Planning a Funeral with John Manke RN_079

John Manke RN
owner/funeral director
Manke Memorial

There are SO many things to consider when planning a funeral, why do most of us not plan ahead? It’s traumatic enough when a loved one dies, why do we wait until it happens to figure out the specifics, when time could be better spent supporting each other in our grief?

John Manke, RN and funeral director, gives us a tutorial regarding things to consider when planning a funeral. There are more things to consider than you might think. And how do you know what your loved one would have wanted if they never told you?

Listen to today’s episode and learn about:

  • disposition of the body
  • organ/tissue donation
  • options for ceremonies
  • death benefits
  • why you need to do your homework (and save money!)
  • what can happen if you don’t plan

John’s business Manke Memorial is happy to help if you are located in North Jersey. Find out more about organ and tissue donation at The Sharing Network

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Elder Guardianship Abuse Update with Dr. Sam Sugar_078

Dr. Sam Sugar

Probate court guardianship was set up to protect people from family members out to take advantage of them. What has happened, however, is that SOME court appointed guardians have figured out how to work the system, and take advantage of elders with assets.

Dr. Sam Sugar says ageism is to blame, in part. Squabbling families feed into this. Our legal system is supposed to help people who can’t get it from other sources. But court appointed guardianship can be quite the opposite.

He and his organization Americans Against Abusive Probate Guardianship, are on a mission to educate, advocate, and legislate to change this.

Listen today to find out:

  • What is equity/probate court?
  • How can elder guardianship abuse happen?
  • How many people may be affected by this…?
  • What is incapacity, and how can this effect an outcome?
  • What can you do to prevent this happening to you or someone you love?
  • Why once court appointed guardianship has been established, it can be extremely difficult to expunge…

Find out more here:

Guardianship Abuse and the Elderly : The Perfect Crime

The Guardians

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Death with Dignity Part Four with Senator Will Brownsberger_077

Massachusetts State Senator Will Brownsberger

There are seven states plus Washington DC, where Death with Dignity is currently legal. There are bills pending in seven other states, including Massachusetts. State Senator Will Brownsberger talks today about pending legislation there. And once again, you’ll see that there is often a personal story for someone winding up in this end of life space.

It’s called different things in different places. Here in Massachusetts, the bill is titles S.1208 End of Life Options. In Colorado, the home of my last 3 guests, it called Medical Aid in Dying. Regardless of it’s name, it allows physicians to legally prescribe medication that a terminally ill individual can self-administer, to hasten their death.

It’s controversial, and definitely not for some (most I would guess). But for the select group of competent individuals who choose it, I believe it should be legal. Listen and learn:

  • Why Senator Brownsberger is an advocate
  • What the barriers are, even in state where it’s legal
  • What you can do to promote legislation in your state

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Death with Dignity Part Three, with Dr. Ross Camidge_076

Dr. Ross Camidge

This week’s episode wraps up my talk’s with a group of healthcare providers from the University of Colorado’s Cancer Center, about their experience with Medical Aid in Dying (MAID), or Death with Dignity.

Dr. Ross Camidge wrote an article titled, Why I Wrote the Rx That Helped My Cancer Patient Die that was published in The Huffington Post in June. This is how I became aware of this amazing team. I talked with Joan Hart, the oncology social worker, Dr. Jon Treem, the palliative care physician, and today, with Dr Ross Camidge, the medical oncologist, about their experiences with patients who requested Medical Aid in Dying.

We talk about a lot, including:

  • what the process is to request MAID
  • how clinicians feel about this request
  • what his team has learned from the patient’s they have received
  • things for clinicians to consider in states where legislation is pending

Oregon was the first state to legalize Death with Dignity Click on this link to view recent statistics and their data summary

Stay tuned for next week’s episode. I am talking with one of my state (Massachusetts) senator’s about the bills currently under review (H.1926/S.1208), to legalize this in Massachusetts.

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Death with Dignity Part Two with Dr. Jonathan Treem_075

Dr. Jonathan Treem

Whether you approve of Death with Dignity, or “medically assisted death” or not, it’s legal in 7 states and the District of Columbia. Just because it’s legal, it doesn’t mean you need to partake. And if you do request it, that doesn’t mean it’s easy.

In today’s episode, Dr. Jonathan Treem, a palliative care physician affiliated with the University of Colorado Hospital Cancer Center, talks us through the process of Medical Aid in Dying in Colorado.

You’ll also learn:

  • The barriers to medical aid in dying (even in states where it’s legal)
  • three things people who request medical aid in dying are encouraged to do
  • three suggestions for clinicians in states where Death with Dignity laws are pending or forthcoming

Check out the bills currently undergoing review in Massachusetts

End of Life Options Act

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