Death, dying, and grief with Danielle Strouse

Trigger warning: We cover parental death, suicide, cancer, and grief in this episode. 

I’ve been wanting to talk about death and dying on the podcast since the very beginning, so I was thrilled when Danielle Strouse, a licensed therapist, reached out to me to offer herself up as a guest to talk about death anxiety.

The topics that we discuss:

  • Danielle’s integrative counseling work with her clients — including existential therapy and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy
  • The benefit of facing your mortality and finiteness head on 
  • The ways in which we avoid the reality of death by overdrinking, using drugs, or overworking
  • How awakening experiences show us our values
  • How Danielle’s personal experience with grief has influenced her work as a therapist 
  • How to work with — not against — our death anxiety by asking “What scares me about death?” 
  • How Danielle has made unconventional life choices driven by her awareness of her finiteness  
  • Why it’s so important as practitioners to face our own darkness
  • A beautiful story about rippling — which “refers to the fact that each of us creates—often without our conscious intent or knowledge—concentric circles of influence that may affect others for years, even for generations.” 

I am so struck by Danielle’s vulnerability and immersive storytelling, and I know you will be, too. 

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