In the latest episode of Covid Matters we speak to Anna Lyons and Louise Winter, the founders of Life. Death. Whatever. - an initiative that encourages open dialogue about all matters related to death and dying. We discuss their experiences of the impact Covid-19 has had on the funeral industry, grief, and end-of-life conversations – and their new book We All Know How This Ends.
The funeral industry faced enormous challenges when the Covid-19 pandemic struck. This had a significant effect on everyone who has lost a loved one since the start of the pandemic, as well as impacting heavily on those who work in the industry.
The founders of Life. Death. Whatever. are Louise Winter, a funeral director and Anna Lyons, an end-of-life doula. They have seen first-hand the challenges faced due to limited contact with the grieving and those at the end of their life, as well as trauma faced by families and friends when deaths have come suddenly, with no time to prepare or come to terms with loss. Anna and Louise believe that speaking about death and dying, and sharing experiences, is vital to allow people to feel supported, and less alone in their grief.
We discuss with Anna and Louise the effect Covid-19 has had on the work they do individually and that of Life. Death. Whatever. We also asked them about We All Know How This Ends, their new book dealing with everything related to death and dying. They talk about how important it was to review and rewrite sections of the book to reflect the changes imposed by the pandemic, to allow them to provide people with the ongoing support and resources that will be needed in the wake of Covid-19.
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Find more about Anna and Louise’s work at the Life. Death. Whatever. website, where you can also find details on how and where to purchase We All Know How This Ends
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