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Good Grief

43 EpisodesProduced by O'Connell Funeral HomesWebsite

Helping plan funerals with honor. O'Connell funeral homes staff, along with guests, give guidance on topics like, how to write an obituary, preplanning for your funeral, funeral arrangements, as well as how to personalize funeral services. The podcasts also include advice on how to manage grief, wha… read more

43 Episodes | 2020 - 2023

Death and Dying in Media: Fact-Checking the Fiction

November 30th, 2023


Who says it’s too late to be talking about horror? 

In this month’s episode, Pete and Amber explore how death, dying, and funerals are depicted in the media. Amber, with her penchant for horror movies, offers a unique …

Debunking Myths and Misconceptions on Hospice Care

October 31st, 2023


In this episode, Amber and Pete shed light on the topic of hospice care, sharing their insights and debunking common misconceptions. Amber starts by explaining how she chose this topic for the episode, drawing from her …

Breaking Down Organ and Body Donation Misconceptions

September 29th, 2023


In this episode, Amber and Pete dive into the topic of body and organ donation, debunking myths and addressing common concerns. They begin by highlighting the importance of discussing donation throughout the year. Pete …

Debunking Myths on Embalming & Cremation

August 31st, 2023


In this episode, Amber and Pete delve into the world of embalming and cremation myths. They discuss the fate of jewelry, metallic teeth fillings, and implants during these processes, debunking misconceptions along the …

The Price of Saying Goodbye: Insights from a Funeral Director

August 4th, 2023


In this month's episode, Amber and Pete explore the often-misunderstood topic of funeral costs and the crucial role of funeral directors in managing …

Sacred Grounds: Unveiling the Significance of Cemeteries in the Grief Process

June 30th, 2023


In this episode, Pete and Amber are joined by Mike Miller of the Willow River Cemetery in Hudson, WI. Mike shares his personal journey, recalling how his fascination with the cemetery began when he worked there as a …

Carrying the Load: Roles of Pallbearers

May 31st, 2023


In this episode, host Pete Waggoner and Amber Miller of O’Connell Family Funeral Homes discuss the role of pallbearers in funeral services. They …

Heartwarming Ways to Honor Your Mom This Mother's Day

April 30th, 2023


In this episode, host Pete Waggoner and O’Connell Family Funeral Homes’ Amber Miller discuss the importance of remembering and honoring moms on Mother's Day. They highlight the various ways people can pay tribute to …

Dealing With Stress, Burnout, and Compassion Fatigue

March 30th, 2023


In this episode, host Pete Waggoner and O’Connell Family Funeral Homes’ Amber Miller welcome Stress Awareness Month by discussing the different aspects of stress. From its usual symptoms to how it relates to grief and …

Local Resources to Help With the Grief Journey

February 27th, 2023


In this episode of Good Grief, Amber Miller and Pete Waggoner discuss local resources that can help those going through a difficult period of grief. …

Honoring a Loved One through Funeral Personalization

January 31st, 2023


In this episode of the Good Grief podcast, Amber Miller sits with host Pete Waggoner to discuss the topic of funeral personalization and how it can help people grieve. They explore why personalizing a funeral—from the …

Funeral Preplanning Expectations With Amber Miller

January 10th, 2023


O'Connell Funeral Homes' Amber Miller and host Pete Waggoner welcome the new year by discussing preplanning expectations in this episode of Good Grief. Amber shares her first-hand funeral experience with families whose …

How We Can Help Those Who Grieve

October 31st, 2022


In this episode, Mike O'Connell and Amber Miller sit down with Pete Waggoner to discuss how one can be of assistance to those who are grieving. They explore the different ways a grieving person may behave and how we as …

My Health, My Decisions: A Discussion on Advance Directives with Mike O'Connell & Dr. Kirsten Severson

September 2nd, 2022


In this episode, Dr. Kirsten Severson along with Mike O'Connell and host Pete Waggoner explores the concept of advance directives and how they work. …

How Preplanning Your Funeral Can Benefit You and Your Family

August 5th, 2022


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. …

Coping with Secondary Loss & Caregiver Grief with Kathleen Helgeson & Amber Miller

June 30th, 2022


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 …

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

May 31st, 2022


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 …

How Cemeteries Make Resting in Peace Possible

May 5th, 2022


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 …

Memorializing Your Loved Ones with Tattoos

April 14th, 2022


In this episode of The Good Grief podcast, host Pete Waggoner sits with Mike O'Connell and guest, Lori Christopherson to discuss how tattoos can be used as a form of memorializing and honoring a loved one. Mike shares …

A day in the life of a funeral director

March 8th, 2022


There is no other job like a funeral director. In celebration of National Funeral Director and Morticians Recognition Day on March 11th, we would …

Merging locations to better serve local communities

February 24th, 2022


To better accommodate Western Wisconsin communities, specifically Pierce County, as well as to offer a complete range of grief services, the locally owned and operated O’Connell Family Funeral Homes are merging their …

Obituaries - a guide to a purposefully lived life

January 31st, 2022


Obituaries are not only used in death – they can also be a guide to a purposefully lived life. In this podcast, Mike O’Connell reflects on the …

How to care for your grief during the holiday season.

December 7th, 2021


The most wonderful time of the year, might not be the most wonderful time of the year for some people.

Everyday stuff is overwhelming us and the …

The importance of celebrating a life

November 16th, 2021


Celebration of life vs. funeral and memorial service. How these terms have evolved as well as some ideas on how to blend these types of service, as a …

How to Help a Grieving Friend & What is NOT Helpful.

October 1st, 2021


How to help a grieving friend. 

In today's episode, Kathy Helgeson, a certified funeral celebrant at O’Connell Family Funeral Homes, joins us to …

Benefits of pre-arranging your funeral

September 3rd, 2021


Mike O'Connell talks about pre-arranging for your funeral. Why should you pre-arrange? What are the benefits?

In this episode, we also answer some …

Funeral Personalization

August 7th, 2021


Getting what you want, even after death.  

Mike O'Connell & Pete talk about how to make a funeral personalized to not only pay tribute to your loved one, but help the family.   

Hear some personal stories about how …

Questions a funeral director asks

July 31st, 2021


In today's episode, we discuss what questions and information funeral directors will ask you when planning a funeral.

Many people have told us, "We …

Choosing the right funeral home

June 23rd, 2021


A Difficult Decision

Picking a funeral home is one of the greatest decisions that you'll make in your life, one which will significantly impact your …

Funerals for Veterans

May 25th, 2021


Memorial Day is right around the corner so we created a podcast episode dedicated to the brave men and women that give so much to our country.

On this episode, we share an event we have coming up on May 27th - …

Funeral etiquette...What to wear, what to say...

March 26th, 2021


Funeral etiquette isn't something that most people spend a lot of time thinking about, but the truth is that it can help grieving families have the best possible experience throughout the deep pain surrounding the death …

Should I donate my body to science?

March 9th, 2021


Body donation is a mysterious topic for many of us, despite its essential role in saving lives, and in today's episode we'd like to change that. 

Flowers for funerals

February 24th, 2021


Funerals without flowers... sounds weird, doesn't it? Most of us haven't been to that many funerals where flowers weren't a part of the decoration... and for good reason.

In today's episode, Shelli  Erck, from Hudson …

Grief and the holidays

December 2nd, 2020


Grieving over the loss of a loved one is already an unimaginable painful experience. But to go through it during the holiday season feels even …

Hospice care and end of life decisions

December 1st, 2020


Hospice Care is a sensitive topic for many of us. As with pre-arranging a funeral, talking about hospice care can make us feel very uncomfortable; some of us might feel we are "giving up" on our loved ones when we begin …

Estate Planning

August 7th, 2020


Estate planning is one of those topics that often come up as we grow older, but, contrary to what many people might think, this is something that …

Suicide Deaths

July 3rd, 2020


Suicide deaths define complicated grief. The stigma surrounding suicide and the complex feelings of guilt, shame, and anger that many grievers experience when a loved one kills themselves, makes it that much harder to …

Childhood grief, children & grieving

June 4th, 2020


Different types of loss and grief children and adolescents may experience and how we can help guide them.

Joining us, we have our friend and …

Helping the healing process with our new grief therapy dog, Finnegan.

May 8th, 2020


Meet Finnegan, our new grief therapy dog. Learn how he helps in processing grief, and healing in today's podcast.

Learn more on our website

Grief resources during COVID-19.

April 3rd, 2020


You can’t push pause on grief.

COVID-19 has brought much distress to families all over the country and changed our daily lives tremendously. In these …

Death & your financial stability

March 6th, 2020


Death & your financial stability

Dealing with the death of a loved one is stressful enough. But not knowing what to do with someone's finances …

Why self-care is important when you are grieving.

February 7th, 2020



What is self-care.

How self-care works.

Tips on what you can do about it.

What you can do about it

  1. Be kind to yourself. Love Yourself. …

Funeral pre-arranging can be overwhelming.

January 6th, 2020


Mike O'Connell talks about guiding you through the pre-arrangement process of a funeral. 

FREE PDF Download: 10 things to think about before your funeral.

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