Category Archives: Mara


Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Theme of the Show: Techniques of Empowering Ourselves
Guest: Judy Lyon-
Lead Host: Mara Lees

As a trained counsellor, Judy offers individual and group counselling as well as Yoga to help clients empower themselves. Judy’s motto is , ” She wants clients to have their own journey of healing and to help them to do so”.
Because of Judy’s own personal journey , the many deaths experienced in a short time as well as the death of her brother by suicide, Judy has a deep understanding of the grief journey. Judy offered the Death Matters Live show a wealth of her experience dealing with anxiety, depression, sadness and symptoms of trauma that can all be associated emotions death, loss and grief. We spoke at length about dealing with grief and getting through the holidays.

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Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Theme of the Show: Embrace by Faith
Guest: Reet Herder – Fraser Valley Artist
Lead Host: Mara Lees

Reet and her husband Don Herder were married for 50 years. In May of this year, Don passed away after suffering a severe brain aneurysm. Reet shared her life, her relationship and finally the death of Don. When asked who her main support was during the time Don was passing and now on her journey of grief, Reet replied it is her faith in God and the support He gives her on a daily basis. When asked if she is lonely, she replied no.

Reet is a local artist. Her passion is painting and making jewellry.
To get in touch with Reet, you can email her at

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Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Theme of the Show: Death of a Parent
Guest: Dano and Andrea MacDonald
Lead Host: Mara Lees

Dano and Andrea MacDonald shared their personal story and experience of losing their Dad while in their early teens. They describe their Dad as a dreamer with an adventurous spirit. Roderick Douglas MacDonald was a helicopter engineer, a pilot and eventually sold helicopters. He suffered severe seizures which he tried to hide. Because of his denial , this eventually broke up his marriage. Dano and Andrea’s Mom left with 4 children to raise on her own and work. When the girls were asked who was their main support during this times, they responded their Mamma Mac. After the break up, their Dad traveled from place to place but always keeping in touch. One evening, the family received the dreaded news, their Dad was dead at the age of 49. The girls feel this was the moment that shaped their lives and opened up the rabbit hole.

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Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Theme of the Show: Second Chance at Life
Guest: Santanna Prince – Entrepreneur and Co-Owner, Sugar’d, Langley, BC
Lead Host: Mara Lees

At 30 years old, life was excellent for Santanna Prince. She was healthy, her business was doing well and life was good. Santanna and her sister, co-own a company called Sugar’d in Langley. One day at work, Santanna felt a share pain in under her rib. So severe, she drove herself to the hospital. In pain, she waited 8 hours in the emergency before being seen by a Doctor. Blood tests were ordered. The diagnosis was her pancreas was inflamed caused, as the Doctor said, from drinking alcohol. Santanna does not drink. She was admitted and further tests were preformed. She was diagnosed with a cancerous tumor behind her rib cage. Now finished with her treatments, she is in remission. With enthusiasm Santanna expresses, ” I feel like I have been given a second chance at life”. ” I use to work to live—now I live to work”.

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Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Theme of the Show: Against All Hope / Facing Death Daily
Guest: Patty Emry, Author, Motivational Speaker, Mentor, Host on Soap Box Co-op Radio,
Lead Host: Mara Lees

All her life, Patty has been hearing she is special and unique. Born as a twin, Patty’s organs had not developed. The parents were informed Patty would probably die within a few days. Because of the parent’s faith, they insisted the doctors try anything to save Patty’s life. Patty lived and thrives. Her twin sister died a few months later at 3 months old. Patty has spent her lifetime facing death daily however, this did not stop Patty from marrying, adopting two children and later giving birth to a son.

Patty is a competitive skier, marathon runner, host on Soap Box Co-op radio, author, and public motivator speaker. Her book, ” It takes a sense of humor” is an inspirational story of hope and motivation to anyone who on a daily basis must adapt their health and lifestyle to stay alive and flourish…from losses, to facing health issues, traumas, break ups etc….”Patty Cares”.

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Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Theme of the Show: Depression and Grief
Guest: Dawn Schooler, Registered Clinical counsellor and owner of Jericho Counselling Services –
Lead Host: Mara Lees

Our special guest today was Dawn Schooler, a Registered Clinical Counsellor and the owner of Jericho Counselling Clinics with locations in Vancouver and Burnaby. Dawn has been working as a counsellor, coach, and teacher for more than 25 years. Dawn is passionate about making counselling more accessible to everyone who wishes to begin the journey. Excellent conversations about grief and how it can lead to depression, how people with depression deal with grief and what steps does a person take to seek help and what help is available. What can we do to support a person suffering from depression especially after a loss a loved one. The deeper the love the deeper the grief. Enjoy the show.

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Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Theme of the Show: Estate Planning
Guest: Sheryne Mecklai
Lead Host: Mara Lees
Sheryne Mecklai is a Tax Partner with Manning Elliott Accountants and Business Advisors.
Sheryne’s focus and expertise is Estate Planning and Business Succession Services for Canadian Business.
Sheryne was a wonderful guest who shared her knowledge and advise concerning Estate Planning and the importance of preparing a plan for the end of life. What is included in Estate planning? All assets owned, property, jewellrey, art, old cars, stamp collections, your investments, life insurance etc. and most importantly, the will.

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Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Theme of the Show: Progression of the Soul
Guest: Norma Cowie
Lead Host: Mara Lees

We go about our normal routine in life without question. Then something traumatic happens and we start to question life. What is our purpose here on earth? Why are we here? What happens after death? Do we have a soul?
Norma Cowie is a Metaphysical Psychic Life Consultant. Her teaching of Spirituality and the progression of the soul has helped hundreds of folks over the past 40 years, to find meaning to their life and to lead a more successful life. On today’s show the hosts on Death Matters Live have a conversation with Norma about the Progression of the soul from birth, life and eventually, death.
Folks from various cultures and /or religion, have their own idea of what the soul is and what happens before birth and after death.

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Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Theme of the Show: Clarifying and Organizing Life After a Death
Guest: Ranka Burzan
Lead Host: Mara Lees

Ranka is an inspiring entrepreneur. She is the founder and owner of a family owned business called SOS, Solutions Organizing Simply. Ranka is one of the most sought after Professional Organizers, Author and Public Speaker in British Columbia. Over her lifetime, Ranka has suffered her own personal tragedies and losses. Using a positive attitude….she simply calls them her learning tools. Furthering her education , Ranka offers clients her life counselling skills to help them get organize and declutter. Ranka empowers clients to be in control of their own decision making and planning. By doing so, the client can find some clarity and control in their lives as they move forward through the stages of grief and loss. One concrete step at a time is one step in the right direction.

Contact Ranka on Facebook or call the office at 604-427-4445


Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Theme of the Show: Life of a Widow
Guest: Linda Mcveigh and Marie Bercier Carter
Lead Host: Mara Lees

It is impossible to understand the depth of pain and emotions a person maybe feeling after the death of their spouse or Life partner. As we are all unique individuals… therefore we are unique with our thoughts, feelings and emotions.

Linda McVeigh and Marie Bercier Carter shared their personal story of losing their spouses. For Linda it was 12 years and for Marie five years. There is no time limited for grief!

Verses from the poem Gift of a friend by Karin Schaefer.
There are days when joy abundant
grabs a hold of you and me
warps us up in all it’s splendor
lifts us up and sets us free
There are days when sorrow
wraps us in its cloak of grief and fear
“till our hearts ache to the breaking
“till our eyes can’t shed a tear
Our hope for this show was possible to bring to the listener the knowledge they are not alone with their emotions of grief.