In Conversation with Linda

Firstly, I’d like to extend my best wishes to everyone during what has been a most challenging year for all of us.  If you have been bereaved during this time in any way, my sincere heartfelt condolences are sent to you. 

I am delighted to share a recent Podcast interview with the wonderful, dynamic Linda Hayden who invited me to join her for her PACwoman podcast.  Linda is not only a wonderful activist who supports and advocates for victims, she is also an extremely talented comedian, so this interview was unlike any I’ve ever done before!  It is full of empathy, a touch of death and grief, but primarily focussed on positivity and life, sprinkled with a few laughs out loud.  A link to the podcast on iTunes and Spotify are at the bottom of this blogpost.   

As Linda mentioned, my book can be found anywhere online and in some bookshops and it is called Grief Demystified: An Introduction.  Additionally, for anyone interested in learning more about grief online in the comfort of their own home, the wonderful Rosalie Kuyvenhoven and myself have recorded a lovely one hour introduction to contemporary grief theory and supporting the bereaved here: Grief Training for Professionals. 

While I have your attention, you might like to head on over to the Irish Hospice Foundation to check out their Think Ahead document if you’re in Ireland or Compassion in Dying in the UK for an advance directive.  For online resources, information and support for palliative care Marie Curie are amazing. 

For those of you interested, here are the links to everything else that I mentioned during my interview with Linda (and if you are unable to open paywall protected research use the sci hub website): 

  1. My PhD Research  
  1. EKR: On Death & Dying Book 
  1. 2020 Becker et al research  
  1. 2020 Birrell et al research  
  1. Bonanno resilience research 
  1. Tedeschi & Calhoun Post Traumatic Growth (PTG) research 
  1. Death and the Irish Book 
  1. Death Café Website 
  1. Louise Winter at Poetic Endings 
  1. My post on “Battle” language referring to death, dying & bereavement 

The PACwoman podcast can be accessed on iTunes and Spotify

I would be delighted to hear any comments or feedback that you have on the interview and if you wish to get in touch my website is  I wish you all a safe and peaceful week.  

Grief Demystified..

Please see my previous post about why I had to delete several of my informational blogs. In the meantime I’ve been busy putting all of the information from them, plus a whole lot more, into a book comissioned by Jessica Kingsley Publishers.
The book will be called Grief Demystified and explains everything you’ve ever wanted to know: do men and women grieve differently? why do we grieve for famous people? how do I know if I’ve grieved properly? and what to say to the  bereaved, plus many more questions answered.  It also includes a list of recommended bereavement organisations that provide online resources, offline support and signposting.  It also includes an extensive list of references if, like me, you are interested in furthering your knowledge in grief and bereavement from the experts.

And best of all- there are diagrams and photos for visual learners and the easily bored 🙂

I shall write more blogs soon about the myths that still pervade on social media, because I keep seeing misleading articles and outdated information…