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Episode 10

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Jordana Jacobs

Jordana Jacobs

Licensed Clinical Psychologist

Dr. Jordana Jacobs is a licensed clinical psychologist with years of experience treating patients in the New York City area. Her research primarily focuses on the relationship between death awareness and love (dissertation: “Till Death do us Part: The Effect of Mortality Salience on Satisfaction in Long-Term Romantic Relationships”). She now gives presentations and lead retreats aimed towards helping people accept inevitable mortality, so that they may live and love more fully.

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  • Episode 10 – “Love & Death” – with Jordana Jacobs

  • Valentina 

    September 7, 2020 at 7:00 am
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    • What did you learn about yourself?
    • What did you learn about culture?
    • What was your favorite quote?
    • What surprised you most?
    • What is one way you can enact what you learned in your own life?
    • How can we each help shift the culture and the conversation surrounding this topic?
  • Valentina 

    September 7, 2020 at 11:42 am
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    This episode is my favorite so far!

    It made me realize that thinking about death it doesn’t need to be something bad, it’s just a realization that we should live life to the fullest and just be happy. Now I see death with a totally different perspective.

  • Hope

    September 7, 2020 at 11:59 am
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    Valentina, I completely agree!

    It is so easy to be afraid of things we don’t know much about. The only thing most of us know for sure is that death tends to bring an array of emotions to the table; which can also be a scary thing! So overall it is easy to chalk out that death is scary. However, death is also the ending of (what I hope would have been) a beautiful, adventurous, happy life for someone. That is a different way to look at it.

    This podcast also, made me think, “Am I living enough right now?” I think this question is something more of us collectively need to ask ourselves more often.

    • Jessica

      September 14, 2020 at 1:38 pm
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      Hi Valentina and Hope! I agree that this episode was a great reminder that death can be thought of as a reminder to live life more fully.

  • Amy

    September 8, 2020 at 1:46 pm
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    The thing that I learned about myself when listening to this episode is that while I feel like I have lived a good and full life, I feel like I can live more and also love more.The thing I learned about culture is that culture tells us to fear death and not embrace the reality of life and death.The thing that surprised me most was that love and death play a role in how a person views how they live their lives.The one way that I can enact what I learned in my own life is that I can show more love to the people around me and understand that death is a natural end to life.The way that we can shift the conversation and culture around this topic is to keep having the conversation about love and death and to not fear death when it is a natural part of life.

  • BBXX 

    September 14, 2020 at 10:35 am
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    Personally I think every human fears uncertainty. We’ve been trained at work, at home, at school that we need to carefully plan for the “next step”. That’s why death seems so scary yet at least in my own case, I’ve made peace with the concept of death. For me now death is just the constant reminder that every day is a blessing and that we should truly capture every moment as to try to live as happily as we can because one day, we won’t be able to say or do what we should have said and done. I loved how the episode connects love & death because the whole purpose of life itself is to live a life full of love otherwise, what is the point?

  • BBXX 

    September 21, 2020 at 10:49 am
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    I used to be so afraid of not death itself, but what happens to us after. So much so that I would have to force myself out of thinking about it. It was this acceptance of the inevitable unknown and eventual appreciation for the present that these fears started to subside. Like what Jordana said in this episode, I’ve been able to express my love for others and become more open in my relationships.

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