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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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Paige Haviland-Drufovka joins us a Death Doula and Energy Healer. Her journey to becoming a Death Doula and Energy Healer began 7 years ago when she was diagnosed with a fatal illness that no doctor said she would survive. Through the process of western medicine, holistic healing, and losing very close family members unexpectedly, she found her path and calling in our communities for “death doula” work. She’s had to face the fear of death and then the loss of her close loved ones. Paige understands both spectrums of death and the ones left to grieve. She is a certified Death Doula and End of Life educator for those facing death or the death of a loved one providing comfort, listening, care, compassion, and understanding. She is a certified Death/End of Life Doula through the Midwest Women’s Herbal Conference, INEDLA, and National Teaching Transitions through Rainbow Hospice. She is a current member of INELDA. She also works with Rainbow Hospice in various volunteer positions which include Respite and Vigil care. Additionally, she is certified in 3 different energy healing modalities; EFT Tapping through EFT International, Therapeutic Touch through Therapeutic Touch International Association, and 2nd Degree Certified in Usui Shiki Ryoho Reiki through Om Sweet Om Wellness Center; which she offers to everyone in the community. She is a current member of EFT International, TT International Association, and International Association of Reiki Professionals. She has an office out of Om Sweet Om Wellness Center in La Fox, IL. You can reach Paige at (USA) 914-772-8524 --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/deathdialogues/message
48. After Chloe: the story

48. After Chloe: the story

2020-02-1401:06:58

Melo Garcia, a grief specialist, is assisting those who have lost what isn't replaceable by creating After Chloe, an online community and resources, providing support, resources, and assistance through the difficult journey of grief. And to find a way not only to process the pain of loss and grief but to incorporate grieving and living to find a life of meaning after loss. Melo started and cultivated After Chloe in 2015, with the idea of giving the griever a feeling of community and to know that their opinions are, in fact, not only valid but that anyone can create a roadmap to find their way after loss. Melo created AfterChloe.com in honor of her daughter Chloe who passed away in 2011, and after losing both her parents. And felt it necessary to help others deal with the grief and losses life present from death, divorce, identity, age, fertility, and empty-nesting by creating various types of solutions that the grieving find a life worth living and to speak your grief in your way, a way that will assist you and inspire you to live and grieving. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/deathdialogues/message
Claudia Crase is a mom who was comfortable entertaining life’s big questions with her kids And, for her, this interview feels like a snapshot of what it’s like to process the biggest question yet that her family has faced. Claudia is a retired middle school teacher transplanted from Chicago to the mountains of Montana. Instagram @cadocrase --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/deathdialogues/message
BIO: I am a writer, teacher, director, and editor. And now I am a widow. I was married for just under thirty years to Steve “Sproutman” Meyerowitz. Originally from NYC, we moved to the Berkshires in western Massachusetts where we raised our three children: Gabrielle (31 years old), Ari (29 years old), and Noah (20 years old). The summer after Steve’s death I attended Oxford University. It was there that I found my voice as a writer. Or, perhaps, rather, recognized it. I began to play with form. I discovered the permeability of once-perceived boundaries. I began to put my voice in conversation with John Keats, with Walt Whitman, with Emily Dickinson. I began to explore in my writing the liminal. The difference between an intellectual or emotional response to a work of art, and an imbibing of it––this is not only possible but necessary. In 2017, the Bread Loaf Journal published my personal essay––“Fragments in Liminality: A Lover’s Discourse.” This has since been expanded into a book, A Grief Sublime, published in December of 2019 by Keats & Company Publishers. I have been a high school English and drama teacher in a Waldorf school for the last 15 years. I have worked as an editor for a small publishing house. I have always believed in the necessity for an authentic engagement with literature and the development and validity of every one’s voice. My work with my students has been punctuated by dialogue and passionate debate, and with a focused effort on crafting writing that speaks both to the texts studied and in a voice that is true to the student. In our increasingly fragmented chaotic world, connection is ever more important. The fragmentation of our world begs for conversation, reconnection, dialogue. I have developed curriculum around the Romantics and Transcendentalists, among many other subject areas including Beowulf and Chaucer, Dante and Shakespeare, Virginia Woolf, Jorge Luis Borges, and many others. Keats and the Romantic poets have always been favorites, but after my husband’s unexpected death I entered into Keats’s poetry and the notion of liminality in a life-changing way. From that moment, romanticism and liminality have been touchstones for me, informing my work in my teaching and in the projects I’ve done at Bread Loaf School of English at Middlebury College, and subsequently. This became the way I moved from incomprehension and confusion to some sense of peace and acceptance. Or, at least, an ability to live, as Keats would say in his so-called Negative Capability letter, “in uncertainties, mysteries, doubts, without any irritable reaching after fact and reason.” Keats helped me remain somehow if not content, well then at least okay with half-knowledge. To be with what was rather than what was not. I have discovered a vibrant living experience of literature. I have learned to quiet the self to allow the truth of the other (whether living or nonliving) to speak. Words and experiences become portals to transformation and, possibly, reconfiguration that renews and recreates. https://www.keatsandcompanypublishers.com/books --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/deathdialogues/message
Listen to this brief chat about how the news of Kobe Bryant & his daughter’s death (and the others in the helicopter crash) has devastated those with their feet still on the planet— and the way this loss can intertwine with your own and complicate your reactions. And hear why #bekind is so very important right now. www.deathdialogues.net --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/deathdialogues/message
Lisa Keefauver holds a Masters in Social Work and is on a mission to change the narratives of grief. She is the Founder and CEO of Reimagining grief and host of the podcast, Grief is a Sneaky B!tch. She has recently launched an incredibly thoughtful and sometimes humorous line of empathy cards to help you find language when you’re at a loss for words. Based on decades of personal and professional experiences, research and practice, she is incredibly passionate about reimagining and reauthoring our understanding of grief and loss, something 100% of us will experience. Her “grief resume”, as it were, is substantial. Woven throughout her personal life, including losing her husband in 2011 and then a close friend shortly afterward, and in her professional life as a practicing social worker and narrative therapist for nearly 2 decades. Find Lisa’s work, podcasts and cards at www.reimagininggrief.com --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/deathdialogues/message
Jane Edberg is a published writer working in poetry, flash non-fiction and memoir. She holds a Master of Fine Arts in Studio Arts. She is a retired art professor who taught Art Appreciation, Photography and Design at various Universities and spent twenty years full-time at Gavilan College. Jane is currently working on a hybrid memoir of images and prose called “The Fine Art of Grieving” about how she used art to process grief and heal from the loss of her son. She authors a blog and Facebook page by the same title. FACEBOOK LINKS: https://www.facebook.com/thefineartofgrieving https://www.facebook.com/jane.edberg INSTAGRAM LINK: https://www.instagram.com/thefineartofgrieving https://www.instagram.com/edbergstudio WEBSITE: https://www.thefineartofgrieving.com --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/deathdialogues/message
In this episode, we hear from a young university student named Diana. Diana shares her experience with the sudden death of her father, John, when she was just 19 years old. She walks us through her story of loss, from the first overwhelming days of the “after,” to where she stands today, nearly two and a half years onward. In the wake of his passing, Diana shares what she has learned about forgiveness, friendship, the strength that can stem from community, and ultimately, herself. Hailing from the West Coast of the United States, Diana attends college with the goal of becoming a pediatric trauma nurse. One day, she plans to put her skills to use helping youth on the frontlines of the global refugee crisis. She loves all things outdoors, and is still inspired today by her father’s resilient spirit, and quiet, loving nature. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/deathdialogues/message
41. A Happy New Year Update

41. A Happy New Year Update

2020-01-0200:05:15

Just a quick check in of what our project is about, what we’ve learned and where we are heading for 2020. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/deathdialogues/message
Meet our guest on this episode, Toni King-Rose: I am a 20 year old, male identifying, openly transgender funeral student currently going through an accredited Canadian mortuary Program. I work part time at an independent retirement living complex as a housekeeper and friend. I spend my free time either vegging out with my pals, singing karaoke with my seniors, volunteering with dying with dignity Canada, focusing on growing the Trans Death Care initiative and going to therapy. I believe it's never too early in life to start talking about your own death and about the deaths of others. And all genders need to be involved in the conversations. Connect with Toni at @transdeathcare on Instagram and transdeathcare@gmail.com --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/deathdialogues/message
Internationally acclaimed best-selling author, spiritual medium, and speaker, Rebecca Rosen has made it her mission to open the line of communication between the spirit world and our day-to-day world. Rebecca’s spiritual journey began in 1997 as a college student struggling with depression and a debilitating sleep-eating disorder. Following months of therapy and medication, Rebecca finally, out of desperation, began to pray. On one particularly unremarkable day while sitting in a bookstore, she felt compelled to write in her journal. That’s when her deceased Grandmother Babe, answered her prayers. Rebecca was flooded with words that she involuntarily transcribed, or channeled, not even realizing what she was writing. The handwriting was Rebecca’s, but the words were her Grandmother’s. Because she, herself, was skeptical, Rebecca asked for proof that what was happening was real. Grandma Babe told her three specific things she wanted Rebecca to share with her father, Grandma Babe’s son. All three turned out to be true and were things only her father and Grandma Babe could possibly know. For the next 18 months, Grandma Babe was Rebecca’s guide, giving her life lessons and even predicting specific personal events that would later come true. At the end of this time, her Grandmother told Rebecca to fulfill her life’s purpose, and ultimately help others. Rebecca’s journey as a medium started with personal readings for family and friends, which were uncannily accurate. These experiences were shared with friends, and then friends of friends. Soon strangers began asking for readings too, and Rebecca realized she had officially arrived as a professional spiritual medium. Now, over 20 years later, Rebecca’s passion lies in transforming people’s lives by helping them connect to their deceased loved ones, angels, spirits and guides through small group readings, larger audience events, and a variety of spiritual growth products and resources. Her incredibly accurate and detailed readings have amazed and empowered clients and led Rebecca to national media appearances on The Dr. Oz Show, E! News Specials, Fox & Friends, Dr. Phil, Entertainment Tonight, Extra, Nightline and The Rachel Ray Show, among others. In addition to her two books, Spirited, published in 2012, and Awaken the Spirit Within, published in fall 2013, Rebecca’s newest book, What the Dead Have Taught Me About Living Well was released in February 2017. In her newest book, Rebecca shares the daily practices and tools that she uses to connect with support from beyond, showing readers how they can learn to recognize the signs and harness divine guidance for their everyday lives. Rebecca was also on LMN’s (Lifetime Movie Network) show The Last Goodbye. Through the show, Rebecca connected people seeking answers from their deceased loved ones, and shed light on the truth that death is not the end and love never dies. Rebecca resides in Denver with her husband and children and travels to share her gift and teach others how to receive wisdom and insight that can profoundly, and positively, impact their lives. For more information on Rebecca, her readings, large audience events, spiritual growth products and more, please visit www.rebeccarosen.com. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/deathdialogues/message
Meet this episode’s guest— Josh Neufeld. I’m Josh, founder of Grief Narratives. I’m a photographer based in Vancouver, Canada. In 2015, death took my dad rather quickly. When they found the cancer, it had already taken up residence in his pancreas and spread to his liver. What I discovered during the process was that though I felt alone and unique in my grief, the reality is, so many share a story so similar to mine. At the time I was beginning work on a photo project around terminal illness and mortality. Suddenly, my father became the subject. Capturing moments and writing about the process allowed me to connect with so many others experiencing something similar. It created the desire to build a space for people to be able to do the same. The link to the piece about Josh’s dad: https://www.boredpanda.com/meeting-mortality-photography-father-dying-from-cancer-josh-neufeld/. His website: www.griefnarratives.com IG @griefnarratives & @joshneufeldphoto --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/deathdialogues/message
An introduction from our guest Lauren Morse: I’m located in Yellow Springs, Ohio and offer intersectional end of life support, death positive educational workshops, and death/grief as sacred activism through ritual and circle crafting. Although rooted in traditional Appalachian folk practices I’ve integrated trauma informed yoga therapy, counseling, and other professional and personal experiences to return advocacy and community deathcare to my neck of the woods. Find Lauren on Instagram at @exhale.midwife --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/deathdialogues/message
Chris Frazier is a 34 year old stay at home mom of two beautiful girls. This last year has been a trying one for their family as they dealt with the prenatal diagnosis and eventual death of their second daughter Emily. Their story is one of sadness but also hope and miracles. Chris holds a masters degree in student affairs in higher education from Colorado state university and a bachelors degree in communication from Oregon tech. In her spare time Chris loves to read, exercise, spend time outdoors. https://www.facebook.com/groups/713469669012664/?ref=share Www.courageousparentsnetwork.org https://trisomy.org --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/deathdialogues/message
At our podcast’s one year anniversary, it is very appropriate we would be blessed to have an interview with a person who has been one of our primary influences on The Death Dialogues Project’s mission. It was Zen’s work that empowered Becky to take a natural approach with her family— something she would have dreamed of doing, but without exposure to Zenith’s work would not have felt as confident on the journey. Zenith lives in Byron Bay, and is the EO and founding member of the NSW Charity, the Natural Death Care Centre. She is the co author of the book The Intimacy of Death and Dying, and subject of the international independent documentary, Zen & the Art of Dying. The inspirational dream of the NDCC is that every individual, community and service provider has the knowledge and capacity to do death well. Zenith has been at the forefront and a leading pioneer of dying well, family led body care, meaningful and appropriate ceremony, and informing and educating communities to reclaim and be empowered before, during and after death. Offering a hybrid of truly traditional ways blended with a more contemporary understanding, encouraging people to take their dying, death, after death care and ceremony back into their own hands and hearts, even in cases of sudden death and trauma. With a legal and community background and work history, she is a seen as a community resource, assisting people to know and reclaim their legal rights, and co-create their own social rites of passage. She has been working towards more holistic cultural change in approaches to better and continual end of life and after death care for well over 25 years. She is known as a Deathwalker, an educator and a celebrant, sharing the subtle and obvious layers involved, offering guidance, support and care to inform, enable and empower people to be as informed, open and courageous as they can, and to experience their dying and their loss in the best way they can. Simply, she accompanies and guides people in their loss. She now works, speaks and teaches both nationally and Internationally, and her work may best be summed up as assisting people to die well, and for those left behind to have a healthier bereavement, as they move into their healing with no or few regrets. Zenith Virago : Deathwalker. Celebrant. Author. Trainer. JP. (+61) 0427 924 310 Transformative Rites of Passage. Weddings & Funerals Conscious & Integrated End of Life & After Death Care Consultations zenithvirago.com Deathwalker Trainings naturaldeathcarecentre.org Co-Author of The Intimacy of Death & Dying naturaldeathcarecentre.org/publications Documentary Films zenandtheartofdying.com tenderdocumentary.com.au --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/deathdialogues/message
34. Death & Divinity

34. Death & Divinity

2019-11-0100:51:25

Splintered by her own loss, today’s guest shares how her experience has expanded and shaken her. On this episode you will hear from Rev Melissa Harris -Interfaith Minister, Writer, Speaker, Student, Inquisitor Melissa received her undergrad degree in Psychology from Iowa State University and an M.S. in Counseling from Wayne State College in Nebraska. Her professional career has included social services, conservatorship law, and insurance. Ordained as an Interfaith Minister in 2017 following study in Comparative Religions and Mysticism, she is currently pursuing a Master’s of Divinity through All Faiths Seminary International and serves on the Spiritual Council of Unity Center of Des Moines. A lifelong seeker of wisdom and meaning, Melissa believes that the breath and body are expressions of God, and that the way to live fully is to intentionally and equally embrace our humanity and our divinity. Melissa is married to Tim Harris. They live in Urbandale, Iowa, are avid sports fans, and enjoy boating, fishing, hiking, and any time spent connecting in nature. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/deathdialogues/message
Season 2– here we come

Season 2– here we come

2019-10-2300:16:39

On this short episode you will here a wee bit about the history of the project and lessons learned from what life hurls at us as we rev up our second season of the The Death Dialogues Podcast. Contact deathdialogues@gmail.com if you have a story to share. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/deathdialogues/message
33. Lifestyle : Deathstyle

33. Lifestyle : Deathstyle

2019-07-1800:17:51

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 ... http://www.eventfinda.co.nz/2019/a-good-death-diy-workshop-exploring-end-of-life/whangarei‬ --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/deathdialogues/message
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 https://www.instagram.com/lovelylionheart_/ --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/deathdialogues/message
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: https://www.simonandschuster.com/books/Angels-in-the-OR/Tricia-Barker/9781642931594 Website: https://triciabarkernde.com/ YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCyIstVbBhilo1gdUmazkReQ?view_as=subscriber Podcast: https://anchor.fm/tricia-barker Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TriciaBarkerNDE/?pnref=lhc Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/triciabarker_nde/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/TriciaTeacher --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/deathdialogues/message
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