Grief expert Brian Smith's life journey has given him a unique perspective on human experience, with an appreciation for both the joys and the sorrows he has encountered along the way. He has a varied religious and spiritual background, growing up in a Pentecostal religious tradition, and later becoming part of an evangelical community. After that, Brian became a Christian Universalist, and even studied Buddhism and various mystical traditions. As a young man, he was deeply scarred by toxic religion, which, among other things, instilled in him an intense fear of death… a fear that his lifelong spiritual quest has now relieved.
As a result of Brian’s personal experiences with loss, he immersed himself in researching concepts of the afterlife, taking a scientific as well as a spiritual and philosophical approach to it. As Brian describes it in his own words, “I needed to know, not just believe. It’s this experience that I now share with my audiences and the readers of my book, Grief 2 Growth; Planted. Not Buried.” Brian is also the host of the popular Grief2Growth podcast.
Host Donald Altman
Donald Altman, M.A., LPC, is a psychotherapist, international mindfulness expert and award-winning author of over 20 books translated worldwide. Featured as an expert in The Mindfulness Movie and profiled in the Living Spiritual Teachers Project, he currently writes Psychology Today’s Practical Mindfulness Blog. His best-selling The Mindfulness Toolbox won two national publishing Ben Franklin IPBA awards as best book in both the Psychology and Mind-Body-Spirit categories. His books, Clearing Emotional Clutter and The Mindfulness Code, were both chosen as “One of the Best Spiritual Books of the Year” by Spirituality & Practice.
Past Vice-President of The Center for Mindful Eating, he has taught mindfulness to over 15,000 health care and business professionals. His new novel Travelers is a mystical and spiritual journey about a grieving psychiatrist who finds hope, healing and renewal when a mysterious traveling pet therapist, a sentient canine, and suicidal young patient come to the psych ward.