Becky Aud-Jennison identifies as a DeathTalker— a therapist gone rogue. A fire was lit in Becky to create The Death Dialogues Project after intimately walking her brother and mother Home in 2017. But it was her dad’s visits after his death that validated that, indeed, energy does not die. A believer that our stories are the greatest teachers about all things death, her mission is to help bring conversations surrounding dying, death and the aftermath out of the closet. 

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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  • Being a death talker – 1:32
  • Energy does not die – 1:53
  • Becky’s father’s death – 2:30
  • Her father had “brain death” – 5:12
  • Her family’s story – 9:06
  • Having a visitation, her dad gave her a big hug – 9:28
  • Having a really deep connection with death – 11:26
  • We still miss our loved ones – 12:40
  • The experience of losing her brother – 14:39
  • Her brother’s experience with brain cancer – 17:47
  • The whole family taking care of her oldest brother – 21:21
  • The human connection with death – 22:44
  • Talking about the death process – 28:46
  • Dialogues with her loved ones –  30:32
  • Becky’s experience with her mom’s death – 32:22
  • The moment of her mom’s death – 33:28
  • What happens when you are close to death – 35:37
  • Lisa reads some cards for Becky –  38:24
  • The Death Dialogues Project – 43:00
  • Lisa reads some cards about transition and conversations about death – 44:37

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One Response to “The Death Dialogues Project with Becky Aud-Jennison – Episode 111”

  1. Jenna

    What a moving conversation with Becky Aud-Jennison! That must have been very difficult for her to lose both her brother and her mother the same year. I am glad she has her own podcast interviewing people who have had an experience of a loved one dying, since the more people discuss death and share their experiences, the more it will be acceptable to talk about and people will become more comfortable with the topic. People become less afraid of things that they are more familiar with and understand better. Death is still a very mysterious and uncomfortable topic for many people, no matter what religious tradition they happen to be from, so just being able to hear stories from other people who are willing to talk about it can be helpful.

    It was interesting to hear Becky talk about her father and how he was not a nice person when he was around his family, but he was nice around everyone else when he was out of the house. There are many people who are like that, and I can understand that in a way. Knowing someone really well and understanding everything about him or her has its advantages in getting along, but it also has the disadvantage that not only do you know all of the good things, but you know all of the bad and annoying things about the person as well, which means there are more things that can set off someone who is naturally angry.

    Lisa and Becky’s conversation is very poignant when they talk about how even though we know the loved one who has crossed over is okay, and even when we receive signs, we still miss the physical presence of the person. As Lisa has talked about before, death is hardest on those who are left behind, not on the person who died, since the person who died does not have any concerns anymore, but the people left without that person’s physical presence do. It’s nice to receive signs from a deceased loved one, but it still is not the same as when the person was still alive. Also, we may have memories of times we spent with them, but even those fade over time.

    I enjoyed the discussion about how the family members we grow up with, especially our parents and siblings, know us and the stories of what we have gone through in our entire lives, instead of just specific parts of our lives. I had not thought about that before, that is a very special thing in a way to have people like that in our lives.

    I like when Lisa and Becky talk about how funerals, including taking care of a dead body, used to be done at home. That is so different from how things are done now, and in my opinion the current structure of the modern funeral industry has contributed to much of the fear about death because we have become very removed from it. A body is usually picked up by the funeral home right away if someone dies at home, and many people don’t die at home anyway since often times they die in a hospital. We usually visit relatives who are dying in the hospital on and off while they are there, but we are not necessarily with them at the time of death, and even if we are, the body is taken away and all of the preparing is done by the funeral home, and we then see the body all fixed up for the viewing. I was glad to hear Becky was able to have a natural funeral for her brother where they did not embalm the body, and how taking care of the body helped her accept his death much better.

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