YBB025: Lisa Greig on Bringing a ‘Morbid’ Topic to Mainstream Media in an Uplifting Way

Gwen Elliot, March 3, 2016

Your Big Break Podcast welcomes Social Worker, TEDx Speaker and Founder of Silver Linings Events, Lisa Greig!

Today’s podcast guest, Lisa Greig, loves to talk about the thing that scares us the most: death. Though, she’s bringing the topic of death to the mainstream in an accessible and uplifting way. Lisa is a social worker, TEDx speaker and founder of Silver Linings Events (an event management company focused on bringing ‘life to death’ with end of life celebrations). Lisa was also featured on mainstream media in her hometown a few months ago which you can read about right here!


In this episode you’ll learn:

Why Lisa sees big breaks as opportunities.

Lisa shares how she got her start in learning and speaking about death, dying and grief bereavement.

How Lisa got her start with creating a Death Cafe.

Lisa shares how she got media attention for creating the Death Cafe event in Saskatoon.

Lisa shares her first experience on live TV.

Lisa shares her experience with TedX the received reactions when it went live.

What happens when you draw a blank on television and how Lisa pushed through them.

Lisa shares how to talk about death without being afraid of it.

Why relationships and connections are so important.

Lisa reminisces about her basketball coach Sandy,  and the affect she had on her life.

Lisa gives advice on how to handle the “I’m dying” phone call.

“Play big.”

Resources, recommendations and fun:

Death Cafe – http://deathcafe.com/

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Watch her TedX Talk- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QCUIjgNdlTA

Daring Greatly by Brene Brown





How to Connect with Lisa Online and on Social Media:

Website: http://www.silverliningsevents.ca/ , http://www.silverliningsevents.ca/my-story/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/silverliningseventsandplanning

Twitter: https://twitter.com/silverliningssk


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  • Wow, wow, wow… I love Lisa’s openness to speak about and discuss a topic most of us avoid. You two have inspired me in a big way to keep moving toward my dream and sharing vulnerably. <3

    • Thank you so much for the <3 @disqus_J89G4sI6sa:disqus! This is such an important topic that so many of us are EAGER to avoid. By speaking about it, it feels less scary. Thank you so much the support of important conversations like this – I know you're all about them too.

  • I’ve always been curious (honestly: fascinated) by the concept + fear of death. It can be such a beautiful + enlightening subject. Lisa, thank you so much for bringing more attention to this subject (and much love to Gwen, of course!!)