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“Specialist officers are supporting the family at this time” is a chilling phrase. Lou Pye explains why. As a former Police Family Liaison Officer, Lou talks about her role in supporting families after a traumatic death, the surprising reactions she’s witnessed, and why her “parking face” is never far away. Produced by Georgie Vestey with original …
 
Stumbling across a dead body is the stuff of nightmares. For Mo Oliver, it’s all in a day's work. That’s because Mo Oliver identifies human remains for a living. It’s a job that’s taken him to some very dark places; from mass graves in Bosnia to Sri Lankan beaches clogged with the bodies of the Boxing Day Tsunami. We talk about the challenges of hi…
 
Cathy MacDonald’s is a former police Crisis Negotiator. Her calm voice and capacity to listen have saved lives. She’s sat on the edge of many high places persuading the troubled to chose life over death. Since leaving the Scottish Police, Cathy has built a successful communications business, Art of Communication. Warning: This episode contains refe…
 
Mac Hobbs is a tow truck driver. He recovers vehicles after fatal crashes and from remote locations where people have taken their lives. The hardest part of his job? Reuniting the cars with the families left behind. Warning: This episode contains references to suicide. For information on organisations offering mental health support please contact: …
 
Every 30 hours someone dies on Britain’s railways. Liam Johnston is a Railway Chaplain supporting the drivers and devastated families left behind. For more information about Liam’s chaplaincy work visit Railway Mission. Warning: This episode contains references to suicide. For information on organisations offering mental health support please conta…
 
Anita Hardy is an Anatomical Pathology Technologist. She takes great pride in caring for her ‘patients’ in the morgue. For more information about Anita’s work, contact her association: Association of Anatomical Pathology Technology Produced by Georgie Vestey and Kate McAll with original music by John Biddle. And finally … if you’ve found this episo…
 
Sgt Suzanne Crossley supervises a team of police divers who recover dead bodies. She tells me why this is the best job she’s ever had. Suzanne is based at the Northumbria Police’s Marine and Specialist Search Team in Newcastle and her team is regularly deployed to help find missing people and gather forensic evidence. Warning: This episode contains…
 
We need to talk about death. Whilst the vast majority of us are not going to die of the coronavirus, some of us will. How do we talk about our last wishes with those we love? And what are our options? A very practical guide to having 'the conversation' with leading UK Death Doula, Hermione Elliott from Living Well, Dying Well. For further details a…
 
Some midwives guide us into the world. Lizzie Neville guides us out. She’s part of a growing band of Death Doulas supporting us as we die. Lizzie Neville shares her upbeat observations of the many deaths she has attended revealing common regrets and offering sage advice on how to die well. For more information about Lizzie Neville visit End of Life…
 
When Andy Holter saw his first dead body he was riveted. He also realised he’d found his vocation. He left the police and decided to become a funeral director. We discuss the deaths that hit hardest, the mourners that get forgotten and why some people are actually quite pleased to see the back of us. This episode includes references to suicide so l…
 
Cheryl Johnson has a heartbreaking day job. She photographs babies whose lives are cut short. For the parents she helps, her photographs are more than precious. They are often the only memory they will have of a much-loved child. You can find out more about Cheryl Johnson and Remember My Baby. Listener discretion is advised especially if you have b…
 
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