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“I love how real these episodes are. . .” Conversations from the little red shed about death, dying & the aftermath. Help us bring the topic of DEATH out of the closet. You can find out more about our project at, & .
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33. Lifestyle : Deathstyle

33. Lifestyle : Deathstyle


In this episode, Becky, creator of The Death Dialogues Project discusses the use of the word “lifestyle” in New Zealand & how we could all stand to ponder that word a bit more for our lives — and deaths. And don’t forget about our workshop coming right up: ‪A Good Death: a DIY Workshop Exploring ...‬
Angela Mencl unexpectedly found herself a widow and single mother of four at age of 30. Angela not only lost her spouse but her sister passed away the day before. Determined to create the most beautiful plan B she moved to Utah to be close to family and raise her children with that support. Her grief was too much to bear alone so she turned outward and created a Instagram platform to work through grief and help others. Angela’s raw posts expose the untold stories of grief and create a safe place for others to feel accepted and seen. Angela is the true embodiment of a lovely lion heart. You can find her Instagram account at
Tricia Barker experienced a profound near-death experience during her senior year of college, and this experience guided her to teach overseas, in public schools, and at the college level. Her near-death experience story has been featured in media outlets including The Biography Channel’s I Survived: Beyond and Back, National Geographic Magazine, Women’s World Magazine, Simple Grace Magazine, and The Doctor Oz Show. Tricia’s memoir, Angels in the OR: What Dying Taught Me About Healing, Survival, and Transformation, tells the story of her near-death experience, teaching mission, and eventual triumph over trauma in her past. The book also focuses on the importance being of service and giving unconditional love to others. Tricia is a graduate of The University of Texas at Austin. She also received her MFA in Creative Writing from Goddard College. Currently she teaches English at a beautiful community college in Fort Worth, Texas. She interviews other near-death experiencers, researchers, healers, and mediums on her YouTube Channel. She has partnered with Dr. Raymond Moody and Lisa Smartt to produce The Second Annual Online Near-Death Experience Summit. Tricia speaks to audiences nationally and internationally about unconditional love, healing, and consciousness. Book: Website:
In this episode we hear what inspired Kate Manser to create the project You Might Die Tomorrow. Kate is just so happy to be alive. After experiencing four separate sudden deaths of friends in two years, she experienced a radical shift in perspective: Thinking about your death reminds you to live. She is now the creator of YOU MIGHT DIE TOMORROW a recognized brand with the mission to help people really live before you die. Today, YOU MIGHT DIE TOMORROW has a global following with thousands of stickers around the world, happy clients like Facebook, Inc. and the book is coming out before Christmas 2019. Get a free sticker at
Hear from a mother who , after the death of her precious toddler, Charlie, channeled her energy into giving to other families experiencing a similar loss. Extraordinary. Kjerstin Davies is a southern California native, raising her family in Colorado. She has always had a heart for children. Formerly, Kjerstin was an event planner and later, a child educator. Before she had any of her own she was a court appointed special advocate for foster kids for many years. She is the co-founder of Charlie's Guys, a nonprofit she runs for bereaved siblings.It all started with Charlie and his brother. Charlie was born 21 months after his brother, creating a close brotherly bond that they both cherished. Things they enjoyed most were playing with their transformers, pretending to be transformers, digging for dinosaur bones, playing hide-and-seek, and swimming together. One morning when Charlie was all but 23 months old, he passed away in his sleep. While the founders didn't know it at the time, Charlie had contracted a virus that compromised his body and left him with no symptoms until it became fatal. Terrified to begin this journey, they were showered with love and compassion in the form of gifts, clothes, books, and experiences. Even their unborn daughter (due two months after Charlie passed) was showered with gifts. This generosity made their pain more manageable and they were able to see love in the midst of their loss. This organization is born out of all the generosity they received. Now they want to give back to those who are also changed by this type of tragedy. You can find more at, on Instagram and FB.
Rebecca Soffer is the cofounder and CEO of Modern Loss, a website and community the New York Times has hailed as “redefining mourning.” She is a former producer for the Peabody Award-winning Colbert Report, having accompanied Stephen Colbert on his quest to meet all 435 U.S. House Representatives. Rebecca coauthored the book Modern Loss: Candid Conversation About Grief. Beginners Welcome, and is one of Spirituality & Health magazine’s 10 spiritual leaders for the next 20 years. A Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism alumna, Rebecca has spoken nationally on the themes of loss and resilience at Chicago Ideas Week, HBO, and Amazon, and has been featured in outlets including NPR, the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, and Newsweek. Her writing has appeared in a variety of media such as New York Times, Refinery29, Elle, Marie Claire,, and various book collections. She lives in New York City with her husband and two little boys.Go to to explore more. You can find Modern Loss on Facebook, Instagram & Twitter
In the past two years, John Pavlovitz’s blog, Stuff That Needs To Be Said, has reached a diverse audience of millions of people across the world with his outspoken distaste for a number of President Trump’s policies and confrontation of the larger national vitriol about immigrants, guns, and many other hot button issues. His popularity is not surprising, given that his core message is one that so many of us are yearning to hear: that hope is still possible, and that kindness, inclusion, and compassion are the way forward. A former megachurch pastor, Pavlovitz now preaches a much less-traditional Christian message dedicated to radical hospitality, mutual respect, and diversity of doctrine that has earned him the nicknames “The Pastor of the Resistance” and “The Atheists’ Favorite Pastor.” He wants to help those of us who feel hopeless recognize ways in which we can change things for the better. “Hope isn’t found in a celebrity, religious leader, or politician,” says Pavlovitz. “It’s found in the mirror.” Pavlovitz fervently believes that people can change things with a little guidance. “We all have a small world that we can save,” Pavlovitz explains “Compassion, or giving a damn, is one of the most powerful weapons we have in difficult times.” In a rousing and inspiring interview, Pavlovitz, author of the new book, Hope and Other SuperPowers:A Life-Affirming, Love-Defending, Butt-Kicking, World-Saving Manifesto (Simon and Schuster, November 2018), can discuss: • How to find hope in the face of the discord and anger we see on social media news feeds every day• Recognizing that personal pain can mobilize us to activism• Specific places to start and steps to take in the face of the vast and overwhelming problems in the world• How to balance fighting injustice in the world with caring for oneself• One thing each one of us can do right now to be the kind of person the world needs• And much more! John Pavlovitz is a writer, pastor, and activist. In the past five years his blog Stuff That Needs To Be Said has reached a diverse worldwide audience of millions of people, and he is widely regarded as a leading voice in progressive faith in America. A 22-year veteran in the trenches of local church ministry, John is committed to equality, diversity, and justice—both inside and outside faith communities. In 2017 he released his first book, A Bigger Table. His second book, Hope and Other Superpowers, arrived in November of 2018. For more information visit Or you can find John on Twitter @johnpavlovitz, Facebook @johnpavlovitzofficial, and instagram @johnpavlovitz. Hope and Other Superpowers is available on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Indiebound, and wherever books are sold
Kenn Pitawanakwat, B.A., M.A., is a professor of an endangered language. A Graduate of York University and Northern Michigan University, Kenn steps forward as people’s confidant and Algonquian language etymologist. Kenn has been featured in film, social media, and academe. Kenn currently lives, with his wife, Lorraine, in northern Ontario, Canada, where his personal search for meaning in tragedy led to the writing of this book.Credit: Al JoynerFIRST NATIONS FATHER RECOUNTS HIS BATTLE WITH GRIEF THROUGH LANGUAGE AND CEREMONY​Contact: Kenn PitawanakwatEmail:​​WIKWEMIKONG, ONTARIO, May 12, 2016 – Local band member, grieving father, and survivorof Residential Day School, Kenn Pitawanakwat, of Wikwemikong Unceded Indian Reserve hasannounced the publication of his personal journal of bereavement and grief following his son’saccidental death, When My Son Died ($19.95 US/Amazon and as an Ebook $3.00). This 159-page book sheds light ondeath from a First Nations perspective and aims to help others with similar experiences.​Pitawanakwat suffered the unexpected loss of his son Shannon to a snowmobile accident twoyears ago. Shannon’s death triggered regrets and a landslide of traumatic family memoriessuppressed since childhood. Unable to find any self-help resources on grief that rendered FirstNations realism, Kenn wandered alone trying to reconcile with this tragedy. This book is theproduct of that journey.​"Raw, honest, and unafraid, When My Son Died is the story of a man’s deepest loss,written in the tongue of his own cultural grief. It is a visceral look into a man’s painand his fight to thrive." (E.D.E. Bell, author of the Shkode Trilogy)​Frozen by an overwhelming sense of helplessness and confusion, Pitawanakwat, turned toceremony and writing. Desperately praying for protection of Shannon’s spirit, Kenn renewedhimself in the language of his ancestors and was gifted with visits from the spirit world thatbrought him comfort and reassurance: Shannon’s spirit consoled him, nurtured his hunger forinsight on the circle of life, and enabled him to experience lighthearted moments once again.​When My Son Died is available from or can be ordered​About the Author:Kenn Pitawanakwat, Masters in Individualized Studies, is the author of several essays, poemsand short stories depicting First Nations characters and issues of interest. He started his careerin film production and acting prior to holding various First Nations community developmentpositions that eventually led him to pursue his unquenchable interest in his mother tongue.Recognized as an authority in the endangered Odawa language, Kenn helped establish aNishinaabe Studies Program at Northern Michigan University where he taught for eight years.Pitawanakwat uses his Indigenous knowledge and gifts to help families, couples, and individualsof all ages in First Nations communities and urban centres across Canada and the US toovercome abuse, violence and trauma. Kenn was a grief counsellor to Residential SchoolSurvivors at the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada hearings and continues to usehis personal and professional knowledge and skills to promote healing. He lives onWikwemikong Unceded Indian Reserve, Ontario, Canada, with his wife, Lorraine, and family.For more information, or to schedule an interview with or appearance by Mr. KennPitawanakwat, email kennpitawanakwat1@gmail.comor visit Review copies are available to the media on request.
25. Down to Earth Dying

25. Down to Earth Dying


Down to Earth Dying: Caroline Schrank became a Funeral Director after planning funerals for her parents 8 years apart.  Her goal is to educate and inform that death and funerals aren’t “one size fits all”, and that there are options - you just have to ask.  Caroline runs Down To Earth Funerals in New York City.
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