End of life planning looks different for Black and Indigenous families. It’s more casual, more informal and in most cases involves food and historically happens around our tables at Sunday dinner. Sunday Dinner conversations not only serve as social gatherings but are imperative for Black and Indigenous families because they serve as a medium for opportunities to discuss preferences, desires and individual needs and wishes for end-of-life treatment, funeral and burial planning. Each person has their own unique “diet” so to speak when thinking about these vitally important matters. Most importantly, Sunday dinners have the power to ensure that information is verbally communicated amongst loved ones in the hopes that further steps can be taken to create solid end of life plans.
In this episode of The Death and Greif Talk Podcast I am joined by Ashley Johnson and Dr. Elisha Hall. Ashley Johnson is an alumni of the Univ of Florida, and a trained End of Life Doula. She currently serves as the President of National End of Life Doula Alliance. Her death care career was inspired by growing up in a low socio-economic neighborhood that lacked advocacy on how to deal with end-of-life practices. With more than a decade in the death care industry ranging from Forensic Anthropology to whole body donation, she launched Loyal Hands, an End-of-Life consulting agency.
Dr. Hall restores African and Indigenous healing legacies. As an impact strategist and systems thinker, Dr. Hall is the founder of the African and Indigenous Knowledge Institute (AIKI), a local consulting organization that develops institutions through interactive educational platforms. In 2020, Dr. Hall received his Ph.D. in Policy Studies in Urban Education at the University of Illinois (Chicago). His research centers on how storytelling can heal youth and adults, especially when used as self-edification and character development. With over 20 years of food equity and community organizing experience, he fuses political education with public health justice frameworks to provide restoration for African and Indigenous communities. Currently, he is the African American Engagement Director at Compassion & Choices.
About the Death & Grief Talk Podcast Death and grief are sacred aspects of our human journey that we all witness, honor, and process uniquely. The Death and Grief Talk Podcast is here to host open and honest conversation about the questions, fears, anxieties, and emotions that we all experience when someone dies. I am your host The Grave Woman. I'm a licensed funeral director, embalmer, insurance agent and scared death/grief care practitioner. I have over a decade of experience working in the death care industry. I am dedicated to helping everyone navigate individual journeys to find peace and purpose with life, death, and grief.
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Joél Simone Anthony, also known as ‘The Grave Woman,’ is a licensed funeral director and embalmer. She is dedicated to eliminating misconceptions about post-life preparation while stimulating an open, honest and straight forward discussion about death. You can submit your comments, questions and requests to email@example.com or by using our contact page.