Conversations with Jerry - self acceptance, life after death, and healing

About Irene Kendig, M.A.

Irene Kendig is an award-winning author, speaker, and soul-centered coach. Her debut book, Conversations with Jerry and Other People I Thought Were Dead, has been honored with seven national and international awards, and is endorsed by NY Times bestselling authors Neale Donald Walsch and Bernie Siegel M.D., and Amazon bestselling author Robert Schwartz.

Irene is one of thirty-seven writers and filmmakers featured in the recently released, What Wags the World: Tales of Conscious Awakening. The book recounts the profound, often mystical or paranormal experiences that have led its contributors—among them, Larry Dossey M.D., Anita Moorjani, and Bernie Siegel M.D.—to extraordinary perceptions of an interconnected and multidimensional universe. 

Irene's soul-centered coaching begins with the premise that we are spiritual beings using physical bodies to engage in a temporary human experience. Our greatest source of suffering stems from the misinterpretation that we are separate. We mistakenly think we are our bodies, our thoughts, our feelings, our personalities and the roles we play . . . but, these are things we have . . . not who we are. Irene facilitates clients from around the world in  compassionately clarifying misinterpretations in consciousness. The result: access to ongoing inner peace, a deep sense of connection, a more satisfying moment-to-moment experience, and the ability to come into life contributing wholeness rather than seeking to find it in external circumstances. 

A gifted presenter, Irene has had a positive impact in a variety of settings over the course of three decades. As senior corporate trainer for an international management consulting firm, she has delivered customer satisfaction, team-building and problem-solving trainings at a wide array of companies, including AAA, Avis, American Express, Lufthansa, Marriott Hotels, Oracle, Trane, and Tumi. Irene was part of a three-person team responsible for training the entire east coast staff of Lufthansa Airlines, and was personally responsible for delivering training programs to over 1,000 Oracle employees with satisfaction ratings above 95%. Irene has also led Train-the-Trainer programs for middle managers in Corporate America. As a certified instructor for Parent Effectiveness Training, she has facilitated parenting programs in the U.S. and Latin America, in both English and Spanish. Irene's current speaking engagements—focused on the powerful ideas presented in her book—have included a variety of organizations, among them, the International Association for Near Death Studies National Conference, and the Institute of Noetic Sciences (IONS).

A commitment to being of service in the world extends to Irene's volunteer work. She is part of a team of graduate volunteers from the University of Santa Monica who have been bringing the principles and experiential practices of Spiritual Psychology to women inmates at one of the largest maximum-security women’s prisons in the world, Valley State Prison for Women (VSPW). Irene is the Simultaneous Interpreter (English/Spanish) for the program, which serves  200-300 women inmates over the course of each three-day workshop. The program has been nominated for a national award that recognizes excellence in prison reform programs. “Freedom to Choose,” a moving, 22-minute documentary that conveys the power of this work, was a winner in the Emerging Filmmaker Showcase at the 2009 Cannes Film Festival. You can watch the film here.

One of Irene's favorite quotes comes from Victor Frankl, a Jewish psychiatrist who chronicles his experiences as a concentration camp inmate in his best-selling book, Man's Search for Meaning, in which he describes how he found meaning and a reason for living in the most challenging of circumstances: "Between stimulus and response there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom."


Irene is a certified NLP Practitioner, Alchemical Hypnotherapist, and Reiki Practitioner, with a B.A. cum laude in Psychology from UCLA and an M.A. in Spiritual Psychology from the University of Santa Monica (USM). She is  a writer for, and


The proud mother of three adult sons, David, Josh, and Eli, Irene currently resides on the east coast with her husband Charles. 

To book Irene Kendig for a speaking engagement or to explore soul centered coaching, please write ( or call: 571-271-7989.

Articles by Irene Kendig, M.A.
Added by Irene Kendig on February 24, 2009

I was talking with a man recently who’d been caring for his dying father. "I left him to take care of some personal business,” he said. "I knew I shouldn’t have gone because something inside told me not to go. But I didn’t listen. My father died while I was gone."

Regret. The word originates from Old French, regreter, ‘bewail (the dead),' feel sad, repentant, or disappointed over (something that has happened or been done, esp. a loss or missed opportunity) "If only I’d been a been...


Added by Irene Kendig on February 5, 2009

In the "Share Your Story" section of the website, Nini responded to Roy's story, "Communicating with My Life Partner," with a story about Sam, her cat, who died in her arms. I extend kudos to both of you for sharing such heartfelt experiences. Nini's story caused me to reflect on my dog Ringo, who died after being hit by a car when I was fifteen. As I ran to his side, he acknowledged my presence with one last wag of his tail. I was devastated. I blamed myself for his death. I also blamed my mom, who was at work. I believed that, if she'd been…


Added by Irene Kendig on February 24, 2009

In this post, I'll use my experience with Ringo (see Part 1), to demonstrate self-forgiveness,a powerful tool in service to inner healing. There are four steps to this process. Step 1. I give voice to my feelings of sadness, frustration, anger and fear. I honor my process by creating a safe space in which I can allow whatever I'm feeling to come forward. I may cry, scream, yell or laugh; I just let it come out without judging it. I do this for myself and with myself in the…


Winner of 7 National Awards!


USA Book News Best Book Award:

Winner, Death & Dying

Eric Hoffer First Horizon Award:

Highest Scoring Book

by a Debut Author

Independent Publisher Award:

Silver Medal Winner (IPPY),

Death & Dying

National Indie Excellence Award

Finalist, Death & Dying

International Book Awards:

Winner, Death & Dying

Global eBook Awards:

Winner, Death & Dying

National Indie Excellence Award

Finalist, New Age Non-Fiction

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