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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 this episode we hear the story of Jimmy who died at the age of 21 after an eight year odyssey of brain cancer. This episode shares so many poignant, informative and beautiful messages as a mother tells her story of love and loss. Margo Fowkes created Salt Water to provide a safe harbor for people grieving the death of someone they didn’t think they could live without. Her goal is to create a community where grieving souls can support each other by sharing wisdom and ideas and offer hope about creating a life in the aftermath of a devastating loss. It is the website she couldn’t find after her mom and her 21-year-old son Jimmy died. Salt Water is open to everyone regardless of what they believe, where they are in the grief process, how they’re feeling or what type of loss they’ve experienced. The site provides resources and support for those grieving the death of a child, spouse, sibling, parent, dear friend or pet as well as those mourning a death by suicide. Salt Water also provides blog posts, articles and other resources for “the people who love us”, friends and family members who are desperate to help and don’t know how. Margo learned early on that there are no “perfect” or magic words that will bring her son or her mother back. Rather than criticize friends or family members for saying or doing the “wrong” thing, Salt Water offers practical suggestions and encouragement to friends and family along with gentle reminders to those who are grieving that those hurtful comments are often a loved one’s attempt to show how much they care. By looking for common ground and creating connection, Salt Water enables grievers to help each other heal and build a new life after the loss of a beloved person or pet. As Ram Dass says, “we are all just walking each other home.” Links for more info: https://findyourharbor.com/about/our-mission/ https://findyourharbor.com/about/who-we-are/ Instagram: @findyourharbor Facebook: www.facebook.com/FindYourHarbor --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/deathdialogues/message
It’s always fascinating to hear the early death experiences that lead people to their life’s work. Dr Annetta Mallon Annetta is an End of Life Consultant and Doula, professional public speaker, writer and editor, academic, social researcher, education advocate, psychotherapist who specialises in grief, loss, PTSD, injury and trauma recovery, and personal growth and development, an artist, and a professional mentor. Annetta has been speaking at public events and conferences both in Australia and internationally for several years, with a focus on end of life and funeral cost transparency for the past two. A passionate consumer rights advocate who prioritises transparency, the absence of itemisation in the corporate funeral business model and information transfer about funeral rights and choice is a current focus of many of her lectures and presentations. In her academic roles Annetta is an Honorary Adjunct and death and dying specialist lecturer with Western Sydney University, and a unit convenor and lecturer with Navitas Sydney City Campus for both undergraduate and postgraduate courses in sociology, social science, and health science. Annetta is currently developing a monograph of EOL Doulas in Australia for an international academic publisher, and is writing up the findings from an international qualitative research project of her own initiative which saw End Of Life (EOL) Doulas in four countries interviewed. The project considered End of Life Doula perspectives on the role of death literacy in helping to form compassionate communities and provide continuity of care for clients at end of life and after death, as well as discussions of professional identity. Annetta was awarded her PhD in Social Science in early 2016; her thesis investigated art therapist professional identity formation, encompassing creative arts-based qualitative research, feminism, pedagogy, personal stories and narratives, health sociology, and professional practice. Annetta’s work in the fields of somatic psychotherapy and allied health saw her working in Australia, Italy, and the USA, creatively engaging the personal narratives and stories of her clients in order to support their recovery from injury, grief, trauma, and loss for over twenty years. Her client base included military and paramilitary personnel, and survivors of rape, incest, and domestic violence, and she brings this experience and skillset to her current work with those whose lives have been affected by violent and/or unexpected death. Annetta’s work in this area includes grief support, counselling, and mentoring, funeral planning and funeral celebrancy. In her private practice Annetta offers a wide range of atheist and secular end of life and after-death services to both human and pets, and regularly holds talks and education events to promote death literacy and awareness of rights at end of life, the importance of advance planning for health, end of life, and funerals. She once spent an interesting year working for NSW Police Headquarters as a writer, content developer, and editor for their intranet education program, and spends a great deal of time with her dog Cully (a seasoned research assistant). 100-word ‘highlights bio’ Dr Annetta Mallon is an End of Life Consultant and Doula, highly sought after for professional and academic guest lectures and speaking engagements. Her end of life work combines in-depth training and experience as an artist, collaborator, writer, and professional mentor with her extensive academic and allied health skillset to offer high-quality secular services for both peers, and human and pet clients. Funerals you attend before you die are a popular item in Annetta’s service list. A grief and loss expert who worked in Australia, Italy, and the USA, she now includes EFT for traumatic grief and exposure to violent death. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/deathdialogues/message
Britt says: There's no time in my memory that death was a stranger, but it decided to get close to me later in life. I have looked death in the eye four times; four times I almost couldn't be here. It was as if death needed someone to hear and understand. I feel death chose me. Now, death is my life work. I am a certified death doula whose focus is coaching people as they approach the end of their life. As a longtime educator of infants and children, I often find there is much to which we return, from beginning to end of life, regardless of the age at which we find ourselves at the end. I created The Art of The End to teach what I know from having been there, so close to the edge myself. My experiences have been my privilege and my gift to share with those who are facing the end. Let's erase the isolation of dying. Let's talk about death. www.Theartoftheend.com https://www.facebook.com/theartoftheenddeathcoach/ https://instagram.com/the_art_of_the_end?igshid=6umnhaa340y5 (Just search for: The_art_of_the_end) --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/deathdialogues/message
Amy Watson is a mom to 6 living children, and two babies in heaven. Lauren was stillborn just a few days before her due date and River was only 14 weeks when his heart stopped beating. Going through pregnancy loss can feel so isolating, because it's not something people want to talk about. But healing and continuing to talk about these special babies is what gives Amy meaning and purpose in her life. She is a certified life coach for other moms of angel babies and she is committed to helping break the stigma around babyloss as well as letting people know that is is possible to heal and live a beautiful life, even without all your babies in your arms. She loves being outdoors, hanging out with her family and reading self help books when she can sneak a few quiet minutes. https://www.instagram.com/amy.smoothstonescoaching/ https://www.facebook.com/smoothstonescoaching/ http://smoothstonescoaching.com/ --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/deathdialogues/message
Randi Pearlman Wolfson is a Los Angeles based grief educator and author. After experiencing the death of her dad when she was ten years old, it became her life-long dream to provide hope and healing to grieving children and adults. For nearly 20 years, she has educated the community, including mental health professionals, clergy, students, teachers, and various other professionals, on the topic of grief. As founder/writer at Grief & GRITS on Facebook and Instagram, Randi provides a caring heart and voice for grievers. She is the author of “Eddie’s Brave Journey: How one little elephant learned all about grief” a story for the littlest of grieving hearts. To learn more about her book please go to: EddiesBraveJourney.com Links are @griefandgrits on Instagram Grief and Grits on Facebook "Eddie's Brave Journey: How one little elephant learned all about grief" can be found at www.EddiesBraveJourney.com --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/deathdialogues/message
1. Grief is both a universal and individual feeling. When John Sardella lost his wife, the feeling of grief and loss was overwhelmingly heavy on him. So heavy that he had to lean on others to get through it. A Journey Without A Map ​aims to help those going through their personal grief, while letting them know they’re not alone. 2. Every difficult day is an opportunity to keep going. ​It was a hard lesson for John Sardella to learn that life doesn’t stop when your own world comes crashing down. John says that even the hardest days without his wife are an opportunity to keep moving forward. 3.​ ​It’s not just support that’s important, it’s the consistency of support. ​Anyone who’s lost a loved one has experienced sympathy and support in the aftermath of loss, but John Sardella is quick to point out how quickly that goes away. There’s sympathy then silence. John suggests that the key to moving forward is to seek out support to be there for you in between the sympathy and silence - for the life part. 4. It’s going to be okay. ​John Sardella will be the first to tell you that you don’t stop grieving the loss of a spouse/best friend/mother, but years after losing his rock, he can tell you that it’s going to be okay. John says that his grief will always be there, but it changes with time making it easier to move forward. A Journey Without A Map​ on Amazon​ ​ / Release Date: February 25, 2020 / Lioncrest Publishing Book Description After twenty-seven years of marriage, John Sardella lost the love of his life when his wife, Margaret, passed away following a seven-year battle with cancer. John looked for a book that would give him space for his pain and inspire him to move forward, but all he found were clinical books written by psychologists. That was John’s motivation to write ​this​ book and share how he worked through the grieving process in the hopes of reminding others not only that they are not alone, but also that they will be okay. A Journey Without a Map​ gives you permission to not only feel those real and true feelings you have, but also permission to move forward. Sharing stories that span from Margaret’s battle with cancer to her funeral and John’s life since, John demonstrates the power of connection and shows that with the proper perspective, you can still live life to its fullest extent. You can get back to being the person you’re capable of being—John wants to help you get there. JOHN SARDELLA is the author of two previous books: ​How to Start a Successful Youth Lacrosse Program​ and ​L is for Lacrosse: An ABC Book​. John’s professional career was spent in the Liverpool CSD. He was a teacher for sixteen years and a principal for fifteen years. He is now retired and enjoys spending his time writing, golfing, and being with family and friends. John resides in Liverpool, New York, and Naples, Florida. His kids are all grown, and John still sees them often. You can find John on Twitter @sardella_john, connect via email at ajourneywithoutamap@gmail.com, or visit johnsardella.com. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/deathdialogues/message
Barri Leiner Grant is a self-proclaimed Chief Grief Officer and founder of The Memory Circle, which was established in 2018. Since losing her mom, Ellen Jane, in 1993, she has believed that our grief stories and loss need a better place and space in modern society. A redefinition of the vernacular around loss. Her work as a writer, stylist and collector, has made the art of visual story telling a centerpiece of her life for decades. The Memory Circle was born from a desire to make the grief cycle a shared and more open experience. A a place to tell your tale because it reinforces that your loss mattered. "I have combined my work as a yoga and meditation teacher with my personal mission to heal and help the bereaved at any stage of their journey. Our workshops and gatherings are bathed in ways to release what we are holding - while always keeping the spirt and celebration of those lost and loved, alive." barri leiner grant 917.545.1036 Instagram: @thememorycircle and @blg Website and mailing list: thememorycircle.com The Memory Circle, Private Facebook Group https://www.facebook.com/groups/132181931161167/?multi_permalinks=197722761273750&notif_id=1590499316298012&notif_t=feedback_reaction_generic&ref=notif --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/deathdialogues/message
This timely episode is an offering for university or high school students who are finding themselves experiencing extreme stress and/or anxiety as they return to school at a time when the corona virus seems to be running rampant. Thrust into unknown, hopefully you will find a greater ease after listening to this episode. Written transcript at www.deathdialogues.net  Please share with anyone who you think can relate to this episode.  --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/deathdialogues/message
74. Hope for Steve

74. Hope for Steve

2020-08-2059:07

Meet Hope Cross who was the 24/7 caregiver of her husband Steve for nine years— from diagnosis of ALS until his death in April 2020. Steve and Hope openly shared their journey and brought attention and awareness of ALS. They have a wide audience, a documentary and have touched so many lives. Hope commits to always tell Steve’s story. This Intimate conversation was recorded shortly after Steve’s death. You can find Hope at https://www.hopefromearth.com/. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/deathdialogues/message
Hey, I'm Tom Biddulph and have been through a lot in my 38 years of time on this earth. Since 1994, I have lost 16 loved ones that have either been family or friends. Grief is a never ending journey, but I've learned to find the good grievings along the way that bring me joy. My hope is for you to feel a sense of self worth and to see there is so much more available in life than just to wallow in the pain and fear. I want you to feel love after death, and happiness so you can be present and not lose out on what greatness life has to offer you now. goodgrievings.com @goodgrievings (twitter) @goodgrievings (instagram) @goodgrievings (YouTube) --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/deathdialogues/message
Bex Tingey, from our latest podcast, Our Lost Adventure, and host, Becky, chat about their experiences of having their deceased loved ones' bodies at home for a period of time after their death– what that process feels like and some of the logistics surrounding it. We felt that since some people aren't familiar with this practice have expressed curiosity, this conversation could provide some insight into what that process. And don't forget to hear Bex share her story of her partner, Josh's, untimely death in the last podcast.  Thanks for being here.  --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/deathdialogues/message
Bex Tingey unexpectedly lost her life’s adventure when her partner/fiancée was killed in a paraglider accident. She is trying to work out the new normal whilst honouring love. www.ourlostadventure.wordpress.com IG: our_lost_adventure --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/deathdialogues/message
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
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