In this series we explore a range of topics around death and dying and look into how people deal with it, live with it and their experiences and relationship to death. Amanda Blainey will be talking to experts in the field of death and dying, everyday people, artists, counsellors, authors who reveal their thoughts. In these podcasts we will be finding out what can be learned from death and how talking about death can be intimate, authentic, life affirming, real and inspiring.
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.