Grief Healings

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Steve Smith serves the community of Placer, Sacramento, Yolo and El Dorado counties as a Chaplain with Green Valley Hospice. He journeys with people during their last stage in life as well as with families who are adjusting to life without their loved one. His passion is to help us experience a healthy grief journey.

When Your Loved One Is Killed by a Drunk Driver

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Judy Utter turned to Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) after her daughter was killed by a drunk driver. She shares the story of how her daughter’s death devastated her family.  Her family’s experience is like many others whose loved ones have died as a result of a DUI related incident. Judy is currently a Victim’s […]

Living with Suicide Loss

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The suicide death of Gail & Steve Beeman’s 20 year old son took the entire community of Auburn CA by surprise. How could such a well liked young man end his own life?  Gail & Steve have learned a vast amount about depression and suicide, and have used what they have learned to help others.  […]

Living Through the Pain

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At the age of 16, Cathy A Kurtz‘s mom, dad, oldest brother and his wife died in a private plane crash.  She was left in the care of her surviving brother then in college and not interested in raising his younger teenage sister.  Thirteen years later, her brother, her only surviving family member, died of […]

Grief Through the Eyes of a Grandparent

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Ruth Amaro shares her journey as a grandparent whose 16 month old daughter died of an undiagnosed rare heart defect. She talks about her own personal grief, and also the pain of watching her son and the mother of her granddaughter deal with the loss of their toddler. Join us to hear Ruth’s compelling story.

Young Adult Grief Support

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Don Lewis, Bereavement Coordinator for UC Davis Hospice, and Hannah Hunter, Grief Therapist with UC Davis Children’s Hospital, discuss the effect of grief on young adults.  Together they have been facilitating an eight week support group for young adults aged 17-24.  Through simple art projects they are able to help them express their feelings and […]

Finding Joy In Sorrow

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After her 18 month old baby died of a brain tumor, and she found little to no bereavement support, Darcie Sims dedicated her life to helping others deal with grief. She became a pioneer in teaching people how to work through their grief and find joy again.  In 2014 Darcy joined her son “Big A” in […]

Choosing a Positive Pathway After Loss

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Zander Sprague shares about the loss of his sister to murder and the devastation it caused his entire family. As a sibling, however, he felt that his grief was not recognized by other members of his family or by his friends.  Most support groups and books are focused on parental rather than sibling grief. Part […]

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 […]

Finding Hope

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Chaplain Mindy Russell is the Senior Chaplain and Executive Officer with Law Enforcement Chaplaincy-Sacramento. She shares helpful information with those who are dealing with a recent loss about how to find hope again. She also shares advice on how to bring encouragement to families who have lost a family member. Chaplain Mindy also shares about […]