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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 has worked for the past four decades as a therapist, instructor, presenter, writer—interfacing with Death professionally—it was her own deep loss that motivated her to start this project.

Hearing others’ STORIES are what informs us.

Join us as we talk all things Death.

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The Death Dialogues Project Podcast The Death Dialogues Project Podcast

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.7 • 20 Ratings

“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 has worked for the past four decades as a therapist, instructor, presenter, writer—interfacing with Death professionally—it was her own deep loss that motivated her to start this project.

Hearing others’ STORIES are what informs us.

Join us as we talk all things Death.

Follow:
www.deathdialogues.net
Find us on IG & FB

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    103. Sharing Solace: Crystal Webster

    103. Sharing Solace: Crystal Webster

    Crystal Webster is the Founder of Sharing Solace, Author of ‘Confessions of a Griever’, speaker, entrepreneur, and most importantly she is Madelyn Elizabeth Webster’s mama. When Madelyn died in Crystal’s arms just after she was born, she wanted to die too. It took her years to learn to live again – mostly because she realized her Madelyn wouldn’t want her to live the rest of her life waiting to die.

    Sharing Solace was founded from that love and hope: to help grievers grieve and lovers love their griever through tangible, pass-along-able gifts wrapped in a meaningful community of support and strength so you can always ‘Remember. You’re not alone.’



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    • 1 hr 5 min
    102. Oceana Sawyer: End of Life Doula

    102. Oceana Sawyer: End of Life Doula

    As an End of Life (EOL) Doula, Oceana Sawyer specializes in the liminal spaces of active dying and grief. She is currently researching embodied grief (through a sensual lens) and racialized trauma in the Somatic Abolitionism Training Program with Education for Racial Equity.

    A certified home funeral celebrant, living funeral ceremony facilitator, and Conscious Dying Educator, Oceana also holds graduate degrees in integral counseling psychology and organizational development.

    Oceana draws upon her meditation practice, experience as a sensuality educator, earth-based spirituality, and intensive study in the expressive arts and integral counseling psychology to bring a grounded, compassionate presence and holistic approach to her work. Through Death Cafes, EOL vision mapping, EOL doula training, and virtual grief events and workshops, Oceana works with individuals and groups centered primarily in communities of color (culture).

    She has also contributed to a number of articles and podcasts in the area of death, dying, and grieving.

    You can follow her on her Instagram and participate in her online grief community on Patreon.


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    • 41 min
    101. Cumulative Grief with Kameron & Kate

    101. Cumulative Grief with Kameron & Kate

    This episode is the first interview by our new Death Dialogues Project co-host, Kate Burns. A hearty welcome goes out to her.

    Kate has served as an Equal Employment Opportunity and Title IX Investigator and a large Midwest university for the last four years. In this role, she investigates harassment, discrimination, and sexual violence. Kate has extensive training in trauma informed interviewing and takes much pride in connecting with people on a meaningful level. Kate has a masters degree in forensic science which has proven helpful during interviews and also aided in achieving some unexpected accomplishments. After suddenly losing her mom in 2019, Kate found deep purpose in helping others navigate the processes which are encountered with death. Kate began volunteering with the Green Burial Council in February 2021 before being elected to serve a three year term on the Board of Directors. Kate is also in the process of becoming a death doula through the Going with Grace End of Life Planning program. Becoming part of the Death Dialogues Project has given life to Kate’s desire to connect with people who are experiencing/have experienced loss and has shined light on the need for more conversation around grief and loss. 

    Here’s what Kameron says about this conversation: 

    I can’t say that I remember a point in my life where I wasn’t familiar with great loss. My parents met on the cruise ship where my father worked, and my mother managed to convince him to move to Nebraska (he’s from Turkey and was living in Miami at the time, so the deal must have been pretty sweet). Working on a cruise ship meant he was gone for weeks at a time, which familiarized me with absence at an early age. By the time I was in grade school, my parents separated, and it wasn’t too long after that my father wound up in prison (sentenced to life without parole). I was raised only by my mother through middle and high school, which wasn’t an easy job. When I started undergrad at a local university, I decided to live at home despite my rocky relationship with my mother. One morning at the beginning of my second semester of freshmen year, I woke up to find my mother dead in her bedroom. Unexpectedly I found myself completely without parents, and with my entire adult life ahead of me. 

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    • 44 min
    100. Relaxing into the Pain: Dr. Mekel Harris

    100. Relaxing into the Pain: Dr. Mekel Harris

    Dr. Mekel Harris, Ph.D., NCSP, PMH-C, a licensed pediatric and family health psychologist/health service provider (HSP) (and CEO of Harris Psychological Services, LLC), currently serves in private practice in the mid-South, offering psychological evaluation and support to children, adolescents, and families. Further, she offers training/education, consultative, and supervisory services to several local organizations throughout the Memphis area. Pre- and post-doctorally trained at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, Dr. Harris specializes in coping and adjustment to acute and chronic illness, grief and loss, and health-related trauma. In December 2020, she completed advanced certification through Postpartum Support International (PSI) in Advanced Perinatal Mental Health. Throughout the past decade, Dr. Harris has presented at over 25 domestic and international conferences, focused on pediatric, family, and community health issues, including grief and loss. Further, she is a TEDx speaker, magazine and podcast contributor, and author of a memoir, “Relaxing Into the Pain: My Journey Into Grief & Beyond.” In her spare time, she enjoys writing, traveling around the globe, and spending time with family, friends, and her feisty Beagle. Dr. Harris’ faith and relationships, coupled with real-life challenges, keep her tethered to what matters most in life.
    Website: www.mekelharrisphd.com
    Facebook: www.facebook.com/drmekel
    IG: www.instagram.com/drmekel
    Twitter: www.twitter.com/drmekel

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    • 1 hr 2 min
    99. Sacred Crossings: Olivia Bareham

    99. Sacred Crossings: Olivia Bareham

    Olivia Bareham is a Death Midwife, Energy Healer, Interfaith Minister, Master Teacher
    and Founder of Sacred Crossings, The Institute for Conscious Dying and
    Alternative Funeral Home in Los Angeles. She was born and raised in England and
    received her BA in Education from the University of London and a bachelors in
    Natural Theology and Sacred Healing from the Healing Light Seminary in California.
    Olivia guides individuals toward a conscious dying experience and supports
    families to reclaim what she terms as - ‘The lost art and healing ritual of a
    home funeral’.
    Her training program, ‘The Art of Death Midwifery’ is an intensive 3-level course that encompasses the roles of death doula, spiritual end-of-life counselor, home funeral guide and celebrant. It is unique, rich, deep and profoundly relevant today, more than ever. For more information visit: Sacredcrossings.com

    Sacred Crossings publishes The Death Care Directive - a planning booklet for your funeral and final disposition. To purchase, visit deathcaredirective.com


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    98. Dignity with Departure: Shantell Riley

    98. Dignity with Departure: Shantell Riley

    Our guest on this episode is Shantell Riley BSN, RN, RYT-200HR, End-of-Life Doula

    Registered nurse by profession who has a passion for reducing the stigma surrounding end-of-life (or the challenging term death) advocating for and supporting an individual's right to have quality of life until the end. Shantell also assist individuals through the grief process after experiencing a loss. Shantell offers Yoga for Grief as a way for individuals to connect with their grief allowing a space to be present in the moment and poses used to open themselves up the emotions related to grief. She found yoga to be personally beneficial on her healing journey after the loss of her oldest son, Jevontese Riley Sr.
    Born and raised in Milwaukee, Wisconsin mother of three sons, bereaved mother, grandmother, registered nurse, end-of-life doula, wholistic wellness practitioner, registered yoga teacher, herbalist, and advocate for mental health and death awareness. Shantell is the facilitator of Death Café MKE where participants come together to talk about death. She is also the owner of Dignity with Departure that others preparation and support for individuals for death and grief. She is also the owner of Blue Lotus Life which others wholistic services and products to restore balance and harmony for the wellbeing of individuals. Shantell received her associate degree in nursing from Milwaukee Area Technical College in 2007 and obtained her bachelors of science in nursing from Concordia University-Mequon in 2016. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family, running, reading, connecting with nature, and researching alternative therapies for wellness.

    You can connect with her at:
    Phone: 414-666-1875
    Email: dignitywithdeparture@gmail.com
    Website: https://dignitywithdeparture.com

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    • 53 min

Customer Reviews

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20 Ratings

20 Ratings

NaiFran ,

Such intriguing guests

Loved the interview with Marissa, the medium. As someone who has seen my fair share, it was fascinating to hear her story — and also her process. I have never heard of the letter writing “medium” of connecting with loved ones. Loved this glimpse of another tool we have to comfort us in our grief.

THLott ,

After Chloe

What a great episode of grief and loss. How you felt of your Moms passing resonates with me when my Dad passed. He was my life and I too wanted to die. No one understood. Thankfully I made it to the other side and into the light as you did. Thank you for sharing. I’m sorry for all your losses.

Seattle2018 ,

Give This a Listen

What a wonderful, meaningful, needed podcast.
Death is such a taboo topic and experience in our society. Becky (the host) does a great job of bringing it back into the light, and de-stigmatizing the subject of grief.
This podcast isn’t all sad, and it won’t make you super sad to listen to—rather it will open your mind to things beyond the normal human experience.

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