Getting ready for an About Death podcast interview


Hello, and first - thank you.

Thank you for taking the time to share your experiences and reflections.

People are already telling me that they’re finding the courage to start conversations with their parents and partners in ways that they wouldn’t otherwise, just by hearing that we’re doing this podcast series.

I feel excited and a bit emotional if I’m honest, imagining all of the conversations that could be sparked as this series progresses.

Two things to say up front:

  1. I never publish anything you’re not comfortable with. The beauty of audio is that I can edit it all afterwards and if you want, you can listen to it before I share it.

  2. There’s no formal preparation required for the interview. You can just turn up and that’s completely fine!

Any questions, drop me a note ( / 07999 052 492) - otherwise we’ll speak soon.


What’s the page for?

It’s a summary about the podcast, along with a few example questions and an exercise which might help us frame the interview. All optional.

About the About Death podcast

The purpose of the About Death podcast is to support people to have better and earlier conversations about what matters when it comes to dying and death. The podcast episodes are about listening to how people talk about dying and death – why sometimes they don’t. When do they start talking about it – and with whom.

Our interview/conversation is very much a conversation between two people. I’m interested in what you think and feel about dying and death and want to hear your experiences and observations.

There are no right answers.

By listening to this conversation, listeners will have an opportunity to explore what they think about dying and death; how they articulate these views to their loved ones; and how they share it with those that matter. It’s about experience, observations, beliefs and hopes.

What questions will Sam ask?

I have a series of questions to structure our conversation. We might use them all, or some – or our conversation may take a different track! Here are some of the questions:

1. Growing up, what did you know about dying and death? How did you know that?

2. What does the phrase “a good death” mean to you?

3. Who talks about dying and death well? 

An exercise you might try

An exercise that some people have found helpful is to draw a rough map of their life and where they have encountered death. I’ve attached an example.

I call the map/chart: “life joy by time, overlaid with where death has crossed your path

This map won’t be shared and is only meant to help guide our conversation. Some people said it was helpful in connecting dots for them that they hadn’t previously done. You can make it as high level or detailed as is helpful for you – and choose another format if that works better for you.

Sam’s map of “life joy by time, overlaid with where death has crossed my path” (really need a better name!)

Sam’s map of “life joy by time, overlaid with where death has crossed my path” (really need a better name!)