Redesigning Death with Dr. BJ Miller_052

BJ Miller, MD

Because we die, life is precious. And we are all going to die. Which means if you see death as the enemy, you’re going to lose. So how can we make the most out of our lives? And deaths?

Dr. BJ Miller is on a mission to reform death. To make it more wonderful instead of less horrible. Because death isn’t always something to overcome. And it shouldn’t always be “medicalized”.

In this episode, listen as we talk about improving palliative care options and the Zen hospice project. We also ask some tough questions, like:

  • Does medicalizing death help us or hurt us?
  • What is the total cost of death?
  • Why is this conversation so important?
  • How can you get involved?

BJ has a book, co-authored with Shoshana Berger, coming out in July:

A Beginner’s Guide to the End

Follow BJ on Twitter

and check out The Center for Living and Dying

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The Death Letter Project with Tina Fiveash_051

Tina Fiveash

Tina is a photo artist who had a significant fear of death. A $2 book on the clearance rack changed her life. She no longer fears death, and has taken on a Ph.D project to let others talk about their beliefs about death and what happens when we die.

She shares these stories (and her brilliant portrait photography) on her website

The Death Letter Project

She is a pioneer. She wants to decrease the fear people have around death. Breaking down barriers about end of life conversations. What is death? What happens when we die? Because of her experience reading/talking with others about near death experiences, she has changed her beliefs.

We need more pioneers in this area. Death is a normal part of the circle of life. We should be able to talk about death as easily as we talk about birth, weddings, graduations…any other normal life process.

If we can have these conversations, we can diminish our cultural fear of death, and encourage more conversation about what individuals really want (or don’t want) when faced with a life limiting illness.

It’s all about quality, whatever that means to an individual, and our job as family members/friends/advocates is to uphold the wishes of those we love. Death is an amazing teacher.

You can connect with the Death Letter Project on the website, or the Facebook Page:

@deathletterproject

Or Instagram

deathletterproject

You can find Tina’s photography work here:

tinafiveash.com

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Holding Space with Amy Wright Glenn

Amy Wright Glenn

Being raised Mormon started Amy Wright Glenn on a path to religious/spiritual understanding at an early age. This path led to learning, teaching, and guiding.

In this episode, find out:

  • How talk of death and dying came to be so “taboo” in society
  • What it means to “hold space”
  • What is a Death Doula
  • Why the medical community needs to change the way it looks at death
  • How you can get a year’s membership to The Institute for the Study of Birth, Breath, and Death for $30 (a$90 value!)

Check out Amy’s books:

Holding Space: On Loving, Dying, and Letting Go

Birth, Breath, and Death: Meditations on Motherhood, Chaplaincy, and Life as a Doula

Find Amy on Social Media

Facebook @amywrightglenn

Twitter @amywrightglenn

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The Devoted Daughter with Kelli Bradley_049

Kelli is a devoted daughter. She became a caregiver for her mom when she was in her 20’s and her Mom was in her 50’s. She also had a 16 year old brother at the time. She didn’t know she was a family caregiver, she just thought she was doing what daughter’s do.

Her years of caregiving exposed her to so many issues other family caregivers come across, that she changed careers to help others. After 11 years operating a home care business, she has branched out yet again. Her online company, TheDevotedDaughter.comĀ offers resources and support for other family caregivers.

Kelli tells us what she thinks is the number one issue that affects families. She’ll also share with you some other tips for making this time of life easier for you and your loved ones.

Stay tuned for her book Always Her Daughter , coming out in March.

You can find Kelli on her website The Devoted Daughter on Instagram and Facebook. Or you can email her directly at kelli@thedevoteddaughter.com

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About Dying in America with Ann Neumann_048

The death of her father shocked Ann Neumann. Not that he died, but the first hand experience of death. Was his death “a good death”? This set her on a path to learn. And now she is on a path to enlighten others.

She shares her experiences in her book:

The Good Death: An Exploration of Dying in America

No matter what we do, the end is coming for us all. By writing and talking about this she is trying to take the morbidity out of death. We have been programmed to “fight”, but at what cost?

Ann believes systemic change is needed; that conversation isn’t enough. Learn more about:

  • the social injustice that exists in dying
  • the pluses and minuses of hospice
  • the financial impact on family caregivers
  • the need for better education and training for our medical providers
  • the need for policy changes to affect the above

You can follow Ann on Twitter @otherspoon

or email her at otherspoon@yahoo.com

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