Philotimo Life
Surviving Season 2 (#016)

Surviving Season 2 (#016)

February 8, 2022

Now that you've survived season 2, join your hosts as we look back at the most mind-blowing moments, funniest bits, and guest insights so far. But that's not all...

You'll also hear a brand-new, exclusive blooper dance track (courtesy of editor Stacie), some hilarious skits, cameos, and we'll even spitball some ideas for season three and beyond!

Oh, and you won't want to miss the head-to-head showdown for the title of "Season 2 Ultimate Thanatologist".

Stay tuned for more, folks.

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Philotimo Life is produced and recorded by Maria Vassiliou and Ammo Somal in Toronto, Ontario. Audio by Stacie Hunter.

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Dying Well, ft. Olga Nikolajev (#015)

Dying Well, ft. Olga Nikolajev (#015)

January 25, 2022

Welcome to the penultimate episode of season 2! 

There’s nobody more suited to guide us through this last stage than an end-of-life expert with over 25 years of experience. Olga Nikolajev RN, MA, CT is an end-of-life nurse, doula, dying well advocate, and cannabis educator.

She’ll use her death doula skills to teach us about dying well from a holistic point of view. This includes the spiritual, mental, physical, sexual, and emotional aspects. Yep. You read that right! We’ll also talk about her work in policy change, death literacy, social support, and even advocacy for psychedelics.

Join us as we change how we approach our dying experience...

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Philotimo Life is produced and recorded by Maria Vassiliou and Ammo Somal in Toronto, Ontario. Audio by Stacie Hunter.

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A History Of Death  (#014)

A History Of Death (#014)

January 11, 2022

Since you all loved the “Ancient Perspectives On Death” episode from last season, we’re resurrecting it as a regular format!

This time around, Maria and Ammo discuss The Torajan people of Indonesia, who hang out with their dead on an annual basis, Tibetan Sky Burials, and more!

Let’s see what we can learn from other cultures about giving our loved ones a proper send-off and even continuing our relationship with them.

And don’t forget to let us know what other cultures you want us to cover in future episodes.

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Philotimo Life is produced and recorded by Maria Vassiliou and Ammo Somal in Toronto, Ontario. Audio by Stacie Hunter.

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A Celebrant Funeral? ft. Linda Stuart (#013)

A Celebrant Funeral? ft. Linda Stuart (#013)

December 14, 2021

It’s the 21st Century, so why are funerals still so religious and downbeat? If only there was an alternative… some sort of Life Cycle Celebrant?

You’re in luck! Gone are the stuffy old preachers, and in comes the secular master of ceremonies, Linda Stuart. Linda creates meaningful ceremonies to help people honour the difficult changes in life and to also celebrate the joyful ones.

We’ll discuss what she does, the myth of closure, the Welsh word to describe a grieving “homesickness for something to which you cannot return,” and even toxic positivity (Ammo rant detected!) 

Join us and see why cold, dusty churches don’t always have to be written into your final chapter.

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Philotimo Life is produced and recorded by Maria Vassiliou and Ammo Somal in Toronto, Ontario. Audio by Stacie Hunter.

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This Is Your Death: Forgotten Fatalities (#012)

This Is Your Death: Forgotten Fatalities (#012)

November 30, 2021

Join your unhallowed hosts for This Is Your Death

This is a game show where we detail the wildest, most unusual, and downright brutal deaths throughout history.

From blood eagles to laughing yourself to death, Blackbeard’s last stand, and more, Ammo and Maria cover the lot. We’ll also quiz each other on which incidents sound more like they were from Ancient Greece or the UK!

Reach out to us with more infamous fatalities and this may not be the last you see of this format... Muahahaha.

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Philotimo Life is produced and recorded by Maria Vassiliou and Ammo Somal in Toronto, Ontario. Audio by Stacie Hunter.

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Grief Counselling 101, ft. Irish Dhindsa (#011)

Grief Counselling 101, ft. Irish Dhindsa (#011)

November 16, 2021

Grieving is never easy. But who said you’ve got to deal with it alone? Bring in an expert - that’s what we did!

Irish Dhindsa is a professional grief support worker, specializing in community outreach at the Bereaved Families of Ontario. She’s here to talk to us about support systems, our journey of healing, and even her similar experiences to Ammo with Punjabi culture.

We then put what we’ve learned to the test with a game of Wheel of Misfortune!

Finally, Irish walks us through the physical changes that our brains go through when experiencing trauma - the neuroanatomy of grief.

Get to grips with your grief right here, folks.

 

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Philotimo Life is produced and recorded by Maria Vassiliou and Ammo Somal in Toronto, Ontario. Audio by Stacie Hunter.

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The Deadliest Place On Earth? Death In Disney (#010)

The Deadliest Place On Earth? Death In Disney (#010)

November 2, 2021

Whether it was Bambi’s mom, Simba’s dad, or Ellie from Up, everyone remembers their first mentally scarring Disney death. 

In this episode, your hosts dig up some repressed childhood memories by discussing their most memorable deaths from Disney. We’ll then compare these to a published psychological study of death in Disney movies to see what they’re teaching our children about mortality.

It turns out that the kids of today (and yesterday!) have been exposed to far more death than you might think. But that’s not a bad thing… Hakuna Matata, and all that.

Happy listening!

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Philotimo Life is produced and recorded by Maria Vassiliou and Ammo Somal in Toronto, Ontario. Audio by Stacie Hunter.

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Planning For The End, ft. Mallory McGrath (#009)

Planning For The End, ft. Mallory McGrath (#009)

October 19, 2021

There’s an irony in kicking off season two with an episode about end-of-life planning. It’s lost on your hosts as we bring in an industry expert on the subject!

Mallory McGrath is the Founder & CEO of Viive Planning, and also champions the importance of discussing death with children… a challenge all parents face, and very few are prepared to handle.

After learning Mallory’s story about how she entered the field, we’ll learn some valuable truths about what to expect when prepping for the final journey. These truths then come in handy for a famous inheritance dispute pop quiz!

Join us as we address the state of… well, estates. 

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Philotimo Life is produced and recorded by Maria Vassiliou and Ammo Somal in Toronto, Ontario. Audio by Stacie Hunter.

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Finding Hope In Dark Humour, ft. Tawny Platis (#008)

Finding Hope In Dark Humour, ft. Tawny Platis (#008)

October 5, 2021

Surprise! 

Deathmedians, spousal deaths, and widhoe-ing… Join your macabre MCs, Maria and Ammo, as we bring Philotimo back to life with this bonus intro episode – two weeks early.

We’ll start by catching you up on our improved format, release schedule, and what to expect from season two. 

We’ll then bring in Tawny Platis, host of the super-popular podcast, Death is Hilarious, where she chats with others about using dark humour to cope with grief. You’ll also know her from her “Trashy Widowed Aunt” TikTok sketches that bring widows together, globally. 

Finally, we’ll explore how Philotimo Life fits into the larger “Deathmedian” space. Ooooh!

It’s great to be back, and it’s better to know we’re not alone.

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Philotimo Life is produced and recorded by Maria Vassiliou and Ammo Somal in Toronto, Ontario. Audio by Stacie Hunter.

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Surviving Season One (#007)

Surviving Season One (#007)

March 28, 2021

Congratulations! You survived Death 101. 

To celebrate your new status as a thanatologist-in-training, Maria and Ammo wrap up season one by going over their newfound understandings and favourite moments. As a special thank you to our listeners, there’s also a bumpin’ remix made of bloopers and a compilation of hilarious Anchorman-esque vocal warm-ups!

Finally, they reveal what to expect from season two of Philotimo Life… which may be rising from the grave sooner than you might think.

As always, happy listening and here’s to a hundred more seasons!

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Philotimo Life is produced and recorded by Maria Vassiliou and Ammo Somal and in Toronto, Ontario. Audio by Stacie Hunter.Follow us on Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, and Facebook!

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