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“I love how real these episodes are. . .”

“This podcast was like a beacon of light when I needed it most.”

A grassroots movement getting conversations about death, dying & the aftermath out of the closet.

Becky Aud-Jennison, DeathTalker, has worked for the past four decades as a therapist, instructor, presenter, writer—interfacing with Death professionally—it was her own deep loss that motivated her to start this project.

Hearing others’ STORIES are what informs us.

Join us as we talk all things Death.

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In September 2018 Taurie's Dad suddenly and unexpectedly past away. Riding the waves of shock and deep grief, she recalls having a clear moment of being able to "choose" the course of her grief journey. In that moment Taurie decided that she would choose her heart and open to her journey of grief, conciously, resulting in the realisation that she now stands strong in believing, that grief has the potiential to be a portal or gateway into a deeper sense of self and life. Taurie now holds sacred containers for groups and individuals and allies those who are feeling the pull to courageously walk the path of a conscious griever. www.griefalchemy.net IG:Taurie.Bednarski --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/deathdialogues/message
Part 2. Please listen to the previous episode with Marisa- Part 1. On this episode Marisa and your host, Becky, process the letter from beyond that Marisa channeled for Becky based on questions she had written for loved ones. After graduating with a business degree from the University of Michigan and completing a six year career in brand marketing at PepsiCo in NYC and LA, Marisa realized she wanted more time and freedom to explore other countries. So, she quit her corporate job to try her hand at entrepreneurship, and began traveling the world full-time while running a few successful online businesses. In her time visiting over 60 countries, learning about self development practices to become a better entrepreneur, and studying spiritual and scientific principles to heal a broken heart & mysterious back pain, Marisa learned two important skills that changed her life: One, she had the ability to coach others so that they, too, could live emotionally freer lives filled with more joy and alignment. And two, she discovered she was a psychic medium who had the gift of communicating with those who had passed on (which, looking back, was not so surprising considering her mother’s spiritual experiences). Marisa now knows her mission is to heal others by leveraging her gifts of empathic coaching and spiritual communication....all while traveling the world and living a life in alignment. Find Marisa at marisamedium.com IG @mlmeddin --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/deathdialogues/message
In this episode we hear the fascinating story of Marisa Meddin discovering her gift of mediumship and some pointers for those of us who may have an interest in connecting with our deceased loved ones. After graduating with a business degree from the University of Michigan and completing a six year career in brand marketing at PepsiCo in NYC and LA, Marisa realized she wanted more time and freedom to explore other countries. So, she quit her corporate job to try her hand at entrepreneurship, and began traveling the world full-time while running a few successful online businesses. In her time visiting over 60 countries, learning about self development practices to become a better entrepreneur, and studying spiritual and scientific principles to heal a broken heart & mysterious back pain, Marisa learned two important skills that changed her life: One, she had the ability to coach others so that they, too, could live emotionally freer lives filled with more joy and alignment. And two, she discovered she was a psychic medium who had the gift of communicating with those who had passed on (which, looking back, was not so surprising considering her mother’s spiritual experiences). Marisa now knows her mission is to heal others by leveraging her gifts of empathic coaching and spiritual communication....all while traveling the world and living a life in alignment. Find Marisa at marisamedium.com IG @mlmeddin --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/deathdialogues/message
Mid 2020 update 🖤

Mid 2020 update 🖤

2020-06-0408:20

Thank you so much for your listener support of The Death Dialogues Project Podcast. We will be moving to an every two week publishing format while Becky works on a writing project surrounding death, dying & the aftermath.  Next week's episode is a fascinating discussion with medium Marisa Meddin. This conversation is so fresh and light as Marisa walks us through what it was like for her to leave the corporate world and follow the path of opening up to her gifts.  I'm so excited to share this unique and enlightening episode as Marisa shares the very special way she communicates with Spirits. Find us at Instagram.com/deathdialoguesproject facebook.com/deathdialogues www.deathdialogues.com --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/deathdialogues/message
Shauna Janz, MA is dedicated to tending belonging in our world - within ourselves, with each other, and with our other-than-human relations. She creates space for reaching into the rough and beautiful places that are a catalyst for transformation and healing, personally and collectively, through grief work, ritual and ancestral healing. Her offerings are trauma-informed and anchored in the resiliency of the human spirit, healing justice and animist values. Shauna supports individuals, families, communities and organizations, and has been designing and delivering trauma-informed programs since 2008. Audiences have included non-profit organizations, local and provincial government, First Nation communities, post-secondary education institutions, counseling teams, rural communities and international summits. Alongside her online school of Sacred Grief, Shauna is a trainer and director with BC Bereavement Helpline supporting traumatic loss, and has been a teacher with Ancestral Medicine leading multi-day healing rituals; an Executive Director with Learning Through Loss serving youth with grief education and support; the founder of the Victoria Holistic Death Care Gatherings, and a co-visionary for the annual Deathly Matters community conference. She is a lover of inspiration and creativity, and can be found dancing, playing music, and walking in the wilds of nature and mystical communion. You can book a free consultation with Shauna at Shaunajanz.com --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/deathdialogues/message
Megan Hillukka is a grieving mother turned grief coach, who is supporting and guiding grieving moms on their grief journeys. After her daughter, fifteen month old Aria, died unexpectedly Megan found that the emotions of grief were overwhelming and she felt so crazy and alone so often, and she now provides that space for other grieving moms to know they are not alone, and she shares the tools she's found to help her in her find life after loss. Megan lives with her 5 children and husband of 9 years in Minnesota USA and carries Aria every day in her heart. Find links to The Grieving Mother’s Podcast & Megan’s work at MeganHillukka.com --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/deathdialogues/message
On this episode we hear the transformation Lysa Black experienced after a miscarriage & then the death of her beloved horses (two within two weeks) & the major changes that have ensued in her life and the enlightenment and boundaries in relationships that resulted. After 11 years in Business, Lysa Black knows how vital it is to feel safe owning our heart medicine - she became fully booked after 5 years in Business once she published her first book - and began sharing her story. Her role as a Healer & Business Mentor for Trail Blazing Healers, Coaches & Intuitive Business Owners is to reflect back the heart medicine she can perceive in them. We can't speak up publicly about our sacred work until we feel safe, and we can't feel safe until we are seen and loved in our truth. Lysa knows that the feminine leaders are the only ones who can bring through the heart transmissions that facilitate true transformation" 3 key URL's: Website, Facebook & Instagram www.lysablack.com https://www.facebook.com/LysaCBlack/ https://www.instagram.com/lysa_black_/ --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/deathdialogues/message
Leslie Barber is the Founder of Grief Warrior, a company that brings recognition, respect and reconnection to the grieving. Leslie’s husband, Steve, died from esophageal cancer on the summer solstice, 2015. The longest day of the year became the worst day or her life. She and her six-year-old daughter were devastated. Leslie has channeled her sorrow into Grief Warrior to help other grievers. Grief Warrior offers corporate workshops and trainings on grief, 1:1 and group coaching, and heartfelt sympathy gifts for the grieving. Grief Warrior's workshops and trainings enable corporations to acknowledge grief within the workplace. The Grief Warrior sympathy gifts enable supporters to connect with the grieving - to SAY or DO something that is helpful, useful and healing. Leslie is also a grief coach who works with grievers to recognize their grief, to find the purpose to put one foot in front of the other and ultimately to take their next step. Grief Warrior can be found at www.agriefwarrior.com and @agriefwarrior on Instagram and Facebook. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/deathdialogues/message
On this episode you hear the current thoughts from a physician, public health specialist, mother, partner, human— as we discuss our current experience with living in the midst of the covid19 pandemic. Dr Sarraf is an Internist and Public Health professional who left clinical medicine more than a decade ago to start a public health initiative for children in her community focused on working with and teaching children in schools and community organizations to “Eat Real, Move More” through programming in the kitchen, gardens and playgrounds. Kemia is also an trauma specialist and executive coach who melded these two disparate fields into a coaching paradigm specifically for physicians and other professionals who are experiencing high levels of chronic toxic stress and secondary trauma (aka “Burnout”) in their workplace. She is the CEO of Lodestar Consulting and Executive Coaching. Married to a physician who will be a part of the frontline in this pandemic, Kemia is currently holed up with her four sons, providing a public health perspective in several local physician groups, blogging on FB in a desperate bid to get her community to understand the concept of radical social distancing to flatten the curve, and fielding calls from clients, all while trying desperately to avoid listening to her two youngest children “read” to her during homeschool hours. The live on a small family farm where it is currently lambing season, the muskrat have invaded the ponds and it’s raining enough to need an ark; she firmly believes all those things should be part of her boy's curriculum. She would very much like to know when the “social distancing” part of this pandemic will kick in for her in her home... Kemia M. Sarraf, M.D., M.P.H., CCC, TIPC™ CEO, Lodestar Kemia@lodestarpc.com lodestarpc.com Lodestar - Direction when you’ve lost your True North. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/deathdialogues/message
On this episode we come full circle as one of our first interviewees reconnects about eighteen months after our initial conversation where she was learning how to walk in the world as a new widow. On January 16, 2016 Stephanie Sprinkel unexpectedly became widowed when her husband passed away from a sudden heart attack. Feeling alone and misunderstood she decided to create a separate Instagram account. One where she could openly express her wide ranging emotions from her loss. She quickly began to connect with other widows, widowers, adult children that lost their parents and sadly parents that lost their children. Soon after she realized two things: Grief is not a phase, it’s a lifelong journey The journey is misunderstood by those who haven’t been through it. The feedback and fellowship she found from her Instagram account and Facebook page that followed, started to pull at Stephanie. She felt a strong calling use her experience to help others. As fate would have it sponsored ads for life coaches and widow coaches began popping up in her Instagram feed. That’s when she realized that’s what she needed to do. She decided to become a coach so she could walk alongside others through their grief journey. In 2019 Stephanie embarked on an intensive life coaching program. She has now graduated from the program with the intention to assist other women. Help them find the self confidence to grow, get unstuck and move forward after the loss of their significant other. She found her tools in becoming resilient are also helpful for women who experiencing the ending of a relationship do to a break up, separation and/or divorce. You can follow Stephanie on Instagram @survivingtheloss or @chooseyourselfcoaching. If you wish to contact her for one on one coaching services in Grief, Loss and Resiliency she can be reached through either account. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/deathdialogues/message
Dr. Joshua Black is considered one of the leading academic experts in dreams after loss (also know as Grief Dreams). Additionally, he is a speaker, author, and host of the Grief Dreams Podcast. Dr. Black has focused all of his graduate research (in psychology) on investigating grief dreams from many types of loss (including prenatal loss and pet loss). The majority of his research on grief dreams has been specifically on dreams of the deceased. Due to the lack of academic research in this field, Joshua has focused his efforts on raising awareness on grief dreams through doing talks, workshops, interviews, and running his podcast. Additionally, he developed a grief dreams website (www.griefdreams.ca), runs several social media accounts (Grief Dreams Facebook Group, and Twitter and Instagram pages @Griefdreams), and wrote a children’s book on grief dreams called Dreaming of Owl. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/deathdialogues/message
Thanks for being here. On this installment of stories during the time of the covid pandemic we hear from previous contributors & my precious intern Svenja Mueller, who we can thank for the existence of this podcast, and the following people: Jana Buhlman (episode 11 & 12) who shared about walking her husband from stage 4 cancer to his assisted death. You can find her on IG @baldgrrl & bringthejoy.blog ; Jane Edberg (episode 43) of The Fine Art Grieving — you can find her at IG under the same name & at thefineartofgrieving.com ;Beth Robbins (episode 46) author of A Grief Sublime keatsandcompanypublishers.com/books; Lisa Jones (episode 52) After a transformative shared-death experience, Lisa brings messages from the beyond to enlighten and comfort. millionairemedium.com. IG lisajonespodcast . Thank you so much to all of our contributors to today’s episode. So much love and comfort to all of our listeners. Stay in the moment & take good care. 🖤 --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/deathdialogues/message
On this episode we have another instalment of how some of our previous contributors are dealing with life during this unprecedented time. First up is Kellyn Shoecraft of hereforyou.co (episode 21) who shares insights she has gained from her reaction to this pandemic. Next we have Lucinda Herring , author of Reimagining Death, lucindaherring.com (episode 17) with her personal perspective about our relationship with Death during this pandemic & her human experience. Then we hear from Angela Mencl whose story of becoming a widow at the age of 30, her sister dying the day before her husband & being a mom of four young children was our most listened to episode (number 32) as she describes what life is looking life for her as she walks down a new road (you don’t want to miss this update) & the curve of her personal Covid 19 response. Angela’s instagram handle is @lovelylionheart_ . And finally we have Ronit Plank, podcast host of And Then Everything Changed as she shares how things have changed since our previous conversation (episode 57) last month. Sending out a huge thank you to all of our contributors for sharing from their hearts on today’s episode. Would you like to share your thoughts about your Covid 19 pandemic experience? Record a 5 minute audio clip and send it to deathdialogues@gmail.com. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/deathdialogues/message
Listen to the first installment of this series where people are sharing stories of their day to day living during the covid19 pandemic. Today’s contributors are previous guests of The Death Dialogues Project Podcast: — Kjerstin Davies, episode 29. — Diana Jecker, episode 42. —Serena McCullough, episode 51. — Dawn Picken, episode 7. —Jane Cunningham, episode 16. — Heike Mertins, episode 22. Thank you so very much to our guests for sharing a glimpse into their responses to the current pandemic. Be on the lookout for part 2 of this series. Subscribe to this podcast so you don’t miss a story. 🖤 Please don’t forget to listen to episode 53– Calm in the Time of Corona for some research based practical tools you & your family can use to ease the stress and improve your wellbeing now & for all times. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/deathdialogues/message
Lashanna (she/her) is, at her core, a helper; a doula and massage therapist who merges formal education, ancestral knowledge, life experience, and all 6 senses to guide her care. She serves individuals, families, intentional communities, and small businesses with end of life education and planning, body care education, home wake facilitation and creating legacy pieces. She has an never diminishing desire to grow community care through education and collaboration to fully support autonomy and choice through abortion, death and dying . "If energy is neither created or destroyed, I'm sure we've met sometime before." Don't forget you can contact Lashanna for a 30 minute free consultation at: antareswellness.com The other organizations Lashanna is affiliated with are: asacredcrossing.org &  pearlcollective.org Don't forget to check out the podcast And Then Everything Changed! Here's a link to the episode where  you hear the story behind The Death Dialogues Project: https://open.spotify.com/episode/35Dq9GufhklA8bJvnCAkt6 --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/deathdialogues/message
Ronit is a native New Yorker, a writer, teacher, and mother who has also led parenting support groups for new families in the Seattle area. She hosts the podcast And Then Everything Changed which features intimate conversations with survivors, authors, thought leaders, and social justice advocates about the pivotal moments in their lives and the decisions that have defined them. New episodes weekly, available on all podcast platforms: www.ATECpodcast.com. Website https://andtheneverythingchangedpodcast.com https://ronitplank.com Instagram @andtheneverythingchangedpod @ronitplankwriting Twitter @ATECpcast @PlankRonit Apple: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/and-then-everything-changed/id1485293813 Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/4g8OX3O5qQUjgXr6rviAKR?si=XFu8M2d2TUyt8T1Pt3i4TA --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/deathdialogues/message
Lindsay Joy Taylor is a grief advocate and the owner of The Joyful Jewelry Box. Lindsay's mom died when she was only 13 months old so now she keeps her mother's memory alive by serving other bereaved people with grief support and remembrance jewelry. She also writes and speaks to normalize and raise awareness about grief, loss, and trauma. Lindsay lives in California and in her downtime, you can usually find her at the beach with her husband, Brandon and their dog, Trooper. >>> Join my mailing list for updates and grief support: https://www.bit.ly/tjjbnews >>> Follow me on Instagram for inspiration and encouragement: https://www.instagram.com/TheJoyfulJewelryBox >>> Visit my shop: https://www.TheJoyfulJewelryBox.com * * *  Don't forget to check out the podcast And Then Everything Changed! Here's a link to the episode where  you hear the story behind The Death Dialogues Project: https://open.spotify.com/episode/35Dq9GufhklA8bJvnCAkt6 --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/deathdialogues/message
On this episode you hear the current thoughts from a physician, public health specialist, mother, partner, human— as we discuss our current experience with living in the midst of the covid19 pandemic. Dr Sarraf is an Internist and Public Health professional who left clinical medicine more than a decade ago to start a public health initiative for children in her community focused on working with and teaching children in schools and community organizations to “Eat Real, Move More” through programming in the kitchen, gardens and playgrounds. Kemia is also an trauma specialist and executive coach who melded these two disparate fields into a coaching paradigm specifically for physicians and other professionals who are experiencing high levels of chronic toxic stress and secondary trauma (aka “Burnout”) in their workplace. She is the CEO of Lodestar Consulting and Executive Coaching. Married to a physician who will be a part of the frontline in this pandemic, Kemia is currently holed up with her four sons, providing a public health perspective in several local physician groups, blogging on FB in a desperate bid to get her community to understand the concept of radical social distancing to flatten the curve, and fielding calls from clients, all while trying desperately to avoid listening to her two youngest children “read” to her during homeschool hours. The live on a small family farm where it is currently lambing season, the muskrat have invaded the ponds and it’s raining enough to need an ark; she firmly believes all those things should be part of her boy's curriculum. She would very much like to know when the “social distancing” part of this pandemic will kick in for her in her home... Kemia M. Sarraf, M.D., M.P.H., CCC, TIPC™ CEO, Lodestar Kemia@lodestarpc.com lodestarpc.com Lodestar - Direction when you’ve lost your True North. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/deathdialogues/message
Kristie Bennett’s life was forever changed after the journey to the end of life of her mother. From first symptom to diagnosis of terminal stomach cancer, Kristie talks about negotiating the medical system and the need for an advocate. Her mother’s death was a wake-up call. Death is one thing that is certain but we don’t want to talk about it. Most of us are completely ill-equipped to deal with loss. Our hearts are broken and we have no idea how to fix it. Grief is the normal and natural reaction to loss of any kind. The problem is that we have all been socialized to believe that these feelings are abnormal and natural. Feeling frustrated with the lack of real conversations regarding death and loss, Kristie became a Grief Recovery Specialist and is dedicated to helping others through their own unique and painful grief journey. Kristie also believes that children are often the “forgotten mourners” of grief. She struggled to help her 3 daughters through the loss of their beloved granny. Through a conscious parenting approach, Kristie helps parents develop the skills to help assist children navigate through any emotional turbulence they experience. Not only does this help children heal their broken hearts but creates a greater connection between parent and child. WEBSITE www.kristiebennett.ca INSTAGRAM www.instagram.com/finding.gratitude.in.grief www.instagram.com/kristie_bennett FACEBOOK www.facebook.com/kristiebennett331 www.facebook.com/kristieabennett *  * *  * Don't forget to check out the podcast And Then Everything Changed! Here's a link to the episode where  you hear the story behind The Death Dialogues Project: https://open.spotify.com/episode/35Dq9GufhklA8bJvnCAkt6 --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/deathdialogues/message
On this bonus episode, The Death Dialogues Project creator, Becky Aud-Jennison, MA, LCPC (therapist gone rogue) taps into her clinical background & research & imparts some tools you may find helpful during these trying times. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/deathdialogues/message
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