What should one expect if a family member is discharged to hospice? We talk about this as well as some resources to help caregivers as we revisit the concept of hospice, this time from the perspective of a family member who is taking care of a loved one.
As COVID-19 becomes more prevalent, we are discovering there is a surprising subset of young, healthy people who can also get very sick, or have mild initial symptoms, but have long-term effects. The people who also were hospitalized have long recoveries, due to the ravages of COVID, the body's immune response, and the treatment to keep them alive. We talk about "Long Haulers" and what is known about the long term eff...
More than 100,000 people are waiting for donations in the United States. In 2019, nearly 11,900 people provided a life-saving donation upon their death, a record high, but still far short of what is needed. Many birth defects and diseases lead to organ failure and have no cure. Learn about organ transplants and why donors are so important.
We also talk about the tradition of Shiva and celebrate the life of Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
It's hard to explain how difficult the death of a pet is. In this episode we talk about why pets are so meaningful to us, and why we grieve them, even as much as other humans.
From vaccines to cancer treatment, any new drugs go through rigorous testing called Clinical Trials before they are approved. Learn about what clinical trials are and how we benefit.
Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis (IPF) is scarring in the lungs without a known cause. It causes lungs to become stiff and makes it hard to get oxygen to into the blood. We talk about IPF symptoms, its impact, and how people are treated. Charlie also shares interesting stories of people who "worked to death" in fatal working environments, straight from the history books.
This is the last of a three-part series where we explore Frank Ostaseski's book The Five Invitations: Discovering What Death Can Teach the Living. Frank helped found the Zen Hospice Project’s Guest House. Through his work with hospice patients, he felt that “When we come close to the end of our life, what’s really important makes itself known.” In this episode we talk about the importance of Find a Place of Rest in the Middl...
What can you learn from joining a support group? How do you find a support group? How do you get the most from a support group?
These are the questions we answer and more with a special guest and 30+ year Ovarian Cancer survivor, Odra Pratt.
Openness is the basis for a skillful response of life. When we’re open and receptive, we have options. In this episode we continue our discussion from Frank Ostaseski’s book and the invitations of “Welcome Everything, Push Away Nothing” and “Bring Your Whole Self To the Experience”.
When are artificial fluids beneficial, and when can they do more harm than good? We talk about this issue in detail to help inform this difficult decision.
We try to answer these questions:
Life and death go together. Everyone is born, and everyone dies. We can't truly live unless are aware of death. What can we learn from those at the end of life? We explore Frank Ostaseski's book The Five Invitations: Discovering What Death Can Teach the Living in this three-part series.
Tracy Harding is a pediatric occupational therapist and has been working in a public school system outside the Boston area for the past twenty-five years. Working with children is her first love and her book was inspired by that passion, and by her abiding love for her mother, Joanne A. Harding. This is her debut children’s illustrated book.
Anna’s Big Wish is about how six-year-old Anna gets her biggest wish of all to visit her rec...
For this episode we interview Mary Kazanowski, PhD, former professor at St. Anselm College in Manchester and an Advanced Practice Nurse Practitioner with 30 years' experience as a hospice nurse. What can you learn after spending this much time supporting patients near the end of life? Mary has some great insights!
What does it mean to fight like a girl? Just ask Tarah Warren, CEO of Tenaciously Teal, and our special guest for this episode. Tara took her Stage 4 Ovarian Cancer battle and turned it into an incredible mission.
In our interview, Tara mentioned Survivor's Guilt - it's a type of self-guilt that sometimes takes place after a traumatic event. Marianne goes in depth into what survivor's guilt is and how we can move pas...
Betsy Wurzel’s husband started having unusual memory issues, and was diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer’s Disease two years later at only 56. She lost him this in January after a 10-year decline. Betsy has been an inspiring advocate to raise awareness and increase education to help others. Listen to this interview to hear more about her story.
This is the second of a two-part series discussing the research regarding what people with serious illness want, particularly at the end of their lives. This episode discusses: 1) wanting to know what to expect; 2) finding meaning in living and dying; 3) wanting to be more than just your diagnosis; and 4) needing help from our loved ones.
We have a special interview with Rochele Converse, who shares her experiences with both ovar...
Jane Fendelman contacted Marianne wishing to have an interview to chat about death and dying. Jane is a cancer survivor and has worked as a private counselor for many years, eventually getting hospice certifications. Conversation flowed from what is a "good death" to many other thoughts from years of experience from both of them.
This is the first of a two-part series discussing the research regarding what people with serious illness want, particularly at the end of their lives.
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Goals of care are very individualized, and treatment should encompass psycho-social, physical and spiritual needs or desires. We talk about how it is important for everyone involved to communi...
In our last episode we talked about grief and mourning. This week we expand on the concept to discuss traumatic or complicated grief. Traumatic grief is grief and mourning over a death that came about in traumatic circumstances (e.g. sudden, suicide, murder).
COVID-19 affected many in this way because loved ones often died suddenly and alone. This can leave family members with regret and emotional pain from "not being there"...
Is there a difference between grief and mourning? Will I ever get over the death of a loved one? In this podcast we talk about grief (the process of experiencing a loss) and mourning (the coping efforts related to the loss). We also talk about how to help yourself through the process of mourning.
We have a special guest and new member to our Everyone Dies Team - Nancy Miller. Nancy is well acquainted with grief as she tells her s...