Loss of Spouse

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God’s Protection and Direction

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In 2006, Karen Johnson’s husband, Jon, was senselessly shot and killed by a drug addict who is now serving a life sentence without the possibility of parole. At the time, Jon was a popular photographer for the Sacramento Kings. Karen shares about her experience when Jon died and how God protected her through the terrifying […]

A Widow’s Journey, Pt 2

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Charlene Carthen continues the discussion from A Widow’s Journey, Pt 1, as she talks about the care she received from her church as the widow of their former pastor. Charlene also shares the challenges she faces while seeking new areas of ministry as a single woman.

A Widow’s Journey Pt 1

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Charlene Carthen ministered alongside her husband, the late Bishop Sherwood Carthen, to plant one of the fastest growing multicultural churches in Northern California.  When he died unexpectedly in 2013, she was faced not only with the grief she experienced because of her husband’s death, she also had to face the reality that her future ministry […]

Covered & Kept

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In 2006, Karen Johnson’s husband, Jon, was senselessly shot and killed by a drug addict who is now serving a life sentence without the possibility of parole.  In this interview, Karen shares about her new passion and purpose since the loss of her husband.  She is the founder of Covered & Kept Ministries, and her […]

Grieving the Loss of a Parent

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Heidi Horsley, Ph.D., co-founder of “Open to Hope,” talks about the grief experienced by individuals who have lost a parent.  This program is helpful for young adults as well as those who lose their parents later in life.

Life After Widowhood

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Diana Conwell talks about some of the emotions that people commonly experience after their spouse dies.  She also talks about some of the issues people face after the loss of a spouse such as giving yourself time to properly grieve, finding out who you are as a single person, and the possibility or remarriage.

Remembering Crystal Rodriguez

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Victor & Crystal Rodriguez’s honeymoon ended abruptly just 12 days after their wedding when Crystal died in a parasailing accident and Victor suffered life threatening injuries. Victor talks about his experience of being told about Crystal’s tragic death while laying alone in a Puerto Rican hospital. Joining him is his mom, Jeanne Rodriguez, and together they […]