Today’s episode is all about women! Karen welcomes Farewelling Funeral Guru Elizabeth Karansky, along with Liz’s mom Trish, and her best friend, whose name delightfully also happens to be...Trish! While enjoying fresh fruit and moisturizing spa hand masks, the four talk about friendship, and the two Trishes share what it was like losing both their husbands (neither of whom wanted to discuss their illnesses). Both women speak honestly about how they now feel about death, dying and living a great life. Then Karen puts them through a lightning round of Tacky or To Die For?
Amazing Women Talking Life and Death
What is it like to lose a spouse? How have attitudes around death changed over the past decades? In this upbeat but heartfelt episode, four women join forces for a conversation filled with laughter, wisdom, and real talk about end-of-life attitudes. Liz’s mom explains why she doesn’t fear death and how she feels about her daughter being a funeral director.
The other lovely Trish talks about moving on after a loss and wonders what she’ll look like in the next world. Both Trishes tell us what they want for their own farewellings, and what three items they’d pack for the afterlife (hint: shoes and handbags!). A lighting round reveals their feelings about everything from open caskets to telling jokes at funerals and whether it’s cool to play rock and roll music at a farewelling. They share the lesson that life has taught them--to treat yourself well and enjoy the ride!
During the conversation, Liz’s mom touches on how she felt when she first learned her daughter wanted to become a funeral director. If you’d like to listen to Liz’s whole story, check out this episode that features her journey toward finding her passion in life...helping others through death.
As you can hear from the episode, the two Trishes really aren’t into making jewelry out of your loved one’s ashes, but if you’d like to know more about that, Etsy has some lovely options on this page.
A note from Karen:
When one of the Trishes wondered what she'd look like in the afterlife, it reminded me of an incredible stand-alone episode of Black Mirror on Netflix called San Junipero. If you've heard that Black Mirror can be dark, that's true, but this episode is wonderful and it's all about love. You can watch the trailer here.
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