The Death Dialogues Project

The Death Dialogues Project

www.deathdialogues.net
“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. Follow: www.deathdialogues.net Find us on IG & FB .


BONUS: AfterDeath: keeping our loved ones home
Jul 30 • 24 min
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…
72. Our Lost Adventure: Bex Tingey
Jul 23 • 59 min
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…
71. Grief Alchemy: Taurie Bednarski
Jul 9 • 51 min
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…
70. Marisa Meddin: letters from beyond— Part 2
Jun 25 • 56 min
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…
69. Marisa Meddin: letters from beyond— Part 1
Jun 11 • 63 min
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…
Mid 2020 update 🖤
Jun 4 • 8 min
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…
68. Shauna Janz: Death of a Grasshopper— grief as initiation to life
May 28 • 58 min
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…
67. Grieving Mothers: Megan Hillukka
May 21 • 51 min
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…
66. Lysa Black: transformative power of death
May 14 • 63 min
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…
65. A Grief Warrior: Leslie Barber
May 7 • 58 min
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…
64. Trauma & Resilience: Kemia Sarraf, MD, MPH
May 1 • 68 min
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…
63. Full Circle: Stephanie Sprinkel’s story from Grief to grief coach
Apr 24 • 55 min
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…
62. Grief Dreams with Dr. Joshua Black
Apr 17 • 63 min
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…
61. Life in the Time of Covid: Part 3
Apr 14 • 34 min
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…
60. Life in the Time of Covid19: Part 2
Apr 10 • 38 min
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…
59. Stories of Life in the Time of Covid19: part 1
Apr 4 • 42 min
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…
58. Deathwork with Lashanna Williams
Apr 3 • 54 min
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…
57. Covid19: And Then Everything Changed
Mar 31 • 45 min
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,…
56. Complex trauma & grief: Lindsay Joy Taylor
Mar 27 • 62 min
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…
55. Kemia Sarraf, MD, MPH: life in the time of covid19
Mar 25 • 59 min
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…
54. Walking her mother home: Kristie Bennett
Mar 20 • 62 min
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…
53. Calm in the Time of Corona
Mar 17 • 35 min
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:…
52. Exploring Death with Lisa Jones
Mar 13 • 40 min
After a transformative shared-death experience, Lisa Jones expresses her passion for life by exploring death. Author, speaker, and host of the Exploring Death podcast, she has had the privilege to work with groups and individuals, business leaders,…
51. Losing a father at 12: an eloquent story of how deep loss affects a child & lingers on
Mar 6 • 65 min
Serena McCullough, Intuitive Guide shares on her experience around death and how loosing her Father at just 12 years old greatly impacted her life and how she has viewed life. She now takes what she has learnt, having hit her rock bottom when her children…
50. Aftermath of Suicide in the Workplace: transforming conversations
Feb 28 • 57 min
In this episode we hear a unique perspective of how a leader handled the suicide of a colleague within the workplace to best support her staff and personnel. Rachel has been an educator and leader based in Ōtautahi (Christchurch, New Zealand) for 25…
49. From Death’s Edge to Death Work: Paige Haviland’s journey to becoming a Death Doula
Feb 21 • 46 min
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…
48. After Chloe: the story
Feb 14 • 66 min
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…
47. Reframing Suicide: a mother’s story
Feb 7 • 64 min
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…
46. A Grief Sublime: Beth Robbins
Jan 31 • 65 min
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…
45. A SHORT: after Kobe Bryant: unpacking the story
Jan 27 • 8 min
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…
44. Reimagining Grief: Lisa Keefauver
Jan 24 • 58 min
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…
43. The Fine Art of Grieving with Jane Edberg
Jan 16 • 65 min
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…
42. Lessons from a Parent’s Sudden Death: Diana was 19 when faced with the ensuing responsibility
Jan 9 • 55 min
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…
41. A Happy New Year Update
Jan 2 • 5 min
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
40. Trans Deathcare : inclusivity in life and death
Dec 27, 2019 • 52 min
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…
39. Medium Rebecca Rosen: love & lessons from the beyond
Dec 20, 2019 • 48 min
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…
38. Picture Death: a father’s last 17 days are captured on film & project is born
Dec 12, 2019 • 59 min
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…
37. Death Midwife: Lauren Morse
Dec 5, 2019 • 57 min
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…
36. Emily Elizabeth: she changed lives
Nov 26, 2019 • 65 min
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…
35. Zenith Virago, Deathwalker
Nov 13, 2019 • 69 min
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…
34. Death & Divinity
Nov 1, 2019 • 51 min
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…
Season 2– here we come
Oct 22, 2019 • 16 min
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.…
33. Lifestyle : Deathstyle
Jul 18, 2019 • 17 min
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…
32. Widowed at 30: young mother of four negotiates life after loss
Jul 11, 2019 • 67 min
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…
31. Tricia Barker shares her Near Death Experience (NDE)
Jul 2, 2019 • 62 min
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…
30. Kate Manser: You Might Die Tomorrow
Jun 25, 2019 • 55 min
In this episode we hear what inspired Kate Manser to create the project You Might Die Tomorrow. Kate is just so happy to be alive. After experiencing four separate sudden deaths of friends in two years, she experienced a radical shift in perspective:…
29. Charlie’s Guys: one dear wee boy’s death brings gifts to siblings experiencing loss
Jun 18, 2019 • 55 min
Hear from a mother who , after the death of her precious toddler, Charlie, channeled her energy into giving to other families experiencing a similar loss. Extraordinary. Kjerstin Davies is a southern California native, raising her family in Colorado. She…
28. Modern Loss: co-founder Rebecca Soffer shares her story
Jun 9, 2019 • 56 min
Rebecca Soffer is the cofounder and CEO of Modern Loss, a website and community the New York Times has hailed as “redefining mourning.” She is a former producer for the Peabody Award-winning Colbert Report, having accompanied Stephen Colbert on his quest…
27. John Pavlovitz on death & grief & love
May 31, 2019 • 56 min
In the past two years, John Pavlovitz’s blog, Stuff That Needs To Be Said, has reached a diverse audience of millions of people across the world with his outspoken distaste for a number of President Trump’s policies and confrontation of the larger…
26. Kenn Pitawanakwat: When My Son Died
May 24, 2019 • 65 min
Kenn Pitawanakwat, B.A., M.A., is a professor of an endangered language. A Graduate of York University and Northern Michigan University, Kenn steps forward as people’s confidant and Algonquian language etymologist. Kenn has been featured in film, social…
25. Down to Earth Dying
May 19, 2019 • 57 min
Down to Earth Dying: Caroline Schrank became a Funeral Director after planning funerals for her parents 8 years apart. Her goal is to educate and inform that death and funerals aren’t “one size fits all”, and that there are options - you just have to ask.…
24. To Die For— listening to our hearts & whispers from the beyond
May 8, 2019 • 67 min
Anne O’Boyle Vlahos resides in Vermont with her husband and near their two children. She is still inspired today by her mother’s love of gardening and cooking and her father’s curiosity and love of nature. Her dog Moose is usually by her side when she’s…
23. The Accidental Episode
Apr 28, 2019 • 39 min
Dan Ruderman (IG loveand_death_ because) agreed to be a guest on an episode of our podcast. But as we began to chat— he felt it was maybe too early. As you will hear, his wife’s death was on Thanksgiving Day November 22, 2018: very recent. We decided to…
22. Grief is … with Heike Mertins
Apr 21, 2019 • 65 min
Heike Mertins is an author, blogger and speaker about grief, grieving and recovery. She is the author of “Grief is…Thoughts on loss, struggle and new beginnings” (2017) which chronicles her journey through the bizarre, frustrating and at times humourous…
21. Surviving Siblings: Kellyn Shoecraft
Apr 13, 2019 • 57 min
Coming upon Kellyn’s “surviving siblings” Instagram account and our ensuing conversation felt like a breath of fresh air. You’ll have to listen to hear the analogy Kellyn made that struck my heart and soul with a deep sense of knowing — and relief— that…
20. Rob Hamill— The Power of Ceremony & Symbolism
Apr 5, 2019 • 58 min
Olympian, Rowing Champ, Master Griever. Many New Zealanders are familiar with Rob Hamill and his story. Or stories. Well known as a highly esteemed elite athlete— excelling in rowing was precipitated by hugely traumatic grief. When Rob was 14 his older…
19. Loss of a soul sister— a life transformed
Mar 29, 2019 • 57 min
Meet today’s guest: EMILY HOLODY whose life was forever changed after her journey to the end of life with her soul sister and the family deaths that followed. A Peninsula, Ohio, native, Emily Holody is a stay-at-home mother and freelance writer with a…
18. Guided by Grief: Lisa Bovee
Mar 22, 2019 • 62 min
Meet this episode’s guest, author of Guided by Grief/Guided by Now— Lisa Bovee: Badass Author. Speaker. Mama. MiMi. Friend. Human. When Lisa’s son Conner died in a tragic car accident, she was running a successful freelance writing, editing, and book…
17. Reimagining Death: Lucinda Herring
Mar 14, 2019 • 61 min
LUCINDA HERRING has worked at the cutting edge of the green funeral movement for more than twenty years, beginning with others in the 1990s to quietly care for loved ones after death. Today she is one of the leading voices for more healing and ecological…
16. Jane Cunningham: where death has taken me
Mar 5, 2019 • 55 min
Jane Cunningham, from the Northland of New Zealand, discusses her experiences with death and how it’s affected her living. Jane understands that the world is hungry for a return to Spirit. She paints, prays, plays and tends to her soul and the souls…
15. Anything goes? personal thoughts on after-death-care
Mar 1, 2019 • 30 min
Join Becky for a chat about what her journey has illustrated to her about making decisions about the care of her own body after death. Always remember there are death doula services and alternative funeral supports available to support you/your family…
14. from cardiologist to caregiver: lessons on dying
Feb 19, 2019 • 65 min
Today we speak to Stephen Jennison, a cardiologist turned caregiver. Stephen shares lessons he’s experienced professionally and personally interfacing with death. Stephen is an integral member of The Death Dialogues Project team. Please subscribe and…
13. Bradley Cooper & Yoga Girl & Death & me
Feb 9, 2019 • 45 min
Vulnerability alert: This feels raw as I share some of my own story precipitated by a lady-with-her-big-girl-pants-on-taking-a-road-trip and listening to two very poignant podcast episodes kinda experience. You can hear the meaningful conversations I…
12. Part 2– a date with death: a love story
Feb 3, 2019 • 59 min
In this episode we explore Jana Buhlmann’s experience of walking beside her partner from stage four cancer diagnosis to his assisted death. This conversation is so deep and wide we are serving it up in two parts. You can find out more about Jana at…
11. Part 1— a date with death: a love story
Feb 3, 2019 • 65 min
In this episode we explore Jana Buhlmann’s experience of walking beside her partner from stage four cancer diagnosis to his assisted death. This conversation is so deep and wide we are serving it up in two parts. You can find out more about Jana at…
10. Yoga & Grief: a match made in heaven
Jan 24, 2019 • 60 min
Listen to our conversation with Sandy Ayer creator of Yoga for Grief Support. Hear how experiencing her own tragic loss catapulted Sandy into action to create her own gentle answer to providing grief support. And listen closely for the discount code for…
9. ghost stories: love never dies
Jan 18, 2019 • 16 min
Have you ever felt a connection or seen or heard something that you feel was communication with someone who had died? We are finding this is a common element in the stories we are collecting. Today, Becky shares her first experience with that phenomenon…
8. So you walk into the New Year and there’s an empath, a medium, a ritual— and no bar …
Jan 6, 2019 • 15 min
Join us for a chat from the little red shed about how our grief may be standing in the way of welcoming the New Year and a few helpful resources. And here are the links promised: www.judithorloff.com/top-10-traits-of-an-empath ;…
7. Travelling with Grief: a young widow’s story.
Dec 22, 2018 • 72 min
On this episode Dawn Picken shares the story of her husband of 10 years sudden illness and tragic death which left her to redefine her life with two young children. Dawn has written a memoir—Love, Loss & Facebook: my year of grief on the run. Listen to…
6. To Embalm or Not to Embalm: a story of choosing the old fashioned way
Dec 12, 2018 • 23 min
DISCLAIMER: This podcast is not by a mortician or an expert in those sciences. This is the story of a family who stepped back in time and cared for their loved ones in their home after their deaths. More and more we hear about the possibility of not…
5. Grief & the Holidays: how to make your experience not suck
Dec 3, 2018 • 50 min
Our guest, Stephanie Sprinkel, shares her experience of a less than optimal Thanksgiving and its affect on how she will rethink “celebrations” in the future. She also imparts some beautiful wisdom from her grief experience, including her continuing…
4. Post-Mortem of the debut production of The Death Dialogues Project.
Nov 27, 2018 • 60 min
Have a listen if you want to get the vibe of what if was like at the event. Becky shares the “about” the project from the debut and then she and Svenja unpack the evening (including the possible attendance from the other side). —- Send in a voice message:…
3. Traumatic Grief & Healing
Nov 13, 2018 • 21 min
In our last podcast, traumatic grief was briefly touched upon. Today we unpack that concept a bit further because, in fact, understanding the dynamic behind why difficult memories revisit us is the first step to healing. Also on this episode, we share a…
2. The Wisdom of a Child
Nov 12, 2018 • 19 min
A 14 year old talks death, dying & grief. Hear thoughts from a young man who experienced the death of a dear uncle and 3 grandparents within an 18 month period—one death being supported within his home. Within this conversation, several aspects of death…
1. Intro to The Death Dialogues Project podcast.
Nov 7, 2018 • 7 min
Welcome! Hear a short overview of the who, what, why behind The Death Dialogues Project. —- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/deathdialogues/message
The Death Dialogues Project (Trailer)
Nov 6, 2018 • 0 min
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