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Hope Thru Grief

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Have you recently lost a loved one? Are you struggling with grief? Don’t understand why the world has moved on and you are stuck? Wondering what will help? Have you lost all hope you will get back to any kind of “normal”? Hope Thru Grief features husband and wife co-hosts Steve Smelski and Shelly … read more


My Story: Steve Smelski

Hope Thru Grief features co-hosts Marshall Adler & Steve Smelski discussing their journeys of grief, after losing their sons and other family members. They have changed their focus in life since their son’s deaths and have been helping others to find the support and answers they have been searching for.

Steve and his wife, Shelly, had an ideal life with successful careers and an 11-year old son, Jordan. A day after returning from a summer vacation spent splashing in hot springs and ziplining in Costa Rica, Jordan became ill with a severe headache. Within a few days, Jordan passed away from what the doctors discovered was a brain eating amoeba that he had contracted while on vacation. There are no words to describe parents that have lost their child and Steve and Shelly’s grief seemed insurmountable- at times even forgetting to eat. The Smelski’s have dedicated their lives to fighting the brain eating amoeba and started the Jordan Smelski Foundation in their son’s honor. They hold an annual Amoeba Summit in Orlando, FL and create training courses for doctors and lab technicians which have been instrumental in saving at least 3 children with confirmed PAM cases, so far.

Find out how Steve and Shelly have found hope and the strength to fight the very disease that took Jordan from them far too soon.

We welcome your comments and questions! Send an email to and please share our show with anyone you know that is struggling with loss and grief. You can find us on the internet to continue the conversation!





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Marshall Adler and Steve Smelski, co-hosts of Hope Thru Grief are not medical, or mental health professionals, therefore we cannot and will not give any medical, or mental health advice. If you, or anyone you know needs medical or mental health treatment, please contact a medical or mental health professional immediately.

Thank you

Marshall Adler

Steve Smelski

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