Amanda Blainey is the founder of Doing Death, an organisation that opens up authentic conversations about death and dying. In addition to working with a local hospice she is involved in a charity which records the life stories of terminally ill patients in the UK.
Currently Amanda is training to be a death doula and runs a Death Café - a regular popup event for people to discuss their mortality. She is also the author of Do Death, due for publication later in 2019.
In this episode:
(02:04) The purpose behind Doing Death
(02:49) Common reactions to the subject of death
(03:57) Why the Death Café movement was founded
(05:30) What happens at a Death Café
(07:59) Why people go to a Death Café
(08:56) What people say about their experiences of going to a Death Café
(09:29) The 'death elephant'
(10:45) Amanda's experience of volunteering in a hospice
(12:26) Katie reflects on having a 'bonus life'
(13:18) The big question
(13:32) A life/death metaphor from David Hieatt
(14:20) Amanda's Little Challenge