End-of-Life University

End-of-Life University

Dr. Karen Wyatt, hospice physician and author of "7 Lessons for Living from the Dying," interviews experts on all aspects of the end-of-life, including: caring for the dying, funeral and burial practices, planning for the end-of-life, conscious dying, grief and loss, caregiver support, afterlife, death and the arts, and community initiatives to improve end-of-life care. Access show notes at www.eolupodcast.com

Episodes

May 16, 2022 65 min
Learn how the death of her son inspired Dianne Gray’s current work as a death doula and patient advocate. My guest Dianne Gray is a death doula, grief specialist and the Chief Innovation and Patient Advocacy Officer at Acclivity Health. After her son’s death from a rare neurodegenerative disorder she has dedicated her life to… Continue reading Ep. 351 Grief and the Best and Worst of Times with Dianne Gray
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Learn how this non-profit organization is working to solve gaps in end-of-life care in their community. My guests Elizabeth Johnson and Erin Collins are the founders and creators of the non-profit Peaceful Presence Project with a mission of helping communities live well, age well and die well by reimagining the way we talk about, plan… Continue reading Ep. 350 Meeting the End-of-Life Needs of Your Community with Elizabeth Johnson ...
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Learn about the hospice experience from the perspective of a family member. My guest Kathleen Vallee Stein worked for the California Department of Aging and has written numerous articles on caring for aging patents for more than twenty years. Her work has been published in the Christian Science Monitor, Los Angeles Times, Los Angeles Daily News, Pasadena Star-News, Orange… Continue reading Ep. 349 Why My Family Chose Hospice with ...
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Learn about a new platform that helps people create their own obituary or legacy project to benefit their loved ones after death. My guests are Maggie Gannon, an Adult Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist who started My Living Obituary, and Heidi Connolly, an author, musician and intuitive coach who helps people write their obituaries. Maggie created… Continue reading Ep. 348 My Living Obituary: Legacy Therapy at the End of Life ...
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Learn about the status of palliative care in developing nations around the world and how IAHPC is working to increase global access. My guest Katherine Pettus is the Senior Advocacy Director for The International Association for Hospice and Palliative Care. In this role she meets with delegates at the United Nations to increase the understanding… Continue reading Ep. 347 The Global Palliative Care Movement with Katherine Pettus
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Learn how common it is for people to have complicated financial issues to deal with after the death of a loved one and how this company can help. My guest Matthew Van Drimmelen is the owner and founder of Full-Circle Aftercare, a company he created to help people deal with the stress and worry of… Continue reading Ep. 346 Settling Estate Issues After the Death of a Loved One with Matthew Van Drimmelen
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Learn how personalized text messages can help with the grief process for the bereaved and their support persons. My guest Emma Payne is a seasoned entrepreneur and MIT graduate who is the founder and CEO of Grief Coach, a company that provides meaningful support to those who are experiencing loss and bereavement. She shares how… Continue reading Ep. 345 Grief Coach: How Text-Based Support Can Help with Grief with Emma Payne
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Learn some quick and easy stress management tools to improve health and joy during challenging times. My guest Roger Moore is a certified hypnotherapist who helps people at the end of life with anxiety, depression, pain and other symptoms. His latest book Becoming the Greatest Expression of You contains tips and practices for overcoming the… Continue reading Ep. 344 Tools for Caregivers to Manage Stress and Increase Joy with Roger ...
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Hear award-winning journalist Diane Rehm discuss what she learned about Medical Aid in Dying through conversations with people both for and against these laws. My special guest Diane Rehm was the host of The Diane Rehm Show on WAMU and NPR for nearly 40 years with a weekly on-air audience of more than 2.8 million… Continue reading Ep. 343 When My Time Comes: Conversations About Medical Aid in Dying with Diane Rehm
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Learn how the brain changes and learns in response to loss and grief. My guest Dr. Mary-Frances O’Connor is an associate professor of psychology at the University of Arizona, where she directs the Grief, Loss and Social Stress (GLASS) Lab, which investigates the effects of grief on the brain and the body. She discusses her… Continue reading Ep. 342 The Grieving Brain: The Science of Love and Loss with Mary-Frances O’Connor PhD
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Learn about the beauty of full-body burial at sea and why it is becoming a more popular alternative. My guest Olivia Bareham is a certified Death Midwife, Home Funeral Guide, Interfaith Minister and Funeral Celebrant. She is the founder of the Sacred Crossings Institute, which provides education for death midwifery and home funeral support and… Continue reading Ep. 341 Burial at Sea and Other Sacred End-of-Life Rituals with Olivia...
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Learn about the current crisis in family caregiving and what you can do to help. My guest Dr. Jessica Zitter is a specialist in Critical Care and Palliative Care medicine and the author of the book Extreme Measures: Finding a Better Path to the End of Life. Her work is featured in the documentary Extremis… Continue reading Ep. 340 Caregiver Crisis: Meeting the Needs of the Future with Jessica Zitter MD
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Learn how paying attention to the small details of the surroundings can make a big difference in the wellbeing of hospice patients.
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Learn how Terri Daniel and I used our experiences with loss and grief to motivate the work we do today. In this episode I’m featuring a conversation I had with the Rev. Dr. Terri Daniel on the Ask Doctor Death Podcast, of which I am an occasional co-host. Terri is the creator of the former… Continue reading Ep. 338 Ask Doctor Death: Tough Questions About Tough Topics with Terri Daniel and Karen Wyatt
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Learn about a beautiful, artistic journal that explores the caregiver's journey through dying and grief.
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Learn why forests are the cemeteries of the future. My guest Sandy Gibson is the co-founder and CEO of Better Place Forests, a sustainable alternative to traditional cemeteries for families who choose cremation. Sandy founded several companies and worked in finance and software before founding Better Place Forests. He shares how experiencing significant loss early… Continue reading Ep. 336 Better Place Forests: Reimagining Cemeter...
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Learn about the Death Café movement and how and why to start a Death Café in your community. My guest Megan Mooney has worked with Death Café since 2013, shortly after the movement was introduced to the US from London. She has experience in hospice and end-of-life research and currently works as the director of… Continue reading Ep. 335 Death Cafe: Cake, Coffee and Talking About Death with Megan Mooney
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Learn about an exciting environmentally friendly option for disposition after death. My guests today are Micah Truman, the CEO and Founder of Return Home.com, and Brie Smith who is the Services Director for the company. Return Home is designed to ensure a sustainable future for the planet by using terramation, an environmentally friendly option for… Continue reading Ep. 334 Terramation: A Green Option for Death Care with Micah Tru...
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Learn how the practice of “death cleaning” can simplify your life and help you prepare for the end of life. In this first solo episode of 2022 I share what I’ve been learning about the Swedish practice of döstädning, which translates as “death cleaning.” This idea was first shared by Margareta Magnusson in her book… Continue reading Ep. 333 Swedish “Death Cleaning”: The Perfect Way to Begin a New Year with Karen Wyatt
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Learn about exciting new technology that promises to help more patients be referred for hospice and palliative care in a timely manner. My guest Jeremy Powell is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Acclivity Health Solutions, a company that aims to transform the management of advanced illness while honoring the patient’s dignity, goals and… Continue reading Ep. 332 Technology Advances for End-of-Life Care with Jeremy Powell
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