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February
26
2021

February 26, 2021: The Podcast

Many who followed Dawn's voyage  continue to hold Violet and me in your hearts. We are both blessed and grateful. We're traversing the pandemic seas with everyone, thinking often how it would have been with Dawn on board. The picture we humorously envision is one of Dawn wrapping our house in plastic to ward off the virus. She was intense like that.

As part of the ongoing voyage, I've been working on a podcast about grief with Clarissa Moll, a writer and mom of four who lost her husband, tragically and traumatically, to a hiking accident. Today, she and I launch Surprised by Grief, produced by CT (Christianity Today). Give it a listen and share it with others. And thank you again for all of your kindness. It's meant the world.

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Comments

  • Kim Groomes : Daniel, the first episode of the podcast is so insightful. It is wonderful that you can both share your thoughts and feelings of your grief experience. I hope it helps you and Clarissa as much as it helps listeners who are sure to benefit.
    3/5/21
  • Jen & Kyle Vogan : Thank you Daniel for sharing. We still think of you and Violet, especially at this time of year. I just listened to the podcast now, and it speaks to so many of us - loss happens for some of us long ago, but we can remember it like yesterday. Your work is so very meaningful!
    3/2/21
  • Donald Anderson : I also thought we need to hear more about heaven as you suggested in the podcast, more than what C.S.Lewis offered as the most used expression in heaven. And we need to be reminded of the Lord's assurances he has provided. I know of one godly woman (OK, Penny's Mom) who needed to be reassured of her guaranteed future near the end of her life. Read your column in CT. Came today. Always appreciate your words / teaching / preaching. Don
    3/2/21
  • Penelope Anderson : Wonderful hearing from you. How we've missed you. Have wondered about the two of you, and occasionally prayed for you both. Will try to listen to the podcast, but am technically challenged. :) We always appreciate your honest writings. Sending our love. Penny and Don
    2/28/21
  • Marcia Duncan : Thank you, Daniel, for this podcast. So timely! I had to smile when you envisioned Dawn wrapping the house in plastic to ward off the corona virus. Dawn's loss always becomes heavier as we approach this season of the year. Easter is forever connected in our minds and hearts with her eternal home going; we know we will see her again. Meanwhile our earthly lives go on and we desire to live them fully for Him. We pray daily for you and Violet. Peace, Marcia and Steve
    2/28/21
  • Daniela Roth-Nater : Thank you, Daniel. This comes on time, as tomorrow is Joels Birthday, it would have ben his 50th. And on March 31st it will be a year since he left this place for good. So sudden, yes surprised by grief is just about the way to put it. Thank you, all your writing about your journey has helped me a lot in understanding my own travels on this path of loss and grief. And I will choose life and take each new day out of God's hands.
    2/27/21
  • Lisa Johnson : Thank you, Daniel. This may seem odd, but I still have my last text conversation with Dawn from February 2, 2019. We exchanged information about a book and an art show—Egypt’s Sunken Treasures. It serves me as a memento mori—a reminder that life is fleeting. Death is inevitable; each day is a gift.
    2/27/21
  • Terry Naugle : I so appreciate hearing experiences of kindred spirits who endure traumatic loss. Each one's reaction is so different, yet so similar. Thanks for sharing your powerful podcast. Blessings as you keep on keeping on.
    2/27/21
  • jeff pope : We listened to the first episode of this today. It is really excellent! We would recommend it to anyone.—Jeff and Suzanne
    2/26/21
  • Rick Larkin : Thank you for sharing your life with us Daniel. Dawn continues to serve us through your reflections of her - grace, intensity, humor, astute understanding of the world. Peace.
    2/26/21
  • Kimberly Leavitt : Thank you for sharing this very well done interview. The message is heartfelt and timely. May your grief remind others that they too are not alone.
    2/26/21
  • Cheri Mahin : I will listen. My own mother is in her last hours today. I envision a book from you made up of the Caring Bridge posts for Dawn. Your sharing was profound.
    2/26/21
  • Jenny Bakke : Thanks so much for sharing, Daniel! Really looking forward to listening.
    2/26/21
  • Lynda Wheatley : Thanks Daniel for sharing how you and Violet are doing. It comes as no surprise you are sharing your grief by giving away the truth and insights for the sake of others also suffering in their pain grief. Such a blessing. You are always giving! We are praying for the two of you this day!!! I look forward to listening to the pod cast.
    2/26/21
  • Melissa Northup : Thank you for sharing this, Daniel. It's excellent, thoughtful, sobering, and encouraging me in my faith to listen to it. In the second portion with Eric's story, I'm thinking about how Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego came out of the fire; not even smelling of smoke.
    2/26/21
  • Candace Miller : Looking forward to checking it out. We think of and pray for you and Violet frequently. <3
    2/26/21
  • Lisa Shelton : Thank you for sharing! I am looking forward to listening to it! ♥️
    2/26/21
  • Susan Arico : What a great idea! I have great respect for Clarissa Moll; she is a fellow hope*writer and I follow her work closely. Her story about Rob's death is so (sad and) powerful. I'm endeared by her commitment to use her grief to serve others, and she does it so well through her leadership and words. And humility. Excited for the project... and to listen.
    2/26/21
  • jim Layman : Sounds like a great endeavour! Godspeed. Praying this will be helpful to many people, including yourself.
    2/26/21