Karen meets up with her friend, the writer, educator and NYC restaurant industry insider Erica Cantley. Over potato chips and rosé from the south of France, they chat about Erica’s unique perspective on celebrating life, which stems from her beliefs as a follower of the Swedenborgian religion, where death is considered a release to a heaven of our own making. Erica shares her thoughts on organizing your own Best. Last. Party, and how her father’s death shaped her own experience--and her writing. Later, Karen hits the streets of NYC to ask folks how they feel about material possessions and death.
Farewelling founder Karen Bussen and Erica Cantley, educator, writer, and New York food industry insider, talk about celebrating the life of each individual in a personal and beautiful way, and why a potluck farewelling just isn’t right for either of them (hint: it’s a control thing). Erica tells us how she came to write her upcoming book, Teaching Hamlet as My Father Died, and explains what she’d do if she only had three weeks left to live. They touch on themes of legacy and remembrance, and what aspects of immortality are most appealing.
If you’re inspired to make your own plan for a fabulous (or extraordinarily simple) farewelling, download our free Farewelling Worksheets here. Did we mention it's free? Go get this, people--it's quite helpful! You probably have more opinions than you think on the subject. Check out what tech industry superstar Kara Swisher has to say about her spectacular funeral (farewelling!) plan in this super-short featured clip.
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