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The Death Dialogues Project

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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, instructo… read more

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76. A Journey without a Map: John Sardella

September 17th, 2020


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 …

76. The Memory Circle: Barri Leiner Grant

September 3rd, 2020


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 …

75. BONUS—Tipping Point: stress•school•anxiety

August 27th, 2020


This timely episode is an offering for university or high school students who are finding themselves experiencing extreme stress and/or anxiety as …

74. Hope for Steve

August 20th, 2020


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. …

73. Good Grievings: Thomas Biddulph

August 6th, 2020


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 …

BONUS: AfterDeath: keeping our loved ones home

July 30th, 2020


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 …

72. Our Lost Adventure: Bex Tingey

July 23rd, 2020


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. IG: …

71. Grief Alchemy: Taurie Bednarski

July 9th, 2020


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 …

70. Marisa Meddin: letters from beyond— Part 2

June 25th, 2020


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 …

69. Marisa Meddin: letters from beyond— Part 1

June 11th, 2020


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 …

Mid 2020 update 🖤

June 4th, 2020


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 …

68. Shauna Janz: Death of a Grasshopper— grief as initiation to life

May 28th, 2020


Shauna Janz, MA is dedicated to tending belonging in our world - within ourselves, with each other, and with our other-than-human relations. She …

67. Grieving Mothers: Megan Hillukka

May 21st, 2020


Megan Hillukka is a grieving mother turned grief coach, who is supporting and guiding grieving moms on their grief journeys. After her daughter, …

66. Lysa Black: transformative power of death

May 14th, 2020


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 …

65. A Grief Warrior: Leslie Barber

May 7th, 2020


Leslie Barber is the Founder of Grief Warrior, a company that brings recognition, respect and reconnection to the grieving. Leslie’s husband, Steve, …

64. Trauma & Resilience: Kemia Sarraf, MD, MPH

May 1st, 2020


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. …

63. Full Circle: Stephanie Sprinkel’s story from Grief to grief coach

April 24th, 2020


On this episode we come full circle as one of our first interviewees reconnects about eighteen months after our initial conversation where she was …

62. Grief Dreams with Dr. Joshua Black

April 17th, 2020


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 …

61. Life in the Time of Covid: Part 3

April 14th, 2020


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, …

60. Life in the Time of Covid19: Part 2

April 10th, 2020


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 (episode 21) who shares insights …

59. Stories of Life in the Time of Covid19: part 1

April 4th, 2020


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: …

58. Deathwork with Lashanna Williams

April 3rd, 2020


Lashanna (she/her) is, at her core, a helper; a doula and massage therapist who merges formal education, ancestral knowledge, life experience, and …

57. Covid19: And Then Everything Changed

March 31st, 2020


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 …

56. Complex trauma & grief: Lindsay Joy Taylor

March 27th, 2020


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 …

55. Kemia Sarraf, MD, MPH: life in the time of covid19

March 25th, 2020


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. …

54. Walking her mother home: Kristie Bennett

March 20th, 2020


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 …

53. Calm in the Time of Corona

March 17th, 2020


On this bonus episode, The Death Dialogues Project creator, Becky Aud-Jennison, MA, LCPC (therapist gone rogue) taps into her clinical background …

52. Exploring Death with Lisa Jones

March 13th, 2020


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 …

51. Losing a father at 12: an eloquent story of how deep loss affects a child & lingers on

March 6th, 2020


Serena McCullough, Intuitive Guide shares on her experience around death and how loosing her Father at just 12 years old greatly impacted her life …

50. Aftermath of Suicide in the Workplace: transforming conversations

February 28th, 2020


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 …

49. From Death’s Edge to Death Work: Paige Haviland’s journey to becoming a Death Doula

February 21st, 2020


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 …

48. After Chloe: the story

February 14th, 2020


Melo Garcia, a grief specialist, is assisting those who have lost what isn't replaceable by creating After Chloe, an online community and resources, …

47. Reframing Suicide: a mother’s story

February 7th, 2020


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 …

46. A Grief Sublime: Beth Robbins

January 31st, 2020


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 …

45. A SHORT: after Kobe Bryant: unpacking the story

January 27th, 2020


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 …

44. Reimagining Grief: Lisa Keefauver

January 24th, 2020


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 …

43. The Fine Art of Grieving with Jane Edberg

January 16th, 2020


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 …

42. Lessons from a Parent’s Sudden Death: Diana was 19 when faced with the ensuing responsibility

January 9th, 2020


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 …

41. A Happy New Year Update

January 2nd, 2020


Just a quick check in of what our project is about, what we’ve learned and where we are heading for 2020.


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40. Trans Deathcare : inclusivity in life and death

December 27th, 2019


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 …

39. Medium Rebecca Rosen: love & lessons from the beyond

December 20th, 2019


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 …

38. Picture Death: a father’s last 17 days are captured on film & project is born

December 12th, 2019


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 …

37. Death Midwife: Lauren Morse

December 5th, 2019


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 …

36. Emily Elizabeth: she changed lives

November 26th, 2019


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 …

35. Zenith Virago, Deathwalker

November 14th, 2019


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 …

34. Death & Divinity

November 1st, 2019


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 …

Season 2– here we come

October 23rd, 2019


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

33. Lifestyle : Deathstyle

July 18th, 2019


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 …

32. Widowed at 30: young mother of four negotiates life after loss

July 11th, 2019


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 …

31. Tricia Barker shares her Near Death Experience (NDE)

July 2nd, 2019


Tricia Barker experienced a profound near-death experience during her senior year of college, and this experience guided her to teach overseas, in …

30. Kate Manser: You Might Die Tomorrow

June 25th, 2019


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 …

29. Charlie’s Guys: one dear wee boy’s death brings gifts to siblings experiencing loss

June 18th, 2019


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, …

28. Modern Loss: co-founder Rebecca Soffer shares her story

June 9th, 2019


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 …

27. John Pavlovitz on death & grief & love

May 31st, 2019


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 …

26. Kenn Pitawanakwat: When My Son Died

May 24th, 2019


Kenn Pitawanakwat, B.A., M.A., is a professor of an endangered language. A Graduate of York University and Northern Michigan University, Kenn steps …

25. Down to Earth Dying

May 19th, 2019


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 …

24. To Die For— listening to our hearts & whispers from the beyond

May 9th, 2019


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 …

23. The Accidental Episode

April 29th, 2019


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. Grief is . . . with Heike Mertins

April 21st, 2019


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 …

21. Surviving Siblings: Kellyn Shoecraft

April 13th, 2019


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 …

20. Rob Hamill— The Power of Ceremony & Symbolism

April 5th, 2019


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 …

19. Loss of a soul sister— a life transformed

March 29th, 2019


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 …

18. Guided by Grief: Lisa Bovee

March 22nd, 2019


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 …

17. Reimagining Death: Lucinda Herring

March 14th, 2019


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 …

16. Jane Cunningham: where death has taken me

March 5th, 2019


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 …

15. Anything goes? personal thoughts on after-death-care

March 1st, 2019


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 …

14. from cardiologist to caregiver: lessons on dying

February 20th, 2019


Today we speak to Stephen Jennison, a cardiologist turned caregiver. Stephen shares lessons he’s experienced professionally and personally …

13. Bradley Cooper & Yoga Girl & Death & me

February 9th, 2019


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 …

12. Part 2– a date with death: a love story

February 3rd, 2019


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 …

11. Part 1— a date with death: a love story

February 3rd, 2019


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 …

10. Yoga & Grief: a match made in heaven

January 25th, 2019


Listen to our conversation with Sandy Ayer creator of Yoga for Grief Support. Hear how experiencing her own tragic loss catapulted Sandy into action …

9. ghost stories: love never dies

January 18th, 2019


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 …

8. So you walk into the New Year and there’s an empath, a medium, a ritual— and no bar . . .

January 7th, 2019


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 …

7. Travelling with Grief: a young widow’s story.

December 23rd, 2018


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: …

6. To Embalm or Not to Embalm: a story of choosing the old fashioned way

December 12th, 2018


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. …

5. Grief & the Holidays: how to make your experience not suck

December 4th, 2018


Our guest, Stephanie Sprinkel, shares her experience of a less than optimal Thanksgiving and its affect on how she will rethink “celebrations” in the …

4. Post-Mortem of the debut production of The Death Dialogues Project.

November 27th, 2018


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 …

3. Traumatic Grief & Healing

November 14th, 2018


In our last podcast, traumatic grief was briefly touched upon. Today we unpack that concept a bit further because, in fact, understanding the dynamic …

2. The Wisdom of a Child

November 12th, 2018


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 …

1. Intro to The Death Dialogues Project podcast.

November 8th, 2018


Welcome! Hear a short overview of the who, what, why behind The Death Dialogues Project.


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