Health & Fitness:Mental Health
Ending the Silence: A Death Doula’s Take on Suicide and Mental Health S7 E3
Deeper Conversations about Mental Health, Grief, and Education
In this episode of Suicide Zen Forgiveness, host Elaine Lindsay talks to death doula Jill McClennan about ending the stigma around suicide and mental health. Despite societal norms, they delve deep into the importance of opening up about grief and pain. They also talk about the critical role of educating children not only about suicide or death but also about understanding their thoughts and feelings. Furthermore, they discuss how societal judgment often causes certain actions and how addressing the root cause could bring about positive change. Lastly, the conversation illuminates the shortcomings of societal norms on victim-blaming and the urgent need for empathy and community support.
00:00 Introduction to Suicide Zen Forgiveness Podcast
00:11 The Importance of Normalizing Conversations about Suicide and Mental Health
01:00 Introducing Guest Speaker: Jill McClennan
01:52 The Importance of Conversations about Death and Dying
02:54 Personal Experiences with Grief and Loss
03:26 The Impact of Unprocessed Grief
05:05 The Unique Grief of Losing a Pet
09:23 The Importance of Honest Conversations about Grief
12:17 The Impact of Divorce and Absent Parents on Children
17:07 The Importance of Honesty and Openness in Parenting
23:14 The Need for Better Mental Health Education
25:45 The Role of Meditation and Self-Reflection in Mental Health
28:33 The Impact of External Influences on Our Thoughts
28:56 The Cyclical Nature of Life and Adaptability
29:31 The Power of Choice and Empowerment in Thought
30:04 Understanding the Spectrum of Human Behavior
30:49 The Strength in Being Different
31:44 The Struggle with Unprocessed Trauma
33:19 The Importance of Addressing Root Causes
34:16 The Power of Self-Reflection and Processing Trauma
34:50 The Challenge of Society's Expectations
36:52 The Impact of Victim Blaming
42:05 The Importance of Teaching Life Skills
45:05 Closing Remarks and Future Conversations
46:04 The Power of Community and Uplifting Each Other
47:26 Post-Show Notes and Acknowledgements
Jill McClennen is a certified death doula, grief coach, and the "Seeing Death Clearly" podcast host.
Jill offers compassionate support, practical preparation, and deep emotional healing to clients and their families. She provides her services in person as well as virtually.
Beyond her role as a death doula, Jill is also a trauma-sensitive yoga instructor. She incorporates movement, reiki, and shamanic healing techniques to assist clients in addressing their fears surrounding death, coping with grief, and finding peace around the end of life.
Her journey as a death doula has profoundly shaped Jill's perspective on life's priorities. This transformation fuels her mission of helping others clarify their core values, regardless of the time they have left.
Through her podcast, Jill engages in meaningful discussions with various guests about death, dying, grief, and how to live life fully. She advocates for open, honest dialogues about death, dying, and grief among friends and loved ones, including age-appropriate discussions with children from an early age.
Jill C. McClennen
Death Doula - Death and Grief Coach - Podcast Host
Seeing Death Clearly Podcast
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