S4E38: Singer/Songwriter Mike Ward on the Death of His Father

Mike Ward playing guitar

The holidays can trigger emotions – good and bad – about family members that are no longer with us. This week is all about fathers. We share an interview with Mike Ward, a Detroit-based singer and songwriter who writes about coming to terms with aging, loss, and death. This week Mike shared about a song he wrote for his father called “Wrestling with Ghosts.”

We also rebroadcast an episode where we talk about why the death of a father can affect us differently and strategies to help you deal with the death of your father, especially if it was a complicated or non-existent relationship.

In this Episode:

  • 01:24 – Interview with Singer/Songwriter Mike Ward
  • 24:49 – Intro, S4E11 Re-broadcast
  • 26:32 – Recipe – Dirty Martini Pork Chops
  • 30:14 – Father Figures
  • 36:54 – Losing a Father
  • 52:06 – Dad Jokes
  • 57:17 – Charlie’s Dad
  • 59:50 Outro

Honoring His Father Through Song

Mike Ward is a Detroit-based singer and songwriter who writes about coming to terms with aging, loss, and death.  His most recent album, The Darkness, and the Light was released on 1/26/21. This week Mike and Marianne talked about a song he wrote for his father called “Wrestling with Ghosts.” His father was relatively healthy until his death at age 95, but not without much loss and grief.

Listen to the full song below:

You can read more about Mike and download his single “No Way to Live” at Mike Ward’s website. The song is dedicated to raising awareness and donations for organizations assisting the homeless. You can reach Mike Ward at sykoward7@hotmail.com or listen to his music at www.psychosongs.com. He is also on Spotify.

How Does the Death of a Father Affect Us?

The death of a father can affect us differently – learn about some of the gender differences in the grief response and why it can be so hard. In our re-broadcast of S4E11, Marianne shares strategies to help you deal with the death of your father, especially if it was a complicated or non-existent relationship.

Celebrating Other Father Figures

We also celebrate father figures and men who step in for that role. And what would a Father’s Day episode be without some really bad Dad jokes!

A father and son in a hammock. We learn about death of a father as well as celebrate father figures in this episode (https://every1dies.org)

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