“Talking about death does not kill you”


Many people fear death, and the reason why is simple — we don’t talk about it. While many of us avoid the topic of death, Janet Arnold’s experiences of loss meant dying was a reality she couldn’t avoid. She’s made it her life’s work to study and teach about death, dying, grief, and loss. Similar to Janet, Sonya Jakubec spends her time understanding grief in her work as a mental health nurse and researcher. But neither Sonya nor Janet suggests that engaging in conversations of grief, loss, or death makes our lives more depressing. Instead, engaging with these inevitable realities of life is normal and can even help us live life more fully.

Episode nine of What’s Your Story? is hosted and produced by Emma Boyne.

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