New Orleans has a unique relationship to death: we have a ridiculously high murder rate, we party at funerals, and we end up above ground. Death: the podcast tells the stories of personal experiences of death - fear of it, laughing at it, life-changing brushes with it, dealing with lost loved ones, and our own inevitable and unknown heart-stopping moment. Through confronting death we learn what it is to be alive.
In 2001, David Hlavsa and his wife, Lisa Holtby, lost their first son, James, at 20 weeks gestation. In 2007, this loss inspired David's first essay, "My First Son, A Pure Memory," which was featured in the "Modern Love" column of the The New York Times.
He later penned the critically-acclaimed memoir, "Walking Distance: Pilgrimage, Parenthood, Grief, and Home Repairs," which chronicles David and Lisa's journey through the Camino de Santiago, infertility, losing James, and, in 2002, the arrival of the couples' second son, Benjamin.
With no rituals for bereavement, how do parents honor the loss of unborn children? How did one marriage thrive in the face of a loss that divides most? Arian explores these questions and more in this compelling interview with award-winning author, teacher, actor, and director David Hlavsa.
Family photo taken by: Brand New Soul Photography