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interview with comedian Mary Jane Murphy

Death is Hilarious, is 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 humorous, realistic, and death positive approach, all at no cost. Learn more about how you can access our services, or support our mission by volunteering donating or joining us on Patreon.

I recently spoke with Mary Jane Murphy, a comedian and widow who debuted her set of dead husband jokes during our first comedy show fundraiser for the Foundation- and I’m excited to be able to share that set with you today during this episode.

Mary Jane and I talked about what it’s like working as comedian when experiencing grief and when we both started making jokes about being widows

Special thanks to 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
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Interview with comedian Barnie Duncan

I recently spoke with Barnie Duncan, a comedian from New Zealand, about his latest comedy special Bunny, in which he talks about missing both clubbing and his recently deceased mother. We talked about how grief can feel like waiting for the bass to drop, why we incorporate our grief into our comedy, and what our dead loved ones would think of our work.

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

Death is Hilarious, is 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 donating or joining us on Patreon.

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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New Support Groups, Facilitators, Podcast Episodes, + Other News!

We are currently working on training facilitators so we can offer multiple specialized virtual peer to peer grief support groups every day of the week! All groups are provided at no cost to grieving people.

The Facilitators

Current + Upcoming Groups

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Upcoming Podcast Episodes

Live podcast episodes are now being streamed on Instagram Live + TikTok. If you can’t make the live show, you can enjoy the recording on our podcast. Our goal is to release daily podcast episodes and we’re excited to be training more hosts in order to make that a reality!

Live and Happening Soon

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Prolonged Grief Disorder with Katie Zicarelli LCSW-C

Several of you reached out after a diagnosis called Prolonged Grief Disorder was recently added to the DSM, so I got in touch with my friend, licensed clinical social worker, and peer support group facilitator at Death is Hilarious, Katie Zicarelli, to answer your questions and discuss her thoughts on the topic as a mental health professional and a widow. Find more of Katie’s content on TikTok and Instagram @goodgriefbites

This episode first appeared on TikTok 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

Death is Hilarious, is 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 donating or joining us on Patreon.

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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New Support Groups, Facilitators, Podcast Episodes, + Other News!

We are currently working on training facilitators so we can offer multiple specialized virtual peer to peer grief support groups every day of the week! All groups are provided at no cost to grieving people.

The Facilitators

Current + Upcoming Groups

Tap on an image to register

Upcoming Podcast Episodes

Live podcast episodes are now being streamed on Instagram Live + TikTok. If you can’t make the live show, you can enjoy the recording on our podcast. Last week, Tawny interviewed comedian Barnie Duncan, LCSW-M and content creator Katie Zicarelli, and comedian Mary Jane Murphy. Our goal is to release daily podcast episodes and we’re excited to be training more hosts in order to make that a reality!

Questions? Concerns? Ideas? Want to get involved? Email us contact@deathishilarious.com

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Live Interviews + Support Groups This Week

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If you can’t make the live, both interviews will be available on our podcast!

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We’re Officially a Nonprofit!

I’m delighted to announce that the Death is Hilarious Grief Relief Foundation is now officially a 501(c)3!

That means that all donations that have been made since January 11, 2022 are now tax exempt. That includes the donations made on GoFundMe.

We are working on getting receipts out to donors now and are so excited to see you at this weekend’s comedy show!

As always, if you have any questions at all, please don’t hesitate to get in touch by emailing us at DeathIsHilarious@gmail.com

~ Tawny Platis, CEO

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Top Five Worst Things People Said After My Husband Died

guest post by Natasha Maxwell

5. “We all lost him.”

Okay, but did you give him a BJ in the hospital after his craniotomy when a ping-pong-sized tumor was removed from his brain? Let us not remotely compare experiences. Yes, you lost someone beloved to you, but I am forever traumatized by 8 months of watching my husband suffer daily. Do you know how many BJs it takes to comfort a dying man? It’s a lot. My mouth was always tired, and I’m pretty sure my jaw is permanently disjointed. It still clicks when I chew gum or try to eat a popsicle. Our grief is not the same!

4. “He wouldn’t want you to be upset.” 

Excuse me, did you even know my husband? He absolutely would want me to feel devastated, at least for a little while. It’s not like you marry someone hoping they could care less if you were to drop dead at any moment. I’m fairly certain there are documentaries about such relationships and one includes a lady who possibly fed her husband to a tiger (dramatic pause).

3. “You have to take care of you.”

That’s brilliant, I’ll  just indulge in a little self-care with the zero-energy I have coupled with my dwindling financial resources. Thanks for the idea!

2. “You’re overreacting.” 

In reference to me being pissed that at a “memorial” dinner planned and hosted by my late husband’s parents (without my daughter or me included), his ex was allowed to stand up and talk about their past relationship and problems. And it was okay because, “they’re all good now…” 

Yes, this happened. 

Needless to say, I showed up at the end and told everyone to go…. love themselves. I know with 100% certainty that my husband would have been turned on by how badass I was that day. 

  1. “It’s part of God’s plan”

I guess all those “thoughts and prayers” from everyone weren’t convincing enough for God to change the plan. Dang it

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Our First Virtual Support Groups!

I’m so excited to share that I (Tawny) will be hosting our first weekly support groups beginning March 6th!

Support groups are held virtually via Google Meet and are 60 minutes long. After registering for your desired support group, you’ll receive an email with the link to join the next session.

All Grief – Register to attend this group

Every Sunday at 5:00 pm pacific time

This is a support group for anyone who is experiencing grief over the loss of a loved one (anticipatory grievers are welcome). Facilitated by Tawny Platis.

Young Wids (20s/30s) – Register to attend this group

Every Sunday at noon pacific time

This is a support group for people who have lost or are anticipating losing their partner and are in their 20s or 30s. Facilitated by Tawny Platis.

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Comedy Festival + Fundraiser

Something that became clear to me after creating the podcast “Death is Hilarious” was the need for more services and resources that are inclusive for all grieving people. This is particularly the case for people in the LGBTQ+, black, brown, indigenous, people of color communities, as well as other underrepresented groups such as polyamorous widows, unwed widows, and more.

So on January 31, I filed an application to designate Death is Hilarious as a tax-exempt nonprofit organization (The Death is Hilarious Grief Relief Foundation) that will provide one-on-one mentorship programs, peer led support groups, professional led groups and talks, resource connections, and podcast production services with the humorous, realistic, and death positive approach that Death Is Hilarious is best known for to individuals experiencing grief at no cost to them.

In order to be able to help as many grieving people who need our services as possible, we’re raising money to employ at least one full-time staff member to manage these programs as well as cover operational and expansion expenses by hosting a virtual comedy festival and fundraising drive!

Each donation of $25 or more will receive a ticket to the virtual comedy festival featuring comedians who make jokes about death, trauma, and loss. You’ll also receive a thank you gift from one of our generous sponsors.