Lisa Sniderman: The Grieving Project



This episode of Big Blend Radio features Lisa Sniderman creator of the new spoken word audiobook “The Grieving Project: A Moving Journey Through 14 Stages of Grieving & Thriving.”  Listen to her interview here in the YouTube player or download the podcast on Podbean or Soundcloud.

After battling a rare, debilitating chronic illness since 2008, California artist Lisa Sniderman decided she would turn her disease into an opportunity to heal herself and others – especially at this time during a global pandemic when healing is necessary on so many levels.  The multiple award-winning singer, songwriter, recording artist, playwright, filmmaker, and author, also known as Aoede, released her spoken word audiobook, The Grieving Project (published by Author’s Republic), which sets the stages of grief to music to move us from surviving to thriving. In the audiobook, four actors with chronic illness (including Sniderman) narrate an emotional journey through the 7 stages of grieving and the 7 stages of thriving, set to 22 tracks of original instrumental music.

Sniderman is donating 50% of the proceeds from The Grieving Project to Myositis Support and Understanding (MSU), a nonprofit organization that supports and empowers the Myositis Community. Living with dermatomyositis (a rare chronic autoimmune inflammatory disease marked by muscle weakness and skin rash) for more than 12 years, Sniderman decided to not just survive but to thrive. -She recognized that she first needed to grieve, which she views as a 7-stage process (adapted from renowned psychiatrist Elizabeth Kübler-Ross), that includes: shock/disbelief, denial, bargaining, guilt, anger, depression, and acceptance/hope.  She says, “In The Grieving Project,” I forgot to grieve my illness, so I’ve invited myself to grieve and thrive; to express and feel in all the ways I’ve intentionally avoided, and from my own experiences, created seven new stages of thriving that pick up after grieving.”

Through “The Grieving Project,” Sniderman hopes she can empower others struggling with chronic illnesses as well as their families and friends who support them.  She says the audiobook “is a road map to our hearts, an invitation for you to grieve your loss, your change, your unexpected and unwanted transformation, and the inspiration and encouragement you need to awaken, express, rejuvenate, activate, connect, shine and truly thrive!”

“The Grieving Project” features narrators Lisa Sniderman, Rachel Fulginiti, Lauren Freedman, and David Francisco, as well as artist Jasmine Raskas who created the album artwork – all of whom have had experiences with chronic illness. Participating musicians include Orchestra Nostalgico and special guests. Concept and lyrics were written by Sniderman. The music was produced, composed, arranged, and engineered by acclaimed musical director Angelo “Scrote” Bundini, who has produced and collaborated with Aoede on many of her albums.

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