Brant Huddleston is the host of the podcast and blog “Dance Past Sunset” for active, older adults who want to enjoy peak life experiences well into and even past their sunset years. As a boomer, he is chin-deep in all the issues that affect his generation, staying healthy so he can travel, caregiving for an ailing parent, being there for his kids and grandkids, deciding future care preferences, and how to pay for it all.

On each of his shows, he interviews an expert who shares best practices, tools, tips, and technologies for how to make the most of our best years of life…and even learn about the afterlife. 

Do you have an exploring death story you’d like to share with Lisa? Please leave a comment on the podcast or contact Lisa at Lisa@ExploringDeath.com 

 

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Show Notes

  • Dance to Death afterlife podcast – 1:50
  • Talking about his mom – 3:20
  • Rebranding his podcast: Dance Past Sunset – 4:07
  • His mom still alive at 94 – 5:32
  • Confronting death is always difficult – 7:29
  • Little deaths – 9:59
  • Dating and the older years – 10:54
  • Things that you learn when you are with older people –  13:33
  • Thinking of things more short term – 16:08
  • Make the most of every moment – 18:30
  • Lisa reads some cards for Brant – 20:39
  • Words of love, a beautiful documentary – 23:43
  • Get in touch with Brant – 25:35
  • Lisa reads some cards about dating – 27:02
  • Look at yourself to see who you are – 28:30
  • A message from the beings of love and light – 29:50

 

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2 Responses to “Enjoying Peak Life Experiences in your Sunset Years with Brant Huddleston – Episode 90”

  1. Jenna

    Lisa’s interview with Brant Huddleston is very funny! Even though it is a funny interview, it has several good points like all of Lisa’s podcast episodes. I agree with what Brant says about dating, it is so true that as we get older, our lives start to become more routine and our preferences about things in life become more and more set and don’t change the same way as when we are younger. Things that are important to our identity as individuals, such as our political preferences, become more significant when considering a relationship when we are older. I agree with Brant that people can date without the end-goal being getting married and living together as a couple forever. Middle-class culture puts so much emphasis on marriage being the ideal that people are not very accepting of anything else.

    Brant is so hilarious when he says that we are all dying in the form of aging, and says it is like a banana starting to show brown spots on it. I remember someone said that we all have the condition of pre-death. I appreciate Brant’s description of the fear of death being an irrational fear that people can overcome. Humans have a strong survival instinct, and that gives us fearful thoughts sometimes, but that doesn’t mean we should always pay attention to those fearful thoughts. I also like how Lisa and Brant talk about how we do not have good words to use when someone dies, except for unhelpful platitudes such as “Sorry for your loss”. I agree with Lisa that “Sorry for your loss” is not a good thing to say when someone dies, but people often say that because they do not know what else to say. I agree too that we do need to develop more helpful language around death. Everyone needs to confront grief in life at some point, and as Lisa and Brant mention, everyone dies eventually, so it shouldn’t have to be as awkward as it is.

    I love Brant’s point about his 94-year-old mother. One advantage to being older is you don’t have as much future to worry about, so you can live in the present moment better and just enjoy life more in general (assuming you are healthy and your brain is still working reasonably well enough to enjoy things). You don’t have a long-term horizon anymore to be concerned about as far as whether things will work out or not. You don’t have to worry about your career and future career advancement potential anymore, and you don’t need to worry as much about what other people think of you. So that is a great point that you have much more leeway to do what you want in the present moment. When we are younger, we do have to be more concerned about how decisions we make now will affect our future, but we still can try to enjoy each day as much of possible.

    I totally understand what Lisa is saying about still being friends with her ex-husband David, and what Brant says about still getting along with his wife who he is separated from. Liking someone or even loving someone is one thing, living together and making life choices together that work for both people is another thing all together. Living with someone is hard, even when you really love him or her.

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