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Write Me Something Beautiful with Casey Gauntt

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Write Me Something Beautiful with Casey Gauntt

Serendipitous moments and messages from beyond the veil are peppered through-out this show. Jane was introduced to Casey Gauntt through another mutual friend, Jesse Brisendine. Casey suffered an unfathomable loss when his son Jimmy was killed when he was struck by a vehicle in 2008. What unfolds in Casey and Jimmy’s story is one of mystical and spiritual proportions. His book “Suffering Is The Only Honest Work” made me weep, smile and have goosebumps on regular intervals. Casey’s second book “When The Veil Comes Down” assembles what he has learned over the last 12 years as he’s walked along side many friends plunged in their own grief and suffering. It is a candid conversation with Jane and Casey on Write Me Something Beautiful this week on the Next Room!

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Casey_Tahoe_Head_Shot_1_434861224.jpgCasey Gauntt retired in 2018 from 43 years of practicing corporate and real estate law in San Diego.  

In 1970 his father died by suicide when Casey was 20 years old. In 2008, Casey’s 24-year-old son, Jimmy, a rising star and professional writer, was accidentally struck and killed by a car walking home from a party. 

Three months later, Casey was reconnected with his father and son by means that can only be described as miraculous. He wrote and shared that story, The Letter, (later made into an award-winning short film), and thus began his second, and most rewarding, career as a writer and companion to others in grief. 

In 2013, Casey co-founded a group of fathers in San Diego who have lost children. They call themselves the “Fraternity,” have grown to over 25 brothers and meet regularly.

Casey and Jimmy published their first book in 2015, SUFFERING IS THE ONLY HONEST WORK.  Jimmy contributed much of what is in the book, including its title, and more than earned posthumous credit as the book’s co-author. 

Casey’s new book, WHEN THE VEIL COMES DOWN, was released on Amazon in March.

Casey and Hilary, his wife and best friend of 47 years, live in Solana Beach, California. Their daughter, Brittany, son-in-law, Ryan, and three grandchildren live close by.  

Please visit Casey’s websites:

And Hilary’s amazing food blog:


About Jane Asher:

Jane Asher has always been a natural connector who has enjoyed a successful career in media and the music industry, most notably at major radio stations in San Diego and Santa Barbara. Several years ago, she stepped away from terrestrial radio when Empower Radio reached out and asked her to create a show about her passion. The Next Room podcast was born.

Demystifying death daily, she interviews professionals and practitioners from diverse backgrounds about death, dying, grief, beliefs and cultural traditions surrounding the journey we all must ultimately make. The show airs across 11 platforms and has connected her with extraordinary people throughout this community. The Next Room has recently become the official podcast of the Beautiful Dying Expo.

Jane is also passionate about being involved in mission work. She has been part of a team for over five years that has built homes in Tijuana for families in need through Lutheran Border Concerns. She has traveled to El Salvador to feed the homeless, Malaysia to help build a school on Borneo, and Armenia to work with women and children in the small village of Amre Taza. Most recently, she was on a humanitarian mission in the Dominican Republic. 

Her book, The Next Room is a story transcending space and time, of a relationship between mother and daughter that grew stronger through death. Written together, by initially enlisting interpretation through a psychic medium, The Next Room takes us on a daughter's journey through learning eternal life lessons on forgiveness, grief, grace, gratitude, and the limitless love of all, God.

Jane lives in San Diego with her husband, Tom. She is now answering her passion-filled purpose and writing daily alongside her puppy and muse, Mamba.