The Truths and Lies About Funeral Myths With Mike O’Connell & Amber Miller

Funeral Myths

In this light yet intriguing episode, host Pete Waggoner along with Mike O’Connell and Amber Miller explore some of the most popular funeral myths out there. They dispel different notions about embalming and funeral processes while sharing their own encounters that reflect the realities of the funeral industry. Mike and Amber also get into the […]

How Preplanning Your Funeral Can Benefit You and Your Family

In this episode hosted by Pete Waggoner, Mike O’Connell and Amber Miller discuss the process of preplanning one’s funeral and its multiple benefits. They go in-depth about the different aspects of funeral preplanning, from the finances to how the actual meetings are done with family members. They also talk about how death and grief can […]

Coping with Secondary Loss & Caregiver Grief

In this episode, host Pete Waggoner goes in-depth with Kathleen Helgeson and Amber Miller about the topic of secondary loss and caregiver grief. They discuss the smaller subsequent losses that happen after the death of a loved one, and how a loss can impact one’s roles and routines. They also delve into how to cope […]

Funeral Do’s and Don’ts: Funeral Etiquette 101

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In this ‘scintillating’ episode of the Good Grief podcast, Mike O’Connell and Amber Miller of O’Connell Funeral Homes join Pete Waggoner to discuss funeral etiquette. They get into the nitty-gritty of the do’s and don’ts of attending a funeral–from the proper attire, to the conversation topics that may be off-limits or offending to the grieving […]

How Cemeteries Make Resting in Peace Possible

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In this episode of The Good Grief podcast, Mike O’Connell and Amber Miller get into cemeteries’ important role in providing a final resting place for people’s loved ones. They discuss the process of creating these final resting places, from deciding on the type of burial to personalizing the space to create a meaningful and lasting […]

Healing Through Tattoos: How Getting Body Art Can Help With Grief

Losing a friend or a loved one is one of the hardest things a person can go through. The process of grieving can be long and difficult, and it can be hard to find ways to cope. And while finding closure and moving on are necessary, none of us would ever want to forget the […]

The Holidays Can Be A Grief Trigger – Ways To Cope

Grief is oblivious. It doesn’t acknowledge the date, time, year, or place. It is not mindful of your feelings or circumstances. Unfortunately, around holidays, grief’s presence can surge strongly. Whether you are experiencing the holidays for the first time without a loved one, or it has been many years, you and your family may find […]

How to help a grieving friend, as well as what is NOT helpful

Learn things you can apply immediately. In today’s episode, Kathy Helgeson, a certified funeral celebrant at O’Connell Family Funeral Homes, joins us to discuss how to help a grieving friend. What’s helpful. What’s not. How shifting your view could help you, as well as someone grieving the loss of a loved one. Links mentioned in […]

How Positive Affirmations Can Help The Grieving Process

Losing a loved one is one of the most significant and stressful life events that all humans must experience. Navigating grief will be different for each person but it can be really helpful to validate the sadness before trying to move through it. Affirmations are a helpful tool for dealing with intense feelings of grief […]

Remembering Mom on Mother’s Day

Remembering your mom on Mother’s Day can be a moment of great joy and much appreciation. But it can also be a moment of intense sadness if you can’t share this day with your mom.  May is a time of warmer weather, plants emerging from their hiding place, the smell of lilacs, as well as […]