Episode 10

Life. Death. Whatever. - We all know how this ends. Opening up the conversation about death and dying.

Published on: 12th March, 2021

Today we hear from Anna Lyons and Louise Winter. Anna is an end of life doula and Louise is a progressive funeral director. Together they are “Life. Death. Whatever.” Their mission is to redesign the dialogue around death and dying and to make these conversations part of the mainstream.

As I explain at the start of the interview I found the topic of death and dying quite difficult and I recognise that it was a fear of mine. Once I discovered Anna and Louise and read about their work and their approach I started to become more interested and felt more able to think and talk about the subject.

It started to bring into sharper focus the fragility of our life and has spurred me to try and live life as fully as I can. One question I find myself asking on a regular basis is how might I reflect upon situations when I am on my death bed. I find that helps me keep things in perspective and to try and focus on the things that really matter.

Anna and Louise have a new book called “We all know how this ends,” out on March 18th. Throughout the interview we discuss the book and I reflect on the emotions that it bought up for me and what I learned by reading it.

The conversation is open and honest and I don’t think I have read any other book that will have taught me as much as this one. I know there may be many people who have lost a loved one recently or caring for a loved one who’s unwell so please take care of yourself whilst listening.

You can find Life. Death. Whatever. on their website: https://www.lifedeathwhatever.com/ and on instagram

"We all know how this ends." is available now (ships on March 18th 2021) from all good book retailers. You can follow the link here to get your copy. (You can support independent bookshops by purchasing the books on the Life. Death. Whatever website through Bookshop.org, an online bookshop with a mission to financially support local, independent bookshops.)

This book has made me feel much less afraid and has opened up some great conversations in our house. I hope it does the same for you.

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Tipping The Balance
Mental health and happiness is not as simple as arriving at a destination. It takes work everyday. How can we help to tip the balance in favour of our mental health?
We can all admit to wishing we had more balance in our lives. How many times have you said, "I just don't have the right balance at the moment." Maybe you think you need to work less, have more (or less!) time with your children, get outside more, exercise more, eat more healthily. What ever it is you and almost everyone else has an idea of what balance means to them, their lives and their mental health.

'Tipping the balance,' explores these concepts with a range of different people. Parents, business owners, people living with grief, overcoming abuse, mental health specialists. We have it all here and I hope you can listen to these shows and feel in someway you have spent time tipping the balance in favour of your own mental health.

You can find me on instagram @thebalanceddoula

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Katie Hickey

I am a birth doula, podcaster and vet! All my areas of work bring together elements of balance, growth and self-development. I am a convert to the slow living movement and live in rural Devon with my family. I love hearing from other people how they strive to find balance in their lives in order to live intentionally and maintain a positive tilt on their mental health.