Have you ever wondered what makes someone tick? Why do they do what they do?
Everyone has a story. Our experiences make us who we are. In this podcast series, Grief Coach Jenny Dilts invites people to share their stories as we discover the extraordinary in ordinary people and explore humanity one heart at a time.
On this episode of Share Your Story I will be talking with my first guest, Dave Roberts, and his friend Patty Furino. Dave and Patty have recently co-authored the book When the Psychology Professor Met the Minister. It tells of how they met and the adventures they’ve had together.
David J. Roberts, LMSW, became a parent who experienced the death of a child, when his daughter Jeannine died of cancer on 3/1/03 at the age of 18. He is a retired addiction professional and an adjunct professor in the psychology and psychology child-life departments at Utica College in Utica, New York.
Dave has been a workshop facilitator and keynote speaker on the national level for organizations such as The Compassionate Friends and The Bereaved Parents of the USA. He also co-presented a workshop titled “Helping Faculty After Traumatic Loss” for the Parkland, Florida community in May of 2018, in the aftermath of the mass shootings at Stoneman Douglas High School. Dave has also done numerous workshops at the local and regional levels related to transformation from grief and loss.
Rev. Patty Furino was ordained an Interfaith Minister in June 1998, at St. John the Divine Cathedral. She chooses to walk a sacred path obtaining wisdom from a variety of spiritual practices and philosophies.
The goal of her ministry work is to empower others to discover and develop their own unique life paths. Her hope is to inspire a peaceful perspective for people during their challenging times. She feels sometimes people just need someone to bear witness to their stories and offer hope. Spending time with her, most people feel they have found a lifelong friend. She has found great satisfaction inspiring others during their challenging times. She believes she is brought into people's lives through Divine Intervention and views her life as a Sacred Journey.
To listen to previous episodes of Share Your Story, visit https://anchor.fm/jenny-dilts-grievingcoach.