Farewelling friends and co-founders Karen Bussen and Elizabeth Karansky get personal this week, with an episode that dives into the transformation Elizabeth (or Liz, as we call her) experienced after the death of her father when Liz was twenty-one. Liz tells us how she questioned what death was, where her father had gone, and how she discovered that helping other families helped her, too.
From the Upper East Side to the Funeral Home Basement...and Beyond
This episode is a spotlight on Farewelling’s own Funeral Guru, Elizabeth Meyer Karansky. Liz, the author of a heartfelt memoir about her journey titled “Good Mourning,” shares how her Upper East Side family reacted when she told them she wanted to be a funeral director, and tells the story of her father’s unique funeral/farewelling (hint: there was dancing and she might have met her husband there). Liz tackles questions like, “Is a Viking Funeral legal?” She tells us what it’s like to hang out with embalmers, and she answers Karen’s queries about what type of farewelling Liz wants for herself. More importantly, after all her own personal experience, she wants everyone to fill out a Farewelling Worksheet to tell those they love what they want for themselves.
To read more about Liz’s inspiring story, check out her memoir, “Good Mourning.”
Yes, Liz is a funeral director and an author. But she’s also a Thanatology Fellow, which means she’s an expert in grief studies as well. If you’d like to read some of her tips for dealing with grief, come on over to MyFarewelling.com.