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"Grave Expectations: Planning for the End Like There's No Tomorrow" (B&I 26)

graveexpectation1.jpg Episode 26 of Books and Ideas is an interview with Sue Bailey and Carmen Flowers, the authors of Grave Expectations: Planning the End Like There's No Tomorrow. This book helps readers to plan for their funeral or memorial service. While this might seem like a strange idea Flowers and and Bailey explain that this can actually be a wonderful gift to leave for one's family and loved ones.

In this interview Bailey and Flowers share the personal experiences that led them to write this unusual book and they explain why they wrote it in an overtly humorous style. This interview will help listeners see death and funeral planning in a new way.

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[...] recent podcast from Dr Ginger Campbell’s Books and Ideas series covers the subject. Ginger interviews Sue Bailey and Carmen Flowers, authors of the book Grave [...]

Long-time listener - occasional commenter

Since I play podcasts (rather than music) as I putter through otherwise deadly dull tasks, I have listened to most of the interviews on your excellent Brain Science Podcast several times. Since I introduced BSP to my readers, my brain-based blog frequently quotes from them - with links. (You can read my BSP introduction article by clicking on the "author URL" I left above)

I am now working my way through Books and Ideas in a similar manner. I had my morning coffee with Grave Expectations, years after it was originally recorded. What a wonderfully upbeat discussion of a topic that is usually treated morbidly.

I love the variety of your interests, Ginger, evidenced by the books you choose to share. More than that, your attitude toward your topics, setting the tone of your interview style, is what is most attractive to me.

In the coaching world that tone is known as "charge neutral." A much larger concept than "judgment-free," it encompasses both connotation and denotation, and alters how one is heard. The antitheses of anger, that particular shift in "come-from" can be cultivated, but it can't be faked for very long. Ultimately, it is a product of authentic curiosity, and kindness stemming from a high degree of empathy. It's enlivening, regardless of the information imparted.

These two authors of Grave Expectations demonstrated the same trait in the way they approached their book and your interview. I wonder sometimes how you manage to have guests who do so as well --
* whether you actively look for authors and scientists with an even-toned reaction to events that might turn many into bitter advocates, given the petty politics of so many fields,
* whether the attraction is unconscious, or
* whether you transform the interview by the way you frame your questions.

However you do it, your interviews are peppered with acceptance, even when the goal is change. That is so rare among advocates, and SO attractive. When the idiocy that is so often part of life enrages me to my boiling point, listening to one of your interviews turns down the flame before I scorch the earth with words.

I am currently participating in a daily gratitude exercise and today I am grateful for YOU.

Thank you again for using some of the precious moments of your own life to enliven ours. You make more of a difference than you will ever know.

(Madelyn Griffith-Haynie - ADDandSoMuchMore dot com)
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September 14, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterMadelyn Griffith-Haynie

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