Doing Death podcast
In this monthly podcast series Doing Death founder Amanda Blainey explores a range of topics about death and dying, life and love. She will be talking to experts, artists, counsellors, authors, pioneers and friends and their relationship with death and their own experiences.
In these podcasts we will be finding out what can be learned from death and how talking about death is talking about our lives and how this can be an intimate, authentic, life affirming, and inspiring experience. By accepting death and its presence we can embrace the life we have and create a happier, more enriching and fulfilling life.
In this episode we meet Marie Mitchell Co-founder of the ‘Island social club’ which provides a a space to celebrate caribbean culture through food, drink and social events. Marie’s older brother Richard died 10 years ago and we talk about her journey from when he died to how she found love again for herself, her family and finding purpose, setting up a business based around her love of food and community.
Amanda Blainey met with Kathryn Mannix - best selling author of “With the End In Mind: How to Live and Die Well”. They talk about resolving personal issues whilst we are still alive, choosing the place to die, and how we can access better care when dying. And asks the big question: Is how we live a reflection on how we die?
Amanda Blainey caught up with David Hieatt co-founder of The Do Lectures and Hiut Denim. After four amazing hot days at the Do Lectures in Wales in June we spoke to David about his experiences of death and what he has learnt from it. He talked about his father’s values, his death and how this has influenced his life and work.
A difficult topic to discuss. Doing Death talks to our friend - creative producer Sam Rudd about the death of a parent as experienced as both a young child and later herself as a parent. She talks about the suicide of her mum age 5 followed by her father’s death when she was a teenager. More recently she describes the death of her partner and the father of her three boys from a drugs overdose.
We discuss what she learnt from her parents death and how she has dealt with the aftermath of her partner’s death. Her focus has been supporting her children in a way that their lives would not be defined by their fathers death in a negative way.
We caught up with Frank Osteseski - author of “The Five Invitations” about what he has learned from working with the dying and what that can teach us about living. We talk about how best to help the dying, being aware of their breath and rituals like bathing the body after death of our loved one’s at the end.