How do you overcome your fear of death? If you’re Erica Buist, you attend 7 death festivals around the world where cultures celebrate death. Not to say they don’t fear it like the rest of us. They just see death as a normal part of life.
In today’s episode, you will find out:
What agoraphobia is and 3 ways to help overcome it
John Cleese said “life is a terminal illness that is sexually transmitted”. He’s not wrong.
How we die matters. Or at least it should. Did you know you have a choice to de-medicalize your dying process? This can actually improve your quality of life without necessarily shortening it.
The addition of palliative care to medical intervention, or instead of medical intervention is something you can opt for. But where does the responsibility lie for having conversations about these choices?
Have you ever heard the phrase “the devil is in the details”? Well, THEY are right! Lori LoCicero learned the hard way. Lisa Pahl has learned from years of professional experience. Talking about end of life wishes ahead of time, makes things less stressful when death is near. Do you think you “have your affairs in order”? You may well not. There is a lot to consider about your own death.
Lori and Lisa have created a game called The Death Deck to help you break the ice and start those difficult conversations with loved ones. And also get you thinking. They use humor to ease the tension, and it works.
Listen and learn:
If you “have your affairs in order”
why you should “get your affairs in order”, no matter how old you are
Do you remember Hawkeye Pierce? That doctor from M*A*S*H played by Alan Alda? He was a surgeon with great hands and wit, but (I think) with even better communication skills.
Alan became interested in communication when a life-long interest in science led to his hosting Scientific American Frontiers for 11 years on PBS. The Alda Center is the result of his combined interest in science and communication, and is celebrating a 1o year anniversary.
Dr. Susmita Pati, the chief medical advisor for the center, talks with me about their mission. And how they accomplish it. They use improvisation skills taught to actors to helps professional caregivers improve their skills.
Listen to today’s episode and find out:
how an acting workshop can improve your communication skills
why physicians (and other healthcare providers) often are not prepared to have difficult conversations with you
what you can do to improve communication with your healthcare provider
Does life imitate art, or vice versa? Ava Roy and Courtney Walsh are members of We Players, a San Francisco based theater group. I talk with them about this, and more, in today’s episode. The play, Mother Lear uses the words of Shakespeare in this 2 actor production about a professional woman with dementia, and her daughter.
This one act play, both intimate and personal, transitions to an interactive Act two. The cast of 2 open it up to the audience and encourage them to share their feelings. If you are a fan of Shakespeare being introduced to a difficult topic, or seeking knowledge about a difficult topic and become a fan of Shakespeare, you won’t be disappointed!
Listen to this episode and discover:
What the one thing in life is that we all share.
What King Lear and dementia have in common.
Why the arts are so important for patients with dementia.
Find out more about We Players and Mother Lear on the website weplayers.org