Getting Friendly with Death

Getting Friendly with Death

Why should we get friendly with death? Dying is inevitably, if ironically, part of life. How can we better support each other, and ourselves, through grief? Death-friendly communities would combine the potential behind compassionate communities with the power of the age-friendly movement. Professor Julia Brassolotto tells host Sally Chivers about how building them could help fight ageism. We talk about honing the skills we need to create space for ritual, honor loss, and develop communal support around death and dying.

Transcript and show notes here.

Wrinkle Radio is a proud member of the Amplify Podcast Network. We are grateful for funding from the Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada and support from Aging in Data and VoicEd Radio.

Episode includes music by Ivor Game; William_King via pixabay; Duce Williams and Michael Shynes via Artlist.

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Dr. Sally Chivers

Professor, Gender & Social Justice and English, Trent University, Ontario

Sally Chivers is Full Professor of Gender & Social Justice and English as well as a Founding Executive Member and Past Director of the Trent Centre for Aging & Society. She was honoured with the 2021 Distinguished Research Award in recognition of her prolific scholarship and international reputation as a leader in the interdisciplinary fields of age and disability studies, health humanities, and cultural gerontology. Her research focuses on the hidden or ignored contributions of older adults and people with disabilities, especially those who too often get pushed outside the frame. Specifically, she studies the cultural politics of aging and disability, especially within film