Episode 14: Death Runs In the Family: How to Talk about it and Plan for a Personalized Ceremony



Americans have made so many advancements in life, but why has the understanding and acceptance of death relatively stayed stagnant? Over the past year, COVID forced people to think about funerals and death differently as virtual arrangements needed to be made. And this opens up the question-- how can death be handled better?


Jessica Wertz has set out to do just that. With her and her sister’s company, Spirit Vessel, they want people to “live more full and conscious lives by having the ability to address the most important aspect of our life-- our death.”


She talks about why our culture has a disconnect in the wheel of life when it comes to the end of the cycle, ways to think differently about death and funerals, and ways her company promotes planning personalized celebration of life ceremonies.

Episode Highlights:

  • What led Jessica and her sister Amanda to starting a business about death

  • Jessica’s time living in the wilderness for three years gaining a different perspective on life

  • Why a personalized death ceremony could help your grief after

  • How to approach difficult conversations about death with family

  • Advice for setting up a will and wishes

  • Innovative ways to add personalization to a funeral

  • Passages and prompts offered in the Spirit Vessel guide to help you design a meaningful death celebration for you or your loved one

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