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Monday 18 March 2024

The Death Deck Chronicle: Stories of Openness, Reflection and Growth with Lisa Pahl

 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!

Connect with Lisa Pahl: 
Instagram - / thedeathdeck

Tuesday 12 March 2024

What Truly Matters at the End of Life: Insights from Those Who Embraced Living Fully

In a world where the fear of death often overshadows the beauty of life, it's essential to pause and reflect on what truly matters as we approach the end of our journey. Recently, an article published by The Guardian shed light on the insights of 30 individuals who began truly living once they learned they were dying. Their stories not only inspire but also provide invaluable lessons for all of us, regardless of where we are in our life's journey. Their advice? As follows.....

Embrace Authentic Connections:

One recurring theme among those facing mortality was the importance of authentic connections. Whether it was spending quality time with loved ones, reconciling with estranged family members, or strengthening bonds with friends, these individuals emphasized the significance of human connection in their final days. As 'busy' as we always are, it's easy to overlook the importance of nurturing relationships. Yet, when faced with the reality of limited time, it becomes clear that nothing matters more than the people we hold dear.

Live with Purpose:

Another revelation shared by these folks was the importance of living with purpose. Many found solace and fulfillment in pursuing their passions, whether it was through creative endeavors, volunteering, or simply being present in each moment. The realization that life is finite served as a catalyst for aligning their actions with their values, resulting in a deeper sense of meaning and fulfillment. Their stories serve as a reminder that true happiness stems from following our purpose, no matter how grand or humble it may seem.

Be Vulnerable:

Facing mortality also prompted a few of them to embrace vulnerability in their interactions with others. Instead of hiding behind masks or pretending to be someone they're not, these individuals found liberation in sharing their fears, hopes, and dreams openly. By embracing vulnerability, they cultivated deeper connections and forged genuine relationships based on trust and acceptance. In a society that often values stoicism over vulnerability, their courage serves as a powerful reminder of the beauty that lies in authenticity.

Letting Go of Regrets:

Perhaps one of the most poignant lessons shared by those nearing the end of their lives was the importance of letting go of regrets. Whether it was forgiving oneself for past mistakes or making amends with others, these individuals found peace in releasing the burden of regret. Instead of dwelling on what could have been, they focused on the present moment, cherishing each day as a gift. Their stories serve as a powerful reminder that it's never too late to make peace with our past and embrace the beauty of the present.

In the end, it's not the material possessions or achievements that define us, but rather the love we share and the lives we touch along the way.

Friday 1 March 2024

Eyes Included: Myths and Realities of Organ Donation


Heather Taylor of @BeforeTheCoffin 

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!