Over the last few months, as the book has been selling around the world, I have had some fantastic conversations with people making podcasts. Here’s a round-up.
It was great fun to meet Tim Lovejoy and discuss tea, death and stories. It was an honour to hear about Tim’s own experience of the death of his brother a few years ago. He agrees: we really need to talk about this stuff.
The video starts after a section of dodgy sound at the beginning of our conversation, but we were so busy laughing that you won’t miss anything: the sound was restored by Tim’s very efficient Tech Desk (also laughing) by the time we began the interview.
Funny, how much we laugh whilst discussing matters so deep. It’s partly a human emotional defence mechanism, and it’s partly relief that we can say those D-words at last.
Shapes of Grief
Liz Gleeson is a bereavement therapist based in Eire and her website, Shapes of Grief, includes guest blog writers, useful bereavement links and her podcast. Liz also offers training to professionals, and there are links in her website.
Liz and I ‘met’ down a Skype line while I was working in London, so picture the scene: I’m in a small hotel room, headphones on and laptop humming. One of the great things about most UK hotels is the tea-making facilities in each room so yes, I am sipping a cuppa.
Dead Good Staffs
is a podcast dedicated to public information about death and dying. Now in its second series, Charlotte Foster chats to a variety of experts about funerals, estate planning and wills, palliative care and – well, dying. We chatted for a while, and Charlotte made the amazing discovery that her Nan’s death had been far less difficult than younger Charlotte had assumed: a real example of the way knowing more helps us to understand and be less afraid.
Dead Good Staffs distilled our chat into three chunks. Here they are:
Episode Three (includes Charlotte’s reflection on her new knowledge, and reviewing her understanding of watching her Nan die many years ago)
This is the UK’s over-arching campaigning body for hospice and palliative care. They host the multi-agency Dying Matters campaign, and for Dying Matters Awareness Week in May 2019 I popped into their London office to talk to Eleanor McConnell.
Although it was high spring, the weather was remarkable and our chat took place during a frenetic thunderstorm: see whether you can hear the rumbles or the heavy rain on the roof!
There are more too add: I’ll pace myself and add more soon. Happy listening.