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Tuesday 14 June 2022

Elizabeth Fournier: A Celebration of Life, the Green Way



Notice how many people are into renewable energy, protecting the environment, eco-friendly options, and so on? It is therefore not surprising that people can also embrace the green lifestyle even when handling the end-of-life phase through the so-called ‘green burial’ options.

This is the episode where the Glam Reaper, Jennifer, meets the Green Reaper, Elizabeth Fournier. Elizabeth is the author of “The Green Burial Guidebook: Everything You Need to Plan an Affordable, Environmentally Friendly Burial” and she helps families with how they want to celebrate the lives of their dearly departed. There are many options, of course, but being a member of the Advisory Board for the Green Burial Council, she is certainly an authority on the subject and why she is known as the “Green Reaper”. Enjoy listening!

- About Elizabeth Fournier's journey in the funeral industry and her green burial initiative.
- What is the story of Elizabeth's first natural burial experience?
- How many states allow natural burial and what sorts of legal restrictions are there in every state?
- What are some problems that we can anticipate with natural burial and what precautions should be taken beforehand?
- How did that first natural burial go and how did Elizabeth's green journey progress from that?
- Does Elizabeth's funeral home only do green burials?


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Wednesday 8 June 2022

Crystal Webster: Sharing Solace in Times of Grief

Sometimes your grief is aggravated by people who, in spite of coming from a sincere place of wanting to support, are not really helping. They say things that are not supposed to be told to a grieving person, when really they are just trying to help in their wrong, awkward way. When we are supporting someone who is grieving, we just need to understand that they are clouded with emotions and can sometimes act irrational.

Sharing Solace was officially launched May 19, 2018, on the 8th birthday of Crystal Webster’s daughter Madelyn Elizabeth, who died in her arms just after 8 beautiful hours of giving birth to her. In this episode of the Glam Reaper Podcast, Crystal tells Jennifer that the idea of Sharing Solace was from Madelyn, at a time when she felt that she was ready to begin to heal and help others do the same. 

If you’re going through a difficult phase in your grieving journey, this episode is your reminder that it's OK to feel lost and it is OK to want extra support. Enjoy!


- Crystal’s painful journey of loss
- How Crystal came out of the dark place and started the business of helping those who grieve heal
- The flagship locket set from Sharing Solace and their mission for people in grief
- How Crystal is able to work with people who share their stories of grief
- The problem most funeral homes have when it comes to arranging children's funerals
- The importance of pre-planning your funeral
- Jennifer’s experience every time she attends the Professional Women's Conference by NFDA (National Funeral Directors Association)
- The Hanlon's Razor concept

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Should Planning Your Own Funeral Be Scary or Fun with Erica Hill

They say that you can't always get what we want in life. But sometimes, what’s even worse than that is we can’t always get what we want afterlife, as well.  How many funerals have you been at where you have questioned the lack of ‘personality of the deceased’ in the service? It is a serious thing. And a serious problem in the funeral business.

So should you be spending time planning your funeral now, even at an early age? In this episode of the Glam Reaper Podcast, Jennifer has an enlightening conversation with Erica Hill about how she created Sparrow, a contemporary funeral home in Brooklyn. Erica feels that people are looking for something different in their final story, funeral/memorial, which is why she continues to try and make sure it is a story being told from the heart.

- What makes Erica think that Sparrow’s service is different in comparison with the rest?
- Why did Erica venture into the founding of Sparrow Funeral Home?
- What was wrong with most funeral services in failing to properly represent the deceased
- Why is pre-planning of your funeral important? 
- What is the plan for the future for Sparrow?
- Erica shares one of her unforgettable recollections of a funeral service that Sparrow did

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Tuesday 7 June 2022

Mobile Technology for People Who Are Grieving with Emma Payne

Have you ever struggled on what to say to people who are grieving the death of a loved one? Worried that what you plan to say can trigger more emotional stress instead of alleviating the hurt and unintentionally cause a loved one pain?

Grieving is hard, but a strong support system in the form of family and friends can dramatically alter everything for the grieving person.  Thankfully, getting and becoming a good support does not have to be hard. 

This week's guest on the Glam Reaper Podcast, Emma Payne, will talk about how she used her expertise and passion for technology to give people the confidence and tools they need to cope with grief. 

Take a listen as Jennifer and Emma talk about how providing support during a time of loss can be a profound experience. Support is just a text away!

  • What is ‘Grief Coach’ and what prompted Emma to launch it?
  • How can people obtain a subscription to ‘Grief Coach?
  • Emma’s thoughts on the fear of saying or doing something
  • How does the subscription work?
  • Was there a situation where the subscription went wrong?
  • What are some ways that the industry still lacks expertise in several areas and is not updated with the current trends?
  • Is ‘Grief Coach’ just available in Ireland or is it available globally?
  • What are Emma’s thoughts on the future of the funeral business?

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