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Where's The Grief?

Death is an inevitable part of life, and yet it can be difficult and uncomfortable to talk about the process of grief amongst one's peers. This podcast helps shine some light into the darkest parts of our own existence and encourage a more open discussion about the effects of grief, and offers coping mechanisms to those suffering.
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Where's the Grief?

A podcast focused on grief and loss hosted by Jordon Ferber

On the whole, many cultures do not teach us how to effectively deal with the feelings that come up when a loved one dies. 

The goal of this podcast is to acknowledge the reality of intense grief , which can be a very isolating experience, and normalize the conversation about it that is very often difficult to have with friends and even family.

 

Jordon Ferber, a bereaved sibling himself, gives people who have experienced intense loss permission to talk about it and exemplify the possibility of  making it through the darkest periods of grief to a life full of hope and happiness.

 

Dec 25, 2015

In this episode, Jordon sits down with comedian Joe Fernandes, who is still reeling after the death of his father earlier this year, at the age of 65.

We talk about how important it is to have people in your life you can talk to about it, as well as the double edged sword to working on material about the loss to an audience.

Follow Joe on Twitter @JoeFernandes75

Listen to his podcast, "Now What" with Mike Gaffney here:

https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/now-what-podcast/id911381495?mt=2

Dec 11, 2015

In this episode, Jordon sits down with magician and showman Nelson Lugo!

Nelson's father died only about a month before this frank discussion about his life and career. We talk about how different losses bring about different types of grief, and about how important gallows humor is to those in the eye of the storm.

Even though it's a very recent loss, I was really amazed at just how much insight and levelheadedness that Nelson has exhibited so early on in his journey, and how much humor and wit he brings to everything that he does, be it life, death, or magic.

 

Find out more about Nelson at http://nelsonlugo.com/

Follow him on Twitter @NelsonLugo

Dec 2, 2015

In this episode, Jordon sits down with singer/songwriter Craig Greenberg. Craig's mother died a little over a year ago after a long battle with cancer. We discuss how difficult watching your parents fade away can be, and how hard it can be to work on expressing the feelings that come up artistically.

Learn more about Craig and how to listen to his music, or see him live!

http://craiggreenbergmusic.com/news/

Follow him on Twitter @Craig_Greenberg

Nov 16, 2015

In this episode, Jordon talks with comedian Brian Baron. A divorcee and a father, Brian met a woman named Ellen, and he describes it as "a match made in heaven." Shortly after the two of them decided they would move in together, Ellen was diagnosed with an aggressive cancer, and Brian found himself in the outer circle, not quite part of the family, watching his life with her fade away. We talk about what it means to be on the outside, and how hard it can be to claim any voice from that vantage point.

A quick technical note, this episode had some issues in the recording, so please do your best to overlook the moments of static that i was unable to edit around.

Oct 30, 2015

In this episode, Jordon talks with comedian Ajai Raj, whose best friend Jacob took his own life 6 years ago. We talk about the dangers of depression, and how strongly suicide can affect the people beyond just one's family. We also talk about who is allowed to grieve, and how difficult it can be to incorporate ideas about death and grief into comedy.

Ajai has a podcast of his own as well called "Notes From a Void." Subscribe here!

http://www.ajairaj.com/voidcast

Follow him on Twitter @SaintAjaiRaj

https://twitter.com/SaintAjaiRaj/

Oct 13, 2015

In this episode Jordon sits down with comedian Geoff Kole, whose mother died of cancer when he was still in high school, and whose father died more recently, if you consider 10 years ago recent.

With all the ups and downs that come in the grief process, Geoff has seemingly taken everything in stride, and truly exemplifies the notion that the show must go on.

Learn more about Geoff and where to catch him live at http://geoffkole.com/

Sep 28, 2015

Comedian Evan Williams lost his brother to CF (Cystic Fibrosis) and his mother to complications from Lyme disease a year later.

The roller coaster of grief that life puts you on, coupled with Evan's own struggles with sobriety make for some serious insights into why we do what we do.

Evan is about as open and vulnerable as any of my guests have been, and I can't thank him for coming on and discussing his life as frankly as he does.

For more info on Evan, check out his website http://evanwilliamscomedy.com/

Follow him on twitter @ItsEvanWilliams

Sep 14, 2015

This episode features an in depth interview with Alan Pedersen, Executive Director of The Compassionate Friends (TCF) the self-help support group that Jordon's sibling support group is a part of. Alan lost his daughter Ashley in 2001, and in the despair he was feeling, he re-immersed himself into his musical career, and began writing  songs that reflected what he was going through and what he wished he could say to his daughter.

Shortly after selling CDs of his music at a Compassionate Friends national conference, he began playing his music at local chapters around the country.

For more info on The Compassionate Friends go to http://www.compassionatefriends.org/home.aspx

There you can find the nearest local chapter to you via the chapter locator, as well as info on upcoming regional and national conferences.

For more info on Alan and how to buy his music, go to http://thegrieftoolbox.com/products/best-alan-pedersen or you can find him directly on iTunes at

https://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/alan-pedersen/id272445722

Aug 31, 2015

In this episode, Jordon sat down with fellow comedian and native Brooklynite Beth Maria to talk about what her process has been following thea death of her best friend Alex to suicide.

Beth reminds us that it is never just the immediate family that feels the pain of losing a loved one, even whilst having internal debates with one's self about whether or not it's ok to feel grief when you're "just a friend."

Her final thoughts on the matter of suicide and depression are quite poignant and worth taking to heart.

 

Aug 16, 2015

In this episode, Jordon sits down with Comedian and Actor Angelo Lozada!

A veteran of the NYC comedy scene, Angelo talks about the death of his brother David after a long battle with aids, although the conversation also features a lengthy discussion about the loss of a handful of comedians who have died in the past couple years, and the toll that has taken on the comedy communit at large.

Follow Angelo on twitter @AngeloLozada66

Check out his podcast at http://kollidetv.com/watch/get-some

Aug 5, 2015

In this episode, Jordon sits down with Comedian Ray Gootz, whose mother and aunt, both of whom he lived with, passed away within a week of each other. This episode was recorded only about a month or so after thier funerals, giving Ray a much closer detailed account of the weeks leading up to his mothers death.

While this episode is heavy at times, Ray ultimately has a positive message about the future and an optimistic outlook for what comes next.

Follow Ray on Twitter @RayGootz

Jul 20, 2015

I sat down with fellow comedian Nick Whitmer, who lost his step brother Sam 4 years ago. Nick and I talk about what it was like to gain a new brother and best friend only to have him die in a car accident just as they were both becoming adults. We also talk about how comedians deal with emotional issues, and how we each deal with the darker thoughts that we have.

 

Follow Nick on twitter at @NickWhitmer

Jun 30, 2015

In this episode, Jordon sat down with comedian and actor, Frank Liotti. It has been 7 years since Frank's mother died, and subesquently, he also lost his father 3 months later, his best friend to suicide a year after that, and his sister not long after That. His is a story not just of the struggle to survive, but the Fight to survive that lives within all of us. As we discuss in the opening, this was actually our second attempt to get our interview in the can.

Find out where you can see Frank live at FrankLiotti.com

Jun 11, 2015

In this episode, Jordon sits down with comedian Kevin Bartini. Kevin's brother Andrew was killed in a car accident 16 years ago, only a few years into his battle with multiple sclerosis. Having been dealing with his grief for this long, Kevin has found a very positive perspective about life, and about death.

In addition to being the warmup comic for The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore, Kevin is an accomplished actor. Find out more about what he's doing at http://KevinBartini.com

Follow him on twitter @kevinbartini

 

Also, please go to http://RussellFerberFoundation.org for more info on my families foundation, and this years benefit show on Wednesday, June 24th.

May 26, 2015

In this episode of Where's the Grief, Jordon sits down with fellow comedian Dan Soder to talk about the longevity of grief. Dan's father passed away when Dan was still in high school, and then his sister just two years later.

Although this discussion is a little heavy for a podcast that features comedians, it's a deeper look into the psyche of those that have experienced tragic loss.

Follow dan on twitter @DanSoder

May 6, 2015

This week Jordon sits down with fellow comedian and actor, John Mooney who recently lost both his parents, essentially becoming an orphan at the same time as he is learning how to be a good father himself.

Even though we expect to outlive our parents, it is still difficult to navigate the world without them. This discussion, while somewhat heavy, is an interesting look at the issues that can come up when life gets turned upside down.

Apr 21, 2015

In this Episode, Jordon sits down with his friend and fellow comedian, Matt Lipton. Matt's brother died a little over a year before this episode was recorded. We discuss the problems that come with having a complicated sibling relationship, and the crazy thoughts that can cause shame or guilt in the aftermath of their death.

Follow the podcast on twitter @wheresthegrief

 

 

Apr 6, 2015

This episode of Where's The Grief, Jordon sits down with fellow comedian Jay Nog to talk about the loss of his best friend to suicide.

In addition to a full stand up comedy schedule and the producer of a podcast of his own (Childhood Memories), Jay also runs an annual fundraiser for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (afsp.org) and helps raise awareness about suicide, and how to spot the warning signs.

Jay reminds us that it is not always just the family members of those who die who hurt.

Mar 2, 2015

 This month Jordon sits down with fellow bereaved sibling Keith Singer. Keith and Jordon each seperately run and facilitate a self-help support group for bereaved siblings, Jordon in Manhattan NYC and Keith in nearby Staten Island. The two met many years ago at the national conference of their support group. The Compassionate Friends (TCF) is an international non profit that has local meetings around the world to support bereaved parents, grandparents and siblings. For more info on TCF, and this years national conference in Dallas, TX, go to http://TheCompassionateFriends.org

Feb 4, 2015

Jordon welcomes his good friend and comedienne Janice Messitte to talk about the grief of losing her husband two weeks after their wedding.

Jan 5, 2015

Jordon Ferber sits down with memory artist and creator of the blog Tragicomedia to talk about what it is like to interview a series of bereaved people about their losses.

 

Jan 5, 2015
Where's The Grief - Episode Zero

Welcome to Where's The Grief!

Jordon Ferber is a comedian who lost his brother Russell in a car accident. In this podcast, he will be talking with other bereaved people about their losses and the process of overcoming their grief. Presenting Episode Zero:  a brief introduction to the episodes to follow.

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