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Jennifer Howd is an author, a developmental editor, and a UCLA-certified mindfulness facilitator. In this episode, Bart and Jennifer talk about her book, her work and how the principles she’s developed can help people live a better and more fulfilling life.
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Megan begins by telling Bart about Death Salon, a knowledge and art project she directs and curates in an attempt to open up conversations and engagement with the subject of death. What is death denial? How has death been sanitized and hidden in popular culture? What do Megan and Bart both see as a good secular response to death?
Also in this conversation:
- The ‘professionalization’ of death, and how the culture has changed the way we see the process that happens after we die
- The typical ‘look’ and style of people in the ‘death positivity’ movement
- How this shared interest is not only about death but about life, and how Death Salon has become a life-affirming community
- Why men and women may think differently about death and how body image may affect it
- Making the most out of life
Photo of Megan by Polly Antonia Photography.
Kester Brewin is no longer a believer in a God, but holds some “theology” and “Christianity” even so. Bart and Kester have a transatlantic chat about life after belief and how they’ve both ended up in different places.
How can secular people care for each other when the chips are down? Jason Callahan is the chaplain for the Thomas Palliative Care Unit at VCU Massey Cancer Center in Virginia and instructor for the Departments of Patient Counseling and Pastoral Care at VCU. Jason is a seminary-educated secular chaplain, endorsed by the Humanist Society and nationally board-certified by the Association of Professional Chaplains.
Bart eats some humble pie with an apology he felt compelled to make after the realization that he hasn’t always come across the way he intended.
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