Gray Cahill believes in preparing for death

Preparing for death“This is the funnest conversation about death I’ve ever had.”

As heard on The Ray D'Arcy Show

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Two women dropped in to Ray D’Arcy for a chat about death. There was plenty of laughing, and only some of it was nervous and awkward. At one point Ray declared: “This is the funnest conversation about death I’ve ever had.” And he sounded like he meant it. In studio today were Gray Cahill and Rebecca Lloyd, Public Engagement Officer …

Documentary on OneDeath: Don’t Leave It To The Last Minute

As heard on Documentary On One

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Gray Cahill emailed an idea to the Documentary On One last year  “Why don’t you make a documentary on how I am preparing for my death?” she wrote. Gray is not dying, although she’s 81 years of age, she’s healthy and hopes her demise is far, far away. But she’s been prompted to act by a visit to her GP.  She mentioned …

The nature of death ‘We get the skills to do everything else and we get the skills to die…  We have to learn how to die.’ 

As heard on Today with Sean O'Rourke

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From phobias and obsessions to palliative care and a profound sense of acceptance, Sean O’Rourke was joined by GP Harry Barry and Mental Health Specialist Enda Murphy to talk about issues that arise when we contemplate death. Harry spoke about anxieties and obsessions we can sometimes develop surrounding the notion of death and says it’s an issue commonly brought to …

‘Trans-humanism… the idea that we should, and that we ultimately can, use technology to become immortal.’

As heard on Today with Sean O'Rourke

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Conquering death, eternal life, the quest for immortality, they have been themes amongst writers, playwrights, artists and thinkers for millennia. And with the rise of computer technology over the 20th century, advances in medical technology, robotics, cryogenics, and other technologies, those themes have given us some memorable on-screen experiences, most recently (small spoiler alert) the critically-acclaimed Get Out. The old …

‘Then you just feel this chemical rush inside you…like somebody has pulled a flusher, and you’re just still standing there but your whole world has changed.’

As heard on The Ryan Tubridy Show

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Author and former undertaker Jeremy Massey spoke with Ryan Tubridy this morning about his view of death from a personal, and professional perspective. Born in to the undertaking business, he was involved in organising funerals from his teenage years and spoke about the intimate nature of such a difficult job. “I don’t even know how many funerals I’ve arranged or …

‘Why do people keep Uncle John’s ashes on the mantelpiece? It can be a way of not moving on.’

As heard on Today with Sean O'Rourke

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Burial rituals are probably as old as human civilisation itself and we see evidence of ancient practices even now, in the form of old stone dolmens across Western Europe, to structures like the great Pyramids of Egypt, which were accompanied by the 3500-year-old ritual of embalming. Cremation as a burial ritual is possibly just as old and, in recent years, …