About me

MY HOME IS IN CONNECTION 

I grew up in a colorful, mixed family in Croatia and Germany. As a result, I have always been in touch with different cultures, traditions and values. I have visited many countries around the world and met people of different backgrounds and beliefs. This is my personal basis for openness, tolerance and mutual appreciation. Since 2010 I have been living in Warsaw.

PERSONAL LOSS 

In 2015, my child died during pregnancy. This experience has influenced me deeply and has led to many changes in my life. After the loss, I experienced myself how vulnerable you are when you are grieving and how other people can do additional harm with helpless comments.

The biggest challenge for me was finding confidence in my own feelings, understanding my needs, and aligning my actions with them.

Only after a few years did I learn to speak openly about my experiences and feelings and to share them with others. On my way through grief, I’ve been supported by wonderful people, whose fearless and loving attitude towards my pain has been the greatest gift.

EXPERIENCES AND EDUCATION 

I studied Cultural Sciences and Scenic Arts in Hildesheim, Zagreb and Bologna. My interest in different narrative techniques and rituals as a cultural practice dates back to that time. I have learned how artistic expression can help us understand our feelings and ourselves better.

For more than 10 years I have been working in the media industry as a creative producer of animated children’s films. I have learned how to structure complex situations and how to trust my creativity to find unconventional solutions.

I am a trained grief counselor. In 2019 I completed the course “Spiritual Welfare and Grief Counseling” in Heidelberg, Germany. There, I’ve not only gained valuable knowledge, but could also define my own attitude as a grief counselor.

My greatest strength is to listen with empathy and to connect with you in a meaningful conversation. When we meet, I give you my full attention.

DEATH AND GRIEF IN THE MIDDLE OF LIFE 

Since 2018 I am a volunteer at the hospice and accompany people in their last chapter of life. I regularly meet with progressive funeral directors to better understand their special role in our society. I am connected with many people who care for the dying and the dead in their daily work. The encounter with death frightens me less and less.

I want to reshape the dialogue about death and dying and help people to talk about these topics more openly. Only then can we learn to better support each other in grief.

BLOG AND PODCAST

On my blog Sprawy Ostateczne I write (in Polish) about issues related to dying, death and grief. In the Sprawy Ostateczne podcast, I speak with different people about the fact that our life on this planet is finite. You can also find me on Facebook and Instagram under the name Sprawy Ostateczne.

HERE YOU CAN FIND OUT MORE ABOUT ME AND MY WORK: 

In english

My Second Home Poland – an interview with Anja Franczak
IMI Radio 29.10.2019

Po polsku

Zawód: Towarzyszka w żałobie
Magazyn Radia TOK FM 2.11.2019 

Jak zostaje się towarzyszką w żałobie
Czat Czwórki – Polskie Radio Czwórka 1.1.2019

Alma znaczy dusza
Tygodnik Powszechny 44/2019

Taśmy kooperatywy w/ Anja Franczak
Radio Kapitał 21.9.2019

Wykrzycz mi swój ból.
Jak matka, która straciła dziecko, chce nauczyć innych rozmawiania o śmierci
Newsweek 37/2019

Auf deutsch

Trauerbegleiterin? Ich will das lernen
Polskie Radio 22.7.2019