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The Glam Reaper podcast is about telling human stories of life, love and loss through the lens of the funeral world. Without death we never lived. The existence of grief proves love also existed and through life and love we experience loss. We want to tell YOUR story.

Reach out to us: www.theglamreaperpodcast.com

The Glam Reaper Podcast Jennifer Muldowney

    • Society & Culture
    • 5.0 • 8 Ratings

The Glam Reaper podcast is about telling human stories of life, love and loss through the lens of the funeral world. Without death we never lived. The existence of grief proves love also existed and through life and love we experience loss. We want to tell YOUR story.

Reach out to us: www.theglamreaperpodcast.com

    Navigating Parenthood and Funeral Directing: The Modern Funeral Director's Dilemma, the story of Little Miss Funeral

    Navigating Parenthood and Funeral Directing: The Modern Funeral Director's Dilemma, the story of Little Miss Funeral

    In this episode of The Glam Reaper Podcast, Jennifer welcomes Lauren Leroy, a Licensed Funeral Director and the creative mind behind the blog and YouTube channel "Little Miss Funeral."
    Lauren opens up about the inspiration behind her online platform and how it became a safe space for sharing her journey in the funeral industry.
    Lauren talked about her decision to prioritize her role as a parent over her career as she explored the delicate balance between family obligations and professional pursuits.
    Don't miss out on this episode as Jennifer and Lauren discuss prioritizing family over career obligations and the impact that can have on your career and your mental health within the death space. Tune in now!
    Key Topics:
    -Fulfilment and Challenges of Balancing Motherhood and Funeral Directing
    -Coping Mechanisms and Gratitude in Funeral Directing
    -Mental Health & Self-Care in the Funeral Industry
    -The Influence of Social Media on Death Care
    -Emotional Toll of Funeral Directing during COVID-19
    Quotes From The Episode:
    I just think that it's very difficult to be a devoted funeral director and a present parent at the same time.
    - Lauren Leroy

    I can sleep at night knowing I gave that family all that I could in whatever way I could.
    - Jennifer Muldowney

    Timestamp:
    [00:00] Podcast Intro
    [00:55] Lauren discusses the origins of her blog and YouTube channel, "Little Miss Funeral.”
    [07:12] Lauren deliberated her personal experiences of dealing with pregnancy and then motherhood as a funeral director.
    [08:53] Jennifer reflects on the profound shifts in life trajectories, particularly for women.
    [11:27] Lauren on her decision to prioritize her role as a parent over her career as a funeral director.
    [13:38] Jennifer talks about prioritizing family over career obligations, and reflects on the finite nature of life.
    [15:55] Lauren explored her initial expectation of returning to work soon after having children due to her love for her profession as a funeral director.
    [18:23] Jennifer analyzed the need for a shift in perspective within the funeral industry towards part-time work arrangements
    [22:39] Lauren emphasised the personal growth gained from experiencing loss themselves.
    [27:24] Jennifer acknowledged the role of funeral professionals as informal therapists due to their empathetic nature
    [28:51] Lauren talked about the evolution of the funeral industry in the age of social media.
    [34:47] Jennifer and Lauren conversed about the coping mechanisms used in dealing with traumatic situations in the funeral industry.
    [38:14] Outro

    Connect with Lauren Leroy:
    LinkedIn - linkedin.com/in/lauren-k-leroy-1679a3179
    https://twitter.com/lttlemissfunerl?lang=en
    https://littlemissfuneral.wordpress.com/
    https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCYb7bNwEw59Gew3w0S5

    Connect with Jennifer/The Glam Reaper:
    Facebook Page - Muldowney Memorials: https://www.facebook.com/MuldowneyMemorials/
    Facebook Page - Rainbow Bridge Memorials: https://www.facebook.com/rainbowbridgememorialsdotcom
    Instagram - @muldowneymemorials & a...

    • 35 min
    The Art of Ritual: Finding Solace and Connection in Personal Ceremonies

    The Art of Ritual: Finding Solace and Connection in Personal Ceremonies

    In this episode of The Glam Reaper Podcast, our host Jennifer sits down with Megan Sheldon, the CEO and founder of Be Ceremonial to talk about Megan’s journey with recurrent pregnancy loss and grief, which ultimately inspired her to create the Be Ceremonial app.
    As the conversation unfolds, Megan highlights the significance of marking life's significant moments, a sentiment that resonates deeply with Jennifer. Together, they explore the innate human inclination towards ceremony, reflecting on the ways in which rituals enrich our lives and offer comfort in times of need.
    Don't miss out on this enlightening conversation that celebrates the human spirit and the transformative power of ceremony. Tune in now!
    Key Topics:
    -Celebrate life's moments uniquely with loved ones.
    -Nurturing healing through meaningful traditions.
    -Crafting cherished moments that honor your journey.
    -Embracing tradition while adapting to modernity.
    -Cultivating self-care habits for a balanced life.
    Quotes From The Episode:
    So many of us are scared to bring that grief to the surface.
    - Megan Sheldon

    And that's really what grief is. It's just the closing of a chapter.
    - Jennifer Muldowney

    Timestamp:
    [00:00] Podcast Intro
    [00:35] Megan discussed her personal experience with recurrent pregnancy loss and grief, leading to the creation of an app called Be ceremonial.
    [3:19] Megan described how the pandemic prompted them to consolidate their knowledge of creating ceremonies into an accessible platform.
    [06:12] Megan explained how they structured their app around the traditional rite of passage.
    [10:57] Jennifer reflects on the importance of marking significant life moments.
    [13:06] Jennifer and Megan emphasizes that humans are inherently ceremonial beings.
    [14:52] Megan recounts a touching story of her father's improvisation of a meaningful ritual during a lunch gathering for a terminally ill friend.
    [17:46] Jennifer shares her experience of celebrating her 40th birthday in Ireland with friends.
    [20:19] Megan reflects on Maya Angelou's sentiment about the lasting impact of emotions over words or actions.
    [24:16] Megan discusses the inception of their app during the early days of the pandemic.
    [30:11] Outro

    Connect with Megan Sheldon
    LinkedIn - linkedin.com/in/megansheldon
    Website - beceremonial.com
    - seekingceremony.com

    Connect with Jennifer/The Glam Reaper:
    Facebook Page - Muldowney Memorials: https://www.facebook.com/MuldowneyMemorials/
    Facebook Page - Rainbow Bridge Memorials: https://www.facebook.com/rainbowbridgememorialsdotcom
    Instagram - @muldowneymemorials & @jennifermuldowney
    Twitter - @TheGlamReaper
    Email us here: glamreaperpodcast@gmail.com
    Website: http://www.theglamreaper.com/

    • 28 min
    The Death Deck Chronicles: Stories of Openness, Reflection, and Growth

    The Death Deck Chronicles: Stories of Openness, Reflection, and Growth

    In this episode of The Glam Reaper Podcast, your host Jennifer engages in conversation with Lisa, co-creator of the “Death Deck.” Lisa unveils the inspiration behind her creation, the Death Deck, a tool designed to foster open conversations about the often-taboo topic of death.
    Jennifer and Lisa openly discuss the challenges associated with entering the death-related industry, shedding light on the nuances and sensitivities involved.
    As the episode unfolds, Jennifer delves into the significance of early exposure to death, unraveling the layers of understanding and acceptance that come with confronting mortality from a young age.
    Join them as they discuss headless chickens, drowned kittens, farm living, playing cards, talking death, challenging societal norms, and embracing the profound wisdom that these conversations bring!
    Key Topics:
    -Journey into the Realm of Death with the Death Deck Card Game
    -Approaching Change in the End-of-Life Industry with Compassion
    -Understanding How the Irish View Death
    -Facing Death with Open Hearts and a Touch of Humor
    -Farm living = Life and Death.
    Quotes From The Episode:
    Is this reality that if we really contemplate the fact that we're going to die, and that our time is finite, then are we living the lives who want to be living?
    - Lisa Pahl

    People are not going to change overnight in terms of suddenly want to talk about death, because it's a very scary topic.
    - Jennifer Muldowney

    Timestamp:
    [00:00] Podcast Intro
    [00:54] Lisa discussed the creation of the death deck as a tool to encourage open conversations about death and end-of-life preferences
    [02:11] Jennifer reflects on the misconception that Irish people are adept at discussing death
    [3:37] Lisa discusses the gamification aspect of the Death deck
    [05:10] Jennifer and Lisa shares insights on the challenges of entering the death-related industry
    [09:11] Jennifer discusses the gradual acceptance of conversations around death
    [11:29] Jennifer and Lisa discussed questions from the Death deck
    [16:19] Jennifer shares memories of her grandmother's tough but pragmatic approach to life and death on the farm in Ireland
    [19:12] Jennifer delves into the significance of early exposure to death
    [21:52] Jennifer and Lisa discuss the concept of the Death deck as a tool to encourage people to contemplate their mortality and live more intentionally
    [25:39] Outro

    Connect with Lisa Pahl:
    Website - https://thedeathdeck.com/pages/about-us
    Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/thedeathdeck/
    Linkedin - linkedin.com/in/lisa-pahl-lcsw-89669070

    Connect with Jennifer/The Glam Reaper:
    Facebook Page - Muldowney Memorials: https://www.facebook.com/MuldowneyMemorials/
    Facebook Page - Rainbow Bridge Memorials: https://www.facebook.com/rainbowbridgememorialsdotcom
    Instagram - @muldowneymemorials & @jennifermuldowney
    Twitter - a href="https://twitter.com/TheGlamReaper" rel="noopener noreferrer"...

    • 23 min
    Eyes Included: Myths and Realities of Organ Donation

    Eyes Included: Myths and Realities of Organ Donation

    In this episode of The Glam Reaper Podcast, our host Jennifer sits down with Heather Taylor, a mortician with a wealth of experience in the funeral business. 
    Heather shares her journey from Pittsburgh to Seattle and eventually settling in Michigan, recounting the pivotal moment that led her to make these life-changing moves. She also spills the tea on her experience with dating in deathcare!
    Heather reflects on the versatility of a degree in the mortuary field, emphasizing the diverse interests and skills that draw individuals to the funeral industry. Jennifer adds her unique perspective on different aspects of deathcare, highlighting the importance of continuous learning and knowledge-sharing within the profession.
    Tune in as they navigate the intricate world of dating, deathcare and beyond!
    Key Topics:
    -Dating and catfishing in the deathcare business!
    -Insights into Eye Recovery and Organ/Tissue Donation
    -Impact of Social Media on the Deathcare Profession
    -Continuous Learning in the Funeral Industry
    -Challenges in Finding Qualified Personnel for Mortuary Positions
    -Autopsy and Anatomic Age Learning

    Quotes From The Episode: 
    Be careful what you put on the internet because you never know what's gonna go viral.
     - Heather Taylor

    We're all learning, we're all humans, we're all subject to imperfections
     - Jennifer Muldowney

    Timestamp:
    [00:00] Podcast Intro
    [00:01] Jennifer and Heather discussed Heather's experiences as a mortician in the United States.
    [01:17]  Jennifer and Heather discuss her recent move from Pittsburgh to Seattle and then to Michigan.
    [02:51] Heather shares her story of meeting someone he admired and moving to Michigan.
    [04:45] Heather recounts the unexpected and challenging aspects of his long-distance relationship.
    [06:15] Heather describes her work in Michigan, specifically in eye recovery for transplants.
    [08:09]  Jennifer and Heather conversation shifts to the challenges of online dating and the curated image people present on social media.
    [10:29] Heather provides insight into the process of organ and tissue recovery after clinical death.
    [13:22] Heather reflects on the versatility of a degree in the mortuary field.
    [14:35] Jennifer discusses her perspective on different aspects of the funeral industry and how it attracts individuals with diverse interests and skills.
    [16:36] Jennifer and Heather discuss the importance of individuals in the funeral or deathcare space being eager to learn and share knowledge.
    [18:26] Jennifer and Heather discuss the various facets within the deathcare profession.
    [22:09] Heather delved into her journey from using social media for fun to becoming a professional content creator.
    [24:42] Jennifer discussed her frustration with online negativity towards influencers.
    [27:33] Jennifer and Heather discusses their desire to explore spooky places in the US, including a potential road trip to Poughkeepsie, New York, and mentions the infamous Poughkeepsie tapes.
    [32:19] Jennifer shares her idea for a TV show exploring the history of cemeteries.
    [34:37] Podcast Outro

    Connect with Heather Taylor:
    Website - https://linktr.ee/beforethecoffin
    Instagram - instagram.com/beforethecoffin
    Youtube - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCSHafduJWhCBzxjnJpVVddQ
    Tiktok - https://www.tiktok.com/@beforethecoffin

    Connect with Jennifer/The Glam Reaper:
    Facebook Page - Muldowney Memorials: a...

    • 32 min
    Candles in the Dark Shedding Light on Mental Health in the Funeral Community

    Candles in the Dark Shedding Light on Mental Health in the Funeral Community

    
    In this episode, Jennifer sits down with Kim Zavrotny of Funeral Peer Support to explore the world of global (peer) support for funeral professionals. The conversation kicks off with Jennifer expressing her admiration for their podcast "Stronger Together" and delving into her personal journey of discovering and connecting with the tight-knit funeral peer support community.
    The discussion takes an insightful turn as Jennifer opens up about facing resistance to unconventional attitudes within the funeral profession.

    Kim, the driving force behind the peer support group, shares the origin story of this vital community. As they delve into the volunteer nature of the organization, Kim sheds light on the heartfelt commitment that fuels this network. 

    Tune in to gain valuable insights into the impactful work of this volunteer-driven global community!

    Key Topics:
    -Exploring the Unconventional Perspectives Within the Funeral Profession
    -Origin Story of the Funeral Peer Support Group
    -Certification and Licensing in the Funeral Profession
    -Contemplation of Death and Mental Health

    Quotes  From The Episode: 
    What we want to do is we want to be that that person or that entity that people have to turn to
     - Kim Zavrotny

    But if it's not helpful for one person, does that mean it shouldn't be done at all?.
     - Jennifer Muldowney

    Timestamp:
    [00:00] Podcast Intro
    [01:25] Kim discussed the global peer support network for funeral professionals
    [04:35] Jennifer expresses admiration for the podcast "Stronger Together" and shares their personal journey of discovering and connecting with the funeral peer support community.
    [6:46] Jennifer discusses encountering resistance to unconventional attitudes in the funeral profession
    [09:39] Kim shares the origin story of the peer support group
    [12:31] Kim explains the volunteer nature of the organization
    [15:35] Kim provides the website link for donations and information about sponsorship levels
    [18:20] Podcast Outro

    Connect with Kim Zavrotny 
    Linkedin - linkedin.com/in/kimberly-zavrotny-37485426
    Website - https://funeralspeersupport.com/
    Events - https://www.cremationassociation.org/event/peersupport

    Connect with Jennifer/The Glam Reaper:
    Facebook Page - Muldowney Memorials: https://www.facebook.com/MuldowneyMemorials/
    Facebook Page - Rainbow Bridge Memorials: https://www.facebook.com/rainbowbridgememorialsdotcom
    Instagram - @muldowneymemorials & @jennifermuldowney
    Twitter - a href="https://twitter.com/TheGlamReaper" rel="noopener noreferrer"...

    • 19 min
    Aqua Transformation: The Metamorphosis of Bones in Water Cremation

    Aqua Transformation: The Metamorphosis of Bones in Water Cremation

    In this episode of The Glam Reaper Podcast, our host Jennifer sits down with Emily Nelson, Founder & CEO at Be a Tree Cremation, to delve into a unique and eco-friendly approach to end-of-life disposition – also known as water cremation, resomation or alkaline hydrolysis.
    Take a listen as Jennifer and Emily explore the emotional and sometimes perplexing choices people make when it comes to end-of-life disposition. From the initial care of the deceased to the actual water cremation procedure, Emily provides insights into the thoughtful process they follow at their facility.

    In addition, Jennifer and Emily discuss the legal aspects and regulations surrounding water cremation, acknowledging the challenges and variations in state regulations across the United States.

    Tune into this insightful conversation as they navigate the waters of water cremation and its impact on the funeral industry!


    Key Topics:
    -Introducing water cremation as a compassionate and innovative way to bid farewell.
    -Understanding the final metamorphosis of bones in the concluding stages of the process.
    -Exploring unconventional choices and anticipating transformation within the funeral space
    -Water cremation - what it is and isn't
    -Navigating the legal intricacies and regulations associated with water cremation

    Quotes From The Episode:

    We created Be a Tree cremation because I wanted to give people a viable path to get to that point and feel that connection.
    - Emily Nelson

    It's not always logical why people choose what they choose.
    - Jennifer Muldowney


    Timestamp:
    [00:00] Podcast Intro
    [00:52] Emily talks about Be a Tree Cremation, where they use a process called water cremation or alkaline hydrolysis
    [04:37] Jennifer addresses the misconception and controversy surrounding water cremation.
    [7:22] Emily explains that they don't encounter much resistance or negative reactions from people who have a direct interaction with their facility or receive proper education about the process of water cremation.
    [09:10] Jennifer and Emily discuss the emotional and sometimes illogical aspects of people's choices regarding end-of-life disposition.
    [13:45] Emily walks the audience through the process of water cremation, starting from the initial care of the deceased to the actual procedure.
    [16:49] Jennifer and Emily talk about the final breakdown of skeletal remains in water cremation, highlighting the similarity to traditional cremation where the remains are transformed into ash-like powder.
    [19:48] Jennifer and Emily briefly go over the legal aspects and regulations surrounding water cremation.
    [22:26] Jennifer’s take on the challenges and variations in state regulations regarding cremation methods in the United States.
    [24:07] Emily expresses her perspective on how disposition methods reflect individuals' values and desires in treating their bodies.
    [25:28] Podcast Outro

    Connect with Emily Nelson 
    Website - https://www.beatreecremation.com/
    Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/beatreecremation/
    Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/Be-a-Tree-Cremation
    Tiktok - https://www.tiktok.com/@beatreecremation

    Connect with Jennifer/The Glam Reaper:
    Facebook Page - Muldowney Memorials: a href="https://www.facebook.com/MuldowneyMemorials/" rel="noopener noreferrer"...

    • 23 min

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