A Lovely Death

A Lovely Death

A podcast having a lively conversation about death. Carolyn Fletcher and Sarah Siplak bring you conversations about end of life care, death, dying, and so much more.

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October 18, 2021 61 min

This week we interview Pittsburgh-based trauma therapist Casey Swartz.  Casey shares her thoughts on what we are all experiencing during the Covid pandemic.  You can find Casey’s hilarious Instagram: @caseyswartzlpc

Here’s the Huffington Post article that quotes Casey: “For Those Who Lost Someone To COVID, There Is No 'Returning To Normal'” 

https://www.huffpost.com/entry/people-who-lost-someone-to-covid-talk-about-what-r...

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Welcome to the second half of our minisode on end-of-life advance planning!  There was so much to talk about when it came to planning our own funerals that we broke this into two episodes.  

This is the funeral planning questionnaire we refer to in this episode:
 https://www.funeralwise.com/files/Pre-Need-Questionnaire2009.pdf

Thanks so much for listening!

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August 5, 2021 69 min

This week we interview Amy Weisgerber, the In-House Coordinator from CORE (Center for Organ Recovery and Education). CORE is one of 57 federally designated not-for-profit organ procurement organizations (OPOs) in the United States. CORE partners with more than 150 hospitals and health care facilities to deliver the gift of life by coordinating the surgical recovery of organs, tissues and corneas for transplantation. CORE also facil...

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Welcome to our third minisode on end-of-life advance planning!  There was so much to talk about when it came to planning our own funerals that we broke this into two episodes.  This is Part 1 of funeral planning.

This is the funeral planning questionnaire we refer to in this episode:
 https://www.funeralwise.com/files/Pre-Need-Questionnaire2009.pdf

Look for upcoming episodes discussing organ donation, green burial and more. Find us on...
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July 7, 2021 43 min

Welcome to the second part of our multi-part minisodes on end-of-life advance planning!  In this minisode we talk about writing your own obituary!

Here are some of the main resources we refer to in this episode:
https://www.funeralbasics.org/write-great-obituary/

 https://www.fearlessculture.design/blog-posts/write-obituary-exercise

 https://www.nbcnews.com/better/lifestyle/how-write-perfect-obituary-according-professional-writers-ncna...

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June 23, 2021 55 min

This week we talk to the one-and-only Gail Rubin: The Doyenne of Death®, owner of A Good Goodbye - Funeral Planning for those who don’t plan to die, certified funeral celebrant and pioneering death educator. 

Gail is author of the award-winning book A Good Goodbye: Funeral Planning for Those Who Don’t Plan to Die. She is also a popular speaker who uses humor and films to get end-of-life planning conversations started.  She also host...

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June 10, 2021 46 min

Welcome to the first part of our multi-part minisodes on end-of-life advance planning!  In this minisode we talk about Healthcare Directives & Living Wills. 

You can find more information at The Conversation Project which is a “public engagement initiative with a goal that is both simple and transformative: to help everyone talk about their wishes for care through the end of life, so those wishes can be understood and respected....

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May 26, 2021 62 min

This week we have an interview with funeral director Kristin L. Hauman.  Kristin is the owner of The Natural Funeral Company in Pittsburgh, PA as well as a traditional funeral home.  In this episode she shares her thought on funeral service, green burial and her role in helping bereaved families.  
Want to support ALD?  Consider becoming a Patreon sponsor at: https://www.patreon.com/alovelydeath.

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May 12, 2021 55 min

This episode features an interview with Martie McNabb.  Martie is a personal historian/visual artist who creates visual narratives from client’s photo, document & memorabilia archives through her business Memories out of the Box (https://memoriesoutofthebox.com/). She's also an interactive story-sharing artist who created Show & Tales (http://www.showandtales.com/), a series of story-sharing events that help people crea...

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April 28, 2021 59 min

This episode features an interview with Nisha Bowman, a Pittsburgh-based palliative care social worker and death doula, who shares many compelling thoughts about her work, motherhood and how lack of access to resources at end of life can impact POC and marginalized communities.  You can find Nisha on Twitter: @reelirishdancer  Want to support ALD? https://www.patreon.com/alovelydeath

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April 14, 2021 23 min

A Lovely Death is back after a long hiatus!  My friend Sarah Siplak will be partnering with me on the podcast moving forward.  This season teaser fills you in on all our news!

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September 7, 2018 49 min
Episode 8 Part 2 of my conversation with Bryan Ghingold. Bryan talks about attending Death Cafe Pittsburgh, struggling with his fear of death, some significant losses in his life and how it relates to his Jewish faith.
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September 7, 2018 39 min
Episode 7 The first part of my conversation with Bryan Ghingold. Bryan talks about attending Death Cafe Pittsburgh, struggling with his fear of death, some significant losses in his life and how it relates to his Jewish faith.
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Episode 6 The second part of my interview with Elizabeth Erbrecht - a licensed massage therapist who works with geriatric patients and hospice patients.
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Episode 5 An interview with Elizabeth Erbrecht a licensed massage therapist who works with geriatric patients and hospice patients.
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Episode 4 The second half of my interview with Helen Stickney. I hope you will enjoy the second half of our conversation. I found Helen's thought about dying and the afterlife so moving and inspiring!
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Episode 3 Part 1 An interview with Helen Stickney who is a hospice volunteer, certified End of Life Doula, Reiki practitioner, meditation instructor, and grief support volunteer. Listen in on a conversation about her calling to deathcare and her thoughts on hospice and other related topics.
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This episode includes a conversation with fellow Pittsburgh Deathie, John Davis. I hope you enjoy this introduction to A Lovely Death!
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July 26, 2018 18 min
Episode 1 - Memento Mori - an introduction to A Lovely Death by Carolyn Fletcher.
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