Death & Grief Talk with The Grave Woman®
By The Grave Woman
Death and grief are sacred aspects of our human journey that we all witness, honor and process uniquely. The Death and Grief Talk Podcast is here to host open and honest conversation about the questions, fears, anxieties and emotions that we all experience when someone dies.
I am your host The Grave Woman. I'm a licensed funeral director, embalmer, insurance agent and scared death/grief care practitioner. I have over a decade of experience working in the death care industry. I am dedicated to helping everyone navigate individual journeys to find peace and purpose with life, death and grief.
I am your host The Grave Woman. I'm a licensed funeral director, embalmer, insurance agent and scared death/grief care practitioner. I have over a decade of experience working in the death care industry. I am dedicated to helping everyone navigate individual journeys to find peace and purpose with life, death and grief.
How Black & Indigenous Communities Use Euphemisms, Parables and Proverbs as Tools for Preplanning
Have you ever heard the sayings “eat the fish and spit out the bones” or “don’t throw the baby out with the bath water? Am I the only one who feels like they sound like some sort of secret language? These coded messages are known as euphemisms. Euphemisms are defined by Webster as a mild or indirect word or expression substituted for one considered to be too harsh or blunt when referring to something unpleasant or embarrassing. For many, conversations about end of life, health care and planning for death and dying are considered private, personal, and not to be discussed in of doctors, nurses, home health aides, funeral directors and others considered to be “mixed company” or strangers. For far too long, this has led to the misconceptions that black, indigenous and other communities of color simply are not capable of or simply do not care to preplan for end of life, health and death care needs including but not limited to funeral and burial planning. This could NOT be further from the truth. Let me explain, euphemisms derive from proverbs or parables which I like to think of as the short and sweet way of communicating vitally important messages while preserving the messages integrity and protecting privacy. Euphemisms, proverbs, and parables are often used by Black and Indigenous elders in collaboration with story telling and sharing to preserve language and culture and are as old as the Egyptian hieroglyphs. They are methods of communications preserved for sharing wisdom, information, secrets, insight, desires and serve as a form of establishing trust between the giver and receiver of their message. In this episode of The Death and Grief Talk Podcast, I speak with Zeena Regis and Elisha Hall Ph.D. in hopes of giving insight into the methods, language and sacred euphemistic language used amongst members of Black and Indigenous communities as it relates to expressing, planning for and executing desires for the inevitable. Elisa Hall Ph.D. is a Systems Thinker that fuses strategic planning, healing, and community organizing into all of his pursuits. His praxis explores how African and Indigenous values can be used as best-practice and the creation of better policies. He uses his passion of creative expression to tell the untold and share the unshared. Leveraging information and innovation across communities and continents is his life's work. He develops compassion within organizations and provide the path to deepen their diversity, equity, and inclusion. Zeena Regis currently serves as the Faith Engagement Manager at Compassion & Choices, the nation’s oldest, largest and most active nonprofit working to improve care, expand options and empower everyone to chart their end-of-life journey. Zeena was selected as a 2021-2022 fellow in Collegeville Institute’s Emerging Writers Mentorship Program. Her training includes a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science from Agnes Scott College and a Master of Divinity from Columbia Theological Seminary. Zeena is also a playwright and her latest work, A Free Black Woman's Guide to Death & Dying, was selected for the Synchronicity Theatre's arts incubator project and premiered in May 2022. Connect with Elisha on LinkedIn https://www.linkedin.com/in/elishahall/ Connect with Zeena on LinkedIn https://www.linkedin.com/in/zeenaregis/
February 01, 2023
Healing Our Inner Child Through Exploring Our Grief
Have you ever met someone or someone’s who you just immediately click with, where the conversation flows and your almost finishing one another’s sentences? This is exactly how I felt like speaking with the ladies of Grief After Dark connecting and sharing experiences about life being a self-fulfilling prophesy, learning to heal our inner child through our experiences with grief, sensuality, pleasure, taking full autonomy over our life and grief experiences through filtering who and what has access to us, the ability to channel messages, exploring the full spectrum of creativity and so much more. In this installment of The Death and Grief Talk Podcast, my guest are D. Anaya and Mikki. D. and Micki describe themselves as two normal(ish) friends who have survived some dark waters both together and separately. In their Grief After Dark podcast, they look at the whole human emotional drama in the face, beginning with a deep dive into life, death, and the complexities of grieving. It is their hope that they can help other that are treading the dark waters of grief and loneliness and serve as a resource to the support systems of on the voyage to better understand and connect. D. Anaya is a creative artist, artist, writer, visionary and advocate for helping others navigate their journeys with grief in ways that are not only true to themselves but to also tap into our innate creativity to and spiritual connection and use it as light during our darkest hours. Mikki has a passion for gemstones and through her company Moonstar Charms creates beautiful pieces with emotional, physical, and spiritual healing properties. She also is a detail girl and take as much time as she needs to create each piece of her art with loving care and an appropriate amount of perfectionism. She is particular about my "ingredients" because she cares very much about what she does and believe that each piece will, in time, go to the person it's exactly right for. Mikki brings this attention to detail and passion for seeing the beauty even in the roughest of situations to Grief After Dark as she and D explore the nuances of grief. Connect with Grief After Dark Online Instagram https://www.instagram.com/griefafterdark/ Website www.griefafterdark.com Facebook https://www.facebook.com/griefafterdark/ Adventures of Grief Girl https://www.instagram.com/adventuresofgriefgirl/ Modern Charms Jewelry https://www.etsy.com/shop/MoonstarCharms
January 18, 2023
Preserving Joy in Grief w/ Crystallee Crain PhD
“There is nothing more powerful than to clearly articulate our intention to the universe and trust boldly in its desire to not only deliver but to also unfold itself before us as our path to enlightenment. What is your intention?” - The Grave Woman “My intention is to alleviate unnecessary suffering in the world. Suffering is a spectrum; it doesn’t mean that we are in crisis and that that there is something wrong with us or that we are in a clinical space. The ways in which we are experiencing the world right now and the sickness of the unhelpful darkness is something that because of its consistency and exacerbation of our societal collapse causes me to ask the question what remains? What do we have that is ours? For me, I choose to hold on to my joy.” - Dr. Crystallee Crain Ph.D. In this installment of The Death and Grief Talk Podcast I had the honor of connecting on a soul level with Dr. Crystallee Crain. Crystallee Crain Ph.D. (she/her/hers) is an interdisciplinary public health scholar and human rights activist. She has academic roots in sociology, political science, and psychology. She specializes in exposing the layers of institutional inequality while supporting communities to shift ways of being and practice to improve life chances by bridging the worlds of academia, healing, and activism. During our time together we discussed the difference sleep has on our perspectives and experience in the world, the importance of not allowing our realm which is full of adversity, struggling and suffering to steal our innate ability to experience and posses joy, the importance of personal agency as a method of self-preservation as well as mental health, and her personal journey with navigating grief caused by loosing a close friend during to an accidental drug overdose and how she intentionally holds space for joy in her grief and profession. Crystallee’s body of work represents a collective need to strengthen our responses to violence through transformative means, the need for liberatory practices, and a focus on healing as a revolutionary strategy for change. Crystallee holds an academic appointment with California State University – East Bay (Department of Political Science). She’s also the elected board chair of the Seeding Justice Foundation (PDX).Crystallee is the Founder & Principal Consultant of Prevention at the Intersections an organization that works to prevent violence and other forms of harm through community-based research and people-centered projects. At Prevention at the Intersections, she publishes two open-access journals CATALYST and The Beauty of Black Creation. The 2nd Edition of her textbook - A People’s Primer: Dispatches on Politics & Social Change (2022) came out this year. https://amzn.to/3jOTv5C Dr. Crain facilitates trainings with an emphasis on trauma, prevention science, and community capacity-building. She has worked with organizations across the country to support them in actualizing their values in the development and implementation of their mission and vision. You can learn more about her at www.preventionagenda.org, www.bestlifecoach.co and at www.crystalleecrain.org. Connect with Dr. Crain on Social Media LinkedIn:https://www.linkedin.com/in/crystalleecrain/ Twitter: @crystalleecrain IG: drcryscrain
January 04, 2023
The Cosmic Order of Death & Grief w/ Aurianna Joy
How bold must we be to offer back to life in the form of accepting death what no longer serves or affirms our journey? What if our perception of the end, of death, of life are severely warped by the limitations of our Western society to embrace and return to the natural order of LIFE? These and so many other questionings float through the collective mind at times ready to be explored at times shunned away due to universal fears that we share. Why are we here? What is our purpose? How long do I have left and what am I supposed to do? In this installment of the Death and Grief Talk Podcast; I have the honor of speaking with @Theholisticexplorer I discovered Aurianna through her YouTube channel and instantly felt a connection and curiosity about her journey with Ayahuasca. Her transparency and vulnerability in sharing her health and spiritual journey inspired me during one of the more challenging and unfulfilling chapters of my life while motivating me to connect with and believe the inner voice that kept telling me there was more. 8 years later we connected on social media and when she agreed to be interviewed for my podcast, I knew the universe manifested our connection. It is my hope that through hearing her story you too will be inspired to release what is no longer serving or affirming your life while opening your hands, arms, and heart to expand and reach for more. Aurianna Joy is a Somatic Intimacy Coach and trauma trained Somatic Experiencing® Practitioner based in Bend, Oregon who supports women all over the globe in reclaiming their essential nature and embodying their natural rhythms through private mentorship, group coaching programs, workshops, ceremonies, and retreats. Aurianna has spent 13+ years deeply involved in the personal development industry and has 8 years of professional experience in the coaching industry. She draws upon multiple influences to create unique, highly customized experiences for her clients. Her work is greatly inspired by: • Amazonian & Andean Shamanism • Yoga, Taoist, & Buddhist Philosophy • Reiki & Energy Healing • Dance & Movement Therapy • Tantra & Sacred Sexuality • Ancestral Womb Healing • Karmic Astrology • Human Growth & Developmental Psychology • Jungian Archetypal Psychology & Shadow Work • Trauma-Informed Neuroscience Aurianna is deeply committed to the spiritual liberation of all beings on the planet and is fiercely devoted to the collective reclamation of the archetypal Wild Woman. Connect with Aurianna on social media Website: www.auriannajoy.com Facebook: www.facebook.com/aurianna.explores Instagram: @auriannajoy Ways to listen on the go: Anchor FM https://anchor.fm/deathandgrieftalk Apple https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast... Spotify https://open.spotify.com/show/3mdh03y...
December 21, 2022
Anticipatory Grief, Fear and Social Media Life Balance with Hollis Funeral Home
I love having conversations with death care professionals and people in general who are not afraid to show up naked and be 1,000% authentically who they are. In this installment of The Death and Grief Talk Podcast with The Grave Woman; I have the honor of exploring this and so much more with Eileen Hollis of Hollis Funeral Home. Eileen known worldwide as @HollisFuneralHome is a licensed funeral director and embalmer who operates her family-owned funeral home with her father in Syracuse, NY. Eileen grew up in the funeral home the will someday own and has gained a tremendous social media following through sharing her day-to-day experiences, funny stories, struggles and professional experience. During our time together Eileen and I share laughs, tears and discuss so much and realized that we have more than we could imagine in common. Vulnerability, fear, anticipatory grief, and paralyzing anxiety are not words that you expect to hear your local funeral director use to describe their day-to-day experience but believe it or not; many funeral and death care professionals struggle with these emotions and so much more. The problem is that we don’t feel safe talking about them because “this is what we’re supposed to be able to handle”. Society has convinced us that sacrificing our humanity is required to be enabled to serve but this could not be further from the truth. We share paranormal experiences, talk about the pressure of living up to the tremendous and beautiful familial legacies that are actively being created for us, creating work life balance, address the pressures of maintain a social media presence and balancing online “fame” with integrity while not allowing the ego to become inflated, and connect deeply through the desire to embody and commit to the disciplines of consistency and compassion. We also spend time exploring the importance of death care professionals understanding their natural limitation and the importance of seeking our additional resources to better serve our communities. Much of this involves the importance being culturally competent. Eileen discusses what she has gained from taking my course Cultural Competency: Black Hair, Skin and Cosmetic Care for Death Care Professionals. It simultaneously fills and fuels me when I can share in candid moments like those I shared with Eileen. Moments drenched full of true expression and sharing with from the heart about shared challenges and successes. Speaking openly about fears creates freedom. Learning to lean into vulnerability dissolves the callus of isolation. Embracing grief allows for love to ebb and flow authentically. Addressing and honoring the existence of an anxiety allows intention to lead. Our intention in sharing our stories and experiences is to hopefully encourage and empower you to live authentically and make room for vulnerability, mental health support, intention, and community to hold space in yours. Thank you. To Learn more about Eileen Hollis please use these links: Website www.hollisfuneralhome.com Instagram @HollisFuneralHome TikTok @HollisFuneralHome Tell her @thegravewoman sent you!
December 07, 2022
Asking, Listening, Inviting and Seeking Guidance from the Next Room (ALIGN) w/ Jane & Joe'l
SIGN UP HERE https://www.thegravewoman.com/store/p50/ALIGN.html Read The Next Room Here https://www.amazon.com/Next-Room-Jane-Asher/dp/1737435608 It was obvious from the onset of our connection that Jane and I were connected and destined to do something impactful and meaningful in the death care space together. After 2 years of intentional listening, meditating, praying, planning, asking and waiting for the right time; the project we're sharing with you was conceived in the universe and now is being birthed into our reality. This powerful workshop on the Afterlife is dedicated to honoring and building our connection to those we love who have passed away. With the guidance of Jane and myself, You will experience clarity and gain understanding as we guide you through the steps of opening your arms, heart and mind to expand and embrace practical ideas, perspectives and rituals. We will explore and literally walk you through the steps of how to connect and communicate clearly with your loved ones, once they have transcended to The Next Room. We want this workshop to be as accessible as possible therefor it has been priced accordingly at $44.44. In addition to the workshop/course we will be offering private coaching for those who desire more guidance.
November 30, 2022
Patient Directed End-Of-Life Care w/ Compassion & Choices President and CEO Kim Callinan
Our relationships with death, dying and the end-of-life are very personal and unique to use all. We will all meet death differently and because of this it is vital that our collective perspectives allow for countless vantage points. For many who have received or been living with terminal diagnosis, the thought of taking autonomy over “our meeting death” is vitally important yet impossible because of limited legislation, misconceptions, and taboo around Medical Aid in Dying. In this installment of The Death and Grief Talk Podcast with The Grave Woman, I had the honor of speaking with President and CEO of Compassion and Choices Kim Callinan. Compassion and Choices improves care, expands options and empowers everyone to chart their end-of-life journey. Compassion and Choices also provides resources that educate and empower those diagnosed with dementia, seeking or receiving palliative care support, and initiating end-of-life conversations with health care providers and much more. According to the Compassion and Choices website Medical Aid in Dying is a trusted and time-tested medical practice that allows a terminally ill, mentally capable adult with a prognosis of six months or less to live to request from their doctor a prescription for medication they can decide to self-ingest to die peacefully in their sleep. Medical aid in dying is sometimes incorrectly referred to as “assisted physician suicide,” “physician aid in dying,” “death with dignity,” and “euthanasia.” Medical aid in dying is not assisted suicide, suicide, or euthanasia. These terms are misleading and factually incorrect. To be eligible for aid-in-dying medication, an individual must meet all four criteria: An adult (aged 18 or older); Terminally ill with a prognosis of six months or less to live; Mentally capable of making their own healthcare decisions; and Able to self-ingest the medication. In addition to the strict eligibility criteria these laws establish the following core safeguards: The attending physician must inform the terminally ill adult requesting medical aid in dying about all other end-of-life care options. These other options include comfort care, hospice care, pain control and palliative care; The attending physician must inform the terminally ill adult requesting medical aid in dying that they can change their mind at any time; This patient right to change their mind includes deciding not to self-ingest the medication once they have obtained it; The attending physician must also offer the individual an opportunity to rescind their request. These core safeguards ensure that individual patient preferences, needs and values are honored, and guide all clinical decisions, including the decision to use medical aid in dying. Society benefits when medical aid in dying laws are implemented -- benefits that help everybody -- regardless of whether one decides to access the law: Improved conversations between doctors and patients; Better use of hospice; Better physician training in end-of-life care.
November 22, 2022
3 Reasons You Need an Estate Plan w/ Shannon Pawley J.D., LL.M
I had the honor of sitting down with my friend and colleague Shannon M. Pawley, J.D., LL.M CEO of The Estate & Asset Protection Law Firm @ElderLawGeorgia During our time together we discussed the importance of Estate Planning, ensuring end of life and asset protection documents are in order, strategizing for long term care, end of life care benefits for veterans and much more. While our entire conversation can be heard in the video here the 3 Reasons You Need an Estate Plan are to: 1. Avoid Dying in Intestate Regardless of what you think you do or do not have; you have an estate. Without having a solid estate plan in place, you are leaving your family subject to the probate system which is something that you want to avoid. 2. Clearly Defining Health Care and Financial Power of Attorney, and Health Care Directive Who is going to speak for you when you cannot speak for yourself concerning medical and financial decisions? Do you want this responsibility left in the hands of overwhelmed medical and legal professionals who know and care nothing about your desires and choices? Of course not! Identifying an agent to represent you and make decisions that YOU would be pleased with will make all the difference in the world. Using your autonomy to make decisions about your end-of-life care ahead of time ensures that you will or will not receive medical procedures and treatment that YOU CHOOSE! Controlling What Access Those You Leave Behind Put simply, who gets what and who doesn’t. What can be done with what you leave behind and what can’t. Who is responsible and who isn’t? These are all determining factors that must be taken into consideration when assigning beneficiaries for your hard-earned money, home, and belongings. You have no control over this unless you have a will. Want to learn more? Contact Shannon today using the information below. Website www.elderlawgeorgia.com Facebook https://www.facebook.com/TheEstateAssetProtectionLawFirm/ Twitter https://twitter.com/ElderLawGeorgia LinkedIn https://www.linkedin.com/company/estate-and-asset-protection-law-firm/ Interested in Spiritual Funeral Planning 101? Download the self study e-course right now buy using this link Spiritual Funeral Planning 101
November 08, 2022
What is an End of Life Guide with Emerald Awakenings
I had the honor of speaking with my death care colleague Nicole Comach known virtually as Emerald Awakening. Nicole is an End-of-Life Guide and Grief Companion. She assists people in navigating the death and dying process, while advocating or end-of-life wishes. As a death educator and empath, she guides others in finding a sense of ease and comfort in ties of immense sorrow and fear. During our time together we discussed answering the call of a career in death care, finding the balance in charging for death care services, the definition of holding space and much more. Contact Nicole Website https://www.emeraldawakenings.com/ Instagram @Emerald.Awakenings Email email@example.com
October 26, 2022
Walking Besides Those Considering Suicide with Special Guest Cait
*** No information offered by Cait or myself should be a substitute or replacement for licensed medical or mental health care in any way. In addition, the information and techniques offered or suggested on this podcast do not constitute medical advice. Please seek medical advice from a qualified doctor in the case of serious illness*** If you are in crisis and need immediate support please dial 988 to be connected with the Suicide and Crisis Lifeline. Cait’s personal experience with the death by suicide of her best friend, followed two months later by her grandfather’s death, is exactly what propelled her curiosity and focus into the unique and vast space of grief, death, and dying. Through that journey, years after, Cait began volunteering with her local hospice and served in her community. During that time she chose to take an end-of-life doula course and continue expanding her theory. A passion for serving folks in the death space developed, deeply. By 2020, the pandemic forced the closure of her in-person business and her full attention turned to supporting folks in the virtual space, knowing that’s where many people go to access support + education. Cait’s journey has led her into different avenues of death work from sitting at the bedside of those actively dying, to cleaning out homes after a death, to haircuts for those on hospice, to educating hospice teams on what death doulas are, to guiding folks on advance directive creation, to building a digital presence for death workers; truly, the space is vast. Currently, Cait offers digital resources that you can purchase and download on her resource site: deathbysuicideawarecare.com and free education via Instagram and Tik Tok. Join the list on the above website to be notified when the membership launches late summer 2022; the membership will equip folks of all ages with suicide awareness and prevention through a simple process so that they can support people in their circles of care. Cait is proficient and a member with the National End-of-Life Doula Alliance, proficient with the National Home Funeral Alliance, and is passionate about participating in continuing education on a vast array of topics, as death is a vast space. To learn more please visit https://www.deathbysuicideawarecare.com/
September 14, 2022
The Dark Side of Death Care, Mental Health and Finding Your Way in the Industry w Melissa Meadow
One of my favorite people in death care is Melissa also known as @The Modern Mortician . Melissa is a licensed funeral director, educator, dog Mommy to her grief therapy dog Kermit and advocate for eco-friendly burial and disposition methods. In this installment of The Death and Grief Talk Podcast, Melissa and I speak candidly about the dark side of working in death care, mental health, finding and creating space in deathcare and the newest installment of her brand The Knotty Coffin. Connect with Melissa online: @the_modern_mortician www.themodermortician.com www.theknottycoffin.com
September 07, 2022
Showing Up Authentically While Breaking Barriers - Death & Grief Talk Podcast Ep 2 w/ Dr. C Frazier
I recently had the honor of meeting and speaking with Dr. Chantrell Frazier about how she balanced showing up authentically in academia, navigating grief and loss while remaining motivated and inspired to complete her doctoral degree in biochemistry from Florida International University. (The following was written by Michelle Chernicoff) Chantrell Frazier grew up a competitive athlete but, when it came to her education, the only person she was trying to beat was herself. After earning her bachelor’s degree at an HBCU–Savannah State University –Chantrell looked for a place to combine her passion for forensics and biochemistry. She applied for the PhD program at FIU and found a place in the Furton Research Lab. After her successful defense, she became the first Black woman at the university to earn her PhD in biochemistry. The Florida Education McKnight Fellow and Florida AGEP Pathways Alliance (FL-AGEP) scholar’s groundbreaking research has received departmental funding and funding from the Dubai Police. Her work has sparked collaborative efforts within the FIU research community, as her optimized protocols have been applied to examine human odor profiles to understanding the odors that attract mosquitos. Chantrell was encouraged by a mentor to take up space as a woman of color in the field. She hopes she is the first of many to successfully defend their degrees. Her volunteer work includes the FIU Student Access and Success Center (SASC), the City of Miami Gardens, and mentorship of students on the secondary and tertiary level to conduct research at FIU. Upon graduation, Chantrell will join the faculty at Framingham State University in Massachusetts as a Postdoctoral Teaching Fellowship in Chemistry and hopes to encourage more women of color to pursue STEM fields. By Michelle Chernicoff Communications Program Director Global Forensic and Justice Center https://commencement.fiu.edu/real-triumphs-graduates/people/spring-2022/chantrell-frazier.html
August 31, 2022
What Does it Mean to Almost Die? with Special Guest Emergency Medicine Physician Satheesh Gunaga, DO
How many times have you or someone you know used the phrase "I almost died"? What does this truly mean? What exactly is a terminal diagnosis? Why is it that some emergency room scenarios end in death when others don't? Who is responsible for making your end of life decisions? When does healing end and comfort care begin? How do those that bear the burden of delivering the news of death manage emotionally? In this episode of the Death and Grief Talk Podcast, I speak with Satheesh Gunaga, DO to answer these very difficult but pressing questions. Satheesh is an Emergency Medicine Physician in Metropolitan Detroit. His primary roles are as the Medical Director of the ED at Henry Ford Health Center Brownstown which is a Free Standing ED. He is also the Vice Chair of Emergency Medicine and the ED Research Director at Henry Ford Wyandotte Hospital. He is a board member of Compassion & Choices, husband and father of 3 young boys. To learn more about the Compassion and Choices Palliative Care Initiative and the work being done to relieve suffering for those suffering from serious disease please use this link. Please also be sure to visit www.thegravewoman.com, sign up for our email list and browse our extensive death and grief care courses, workshops and books.
August 26, 2022
The Next Room with Jane Asher
Jane Asher has always been a natural connector who has enjoyed a successful career in media and the music industry, most notably at major radio stations in San Diego and Santa Barbara, and Virgin Records based out of Chicago. Her book, The Next Room is a story transcending space and time about the relationship between mother and daughter that grew stronger through death. Written together, through interpretation with a psychic medium, The Next Room takes us on a daughter’s journey through learning eternal life lessons on forgiveness, grief, grace, gratitude, and the limitless love of all, God. Website janeasherreaney.com Email TheNextRoomWithJane@gmail.com Facebook www.facebook.com/TheNextRoomwithJaneAsher/ Twitter www.twitter.com/JaneAsher LinkedIn www.linkedin.com/in/janeasher/ Instagram https://www.instagram.com/janeasherreaney/ Podcast https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-nextroom/id1448791878
October 01, 2021
Bridging Beauty and Death Care w/ Briana Peoples
Briana Peoples aka Ms. Mortuary aka Drpdeadgorgeous is a mortuary cosmetologist who is using her training as a hairstylist and personal experience with loss and grief to enhance not only the appearance of the dead but create beautiful memories for their families. Social Media: Email: firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com Website: http://www.ddgmh.com Instagram: @msmortuary TikTok: @ms_mortuary Facebook: @drpdeadgorgeous Twitter: @msmortuaryy YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCnfIUFNcyyNk-1rCubXO8gA
September 07, 2021
Spiritual Aspects of Death Care Work w/ Cait Maddsan
There is a great deal of spirituality and ritual that goes into working in death care for many practitioners. In this month's episode, death doula and educator Cait Maddan and I discuss our personal experiences, rituals and share ideas on the sacred nature of this work.
August 02, 2021
Pet Death and Memorialization with Monica Torres
Monica Torres LFD and internationally recognized Embalmer/Postmortem Reconstructive Specialist and Cole Imperi leading expert in Thanatology and Founder of the School of American Thanatology share their own experiences preparing their beloved pets after death. This class includes doing’s and don’ts of preparations of the body including special considerations and research-based community aspects of aftercare. The course is a compilation of modern grief theory and technical postmortem instruction on how to provide a home funeral successfully for your beloved pet and your family. In many instances losing our beloved pets can be more impactful than losing a human counterpart. The bonds we share with our animals are unlike any human relationship we encounter. In this enthralling seminar, Torres and Imperi co-present and deliver a practical guideline on how to create a loving tribute at home for your beloved pet prior to burial or cremation. Torres offers practical technical training on how to disinfect, bathe, and prepare the dead body of a family pet or service animal for public or private viewing. Further exploration by Imperi focuses on the social aspects of how the death of a pet can be traumatizing and isolating. Imperi imparts personal experience and tips on how to move through this difficult process with the support of friends and family. Once our pet is “put down” or found expired, a separate journey begins. There are options that most are not aware of such as preparing the body of your beloved pet at home and hosting your own home funeral for your pet and your family. This course is suitable for professionals or those who wish to provide after-death care themselves. @Coldhandshost https://www.nxtgenmortuarysupport.com/
July 12, 2021
Death at the Movies Episode 4: Healing & Honoring Our Womanhood
In this month's podcast, my special guest LaToya Britt and I discuss our journeys through womanhood. We share everything from getting our cycles for the first time to navigating our journies as women while honoring the parallels between menstrual cycles, fertility, and self-care. To learn more about LaToya Britt and her business Skyn ATL: Visit her website www.skynatl.com Follow her on social media @skynatl Subscribe to her YouTube channel https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCMZNdbaoPsSay1fKKaMm8pw
July 04, 2021
Is the Death Care Industry Prepared for Transhumanism?
I was recently asked what I think is next for death care. Here are my thoughts.
June 01, 2021
Death at the Movies Episode 2: SOUL
Happy New Year Everyone! I am so excited to have my first special guest, my sister De Anne Anthony. In this month's episode of Death at the movies we will be discussing the Disney movie SOUL. Television and movies truly have the power to touch us all. Here we explore how death, dying and grief portrayed on the big and small screen's impact and connect us all. Listen to the podcast on Anchor The intention of this month's podcast is to encourage each and every one of you to start the year off with a positive mindset about yourself. YOU ARE HERE FOR A REASON! YOU HAVE A PURPOSE! YOU ARE IMPORTANT! Join the book and movie club here: https://www.thegravewoman.com/store/p26/The_Grave_Woman%27s_Book_%26_Movie_Club.html
January 04, 2021
Death at the Movies Episode 1: Movies That Inspired My Career
The intention of this month’s podcast is to encourage and inspire all aspiring death care professionals to chase their dreams. Media discussed in this month's episode. Idlewild 2006 Cast – Paula Patton, Andre 3000, Big Boi Brief Synopsis: A reticent piano player, named Percival (André Benjamin), along with Rooster (Antwan A. Patton), his flamboyant lead performer and manager, struggle to keep their speakeasy, in the Prohibition-era South, out of the hands of gangsters who want to take it over. Where Can You Watch: Hulu, HBO Max, Amazon Prime Video The Shack 2017 Cast- Octavia Spencer, Sam Worthington, Tim McGraw Experience: Home Brief Synopsis: After suffering a family tragedy, Mack Phillips spirals into a deep depression that causes him to question his innermost beliefs. Facing a crisis of faith, he receives a mysterious letter urging him to an abandoned shack in the Oregon wilderness. Despite his doubts, Mack journeys to the shack and encounters an enigmatic trio of strangers led by a woman named Papa. Through this meeting, Mack finds important truths that will transform his understanding of his tragedy and change his life forever. Where Can You Watch: Hulu, Amazon Prime Video, YouTube $3.99 Family Matters the Gun Cast- Reginald Darrius McCray (Eddie Winslow), Kellie Shanygne Williams (Laura Winslow), Jaleel Williams (Steve Urkel & Stephon) Brief Synopsis: A harrowing experience at school with a violent female gang has a shaken Laura wanting to buy a gun to defend herself and Urkel begging her to change her mind. Where Can You Watch: Hulu, Amazon Prime App
December 14, 2020