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A Message From Tawny + the Board of Directors

A Message From Tawny

Hi Everyone,

I have some big and exciting news to share!

Over the past few weeks my Instagram account has been growing exponentially, which has led to me booking work with dream clients and my entertainment career taking off in a completely unexpected and amazing way. Due to non-disclosure agreements, I can’t share a lot of details yet, but let’s just say these are major opportunities in my career as a performer that I can’t say no to. I can’t wait to share updates with you all! Thank you for connecting with my comedy and this community that I love so much, I wouldn’t be where I am now if it weren’t for all of you supporting my work.

When I started Death is Hilarious Grief Relief Foundation, I anticipated slowly making the transition over into running the foundation full-time. My plan was to put a staff in place of highly qualified individuals who would manage the areas where I did not have experience. Then, I would focus my attention on using the skills I did have to create content and raise money for the foundation’s mission of expanding support programs for grieving people – all while being a daily presence in the organization and providing the oversight to be sure that our mission was being pursued ethically and appropriately.

I firmly believe that being present and involved is necessary to ensure that an organization is being ethically managed. And I have recently realized that I cannot pursue these opportunities I have been dreaming of since childhood and simultaneously manage the foundation to my standards.

It is after much deliberation that I have decided to step down from my position as CEO and resign as a member of the board at the Death is Hilarious Grief Relief Foundation. This was not an easy decision. It was a choice I sought advice on making from multiple people I admire and respect both personally and professionally. And it is ultimately the one that I feel is best for the grieving people who use the organization’s services.

I will be working with the board of Death is Hilarious to ensure a smooth transition. I have every confidence they will continue to run the organization with the best interest of the members in mind. They are kind and generous souls who are passionate about serving the grieving community.

While my journey with Death is Hilarious has come to an end, I will be forever grateful for what I have gained and been able to give others during my time facilitating support groups, podcasting, creating content, and mentoring. I am also thankful for all the immense healing and growth I have found through performing and group work. I’d like to share that today I am no longer suffering, am at peace, and have found a life worth living again after the incredibly painful death of my best friend and husband. I share that because it is my hope that everyone who is grieving will one day also find the same. I am honored that I can be an example that things can get better and life can be beautiful again after tragedy.

It has been an absolute privilege to serve you all!

Be kind and do good,

Tawny Platis

A Message From the Board

Hey Death is Hilarious Community!

We hope you will join us in our well wishes and unmistakable pride in Tawny and the opportunities she has accepted. While she may be stepping away from her active role in managing the organization, we are still eager to continue her vision and mission for this organization in providing a safe place for all grievers to find community and support during their grief journey. In order to continue to do this, we need your help! We will be seeking feedback from this community about what you would like to see in this organization moving forward. Please provide your feedback in one or more of the following ways:

Join us for one of our two scheduled virtual town halls 

Wednesday, Aug 10, 2022 05:00 PM PST / 8:00 PM EST 

Friday, Aug 12, 2022 09:00 AM PST / 12:00 PM EST

(see links provided below) 

Provide your feedback through our Google form here 

And most importantly, please sign our virtual card to Tawny with your personalized message here

We’re looking forward to continuing to serve all of you as we navigate this transition period. We’re sorry you’re here, but we’re glad you found us! 

With love,

Lindsey, Liz, and Breann  

Board of Directors of Death is Hilarious

Topic: Town Hall: The Future of Death is Hilarious

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We’re looking for volunteers!

Learn more and apply to be a mentor here

Learn more and apply to facilitate a support group here

Leave a testimonial about how Death is Hilarious has helped you here

Want to get involved with the podcast? Want to help out but not sure how? Email contact@deathishilarious.com, we’d love to hear from you!

If you’ve submitted an application but haven’t heard back from us, please check your spam folder or get in touch again in whatever way is convenient for you (email, dm’s, discord, etc). We’d love to have you on board!

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Interview with comedian + voice actor Andrea Entz

I recently spoke with Andrea Entz, a fellow voice actor and one of my favorite comedians who also makes jokes about their dead loved ones. Andrea was kind enough to perform her grief set at our first comedy festival we hosted to raise money for the foundation and I was delighted to have her on the show.

This episode first premiered on Instagram live. You can watch future episodes of Death is Hilarious live by following us on Instagram @thatdeathpod.

Special thanks to Bryan Ramsey, Jeff Jorgensen, Mary Jane Murphy, Nicole Cruz, Jeff Brower, Brian Jump, CJ Infantino, Lindsey C, Kevin McClowery, Cristina, Ruckus, Liz Moya, Sarah Long, and Trenton Bennet, our monthly donors at the $15 level on Patreon.com/DeathIsHilarious. Your support helps us keep our services accessible for everyone!

Dear Katie: E4 – Throw Away the Idea of Normal Death Is Hilarious

This week Katie and Tawny talked about being a human first, how long is too long to grief, and what to do now to prepare yourself for eventual grief.Every Tuesday at 9 am pacific/noon eastern, I chat with Katie Zicarelli, one of the support group facilitators at Death is Hilarious Grief Relief Foundation who also happens to be a licensed grief therapist AND a widow. Join us on Instagram Live where we answer your questions and talk about hot topics in the grief community . You can submit your questions before the show on our website at Death is Hilarious.com/dearkatie or ask them during the live broadcast. Just as a reminder, this show is for education and entertainment purposes and is not a replacement for therapy. Special thanks to Jeff Jorgensen, Mary Jane Murphy, Nicole Cruz, Jeff Brower, Brian Jump, CJ Infantino, Lindsey C, Kevin McClowery, Cristina, Ruckus, Liz Moya, Sarah Long, and Trenton Bennet, our monthly donors at the $15 level. Your support helps us keep our services accessible for everyone. Learn how you too can support our mission by visiting Patreon.com/DeathisHilarious
  1. Dear Katie: E4 – Throw Away the Idea of Normal
  2. Dear Katie: E3 – Dead Baby Jokes
  3. Dating With Grief: E3 – Baby Steps
  4. Interview with comedian + voice actor Andrea Entz
  5. The Death Deck: interview with creator Lori LoCicero
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The Death Deck: interview with creator Lori LoCicero

I recently spoke with Lori LoCicero for the podcast, the creator of the Death Deck, a lively party game that allows you to explore a topic we’re all obsessed with but often afraid to discuss. In this episode, we talk about using humor to cope, what inspired her to create the game, and play a few rounds together with  listeners.

This episode is brought to you by the Death Deck, a lively party game that allows you to explore a topic we’re all obsessed with but often afraid to discuss. The Death Deck is made up of 112 cards with a mix of multiple choice and open-ended questions that are guaranteed to spark lively discussion around the topic of death. You can play with partners to try and predict each other’s answers or all together in a group but no matter how you play, you’ll learn some new things about your friends, your family, and likely yourself.  Learn more and get your own deck at the deathdeck.com

Special thanks to Bryan Ramsey, Jeff Jorgensen, Mary Jane Murphy, Nicole Cruz, Jeff Brower, Brian Jump, CJ Infantino, Lindsey C, Kevin McClowery, Cristina, Ruckus, Liz Moya, Sarah Long, and Trenton Bennet, our monthly donors at the $15 level. Your support helps us keep our services accessible for everyone. Learn how you too can support our mission by visiting Patreon.com/DeathisHilarious

This episode first appeared on Instagram Live. You can watch future episodes of Death is Hilarious live by following us on Instagram @thatdeathpod

Dear Katie: E4 – Throw Away the Idea of Normal Death Is Hilarious

This week Katie and Tawny talked about being a human first, how long is too long to grief, and what to do now to prepare yourself for eventual grief.Every Tuesday at 9 am pacific/noon eastern, I chat with Katie Zicarelli, one of the support group facilitators at Death is Hilarious Grief Relief Foundation who also happens to be a licensed grief therapist AND a widow. Join us on Instagram Live where we answer your questions and talk about hot topics in the grief community . You can submit your questions before the show on our website at Death is Hilarious.com/dearkatie or ask them during the live broadcast. Just as a reminder, this show is for education and entertainment purposes and is not a replacement for therapy. Special thanks to Jeff Jorgensen, Mary Jane Murphy, Nicole Cruz, Jeff Brower, Brian Jump, CJ Infantino, Lindsey C, Kevin McClowery, Cristina, Ruckus, Liz Moya, Sarah Long, and Trenton Bennet, our monthly donors at the $15 level. Your support helps us keep our services accessible for everyone. Learn how you too can support our mission by visiting Patreon.com/DeathisHilarious
  1. Dear Katie: E4 – Throw Away the Idea of Normal
  2. Dear Katie: E3 – Dead Baby Jokes
  3. Dating With Grief: E3 – Baby Steps
  4. Interview with comedian + voice actor Andrea Entz
  5. The Death Deck: interview with creator Lori LoCicero
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Dear Katie: Ask a Grief Therapist – new episodes every Tuesday!

Every Tuesday at 9 am pacific/noon eastern, I chat with Katie Zicarelli, one of the support group facilitators at Death is Hilarious Grief Relief Foundation who also happens to be a licensed grief therapist AND a widow.

Join us on Instagram Live where we answer your questions and talk about hot topics in the grief community . You can submit your questions before the show on our website at Death is Hilarious.com/griefdating or ask them during the live broadcast. Just as a reminder, this show is for education and entertainment purposes and is not a replacement for therapy.

Special thanks to Bryan Ramsey, Jeff Jorgensen, Mary Jane Murphy, Nicole Cruz, Jeff Brower, Brian Jump, CJ Infantino, Lindsey C, Kevin McClowery, Cristina, Ruckus, Liz Moya, Sarah Long, and Trenton Bennet, our monthly donors at the $15 level.

Dear Katie: E4 – Throw Away the Idea of Normal Death Is Hilarious

This week Katie and Tawny talked about being a human first, how long is too long to grief, and what to do now to prepare yourself for eventual grief.Every Tuesday at 9 am pacific/noon eastern, I chat with Katie Zicarelli, one of the support group facilitators at Death is Hilarious Grief Relief Foundation who also happens to be a licensed grief therapist AND a widow. Join us on Instagram Live where we answer your questions and talk about hot topics in the grief community . You can submit your questions before the show on our website at Death is Hilarious.com/dearkatie or ask them during the live broadcast. Just as a reminder, this show is for education and entertainment purposes and is not a replacement for therapy. Special thanks to Jeff Jorgensen, Mary Jane Murphy, Nicole Cruz, Jeff Brower, Brian Jump, CJ Infantino, Lindsey C, Kevin McClowery, Cristina, Ruckus, Liz Moya, Sarah Long, and Trenton Bennet, our monthly donors at the $15 level. Your support helps us keep our services accessible for everyone. Learn how you too can support our mission by visiting Patreon.com/DeathisHilarious
  1. Dear Katie: E4 – Throw Away the Idea of Normal
  2. Dear Katie: E3 – Dead Baby Jokes
  3. Dating With Grief: E3 – Baby Steps
  4. Interview with comedian + voice actor Andrea Entz
  5. The Death Deck: interview with creator Lori LoCicero
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Comedy show, volunteer opportunities, support groups, + podcast episodes

If you have applied for our mentorship programs, peer to peer group facilitation, subscribed to our email list, or have been waiting to hear back from us on any other matter, be sure to check your spam folder and add contact@deathishilarious.com to your contacts!

Support Groups

We currently have support groups available on Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday with more on the way! You can learn more and join a group in our Discord server, facebook group, or by subscribing to our email newsletter.

Fundraiser

Tawny Platis explains how making jokes about finding her husband dead in their kitchen kept her from ending her own life, how hilarious living with PTSD can be, and dating as a 28-year-old widow in her 30 minute comedy special Sorry For My Loss. Be sure to stick around after the show to chat and share a virtual drink with Tawny. 100% of the proceeds will be donated to the Death is Hilarious Grief Relief Foundation and are tax deductible.

Volunteers Needed

Thank you for your interest! Learn more and get involved here.

New Weekly Podcasts on Instagram Live

Four new podcast episodes are broadcasting live this week on Instagram @thatdeathpod – and don’t worry, if you can’t make the stream, we’ll share the recorded episode later in the week on our podcast!

Learn more about Dating with Grief and submit your questions here. Learn more about Dear Katie and submit your questions here.

Questions? Concerns? Ideas? Get in touch by emailing contact@deathishilarious.com

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Sorry For My Loss – a comedy show for a cause!

Tawny Platis explains how making jokes about finding her husband dead in their kitchen kept her from ending her own life, how hilarious living with PTSD can be, and dating as a 28-year-old widow in her 30 minute comedy special Sorry For My Loss. Be sure to stick around after the show to chat and share a virtual drink with Tawny. 100% of the proceeds will be donated to the Death is Hilarious Grief Relief Foundation and are tax deductible.

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Dating with Grief – new episodes every Monday!

Join Brad the WidDad and your Trashy Widowed Auntie live every Monday at 4pm pst/7pm est for a discussion about dating while grieving. And if you can’t make the live broadcast, you can listen to the recorded chat on our podcast Tuesday!

Submit your questions for Brad and Tawny by filling out this form or asking them on the IG feed.

Special thanks to Jeff Jorgensen, Mary Jane Murphy, Nicole Cruz, Jeff Brower, Brian Jump, CJ Infantino, Lindsey C, Kevin McClowery, Cristina, Ruckus, Liz Moya, Sarah Long, and Trenton Bennet, our monthly donors at the $15 level. Your support helps us keep our services accessible for everyone. Learn how you too can support our mission by visiting Patreon.com/DeathisHilarious

Dear Katie: E4 – Throw Away the Idea of Normal Death Is Hilarious

This week Katie and Tawny talked about being a human first, how long is too long to grief, and what to do now to prepare yourself for eventual grief.Every Tuesday at 9 am pacific/noon eastern, I chat with Katie Zicarelli, one of the support group facilitators at Death is Hilarious Grief Relief Foundation who also happens to be a licensed grief therapist AND a widow. Join us on Instagram Live where we answer your questions and talk about hot topics in the grief community . You can submit your questions before the show on our website at Death is Hilarious.com/dearkatie or ask them during the live broadcast. Just as a reminder, this show is for education and entertainment purposes and is not a replacement for therapy. Special thanks to Jeff Jorgensen, Mary Jane Murphy, Nicole Cruz, Jeff Brower, Brian Jump, CJ Infantino, Lindsey C, Kevin McClowery, Cristina, Ruckus, Liz Moya, Sarah Long, and Trenton Bennet, our monthly donors at the $15 level. Your support helps us keep our services accessible for everyone. Learn how you too can support our mission by visiting Patreon.com/DeathisHilarious
  1. Dear Katie: E4 – Throw Away the Idea of Normal
  2. Dear Katie: E3 – Dead Baby Jokes
  3. Dating With Grief: E3 – Baby Steps
  4. Interview with comedian + voice actor Andrea Entz
  5. The Death Deck: interview with creator Lori LoCicero
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interview with clinical psychologist and author Sherry Walling

This week I spoke with author and clinical Psychologist Sherry Walling about her circus show in honor of Mental Health Awareness Month and her upcoming book Touching Two Worlds.

“Circus may seem like an odd choice for a topic as serious as grief; however, circus arts, much like dance, can be used to express nuanced emotion and storytelling.

I lost my brother to suicide in 2019 (six months after our dad died of cancer). Afterwards, I struggled to take care of my children, to work, to even get out of bed. One of the only things that helped me to feel alive was my aerial hobby. Spinning and climbing helped me to reconnect with joy and strength.”

Special thanks to Jeff Jorgensen, Mary Jane Murphy, Nicole Cruz, Jeff Brower, Brian Jump, CJ Infantino, Lindsey C, Kevin McClowery, Cristina, Ruckus, Liz Moya, Sarah Long, and Trenton Bennet, our monthly donors at the $15 level. Your support helps us keep our services accessible for everyone. Learn how you too can support our mission by visiting Patreon.com/DeathisHilarious

This episode first appeared on Instagram Live. You can watch future episodes of Death is Hilarious live by following us on Instagram @thatdeathpod

Dear Katie: E4 – Throw Away the Idea of Normal Death Is Hilarious

This week Katie and Tawny talked about being a human first, how long is too long to grief, and what to do now to prepare yourself for eventual grief.Every Tuesday at 9 am pacific/noon eastern, I chat with Katie Zicarelli, one of the support group facilitators at Death is Hilarious Grief Relief Foundation who also happens to be a licensed grief therapist AND a widow. Join us on Instagram Live where we answer your questions and talk about hot topics in the grief community . You can submit your questions before the show on our website at Death is Hilarious.com/dearkatie or ask them during the live broadcast. Just as a reminder, this show is for education and entertainment purposes and is not a replacement for therapy. Special thanks to Jeff Jorgensen, Mary Jane Murphy, Nicole Cruz, Jeff Brower, Brian Jump, CJ Infantino, Lindsey C, Kevin McClowery, Cristina, Ruckus, Liz Moya, Sarah Long, and Trenton Bennet, our monthly donors at the $15 level. Your support helps us keep our services accessible for everyone. Learn how you too can support our mission by visiting Patreon.com/DeathisHilarious
  1. Dear Katie: E4 – Throw Away the Idea of Normal
  2. Dear Katie: E3 – Dead Baby Jokes
  3. Dating With Grief: E3 – Baby Steps
  4. Interview with comedian + voice actor Andrea Entz
  5. The Death Deck: interview with creator Lori LoCicero
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interview with comedian + content creator Steven Ho

This week I spoke with Steven Ho (@steveioe), a first generation Vietnamese-American who started sharing comedic yet brutally honest ER skits online, eventually becoming known as “that ER guy” and launching his own brand tied to that sentiment – MuFKR. Now, with over 13 million followers across TikTok, YouTube and Instagram, Steven creates funny, real, and informative (with a hint of profanity) content related to the ER, providing transparency and comedic relief around a place people often dread. Everything he shares with his audience is through the lens of honest ER experiences, letting them in on the joke no matter how ridiculous, traumatic, or silly.

You’re listening to Death is Hilarious, the podcast that talks about using humor and jokes to cope with grief. I’m Tawny Platis, your host and founder of the nonprofit Death is Hilarious Grief Relief Foundation- an organization that aims to provide daily virtual grief peer support groups, mentorships, content, and resources for grieving people who respond to a humerous, realistic, and death positive approach, all at no cost. Learn more about how you can access our services, or support our mission by volunteering or donating at deathishilarious.com

Special thanks to Jeff Jorgensen, Mary Jane Murphy, Nicole Cruz, Jeff Brower, Brian Jump, CJ Infantino, Lindsey C, Kevin McClowery, Cristina, Ruckus, Liz Moya, Sarah Long, and Trenton Bennet, our monthly donors at the $15 level. Your support helps us keep our services accessible for everyone. Learn how you too can support our mission by visiting Patreon.com/DeathisHilarious

This episode first appeared on Instagram Live. You can watch future episodes of Death is Hilarious live by following us on Instagram @thatdeathpod or by following me on TikTok @tawnyplatis, You can watch the video recording of this episode and enjoy other bonus content
by visiting Patreon.com/DeathisHilarious

Dear Katie: E4 – Throw Away the Idea of Normal Death Is Hilarious

This week Katie and Tawny talked about being a human first, how long is too long to grief, and what to do now to prepare yourself for eventual grief.Every Tuesday at 9 am pacific/noon eastern, I chat with Katie Zicarelli, one of the support group facilitators at Death is Hilarious Grief Relief Foundation who also happens to be a licensed grief therapist AND a widow. Join us on Instagram Live where we answer your questions and talk about hot topics in the grief community . You can submit your questions before the show on our website at Death is Hilarious.com/dearkatie or ask them during the live broadcast. Just as a reminder, this show is for education and entertainment purposes and is not a replacement for therapy. Special thanks to Jeff Jorgensen, Mary Jane Murphy, Nicole Cruz, Jeff Brower, Brian Jump, CJ Infantino, Lindsey C, Kevin McClowery, Cristina, Ruckus, Liz Moya, Sarah Long, and Trenton Bennet, our monthly donors at the $15 level. Your support helps us keep our services accessible for everyone. Learn how you too can support our mission by visiting Patreon.com/DeathisHilarious
  1. Dear Katie: E4 – Throw Away the Idea of Normal
  2. Dear Katie: E3 – Dead Baby Jokes
  3. Dating With Grief: E3 – Baby Steps
  4. Interview with comedian + voice actor Andrea Entz
  5. The Death Deck: interview with creator Lori LoCicero