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Lil' Update

Lil' Update

2021-09-0800:43

I shall return soon! Meanwhile, enjoy listening to episodes you haven't checked out yet! 
Planning Your Funeral

Planning Your Funeral

2021-08-1301:09:27

Kathy Benjamin is the author of Funerals to Die For: The Craziest, Creepiest, and Most Bizarre Funeral Traditions and Practices Ever and, her latest book, It's Your Funeral!: Plan the Celebration of a Lifetime -- Before It's Too Late. Kathy’s writing has received more than 100 million hits across some of the most popular humor and trivia websites in the world, including Mental Floss, Cracked, Grunge, The Smoking Jacket, and Uproxx. We talked about some of the gems found in her new book - the history of funerals, creative ideas for cremains, alkaline hydrolysis, cryonics, body donation, mummification, building your own coffin, renting a mourner, funeral crashers, unconventional funeral venues, and so much more! Make sure to check out her book for a fun, personalized way to help you put together your wishes while also learning about unique options outside the standard funeral, with a little humor sprinkled on top. Enjoy the episode! _________________________Connect with Kathy!Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/kathythewriter Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/kabenjamin18Twitter: https://twitter.com/kathybenjaminBUY HER BOOK HERE!__________________________Get in touch!Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/conversationsondeathpodcast/Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/conversationsondeath/Email: conversationsondeathpodcast@gmail.com
Being a Death Investigator

Being a Death Investigator

2021-07-2801:08:51

George Deliopoulos has 30 years of experience in forensic investigations. He is certified in death investigations, homicide investigations, blood splatter, and drug and narcotics investigations among other things. George served as the Chief Deputy Coroner for 17 years in Indiana. Over his lengthy career, he processed over 3,500 death cases. In today’s episode we talked about his training, a day in the life of the Chief Deputy Coroner, challenges originating from the job, cases he was involved in, lessons learned from working with death in close proximity, as well as his new job - a flight attendant - and yes, we’re coworkers! Enjoy! 
Dr. John Troyer is the Director of the Centre for Death and Society at the University of Bath. The Centre for Death & Society is the UK's only centre devoted to the study and research of social aspects of death, dying and bereavement. It provides a centre for the social study of death, dying and bereavement and acts as a catalyst and facilitator for research, education and training, policy development, media, and community awareness. He is a co-founder of the Death Reference Desk website, the Future Cemetery Project, and a frequent commentator for the BBC. His most recent book Technologies of the Human Corpse was published by The MIT Press in May 2020. We talked about the taboo of death, death movements in the 70s, embalming, cremation, technology & death, Facebook becoming the world’s biggest digital cemetery, the Black Mirror episode ‘Be Right Back’ and its implications, plastination, COVID, and the list goes on and on… such a fun and entertaining episode! Enjoy! _________________________Connect with John!Website: www.johntroyer.comTwitter: https://twitter.com/deathref__________________________Get in touch!Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/conversationsondeathpodcast/Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/conversationsondeath/Email: conversationsondeathpodcast@gmail.com
Jessica Reis, also known as The Death Empath, a Death Doula who specializes in grief, loss, and shadow work. Jessica received her training through INELDA and has expansions in grief recovery, pregnancy/infancy loss, pet hospice and shadow work.We talked about suicide ideation, her experience as an empath and downloads she receives, energetic and living deaths, dancing through emotions, and many different topics surrounding grief and grieving. Enjoy this delight of a human!  _________________________Connect with Jessica!Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/the.death.empath/__________________________Get in touch!Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/conversationsondeathpodcast/Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/conversationsondeath/Email: conversationsondeathpodcast@gmail.com
Afterlife Research

Afterlife Research

2021-06-1601:08:351

Piero Calvi-Parisetti is a medical doctor, a long-time universitylecturer, and a member of the Society for Psychical Research and the InternationalAssociation for Near-Death Studies. His particular area of interest is appliedpsychical research, that is the practical application of research findings, inparticular for the benefit of the bereaved and the dying. He has written fourbooks on these subjects, his latest being Step into the Light: Transform Your Fear of Death by Learning About Life After Life.We discussed some of the evidence he has found of the afterlife: near-death experiences (NDEs), psychic communication, deathbed visions, reincarnation - and how gathering all this research has led him to rule out skeptics' explanations to conclude that there's indeed, undoubtedly, an afterlife. _________________________Connect with Piero!Website: https://www.drparisetti.com/__________________________Get in touch!Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/conversationsondeathpodcast/Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/conversationsondeath/Email: conversationsondeathpodcast@gmail.com
Olivia Bareham, is a Death Midwife, Energy Healer, Ordained Interfaith Minister, Master Teacher and Founder of Sacred Crossings -The Institute for Conscious Dying and Alternative Funeral Home in Los Angeles. She holds a BA in Education from the University of London and a Bachelors in Natural Theology and Sacred Healing from the Healing Light Seminary in California. We talked about her long career as a death midwife, the history and implementation of current day home funerals, living funerals, and her lengthy offerings to help you prepare for death. _________________________Connect with Olivia!Website: http://www.sacredcrossings.com/Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Sacred-Crossings-214677251959029Instagram:  https://www.instagram.com/sacred_crossings/Death Care Directive: http://deathcaredirective.com/__________________________Get in touch!Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/conversationsondeathpodcast/Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/conversationsondeath/Email: conversationsondeathpodcast@gmail.com
Dr. Karen Wyatt is the bestselling author of the book 7 Lessons for Living from the Dying, which contains stories of patients she cared for as a hospice doctor and the spiritual lessons she learned from them at the end of their lives. Dr. Wyatt also hosts the End-of-Life University Podcast, which features conversations with experts who work in all aspects of end-of-life care.In this episode, we talked about her journey into becoming a hospice doctor, common regrets of the dying, why she decided to write her book, the seven lessons learned from the dying patients she worked with, her podcast, and her upcoming book. _________________________Connect with Karen!Website: www.eoluniversity.comFacebook: www.facebook.com/eoluniversity/Twitter: https://twitter.com/spiritualmdInstagram: www.instagram.com/kwyattmd/Books: www.7lessonsbook.com__________________________Get in touch!Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/conversationsondeathpodcast/Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/conversationsondeath/Email: conversationsondeathpodcast@gmail.com
Grief Dreams

Grief Dreams

2021-05-0401:09:21

Dr. Joshua Black is a grief researcher, speaker, author, consultant, online course instructor, and host of the Grief Dreams Podcast. He has focused all of his MA and PhD research (in psychology) on investigating dreams in bereavement (also known as grief dreams) and continuing bonds from many types of loss (including prenatal loss and pet loss). Most of his academic research and publications have specifically been on dreams of the deceased. Dr. Black is considered one of the world’s leading academic experts in grief dreams.We spoke about his experience with grief dreams, how he got into this research, common characteristics of grief dreams and their purpose, dream re-scripting, grief dreams in popular culture, and so much more!_________________________Connect with Joshua!Websites: www.griefdreams.caInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/griefdreams/ __________________________Get in touch!Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/conversationsondeathpodcast/Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/conversationsondeath/Email: conversationsondeathpodcast@gmail.com
Spirit Vessel

Spirit Vessel

2021-04-0647:55

Jessica Wertz is a ceramic artist and the founder of Spirit Vessel. Spirit Vessel provides the tools to create personalized celebration of life ceremonies - whether you're pre-planning your own ceremony, having a living memorial ceremony, or a memorial service in the comfort of your home or via webcasting services. It aims to restore the use of intimate ceremony around death by creating a guideline for meaningful connection through interaction.Jessica’s intention is to help individuals and families create a sacred space that honors our loved one’s lives while helping those who are left to grieve. We discussed all aspects of the interconnectivity between grief and ritual/ceremony. Hope you guys enjoy this lovely conversation! _________________________Connect with Jessica!Websites: www.spiritvessel.com ; www.spiritletters.com Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/my.spiritvessel/ __________________________Get in touch!Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/conversationsondeathpodcast/Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/conversationsondeath/Email: conversationsondeathpodcast@gmail.com
In today's episode, I spoke to Dr. Christopher Kerr, who is a hospice physician and an end-of-life researcher about end-of-life dreams and visions. These dreams and visions are significant, subjective experiences within the dying process that occur while asleep or awake. They can happen hours, weeks, or even months before a person passes and may increase in frequency as patients approach death. To date, he and his research team at Hospice & Palliative Care Buffalo have published multiple studies on this topic and documented over 1,500 end-of-life events, many of which are videotaped. Although medically ignored, these near-universal experiences often provide comfort and meaning, as well as insight into the life led and the death anticipated.Hope you guys enjoy the episode!_________________________Connect with Dr. Kerr!Website: https://www.drchristopherkerr.com/Book: Death is But a Dream: Finding Hope and Meaning at Life's End TED Talk: I See Dead People: Dreams and Visions of the Dying __________________________Get in touch!Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/conversationsondeathpodcast/Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/conversationsondeath/Email: conversationsondeathpodcast@gmail.com
Dr. Bruce Greyson is Professor Emeritus of Psychiatry and Neurobehavioral Sciences at the UVA School of Medicine. He served on the medical school faculty at the Universities of Michigan, Connecticut, and Virginia. He was a co-founder and President of the International Association for Near-Death Studies, and Editor of the Journal of Near-Death Studies. Most recently, he penned AFTER based on nearly five decades of research about near-death experiences (NDEs).In this week's episode, we look at NDEs through the lens of Dr. Greyson's research - how culture is related to each experience, skeptics' criticisms (lack of oxygen, drugs, electrical activity in the brain, DMT release at the moment of death, mental illness, etc.), how NDEs affect people's lives after their encounter, and what NDEs can teach us about living._________________________Connect with Bruce!Website: https://www.brucegreyson.comBook: After: A Doctor Explores What Near-Death Experiences Reveal about Life and Beyond __________________________Get in touch!Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/conversationsondeathpodcast/Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/conversationsondeath/Email: conversationsondeathpodcast@gmail.com
Virtual Funerals

Virtual Funerals

2021-02-2350:09

In this episode, I speak to Christina Andreola, founder of New Narrative Memorials, about virtual funerals - how the industry is booming, her experience as an event planner, horror stories, and about families she has helped. Christina also shares some of her favorite resources and people in the death-care space._________________________Connect with Christina!Website: https://www.newnarrative.ca/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/newnarrativememorials/__________________________Get in touch!Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/conversationsondeathpodcast/Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/conversationsondeath/Email: conversationsondeathpodcast@gmail.com
Tiffany Hopkins began studying mediumship after moving into her great-great grandmother's cottage in Lily Dale, which is the world's largest community of Spiritualists. Spiritualism is a religious movement that began in the 19th century based on the belief that the spirits of the dead exist and we can communicate with them.  In today's episode, Tiffany takes us on a historical journey beginning with how the movement was started and ending with modern-day spiritualist churches and communities. If you're interested in history and/or mediumship, this episode is for you! _________________________Connect with Tiffany!Website: https://www.nobox.us/unseenInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/unknowitall/Circle: https://nobox.as.me/circleSpiritualist Book Club: https://www.nobox.us/mediumship-events/spiritualist-book-club-februaryPodcast: https://anchor.fm/ms-piff__________________________Get in touch!Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/conversationsondeathpodcast/Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/conversationsondeath/Email: conversationsondeathpodcast@gmail.com
Shamanism

Shamanism

2021-01-2601:13:02

In today's episode I speak to Christina Pratt, who is a practicing shaman. She's also the author of the two volume Encyclopedia of Shamanism, runs The Last Mask Center for Shamanic Healing, and is the host of the Why Shamanism Now Podcast. She is pioneering new shamanic techniques to deal with the illnesses of our times. Her current focus is on the healing of our ancestral lines to release the growing burden on the living of the unresolved energies of the dead and the initiation of our young into spiritual adulthood.We talked about her journey, shamanism, soul loss, soul retrieval, reincarnation, being stuck as a ghost, and so much more! Enjoy!_________________________Get 10% off your AFTR gravesite camera system with code DEATH-10 at checkout. Go visit https://www.aftr.live_________________________Connect with Christina!Website: https://lastmaskcenter.org/__________________________Get in touch!Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/conversationsondeathpodcast/Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/conversationsondeath/Email: conversationsondeathpodcast@gmail.com
Tina “Kat” Courtney, The AfterLife Coach, is a traditionally trained Ayahuasquera + Huachumera and plant medicine guide. She works as a psychedelics integration coach, helping people make sense of transformative experiences such as doing Ayahuasca. Tune in and learn how Kat helps people prepare for and make sense of altered spaces, spiritual breakdowns, and even death itself (ego death). Fascinating conversation looking at death through a completely different lens! Don't miss out! _________________________Connect with Kat!Website: https://www.afterlife.coach/Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/theafterlifecoach/Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/afterlifecoach__________________________Get in touch!Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/conversationsondeathpodcast/Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/conversationsondeath/Email: conversationsondeathpodcast@gmail.com
Bridging the Gap

Bridging the Gap

2020-12-3001:02:38

Megan Carmichael is an independent funeral consultant whose main focus is building awareness around professional deathcare and encouraging others to join this line of work. She is part of the Dive Into Death collective (https://www.diveintodeath.com/) and a co-founder of DeathcareConnect (https://www.deathcareconnect.com).We spoke about her journey into the deathcare space and her solutions to finding different gaps within the industry. We also talked about her many projects to connect people to resources as well as her ash scattering service. Lastly, we spoke about her kids and loss blog. Additional resources:Dive Into Death collective: https://www.diveintodeath.com/Rocio Navarro: https://www.rocionavarro.org/ Stefanie Elkins: https://www.bepresentcare.com/ Amber Carvaly: https://www.greystokemedia.com/Jill Schock: https://www.deathdoulala.com/Writing about kids&loss: https://dailylifeanddeath.substack.com/DeathcareConnect stories: https://www.deathcareconnect.com/submission-guidelines_________________________Connect with Megan!Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/daily.life.death/Website: https://www.dailylifeanddeath.com/CalScatter: https://www.calscatter.com/Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/deathcareconnect__________________________Get in touch!Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/conversationsondeathpodcast/Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/conversationsondeath/Email: conversationsondeathpodcast@gmail.com
After a 3 month pause, I'm back with bi-weekly episodes! In this episode, Kelly and I talk about the ins & outs of post mortem photography, spirit photography & the history of spiritualism and seances, as well as photography of the dead during The Civil War.Kelly Christian is a Chicago based writer and future archivist. She is interested in the intersection of technology and systems of power in relation to death and mourning in American culture. Her graduate work explored post-mortem photography and related visual representations of grief and their cultural ramifications. She has written on such topics as the life insurance industry in early 20th century Chicago, the troubling legacy of lynching photography, and the relationship between colonialism and taxidermy. Kelly continues to explore the more macabre moments in American history, and how they resurface in the contemporary social landscape. She is also a contributing member of The Order of the Good Death. _________________________Connect with Kelly!Website: http://www.kellyachristian.com/Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/kellybakeswell/__________________________Get in touch!Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/conversationsondeathpodcast/Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/conversationsondeath/Email: conversationsondeathpodcast@gmail.com
In this episode, I talk to Erica Buist, a journalist and writer from London, England. After finding her father-in-law dead after a week, she decided to visit seven death festivals - one for every day they didn't find Chris. From Mexico to Nepal, Sicily, Thailand, Madagascar, Japan and finally Indonesia, Erica chronicles her experiences in her first book, This Party's Dead, which comes out in February 2021.We discussed the lessons learned from visiting all seven death festivals, her journey with trying to understand how other cultures deal with death anxiety; how people move past the knowledge that they're going to die in order to live happily day-to-day and how they celebrate rather than shy away from the topic of death. We also talked about transhumanism, the death positive movement, and Santa Muerte. Super fun & interesting episode! Enjoy, deathlings!_________________________Connect with Erica!Website: https://www.thisisnotajourney.com/Instagram: @ericabuist & @thispartysdeadFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/ericabuistwriterTwitter: @ericabuist & @thedeathtivalsPreorder 'This Party's Dead': https://unbound.com/books/this-partys-dead/__________________________Get in touch!Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/conversationsondeathpodcast/Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/conversationsondeath/Email: conversationsondeathpodcast@gmail.comGlobal Death Doula Summit: https://www.doulagiversinstitutefhl.com/death-doula-summit/
On this episode, I talk to Karen McDonnell Hilligoss, author of How Dr. Wayne W. Dyer Taught Me That Life Is Worth Living. In 2015, shortly after the death of Dr. Dyer, Karen started to experience miracles surrounding him. These experiences helped Karen spiritually evolve into accepting several serious diagnoses involving her children's health that had previously caused her to lose her faith.  Join me as Karen tells us about how these signs from Dr. Dyer taught her that there is no such thing as death and that love is eternal. _________________________Connect with Karen!Website: http://www.karenmcdonnellhilligoss.comFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/McDonnellHilligossYoutube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC-Gui_Kgm0moXtMQeXBvAQQ__________________________Get in touch!Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/conversationsondeathpodcast/Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/conversationsondeath/Email: conversationsondeathpodcast@gmail.com
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