
  • Original air date: Thursday, June 26, 2014
    Episode Description:
    Award-winning singer/songwriter Jami Lula will join host Chaz Wesley to explore the healing power of music on the journey From Grief to Grace.
     
    Rev. Michael Beckwith, founding minister of AGAPE International Spiritual Center, calls him “a Rock Star for God” and his music a “shiver-inducing experience in sound.” The L.A. Music Awards named him 'Best Vocalist' and his newest CD, There’s A Healin Goin On, leaves an indelible mark on the soul that exudes an uplifting, healing, and inspiring message of love and positive intention.
  • Original air date: Thursday, June 19, 2014
    Episode Description:
    As a third world refugee, Evelyn Foreman’s first example of transformation was at the age of 5 when she witnessed her mother making a life-changing decision to pursue a new life by boarding a refugee boat on a perilous journey across the ocean. After her mother died 11 years later, Evelyn moved up the ladder of corporate success, finding herself living in New York City on 9/11.
     
    The host of Unity Online Radio’s The Call of Spirit, Evelyn joins host Chaz Wesley to share the unbelief of her journey, the belief in the process, and saying yes to the call of spirit after having cried no for so long.
     
  • Original air date: Thursday, June 12, 2014
    Episode Description:
    Rev. Tamara Lebak has launched her first album to raise awareness (and money) for marriage equality. In the title track of her new CD, Dear Oklahoma, she asks, “Why is it so hard to love us back?”
     
    An openly gay Unitarian Universalist minister living in the heart of Oklahoma, Rev. Lebak and her partner of 18 years have a 4-year-old daughter. Rev. Lebak joins host Chaz Wesley to share a multifaceted journey From Grief to Grace.
  • Original air date: Thursday, June 05, 2014
    Episode Description:
    Since losing her 15-year-old daughter to a tragic accident in 2009 and coping with her husband’s massive stroke three years later, Lynda Cheldelin Fell has become an international best-selling author, host of three talk radio shows, and board member for National Grief Awareness Day.
     
    Lynda is the author of "A Stroke of Love"—a blog focusing on grief validations, bits of wisdom, understanding, and hope. She joins host Chaz Wesley to introduce an opportunity to help raise awareness about the painful impact that losing a loved one has on the survivor’s life by sharing their story in a special video project to educate our society.
     
  • Original air date: Thursday, May 22, 2014
    Episode Description:
    Grief is not a route to be avoided. Rather, it is a process that can be embraced when we grant ourselves permission to feel the sorrow, to cry, and to experience the mourning. Join host Chaz Wesley as he gives insight as to why grieving in your own way and on your own terms is the best gift you can give yourself.
  • Original air date: Thursday, May 15, 2014
    Episode Description:
    Her son Brandon died at home while on leave from the Army. On her journey From Grief to Grace, guest Paula Stephens learned that though we can’t simply move on after loss, we can simply move.
     
    Through "The Crazy Good Grief" Project, Paula teaches that health and positive self-care is crucial for being able to grieve in a way that honors our loved ones AND honors the life we all have yet to live.
  • Original air date: Thursday, May 08, 2014
    Episode Description:
    Twenty-five years ago there was no information available for families about the dying process.
    One woman changed that.
     
    Barbara Karnes, RN, has dedicated the last 32 years of her life to the education, care, and comforting of dying people and their loved ones—and the most useful things she’s learned along the way be been distilled into her books. With over 8 million copies sold, "The Hospice Blue Book," Gone From My Sight, changed the way we experience the death of a loved one. Another booklet, My Friend, I Care is a guide through the grief experience—and proves that knowledge reduces fear.
     
  • Original air date: Thursday, May 01, 2014
    Episode Description:
    The journey From Grief to Grace takes time—and healing happens gradually. How we grieve depends on many factors, including individual personalities, coping styles, life experiences, faith walks, and even the very nature of the loss itself. Join host Chaz Wesley as he offers words of wisdom and grace-full reminders to be gentle with yourself as you allow the grieving process—and the healing—to naturally unfold.
  • Original air date: Thursday, April 24, 2014
    Episode Description:
    Today our listeners share their stories through a special "99 Words or Less" Facebook challenge: In honor of the 99 days our show has been in existence, listen in as Chaz gives voice to the stories of our listeners and Facebook fans as they travel down memory lane and remember their loved ones through story and tribute, continuing their own healing journey From Grief to Grace.
  • Original air date: Thursday, April 17, 2014
    Episode Description:
    On this holy day of reverence, Rev. Paulette Pipe, host of Unity Online Radio’s Touching the Stillness, joins host Chaz Wesley in remembering one of history’s most extraordinary journeys From Grief to Grace with meditative words of comfort and hope.
     
  • Original air date: Thursday, April 10, 2014
    Episode Description:
    Compassionate listening is a practice that provides a road map for those in grief as it allows one to reach deep into the heart and find a way to peace, from the inside out. It is also one of the hallmarks of Silent Unity®—the 124-year-old prayer ministry of Unity.
     
    Rev. Lynne Brown, vice president of Silent Unity, joins host Chaz Wesley in affirming the old adage, “What one heart cannot bear alone, many hearts can bear together.” 
  • Original air date: Thursday, April 03, 2014
    Episode Description:
    Humor is an inevitable part of grieving. It doesn’t mean we’re irreverent; rather it allows for a way through life’s toughest journey by cherishing the humorous moments and giving permission to enjoy its funny detours.
     
    In this episode, comedian David Naster, author of several books, including Is There Laugh After Death? joins host Chaz Wesley to discuss why laughter really can be the best medicine.
  • Episode: StoweGood
    Original air date: Thursday, March 27, 2014
    Episode Description:
    Individually, they are powerful. Together, they are “just like buttah!”
     
    Karen Taylor-Good is a Grammy-nominated singer/songwriter and author whose stories of life, loss, grief, and healing never fail to inspire, motivate, and uplift her audiences.

    Stowe Dailey Shockey is a singer/songwriter, best-selling author, and recent cancer survivor. Cowriting hit songs for Shenandoah and most recently releasing her latest book, Flying High, where she shares her emotional journey through cancer.
     
    They are the incredible duo known as StoweGood. You won’t want to miss this awe-filled, grace-full episode of From Grief to Grace! 
  • Episode: Grace Is ...
    Original air date: Thursday, March 20, 2014
    Episode Description:
    What is your definition of Grace? And what is the metaphysical interpretation of the aspect of grace on the journey of life? On this first day of spring, Rev. Dr. Paul Hasslebeck, dean of Spiritual Education and Enrichment at Unity Institute® and Seminary, joins Chaz Wesley for an enlightening discussion about Grace—where we sow seeds of spiritual understanding and reap a harvest of Truth and Hope on our journey From Grief to Grace.
  • Episode: Loss of a Child
    Original air date: Thursday, March 13, 2014
    Episode Description:
    The thought of losing a child is every parent’s worst nightmare. Join host Chaz Wesley as he speaks with guest Alissa Drescher about the loss of her child, and how her journey lead her to a career in grief counseling.
  • Original air date: Thursday, March 06, 2014
    Episode Description:
    A song can speak the feelings that cannot otherwise be expressed. Through the universal language of music, our emotions can be met, released, and healed.
     
    Join host Chaz Wesley as he guides us on a special musical journey, From Grief to Grace—traveling to the depths of the soul, where words alone cannot go.
  • Original air date: Thursday, February 27, 2014
    Episode Description:
    Sunny California, the ocean breeze, warm temps, and friends to enjoy it with. What more could a girl want?

    “Move to Oklahoma,” a Still Small Voice whispered. Tornado alley, landlocked plains, unpredictable weather patterns, and buffalo!

    The grief associated with a move, transfer, or relocation is very real, and yet unspoken in the rush to resettle. World traveler and Unity minister Rev. Mary Anne Harris shares how the call of Spirit took her on a journey she’d never imagined—from adventure to homesickness, from uncertainty to fulfillment.
  • Original air date: Thursday, February 20, 2014
    Episode Description:
    Ten years ago he was told he had a week to live. Today he shares how facing major health challenges, “incurable diseases,” and two near-death experiences was the catalyst to awaken and leave behind a life of pain, struggle, and pathology and step onto the path of health, happiness, and enoughness. 
  • Original air date: Thursday, February 13, 2014
    Episode Description:
    His story of profound loss has been featured on The Oprah Winfrey Show, Good Morning America, 20/20, and The Today Showjust to name a few. And now, author Benjamin Scott Allen shares his journey with us.

    Join host, Rev. Chaz Wesley, for this powerful interview of the man whose book, Out of the Ashes, describes what it’s like living in a new world—one he calls, ‘The Afterloss’—and a new state of mind and being.
     
  • Original air date: Thursday, February 06, 2014
    Episode Description:
    Most of us would avoid funeral homes at all costs. Our special guest today spent her childhood living in one! Psychologist and Legal Nurse Consultant Dr. Pamela Pierce shares how growing up in a funeral home—surrounded by grief and grievers on a daily basis—created a heart for helping others on their journey of sorrow and healing. 
     
  • Original air date: Thursday, January 30, 2014
    Episode Description:
    Author, psychotherapist, and award-winning speaker Dr. Sherry Showalter joins host Chaz Wesley to talk about the resiliency of the human spirit. On our journey through grief, we often become fatigued and frustrated—and sometimes we just need a good cry. Dr. Sherry tells of finding her grandmothers “krumpled Kleenex” everywhere she turned and how this symbol of weakness can become a catalyst for healing.
  • Original air date: Thursday, January 23, 2014
    Episode Description:
    In our grief, we are often overcome by waves of tears and currents of overwhelming emotion.
     
    In this episode, we welcome certified grief recovery specialist Ann Leach, founder of Life Preservers, a global grief support community. Ann miraculously survived the Joplin tornado while her home was literally torn apart around her. Her story of dedication to self-care and the city she loves is proof that we can recognize our Divine Identity in the midst of extreme grief and celebrate each moment of life—including the most turbulent ones.
  • Original air date: Thursday, January 16, 2014
    Episode Description:
    Does your grief journey have a theme song? Join host Rev. Chaz Wesley as he interviews internationally known singer/songwriter and motivational speaker Bukeka Shoals Blakemore. Bukeka has gifted our show, From Grief to Grace, with our new theme song, "I’ll Light a Candle in Your Name."  She’ll share the inspiration behind the music, its powerful message for the bereaved, and one of her own unexpected grief journeys.

Host Bio

Chaz Wesley
Rev. Chaz Wesley is a widely recognized inspirational keynote speaker, regularly published columnist, ordained interfaith minister, and noted retreat facilitator. With a private practice in Transformational Coaching and Grief Counseling, Chaz’s inspiring presentations and writings on thanatology, and his service as a hospice chaplain have earned him the description “Midwife to the Dying” by spiritual leaders across the nation.

A highly respected personal and corporate coach, Chaz delivers a message of hope, healing, and humor by sharing his personal story of surprising challenges, manifesting success, and describing what he calls his “awakening”—an authentic trust in the Spirit of Love for a peaceFULL reality.
As a touring guest speaker, conducting his well-known Surrender Adventures and an educational estate planning program called The Peace of Mind Project, Chaz leaves audiences connected with focus, purpose, and Truth (while simultaneously writing America’s next best-selling book!).

An active advocate for dignity, justice, and end-of-life issues on numerous nonprofit boards, and serving as Director of Grief and Spiritual Care for one of Oklahoma’s largest hospices, Chaz is a past recipient of the United Way Evergreen Spirit Award and has most recently been honored with the Healing Spirit Award by the Center for Counseling and Education.

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