11 episodes

An anthology of short-form dramas exploring the theme of death, the extraordinary subject that literally affects us all. Each drama is accompanied by a discussion episode – where the writers reflect on the themes of their plays with end of life specialists including end of life doulas, therapists and morticians.

A Practical Guide to Death Pippa Frith & Kate Chapman

    • Fiction

An anthology of short-form dramas exploring the theme of death, the extraordinary subject that literally affects us all. Each drama is accompanied by a discussion episode – where the writers reflect on the themes of their plays with end of life specialists including end of life doulas, therapists and morticians.

    Knowing the unknowable; is it possible to be prepared for death?

    Knowing the unknowable; is it possible to be prepared for death?

    Katrina Taee, end of life doula, former counsellor and co-writer of The Tsunami of Grief returns to talk to writer Rochi Rampal about the experience of being alongside someone as they die. As an end of life doula Katrina draws on her professional experience of supporting individuals and their families through death.

    • 46 min
    Breathe In Breathe Out

    Breathe In Breathe Out

    Unable to reconcile the contradictions and intensities, two post-death voices from within offer different reflections on the process of dying. Still wedded to a belief in meditation and affirmations Casey wants to hold on to the positive and let go of the struggle. Alethea, on the other hand, wants to debunk the myths and hold on to the reality.

    • 26 min
    Tarot, science and complicated grief

    Tarot, science and complicated grief

    Writer Annie Siddons is joined by Katrina Taae, a former nurse, counsellor, end of life doula and co-writer of the book The Tsunami of Grief. They talk about the complex grief of losing a parent when the relationship with that parent has been troubled and complicated by alcoholism or other factors.

    • 57 min
    The Tower

    The Tower

    Academic and scientist Shonagh has been asked by a collegue at the lab to record a podcast to encourage women to get into STEM. At home in her flat at the end of a sleepless night she reluctantly presses record. As she does her best to stick to the brief, a series of strange events disrupt the process and threaten to overwhelm her.

    • 31 min
    Can facing our fear of death help us live happier lives?

    Can facing our fear of death help us live happier lives?

    Writer Leah Chillery talks to Caroline Dent, an end of life doula and specialist in Thanatophobia (fear of death). They have a frank and honest conversation about their experiences of OCD and other mental health challenges which may have a link to a fear of death. Their chat explores their childhood fears and their fascinating pathways towards a deeper self-understanding.

    • 48 min
    Fixing Eileen

    Fixing Eileen

    Eileen’s life has been a catalogue of fads, phases and obsessions on a quest to ‘fix herself’. It’s been a rollercoaster ride that’s sometimes exhilarating but mostly exhausting. In spite of her determination to keep going, the voices in Eileen’s head just won’t let up. On a trip to tend her Mum’s grave, she decides to stop fighting them and start listening.

    • 31 min

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