Conversations on Death

Conversations on Death

This podcast explores death, dying, and the afterlife from multiple perspectives - physical, psychological, spiritual, ethical, historical, societal, and more. Join me on my mission to make death less taboo by bringing forward the many lessons death can teach the living, so that we can live more intentional and purposeful lives.

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September 8, 2021 43 sec

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

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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...

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July 27, 2021 68 min

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 Coron...

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July 13, 2021 79 min

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 ...

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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 an...

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June 15, 2021 68 min

Piero Calvi-Parisetti is a medical doctor, a long-time university
lecturer, and a member of the Society for Psychical Research and the International
Association for Near-Death Studies. His particular area of interest is applied
psychical research, that is the practical application of research findings, in
particular for the benefit of the bereaved and the dying. He has written four
books on these subjects, his latest being Step into the...

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June 1, 2021 54 min

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...

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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 becomin...

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May 4, 2021 69 min

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 ...

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April 6, 2021 47 min

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 thr...

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March 23, 2021 30 min

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...

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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 nea...

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February 23, 2021 50 min

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.

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Connect with Christina!

Website: https://www.newnarrative.ca/
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com...

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February 9, 2021 58 min

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...

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January 26, 2021 73 min

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 o...

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January 12, 2021 36 min

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 deat...

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December 29, 2020 62 min

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 indu...

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December 15, 2020 56 min

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 mou...

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September 10, 2020 63 min

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 l...

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August 31, 2020 67 min

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 ho...

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