All There Is with Anderson Cooper

Reviews For All There Is with Anderson Cooper

Thank you Anderson for putting out this beautiful work. I have been in agony for a year watching my mom decline from a particularly brutal terminal illness. I have not known where to turn for help to process the pain, anticipatory grief, anger, and sadness. In fact there have been times where it’s been so unbearable that I have truly believed that when she takes her last breath, I will too. Thank you for making me feel less lonely in this journey and to know I’ll be okay. Also, I’ve been looking for meditations that might help. If you are open to that perhaps consider a partnership with Dan Harris who is doing tremendous work in that space? (I sent him a note through his app suggesting the same) Thank you and please don’t stop the podcast. It’s so good for the soul!
Thank you for putting this together. This podcast has helped me understand my own grief with the ones I have lost. I am sorry for what you and your family have gone through.
My son Andrew died while trying to save a perfect Stranger from drowning offf the coast of Passa grill Florida. He was 27 years old and such a delight and such a pain in our butts. He was a gay young man who grew up in a Roman Catholic faith and found his own family turn their back on him. Not his parents or his sister or those who loved him dearly but he struggled with their attitudes. He was such a treasure and touched so many lives we had no idea. Thank you for this podcast. It helps Anderson, I am so grateful for this podcast with Steven. It was eye opening and I’m learning after 5 years to be grateful for those treasures 27 years. Thank you.
Thank you for sharing your pain and making me feel a little less lonely in my pain. Please keep doing this….it is so important ♥️
I love this podcast so much, it is beautifully done, a very pure and deep journey through pain, grief and traumatic memories that enriches anyone that listen… at a times sounds like a good audiobook of a sad story then you realize that is true stories and it makes it even better… thanks to Anderson for letting us in…
This is a great podcast and an excellent way to learn about grief.
Thank you Anderson, for doing this brave podcast. Like you, I have been burying grief for years. For another day to process it. A “better” time. For the past few months I’ve realized I need to stop ignoring these hard feelings and just have to go through it. Your podcast is so fricking helpful!!! I thank you for taking the time and energy to share your journey and to help people like me on our own hard journeys of processing loss. You are definitely not alone.
If I could carry with me only one piece of work Anderson Cooper has ever produced, this series would be it. Completely authentic and an invaluable resource for exploring how grief and loss can and should co-exist with joy and life.
I appreciated Anderson’s guests and his own feelings as I listened to this podcast. For anyone who has lost family and friends, this speaks to grief, gratitude, and trying to make sense of it all. Thank you so much Anderson. All the best to you.
Thank you for creating this podcast and for being so open with your feelings. I’m a trauma therapist who is going through my own grief and your podcast has been a great comfort to me.
Words are inadequate to describe the value and beauty of this series. Thank you Anderson.
Why do I listen when I know it’s going to tear me up? Because these episodes are straight from the heart stories of grief and the god awful job of learning to cope with it. Thank you Anderson for sharing and helping us all in our grief journeys.
A great podcast about a topic that affects all of us. It’s also perfect timing, as so many are experiencing all types of loss and grief due to Covid. I appreciate Anderson Cooper’s candor, as grief is a normal part of human experience. (Hoping you will feature Richard E. Grant as a guest, as he has recently written about his experience with grief.)
Oh Anderson. This episode. I just wept through this. Thank you for your vulnerability and helping us all by sharing your experience and having others like Kristen on your podcast. I agree with what Kristen is saying about relationships changing once someone leaves us. This happened with my grandmother who suffered from dementia. She’s here with me even more clear now than when she was suffering. Hearing you talk about Mae was truly beautiful.

5/5

Anderson I’ve been very emotional as I prepare for the closing of the sale of my parents’ home of almost 60 years. As I was going through some of my Mom’s things today, out of the loneliness of grief, I tried the first episode of your podcast. My Mom’s closing is also in 12 days- a bit of a coincidence. I related so much to your desire to preserve and honour your Mom and your family through the things she had lovingly kept. It is what I have struggled with as I went through 60 years (and more) of memories and family history. In fact just last weekend when I thought I had gone through everything, I found a pair of my baby shoes in the box with my name on them! However I have to say that your audible crying was the thing I related to the most as I reach this “other death”.
Thank you for the journey together. I hope you continue to create these podcasts. The only truly one thing that connects all of us is the love and grief is always the same. Nothing can place a wedge. Not racial ethnic nor faith We all experience grief and no one can make that a political ploy or platform of difference that would need to be debated. It’s the one and only thing that makes us all the same.
This is the best podcast I’ve listened to. There are so many different thoughts, giving listeners so much to consider and think about. We certainly are all individuals in how we deal with and think about our own experiences with grief. I plan to listen again. Thank you for this!

5/5

Dear Anderson,I have enjoyed listening to you….on Cobert….Andy Cohan….Happy New Year show……and Your show on CNN….I am enjoying listening to your pod cast… Your have a wonderful love for this world……Your kids are beautiful…. Your mom was an amazing woman….I saw her movie,too…! Take care of you and your boys….. Joyce A. Weathersbee Lancaster,S.C. P.S….I had a pair of her jeans,too…….LOLOLOL
I love this podcast but I would also love to see other types of loss covered that often get overlooked: death of a friend (4 hrs of bereavement for your best friend—really?), death of a pet, divorce (happens to everyone—no big deal), miscarriage, infertility, life altering illnesses, etc.
Thank you for this amazing show.
My parents died 7 years ago with in 7 months of each other and my 21 year old daughter died last year of suicide. After listening I realized I never have really gotten over my parents death while now grieving my daughter. I find this to be comforting in some strange way and knowing that others are in pain and going through what I’m going through. They are getting up everyday and” living their best life baby!” i love this podcast and have told all my friends!! Please continue!!! I know you need work life balance but this I really helping others and I’m sure it is helping you to finally discuss it. Thank you! Thank you!! 💗
Thank you for this podcast it’s been two years since my dad past he was my best friend still is . Listening to your podcast helps me a lot . I do t feel alone with my feelings that you never really get over the loss you learn to live with it . Thank you from the bottom of my heart . Randi
My father took his life at the age of 53. I was a junior in high school. This was in 1982 and maybe because of the stigma of mental illness or maybe because I was s 16 year old teenager, I did not want to talk about my pain. I find 40 years later and listening to “All There Is” that I am still that 16 year old girl that couldn’t save her father. I feel a connection to all these stories of loss, grief snd love. Anderson Cooper is authentic and profound in his quest for understanding and talking about his own losses, as well as learning from others. Thank you.
Still healing after almost 50 years and that’s ok. I learned more about this grief journey. I cried with you and laughed too. Your mom was a doll. “Only one mother in the world.”
I really can’t thank you enough for this podcast, Anderson. I can’t thank you enough for your honesty while you’ve shared your grief with us.
If you’ve had grief suddenly thrust upon you or don’t feel others understand your perspective, you will definitely connect with Anderson, his guests, and this podcast! Well done Anderson Cooper! thank you ❤️
Thank you
Thank you Anderson. My daughter in law has been encouraging me to listen to this. Her husband, my son died unexpectedly almost 20 months ago and my father died unexpectedly at age 50 of a “massive coronary event” when I was 4. My son left behind a 14 month old and my dad left behind a 4 year old. I too was convinced I would die at either 50 or when one of each of my 3 kids was 4. To hear you and Stephen Colbert talk so openly about those “magic” numbers meant so much to me. I thought I was the only one marking time that way. Now with my sons passing it’s all just so raw and heart breaking. My grandson and I share that experience of being fatherless at ages far too young to understand. Your podcast gives me hope the world is becoming ready to talk about some of this really hard stuff. Thank you.

By MiTie
I am an only child who lost my Dad at 15 and my Mom at 34. I am now 59 and like you Anderson, had to clean out the only family home I ever knew. I felt so alone in my grief for so many years until we aged and friends began to lose both their parents too. No one fully understands it until you are in those shoes. I looked forward to this podcast each week, knowing I would be hearing from people who understood. I enjoyed listening to your guest’s thoughts and feelings about their grief. It really has made me feel less alone……and I thank you so much for that!
Thank you, Anderson, and to your guests for sharing such profoundly moving stories about life and loss.
This is an absolutely beautiful series. I didn’t know how much I needed to hear and share these conversations and thoughts. It’s so real and honest and full of love and pain. Thank you.
Being married to someone with the last name Cooper who also has done international work I have often questioned if they are related. They are not but perhaps in vision. Anderson has always given me insight into world affairs. He has also made me laugh. Carry on Anderson! I am thrilled you have sons! When you speak of them I smile.
I listened to every episode. Anderson’s vulnerability, compassion and posture of a fellow learner on this journey with grief was so lovely and helpful. Thank you for sharing yourself & your fellow travelers with us.
Beautiful. Not a word I think I've used before to describe a podcast, honestly. This one is so rich in its authenticity and emotion and care. Anderson treats the subject with such great respect for our shared humanity, with intimacy, sensitivity, and vulnerability. Highly recommended for anyone who's facing or has faced grief, or who wants to support and understand someone in their grief. Searching for something like guidance or structure to help me move through my grief after my brother's death, I somehow stumbled on this podcast--I'm so grateful I did. It's one of the best things I've found out there.
I listen to podcasts all the time but this is the first time I ever felt compelled to review one. Giving sunshine to such a deeply personal topic as grief and giving people the space to listen to others experience of it is all around a good idea. I commend him for having the courage to display his vulnerability. Not an easy thing to do, but very healthy. I think this has not only helped Anderson work through his grief but at the same time allowed others listening to work through theirs as well. Growing up in the 60’s and 70’s such topics were off limits and many people are left feeling that not only is discussing grief not ok, but actually experiencing it is not ok either. I can understand if Anderson may not be inspired to come back for a season 2 on the same topic but I do hope he finds the time to look at some other cultural “elephant in the living room” that will also be as relatable and healing for many. I’ve always had a neutral view of Anderson but after listening to this I hope to hear much more from this side of him. (I’m guessing he might, like myself, be an INFT? :).

5/5

Anderson I was so happy to listen to this podcast. I have been in such a dark/happy place since my mom has passed 5 years ago. Since I was a young child all my family was leaving my life so quickly. I lost my niece to Leukemia at the age of 4 some 50 years ago. She was such a beautiful angel. It was my mom’s first grandchild. Since that first death for me at the age of 9 or 10 it just seemed as a whirlwind hit my family with more cancer. I lost my dad some years before that to alcoholism then my niece then some aunts and uncles then it died down and started up again. I lost my first brother to lung cancer then my older brother to diabetes complications then my last brother to cancer. Within the time of losing my last brother I had cancer and beat my battle. I thought my mom will loose her mind. We were so close. I felt as though “how could I be another one of her children with cancer and cause her more pain”. I was the baby of six and we did everything together. I felt so bad having to tell her another one of your children has cancer again. I watched my mom loose ten years of her life after putting her children and granddaughter into the ground. Again, “I thought it was over”, NOPE, after my mom went through all the pain and suffering from losing her children she ended up with Multiple Myeloma at the age of 80. I was so devastated and angry because I thought she would never get cancer. Well it ripped her body apart. I stayed with her everyday and took care of her until the end. She lasted a good year but she suffered and hated going to dialysis. The cancer destroyed her liver and at times she would just fall down because the myeloma just ate away at her bones. After her death just me and my 2 sisters were left. Yes, mom had the Brady Bunch 3 girls and 3 boys. Well one of my sisters also ended up with lung cancer and it metastasized very quick. It went to her brain, her bones and all over her body. At this point mom was only gone 3 years before I got hit again with another family member suffering through cancer. This was the sister who daughter’s died from leukemia. So she was still grieving and never had anymore children. Her death was awful, miserable, painful overwhelming and just down right hideous. I had no more tears. I did not attend her’s or my mom funeral I could not do it anymore. I became so numb. I just wanted to kill every letter that cancer was made up of. The darkness turns to light at times. I speak to my mom everyday and night. We pray together, we smile, I laugh and I always ask “hey mom, I wonder what you are doing up there?” She has given me so many signs to let me know it will be alright. She lets me know to try to push past losing her because it is part of life and to keep the FAITH and lean on God. Anderson this not easy but I have to tell you listening to you and Stephen helped me through another day. Stephen said something so important, that It is a gift to lose someone!!! It really is because I had my mom for 53 years of my life and I always vowed to take care of her like she took care of me. When I tell you close, we were as close as a doorknob to the hole of the door it would be put into, close as seed in a cherry, sweet as a watermelon and love that God wanted the world to have for everyone but we had the LOVE that Gos gifted to us. I still suffer at times and there is no limit to anyones suffering. I’m learning how to turn it into happy moments. I have a lot of memories and some voice recordings that are so special. Anderson, I often wonder is it easier to loose a parent as a child or an adult? I don’t think either one is easier but I feel the later is much harder because I feel like she had more wisdom to give me. Anderson PLEASE know and understand this podcast was very helpful for me. Each day my darkness gets lighter. Each day the FAITH my mom had in GOD brings me so much more closer to him. God has helped me and guided this tfar and I know he will continue to bring me further. I want to write a book about my cancer encounters because not only did I loose my immediate family to this horrible disease I have lost aunts and uncles in between losing my own. I am 13 years cancer free as of this date and I plan on staying this way forever. May God bless you and hold you tight through your grieving process. Thank you. Priscilla
Anderson, you have been so generous for sharing such a private part of your life. It is so true that we all will share in the feeling of grief, and yet your vulnerability and honesty leaves me feeling more able to share my grief as well. Whether it is from the shock of my father’s death in 1976, my feelings of guilt over my mother’s death in 2013 or my brother’s in 2017, perhaps I will be as brave as you and stop trying to hide it away. Thank you for this beautiful podcast. p.s. It surprised me that you only recently realized you had your mother’s giggle. That was one of my favorite moments!
I wish I had this series when my daughter died of cancer 14 years ago. So healing. I now design funeral programs full time and I’ll be recommending it to every grieving family I work with.
Beautifully spoken. Beautifully said. The tears I cried felt so good. This is a great lesson on grief, vulnerability, and living life. Thank you.
This podcast was just what I needed. I put it off at times, afraid to dive into my grief over the passing of my Mother. This podcast made me laugh, cry, and at times even guided me gently into a new way of integrating my grief. I can’t recommend it enough.
And I listen to podcasts all the time, too often. I happened upon this podcast, I admire Anderson Cooper’s work, I thought I would listen. Never, never did I think it would blow my heart wide open like it has! I am so deeply moved, so inspired by Anderson’s sharing, as I am by his guests, I am torn between do I finish podcast, or savor it and listen slowly. I do know that when I listen I can’t seem to stop. I am astounded at the beauty with which this has been put together. Thank you so. Without question this ought to be podcast of the year if there is such thing, I had already read one book, by the amazing man now I am on to everything he has ever written. Thank you Anderson Cooper, I am glad to be alive to have realized the richness of this podcast, and being a Rumi lover, your quote, ‘the wound is where the light enters’ was a true gift. Blessing and love to you for you work and for sharing yourself with us. With great respect, Laurel Hobbs
I love this podcast. The stories are so relatable. Anderson, please don’t just make it a limited series. Keep it going. It really fills a need. So beautiful and poignant.
“We need more grieving temples”.Steven Levin Thank you Anderson for your amazing heart. I have looked for others to share my grief for losses unspoken. Your love from your own grief is something shared that I feel is most needed and so often left unsaid or to ashamed to feel these strong emotions. You are so right that all everyone shares here is about Love!! Thank you for your love and vulnerability to this world!! 🤍
With each episode, I was moved in profound ways. Anderson is a gentle and tender hearted guide and is so caring in sharing his stories and in compassionately listening to other’s stories.
This podcast has entered into my heart. I do so want my daughters to be able to listen to it when I’m gone. In the meantime they can listen now and still receive so much from it. Thank you, Anderson. I feel like I’m listening to a friend now when I watch you on CNN.
I’ve sincerely enjoyed every episode. I can’t say that about every podcast, even ones I really like. If you’ve ever experienced the death of someone close to you, you’ll be drawn in. The guests on every episode were amazing, vulnerable and insightful. Anderson is wonderful, too. He is navigating his own grief in a way that is so touching and genuine. I made the mistake of listening on my commute and was wiping tears away before walking inside work. I really hope there’s another season!

5/5

By 1J5O3E
Thank you for this. Healing from grief is such a journey and this podcast has truly helped.
Your podcast is so helpful and motivational and necessary for all of us who are grieving. You put so many of my feelings into words and let me know I was not alone. Thank you and long live your loved ones!
Thank you Anderson. For showing us we’re all human. And we’re all connected. We all grieve. But there is life on the other side. And we can get through it together. Thank you. There are terrible things that may happen to us but we can still find joy in spite of it. We needed this podcast. Especially now.